Korn Ferry

Strategic leaders for

organizational impact.


Korn Ferry’s Association Practice focuses on helping associations and professional societies attract, develop, and retain best-in-class leaders from around the globe and across industries. We have deep expertise and experience in CEO and executive search for today’s leading organizations and work closely with boards to assist them in accurately identifying and selecting exceptional candidates who meet their enterprise’s unique needs. Finding alignment to define the success profile of a CEO for your organization can be challenging. Our services are designed to provide a holistic approach to help you define an appropriate leadership profile and select a candidate who fits your culture and strategy. Additionally, we offer onboarding services to empower leaders to transition successfully and work with associations to build strong succession plans and processes.

Greater expectations and opportunities.

Today’s association and professional society leaders face a plethora of demands. They must be able to anticipate and respond to fast-paced changes in globalization, the economy, demographics, technology, and public policy. Members and boards have significant performance expectations of their leaders as they work to keep their organization relevant and on the forefront for their members. Leaders must be agents of change, demonstrate ROI, collaborate with boards, provide advocacy, and lead transformation while preparing the next generation of leaders in their organization. Strong business savvy, financial acumen, consensus-building skills, commitment to customer service, team building, coaching, communication, and the ability to inspire and develop others are all critical to success.

Global presence, local expertise.

Korn Ferry is strategically positioned to meet the talent needs of associations and professional societies. Our experienced consultants have access to global candidates who understand association missions, key offerings, and issues. We have a strong track record of placing candidates with entrepreneurial and transformation leadership styles and take an approach that is well thought out and structured, yet flexible to the needs of each association we serve. Korn Ferry can help you identify the best leaders and, using a proprietary tool, predict their likelihood of success, particularly if they have limited or no association leadership experience. Our pledge to provide excellent service — combined with our commitment to associations' and professional societies’ success — creates a partnership that remains valuable and rewarding for our clients and candidates.

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