As a core member of Korn Ferry’s Global Consumer Practice, Ayana leads Chief Marketing Officer, President, CEO and Board searches at consumer- and customer-centric organizations of all sizes. Ayana’s international experience, coupled with her cross-industry background and passion for people, gives her a unique vantage point from which to solve her clients’ most pressing recruitment and succession planning challenges.
Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Ayana was with another global consulting firm where she placed C-Suite executives at several of the world’s leading companies and led numerous succession planning and talent pipelining engagements for her clients.
Before embarking on her career in executive talent and leadership, Ayana served as the Global Head of Retail, Consumer Goods and Lifestyle Industries at the World Economic Forum where she led the preeminent global discussions in Davos, Switzerland on all topics related to her respective industries.
With nearly 20 years of experience as both a practitioner and consultant, Ayana leverages her expertise in international business, executive search, top team effectiveness, succession planning, diversity & inclusion, marketing and general management to deliver differentiated value to her clients. A seasoned industry executive, Ayana’s earlier career spanned sales, marketing and general management roles at several of the world’s most admired companies including Philips, Pfizer, Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble.
Ayana attended Oral Roberts University on a division I basketball scholarship, completing her studies at Florida A&M University where she holds a master’s degree in business administration. Ayana is based in Atlanta, where she is actively involved in the local community. In her free time, Ayana enjoys working out, attending sporting events, traveling and spending quality time with her husband and two young daughters.