Seth

Peterson

Senior Client Partner, Asia Pacific Global Industrial Market​

Seth is a Senior Client Partner based in Korn Ferry’s  Hong Kong office, where he leads the firm’s regional Industrial Practice, and serves as Account Leader for several diversified global and regional Accounts. 

Seth brings more than 25 years of corporate and consulting experience. He leads teams to bring Korn Ferry’s Solutions to clients across the Asia Pacific region. He also executes Executive Searches at the Board, C-Suite and Functional leadership levels across key Industry sectors, working for both Private Equity portfolio businesses and regional conglomerates as well as western multinationals.

Seth is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and has been based in Greater China for the majority of his thirty year career. Prior to joining Korn Ferry in 2018 he spent over seven years as s  Partner at Heidrick & Struggles in Hong Kong. In his earlier career he worked in strategic planning, business development, and general management with multinational businesses in the region. He was Vice President, General Manager, in charge of Asia Operations for a Business Unit of Hong Kong-listed Techtronic Industries; and earlier worked for Emerson Electric for several years, where he held several Business Development and P&L responsibilities for various businesses across Asia Pacific, and served as a corporate planner at the U.S. headquarters for two years. ​

He began his career in Hong Kong and Shanghai in the early 1990s as a Management Consultant where he was involved in the development of China market strategies for a number of leading corporations. ​

Seth earned an MBA from Washington University’s Olin School of Business in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies and International Relations from Grinnell College. He chairs the board of AFS Intercultural Programs, Hong Kong, and serves on the board and Executive Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.