MU Hires Stephen Spagnuolo to Build and Lead its Cybersecurity Americas Practice

By Stephen A. Spagnuolo Darcie Murray Sofia Hjort Lönegård

MU, a Global science-based Leadership Acquisition and Advisory Assessment firm headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, welcomes Stephen Spagnuolo as Vice President, Digital Security & Risk. Splitting his time between MU’s newly launched Metro New York and heritage Washington DC offices, Stephen will deliver MU’s deep and rich science-based solutions—executive search, assessment and advisory—to corporates, PE/VC backed domain cyber and FinTech companies, as well as professional services firms and consultancies, across the United States and Canada and in collaboration with MU partners across Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. 

Information and cyber security is a priority for CEOs and Boards, and it’s fair to say will remain so for many years to come. We are delighted to welcome Stephen to further strengthen our advisory expertise in this essential area - Richard Moore, CEO of MU.

Darcie Murray, Senior Vice President & Head of the Americas for MU, adds: “I first met Stephen over ten years ago when I initially tried to recruit him. The timing wasn’t quite right then; but the positive reaction I had toward Stephen’s track record, expert knowledge and values stuck, and I am delighted we will finally have the opportunity to work together to further strengthen our cyber and digital search capability.  Sometimes it’s not only about being in the right place, at the right time, but also the right firm.”

In Stephen’s own words-

I am absolutely thrilled and excited to uncork and share the MU storyline with existing and new clients. MU brings some truly leading edge and pioneering solutions to the client table, in the form of science-based leadership acquisition, assessment and advisory. I was fortunate to join MU in time for our recent global Strategy Days gathering overseas. I was impressed by the extensive track record, capabilities, and commitment to quality of those with whom I met during our pre-join ‘get-to-know’ discussions, and even more so, after having spent quality time in Amsterdam with my new MU colleagues. This is a singularly tremendous opportunity; and I look forward to engaging the cyber community across the Americas with MU’s compelling storyline and powerful execution tools.

Stephen’s Biography:

Stephen brings a unique resume, having worked for large global firms and established boutiques and start-up organizations. Prior to rolling into cyber, he covered Wall Street/Investment Banking, and cemented his name as an operator-consultant, having launched and built from ground up the first ever successful UK based financial services search business in the Americas. His formative years were as a US Marine Corps infantry officer, during which time he deployed to multiple overseas contingencies.

About Mercuri Urval 

The only global Leadership Acquisition and Advisory firm based in the Nordics. Unique science-based services:

  • Founded 1967, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 3000 clients served each year, from leading global corporations and public sector institutions to SMEs, digital start-ups, and local governments
  • Expert teams worldwide, performing assignments for clients in more than 60 countries each year
  • Experts in all major markets; working without boundaries in person and online, worldwide.

A true pioneer in leader employment, development and business advisory.  

  • 47% Executive Search
  • 32% Strategic Recruitment
  • 21% Assessment Leadership Advisory Solutions 
  • Pioneering leadership assessment capability with unrivalled accuracy and independently verified quality standards (ISO 10667-2)

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