Jenna McLaughlin Joins Korn Ferry as Sector Leader


October 22, 2023 – Korn Ferry (NYSE: KFY) today announced that Jenna McLaughlin has joined as Sector Leader, Collegiate Sports Search. The addition of McLaughlin marks the formal rollout of the firm’s strategy to further engage collegiate institutions across the country as part of the company’s expanding global sports practice.

As part of the largest sports search and advisory practice of its kind, McLaughlin will elevate the college athletics business at Korn Ferry, working across sports operations and business operations to drive alignment, strategy, and culture. Whether it’s through executive search or other talent and leadership consulting, McLaughlin will surround and support the transformation required to energize the most important people in sport – the fans.

Prior to Korn Ferry, McLaughlin held a variety of roles within sports, including executive administrative leadership roles in athletics on several campuses. Most recently, she served as an executive search consultant at a boutique firm focused on intercollegiate sports.

McLaughlin began her career as a Division 1 basketball coach after her collegiate playing career.

”Jenna joins our team at a critical time in the evolution of sports globally and at Korn Ferry. As the sports industry evolves, the addition of Jenna to our team will help Korn Ferry further assist collegiate institutions across the country to take the leap in professionalizing their approach to talent and performance on the playing fields,” said Jed Hughes, Vice Chairman and Global Sports Sector Leader, Korn Ferry.”

“Jenna has incredible energy and passion for college athletics,” said Boo Corrigan, NC State Director of Athletics. “She will do a great job connecting people to the right situation for all parties involved. This is a great hire for Korn Ferry.” 

David Cutcliffe, current Special Assistant to the Commissioner for Football Relations at the SEC and legendary former longtime head football coach added, “Jenna has used her experiences as a coach and athletic administrator to a great advantage in her role placing the highest level of talent in all areas of college athletics. What separates Jenna from her competition is her understanding and connections in all sports from football, basketball, and beyond. She and Korn Ferry will be great teammates.”

“We are thrilled for Jenna to be leading the Collegiate Sports Search sector for Korn Ferry,” said, Patti Phillips, CEO of Women Leaders in Sports. “Jenna has a wealth of knowledge, experience and connections from years of working in the industry that will position her to drive innovation and impact.” 

McLaughlin holds a Master’s degree from Sacred Heart University and a Bachelor’s from Molloy College.

About Korn Ferry

Korn Ferry is a global organizational consulting firm. We work with our clients to design optimal organization structures, roles, and responsibilities. We help them hire the right people and advise them on how to reward and motivate their workforce while developing professionals as they navigate and advance their careers.


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Dan Gugler