Deborah Annes, Ph.D.

Deborah Annes, Ph.D.

Associate Client Partner

San Francisco

Deborah Annes specializes in executive coaching for Korn Ferry. Over the past 20 years she has seen coaching make profound differences and change lives, professionally and personally.

She collaborates with talented executives in a peer to peer relationship. Together developing a focused program that brings measurable results quickly while anticipating and/or recovering from inevitable complexities.

Ms. Annes is skilled at helping executives become even more successful, comfortable in their leadership and executive presence and able to navigate constant and unrelenting change.

An expert at delivering direct feedback with thoughtfulness she helps high potential leaders create personal strategic plans. This harnesses one’s unique influence and elevates impact. 

Ms. Annes has coached several CEOs, more than 30 EVPs/SVPs and countless others including heads of continents, regions and practice areas. She has lived in 4 countries and worked with executives from LATAM, APAC, EMEA and N.A.

She has worked with clients in the pharmaceutical, medical devices healthcare, consumer products, business services, financial services, professional services, and technology industries.

Prior to her role at Korn Ferry, Ms. Annes was Head of Executive Coaching where she supported clients in the design and development of a wide range of leadership and talent management solutions. Her leadership development and coaching career began in the military where she worked with officers to improve intuitive decision making abilities. 

Ms. Annes holds a doctor of philosophy in organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. She has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and linguistics “artificial intelligence” from California State.

Ms. Annes is a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School and she contributes regularly to Harvard Business Review's research.