Cleo Kirkland
Back to Consultant Directory

Cleo Kirkland

Senior Client Partner

Cleo Kirkland is a Senior Client Partner for Korn Ferry’s Toronto office and is a key member of the Firm’s Financial Services Practice.

She has extensive experience in Insurance and is a member of the Legal, Risk and Compliance Centers of Expertise.

Ms. Kirkland has led dozens of general counsel, chief compliance officer, corporate secretary, chief risk officer and other senior in-house legal, compliance, risk and executive searches. Much of Ms. Kirkland’s time is spent advising leading Canadian and International law firms on succession planning, expansion and targeted lateral partner recruitment. She also has deep experience identifying functional leaders in operations, marketing, finance, information technology and professional development for law and other professional services firms.

Ms. Kirkland also brings diverse experience in Insurance working with a broad range of clients, including diversified financial services companies, multiline and multinational carriers, small monoline writers and mutuals in Property Casualty (Personal Commercial, Specialty, E&S), Life, and Group insurance, Brokerage, Retirement and Annuities. Ms. Kirkland’s recruiting experience spans an array of functional areas and titles, e.g., CEO, President, CFO, COO, CMO, CRO, and GM, as well as leaders in Finance, Underwriting, Product, Actuarial, Sales, Marketing, Distribution, Claims, Operations, etc.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Ms. Kirkland spent five years as a director in the Toronto office of a leading legal recruitment firm, where she was responsible for handling assignments for some of the most respected Canadian law firms and corporations. Ms. Kirkland is a lawyer and before starting her career in search, she practiced commercial litigation for four years with two leading Toronto law firms.

Ms. Kirkland holds a bachelor of arts from Queen’s University and both civil and common law degrees from McGill University. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2004.