Korn Ferry
James Kim

James Kim



Mr. Kim has more than 18 years of professional experience in corporate strategy, executive search consulting, and finance/banking across multiple global cities -- New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Kim was a Director in the Corporate Planning & Strategy team at Nam Duck Steel Company in Seoul, a diversified steel products trading firm, responsible for overseeing corporate strategy development, business portfolio analysis and operational improvements.  Before returning to Seoul, Korea in 2010, he was a Principal in the financial services practice at another leading search firm based in Tokyo and Hong Kong.  There he specialized in the global markets sector covering clients’ recruiting needs in sales, traders and structurers of fixed income, currency, commodities and equities professionals.  He transitioned to executive search career in 2006 with Korn Ferry initially based in New York but was seconded to our Hong Kong office to assist in building out the Global Capital Markets franchise.

Mr. Kim started out his professional career in banking based in New York.  Most latterly, he was at Mizuho Corporate Bank as a Vice President in the Asset & Liability Management desk responsible for the broad treasury function of the bank – in balance sheet and market risk management.  His core expertise was in money markets and fixed income trading of G3 interest rate products both cash and derivatives.

Mr. Kim is a graduate of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in Washington DC, USA with a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business.