Korn Ferry
Gerry McNamara

Gerry McNamara

Senior Client Partner Global Managing Director, Information Officers Practice

New York

Based in New York, Mr. McNamara works with a wide range of clients across multiple industries to include consumer, retail, technology & services, industrial, healthcare and financial services. Over the past few years, he has placed CIOs at Voya Financial, American Express, PepsiCo, Target, Toys R Us, and Johnson & Johnson to name a few. His expertise is in understanding the needs of his client and recruiting world-class technology & operations executives to solve business problems and lead transformational change.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Mr. McNamara spent 18 years with a leading executive search firm where he held multiple leadership roles including leading the Global Information Officers Practice and also serving as an Office Managing Partner.

Earlier in his career, Mr. McNamara spent over 15 years in information technology with IBM, where he held several high-level sales, marketing, service and operations positions. Mr. McNamara brings to Korn Ferry an in-depth understanding of management and leadership anchored in his experience within the technology & operations arena, which began in 1981.

Before embarking on a corporate career, Mr. McNamara held the rank of Captain in the United States Marine Corps.

Mr. McNamara holds a master's degree in human resources management from Pepperdine University, and a bachelor's degree from Mt. St. Mary's University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. Recently, Mr. McNamara completed a program on Executive Leadership at Harvard Business School.

For his expertise in information technology & operations leadership, Mr. McNamara is frequently quoted in industry trade publications including CIO magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Computer World and CIO Decision.

Mr. McNamara is a surviving passenger of US Airways Flight 1549 which made an emergency landing on New York’s Hudson River on 15 January 2009. He is frequently called upon to speak to leadership teams about his personal experience during the crisis and the successful rescue of all aboard.
Mr. McNamara holds dual citizenship in both the United States of America and the Republic of Ireland, part of the European Union. He also serves on the board of the US Ireland Council, a business organization that promotes commerce between the two nations.