Ellis, PhD

Vice President, Global TA Transformation, & Senior Client Partner, North America

David Ellis is Vice President, Global TA Transformation, and Senior Client Partner – North America at Korn Kerry. He helps organizations transform their talent functions into high-maturity enablers of business success.  He is currently responsible for solution design for talent acquisition in Global RPO; TA consulting; and the Global TA technology innovation function.

David is a seasoned talent acquisition and talent management consultant, having worked for over 15 years with organizations across diverse industries in APAC, Europe, and North America.  Prior to his current role, he served as Global Head of Innovation, where his responsibilities included developing thought leadership around current talent issues and trends for Korn Ferry’s RPO clients.

Additionally, David has supported leadership development in a variety of global organizations.  He is passionate about helping organizations identify and leverage the potential of people.  He has expertise in delivering development interventions including individual coaching programs and assessment and development centers, where he has leveraged a broad range of competency frameworks and targeted assessment methods.

David has significant experience evaluating client talent acquisition functions, including the diagnosis of issues and opportunities for redeveloping strategy, as well as TA org design.

David holds a Ph.D. in the field of international talent management.  He has presented at talent management conferences, and has published original research papers in peer-reviewed journals Career Development International, and The International Journal of Human Resources Management.  He is a recipient of The Academy of Management’s “Best International Careers Paper” Award, and he has served on the editorial board of The International Journal of Human Resource Management.

He also holds a Bachelor of Communications from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, and a Master of Management (HR Management) from Massey University, New Zealand.