Managing Partner, Board & CEO Services EMEA

Richard Emerton is the Managing Partner of the Korn Ferry Board & CEO Services Practice for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). 

Richard spends most of his time working with Boards as they navigate the complex and sensitive process of managing Chief Executive Succession.  His work normally starts two to three years prior to a succession event and he supports Boards, CEOs and successor candidates through the process of identifying evaluating and developing successors.

Richard has conducted more than 30 CEO succession projects in the last 5 years, in the UK and across Europe.

Richard also delivers Board and CEO searches and leads the development of our Board Effectiveness consulting work.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Mr. Emerton spent eight years with another global executive search firm, where he held various leadership positions, including head of the Board & CEO practice for the United Kingdom and head of the EMEA leadership consulting practice.

Before moving into executive search in 2002, Mr. Emerton was a managing partner of energy, utilities and infrastructure for Arthur Andersen Consulting EMEIA and a member of the executive board of Andersen Business Consulting for the region.

Mr. Emerton studied law at Oxford University, where he gained a rowing Blue and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.