Korn Ferry
Maria Elena Valdes

Maria Elena Valdes

Senior Client Partner, Consumer Market

Mexico City

Ms. Valdes is a leader in providing executive search and human resources consulting services to the consumer product, retail and entertainment services industry in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Miami and other U.S. Latin markets.

As Senior Client Partner of Korn Ferry's Latin American Consumer Market, she focuses on recruiting executives within consumer products, which includes areas such as apparel and shoes, food and beverages, furniture, appliances and furnishings and personal, health and beauty products, as well as consumer services, which includes real estate, entertainment, information, travel, retailing, recreation and distribution.

Ms. Valdes has worked with Fortune 500 and Global 1000 corporations, as well as start-up and fast-growth companies. Her assignments have spanned from general management positions to head of Latin America posts and senior and administrative functions. Her human resources consulting experience includes projects in organization and management assessment.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry in 1987, Ms. Valdes was human resources director for J. Walter Thompson. Earlier, she worked for Burroughs Wellcome and United Airlines in the human resources area.

She is an active board member of World Vision.

Ms. Valdes holds a master's of business administration degree and a master's degree in communication from the University of Denver.