Korn Ferry

Supporting retail boards today,

identifying leaders of tomorrow.


Korn Ferry’s Retail Sector focuses on helping companies attract, develop, and retain best-in-class executive and C-suite leaders. Today, retailers face major shifts that call for unprecedented responses by CEOs and agile leaders who can effectively lead through change, intuitively and analytically understand the evolving consumer, and respond to ambiguity. At Korn Ferry, we understand the competencies and skill sets required of leaders and how to strategically align them with your business. We offer a full suite of solutions designed to address retail talent needs — C-suite, executive, and non-executive search; competency-based assessments; engaging, interactive high-potential leadership development programs; one-on-one coaching; strategic talent design; and succession planning.

Responding to an unknown future.

Slowing developed markets, excess retail capacity, rising prices, the shift to omni-channel retail, and the unpredictable pace of change in consumer shopping habits all affect the type of leader retailers need. These pressures demand leaders who possess unique and exacting skill sets with cross-cultural understanding; the ability to integrate digital, social, and e-commerce to drive growth; influencing and inspiring skills; the capacity to develop strategy beyond their own experience, agility, and tolerance for ambiguity; and the ability to respond to an unknown future.

The future of retail starts today.

Korn Ferry is strategically positioned to meet the talent needs of retailers. Many of our experienced consultants have served as retail executives and continue to work with the world’s leading companies to help them identify executive potential, drive development, accelerate readiness, and energize transitions. We are the only firm that can help you identify internal and external talent while simultaneously developing these leaders through engaging, proven solutions that exceed expectations. Whether you are a specialty retailer or a global giant, your ability to attract, develop, and retain the best leaders today is critical to shaping your future.

Sector coverage:

  • Fashion (Wholesale and Retail)
  • General Merchandise
  • Luxury Goods
  • Specialty Retail
  • E-commerce and Direct-to-Consumer
  • Department Stores
  • Grocery/Drug Stores
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Korn Ferry

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Los Angeles, CA 90067

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