Elena Valdes

Senior Client Partner, Consumer Market

Maria Elena Valdes is a Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry's Mexico City office and Regional Market Leader of the Firm's Global Consumer Market for Latin America.

Ms. Valdes is a leader in providing executive search and human resources consulting services to the consumer product, retail and entertainment services industry.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, she was human resources director for J. Walter Thompson. Earlier, she worked for Burroughs Wellcome and United Airlines in the human resources area.

She focuses on recruiting executives within consumer products, which includes areas such as apparel and shoes, food and beverages, furniture, appliances and furnishings and personal, health and beauty products, as well as consumer services, which includes real estate, entertainment, information, travel, retailing, recreation and distribution.

Her assignments have spanned from general management positions to head of Latin America posts and senior and administrative functions. Her human resources consulting experience includes projects in organization and management assessment.

Ms. Valdes holds a masters of business administration degree and a master's degree in communication from the University of Denver. She is an active board member of World Vision.