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Laryssa Topolnytsky, Ph.D.

Senior Partner, CEO and Board Effectiveness Practice

Laryssa Topolnytsky is a Senior Partner and member of the Firm’s CEO and Board Practice, based the Firm’s Toronto office. 

Ms. Topolnytsky specializes in CEO effectiveness, CEO succession and executive team development.  As a seasoned talent expert, she works with C-suite executives as they transition to new companies or roles to accelerate their performance.  She also advises boards on CEO effectiveness, HR strategy, and succession issues. Much of her work is with newly appointed CEOs, helping to ensure a successful transition to their new role.

Before joining Korn Ferry, Ms. Topolnytsky worked with Mercer Delta Consulting as a founding member of the firm’s first international office. An expert in individual, team, and organizational assessment, Ms. Topolnytsky was a key member of the Organization Research Group. She supported executive-led change initiatives by advising on motivation and retention issues, delivering leadership development programs, and evaluating progress against custom-designed benchmarks.

Prior to Mercer Delta, Ms. Topolnytsky consulted for Enbridge, Inc. during a challenging deregulation process. She worked closely with executive teams to both identify talent retention risks and establish executive succession and management systems. She played a vital role in supporting change management efforts as key parts of the utility were transformed into new organizations.

Earlier, Ms. Topolnytsky served as a consultant in Ernst & Young’s Change Management Practice. In this role, she worked on competency modeling, conducted change readiness assessments, and pioneered a program to assess and develop the company’s corporate culture.

Ms. Topolnytsky co-authored a book on employee retention and numerous articles on employee commitment and organizational change. She speaks at professional conferences and is a guest lecturer at several business schools and executive offsites.

Ms. Topolnytsky holds a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology and a master’s degree in the same field. Both degrees are from Western University.  She also holds an ICD.D from The Rotman School of Business. 

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