Principal, Global Industrial Markets

Melvin Lee is a Senior Principal in Korn Ferry's Singapore office and a key member of the Global Industrial Markets and Singapore Inc. practices.

Melvin is focused around senior executive search and advisory work in sectors as energy, chemicals, industrial technology & services and real estate/construction/EPC. Additionally, he extends functional focus around supply chain & operations as well as human resources. 

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Melvin was part of another global search firm where he executed work for clients in management consulting, consumer, healthcare/life sciences and government sectors.

Before joining search, Melvin spent 12 years with Johnson Controls Inc. initially starting out in engineering within the automotive group, then shortly after, joining the global strategy team working across all 3 of JCI's businesses in automotive, building technology and power. In his tenure with JCI, he has served in global leadership roles across North America and Asia Pacific spanning functions including engineering & manufacturing, program management, strategy, corporate development, and mergers and acquisitions. The last position Melvin held at Johnson Controls was Asia lead for global strategy and M&A.

Melvin also spent two years in strategy consulting and general management focusing on family businesses which operated real estate development in the region. He had also served a stint as general manager and strategy lead for a Singapore Exchange-listed restaurant group in Asia.

Melvin has full professional proficiency in English and is fluent in conversational Mandarin and Cantonese.

Melvin holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering with a minor in economics from Purdue University and a master's of business administration from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He also holds an executive certification in M&A from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a diploma in executive leadership coaching.