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Gerard Chai

Senior Client Partner and Chairman, Singapore Lead, Technology Officers Practice, Asia Pacific

Gerry Chai is a Senior Client Partner and Chairman of the Korn Ferry Singapore office, where he is a member of the Firm’s Global Technology Market.  

Mr. Chai also leads the Firm’s Technology Officers Practice in Asia Pacific and is a member of the firm’s Board and CEO Services Practice. He was the Office Managing Director of Singapore for 18 years.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry in 1994, Mr. Chai was the regional sales manager in ASEAN for a Florida-based retail banking applications software house, Fiserv Inc. Before that, he worked for Tandem Computers as marketing manager. He started his sales career with NCR Corporation, where he worked for almost six years. There, he was involved with large and mid-range systems sales, mainly to the banking and finance industries.

With more than three decades of experience working within the technology marketplace and executive search, Mr. Chai brings a wealth of knowledge to his search practice.  With over 25 years in executive search at Korn Ferry, he has conducted numerous Board, “C” suite and senior executive search assignments at regional and global levels. 

He has worked with clients across industry and today specializes in appointing CIO, CTO, CDO and senior IT Professionals to solve business problems and lead transformational change. His work includes the identification of talent to digitally transform, modernize and improve functional domains within the technology spectrum.

Mr. Chai holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from McMaster University in Canada. He has also attended an Executive Management program at Harvard Business School. Mr. Chai is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Directors.