Mary Bass




Based in Houston, Mary Bass has more than 20 years of extensive search experience, mainly focused on executive assignments for board directors and broader Energy, Financial Services, Industrial and Life Sciences companies globally. Mary works closely with Women Corporate Directors, a global organization that believes corporations with more women on boards that come from diverse populations will outperform their competitors in bringing higher shareholder value. Mary has served on and chaired the firm’s global partner nominations committee. She is also a recipient of the Lou Rieger Quality Award for client service.

Deep talent experience » Mary specializes in working with organizations undergoing significant business or organizational change, including not-for-profit. She also works with prominent private equity groups, helping them recruit senior executives and board members for their portfolio companies as well as experienced investment professionals for their firms. »Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Mary gained direct investing experience with Triad Ventures, one of the leading private equity firms in Texas, where she participated at the board level to help build the management teams necessary to take companies public. Her work with emerging growth companies spanned industries, including healthcare, telecommunications, distribution, software, specialty retail, technology and consumer. »Mary is the prior president of the Houston Venture Capital Association and is on the steering committee for the Dallas Private Equity Forum. She has served on the international board of the Association for Corporate Growth and as the organization’s international membership chairman.

Mary was formerly director of the Texas Lyceum Association and the First Tee of Greater Houston. She is currently serving on the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council. Mary has also served and chaired the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation and was a director of the Houston Golf Association. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University, earning both B.S. and M.B.A. degrees with an emphasis on corporate finance.