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Justin Cottrell

Sector Leader, Technology Officers Practice

Justin Cottrell is the Sector Leader for Korn Ferry’s North American Technology Officers Practice within our Professional Search division. 

By utilizing his functional technology and search industry expertise, Mr. Cottrell will be primarily focused on driving business development efforts for the team. Mr. Cottrell employs a highly consultative approach and has been able to deliver strategic direction and product delivery for a varied client-base that spans all industries and sectors, including government contractors with highly-sensitive security clearance needs.

In this role Justin is focused on providing thought leadership around business development, client relationship management, engagement execution, and all aspects of the talent delivery process to Korn Ferry teams. He has successfully developed strategic human capital solutions across a variety of technology domains.

Mr. Cottrell brings over 10 years of technology experience spanning a wide scope of industries and roles, from the C-suite to emerging leadership to individual contributors. His technical search expertise spans the entire spectrum of the software development life-cycle, including proficiency with all relevant development languages, tools, and methodologies used today.  Justin’s consistent focus on client relationships has afforded him access to insight on a firm’s particular culture and business needs which has allowed him to serve in an advisory role on talent acquisition and retention.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Mr. Cottrell was the president of a boutique national technology staffing firm that specializes in providing contingent permanent and contract talent acquisition solutions. During his tenure there, Justin was both a top individual performer and sales management leader, building top performing teams, offices, and regions while helping to scale the organization nationally before ascending to president of the firm.

Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Dartmouth College, where he was captain of the varsity football team and a two-time All-Ivy League honoree. He is an active member of his community and volunteers regularly with the New York Cares and God’s Love We Deliver charities.