After only one semester of college in his native Adelaide, Australia, Raymond set out on a ship to America with $300 in his pocket. At one point after that he figured, in his words, “If things didn’t work out I could always drive a taxi.”
Let’s just say he never had to do that.
In the over forty-five years since then, Raymond has had multiple experience spanning the areas of technology, finance, organizational culture, team building, and leadership.
He was the co-founder and Chairman of Kanbay International, Inc. He led the organization from its inception in 1989 to a publicly-traded global company located in fourteen cities across eight nations. in 2007, Kanbay was acquired by Capgemini for $1.25 billion. Kanbay was recognized as #9 on BusinessWeek’s Annual Hot Growth Companies List in 2005 and #1 on Forbes Fast Tech 25 list for the fastest growing US publicly-traded technology companies in 2006.
Prior to founding Kanbay, Spencer served 20 years with the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA), a United Nations-recognized private voluntary organization (PVO focused on worldwide rural and community development. While working with the ICA, he resided in India for six years where he established the India division of the ICA.
In 2006, he was named a Laureate in the Computerworld Honors Program, which distinguishes innovators around the world whose visionary use of information technology produces and promotes positive social change. Raymond was awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Arizona in recognition of his work on Ethical Leadership and Organizational Culture. Today, Raymond is Chairman of the South Australian Health and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute. He is director of a number of companies, and advises corporations and not-for-profit groups on organizational, cultural and leadership initiatives.
Together with his brother-in-law, Paul Vlasic, he co-founded RSVP Capital in 2007.