Senior Client Partner, Board & CEO Inclusion

Based in Atlanta, Ayana Parsons leads Board & CEO Inclusion at Korn Ferry and is deeply committed to helping her clients unleash and unlock the Power of ALL people. In her role, she oversees Korn Ferry’s enterprisewide efforts to build and develop a pipeline of underrepresented talent for Board and CEO roles.

Ayana Parsons is a Senior Partner in Korn Ferry’s Board & CEO Practice with nearly 20 years of executive talent and leadership experience as both a practitioner and consultant. She currently serves a diverse client base of customer- and consumer-centric public and privately held companies, placing talented executives onto Boards and into the C-Suite via CEO, President and Chief Marketing Officers roles.

In addition, Ayana leads Korn Ferry’s Power of ALL platform, which helps unlock and unleash the potential and power of all leaders by driving greater diversity, equity and inclusion in the C-suite and boardrooms. Prior to Korn Ferry, Ayana served as the Global Head of Retail, Consumer Goods, and Lifestyle Industries at the World Economic Forum where she orchestrated the preeminent global discussions in Davos, Switzerland on all topics related to her respective industries.

Ayana is a highly sought-after talent and leadership expert with a wealth of experience leading leaders and their respective organizations to sustained and transformational growth. She has hosted executive gatherings in the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America to address the many challenges facing today’s global business leaders and is passionate about he role that business plays in making the world a better place. A seasoned industry executive, Ayana’s career spans sales, marketing, strategy and general management roles at several of the world’s most admired companies including Philips, Pfizer, Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble.

Born and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Ayana attended Oral Roberts University on a Division I basketball scholarship and completed her studies at Florida A&M University, where she earned an MBA in Marketing. Ayana resides in Atlanta with her husband, Dr. Ebbie Parsons III, and two young daughters.