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Lee Esler

Board & CEO Practice Leader, Technology, Managing Director, North America Technology Market

Lee Esler is the leader of the Board & CEO Practice for Global Technology Markets based in Korn Ferry’s Atlanta office. He also leads the Korn Ferry Technology practice in North America across the firm’s suite of talent solutions.

Mr. Esler brings over twenty years of leadership consulting experience, with a strong focus on CEO and board succession engagements and executive searches. He has extensive experience with both public and private equity leadership transitions.

Before Korn Ferry, Mr. Esler was with a global executive search and management consulting firm, where he served as the managing partner of the Atlanta office and worked extensively on CEO, enterprise leadership and board of directors' engagements across the technology spectrum. 

Previously, Mr. Esler spent three years at another global executive search and management consulting firm. Earlier in his career, he held executive roles at Compaq Computer Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Eastman Kodak Company. Prior to entering the executive search profession, he led a technology startup in the software and services space.

Mr. Esler has extensive experience working with technology clients across multiple areas of the talent acquisition and talent management spectrum. He serves as an advisor to the Growth 50, a membership of CEOs of private equity backed companies.  

Mr. Esler received his bachelor of arts in chemistry from Miami University (Ohio) and his masters of business administration from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.