Karen Jamesley

Karen Jamesley

Senior Client Partner

New York

Karen Jamesley is a Senior Client Partner in the Executive Pay & Governance practice based in the New York office.

Ms. Jamesley is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in financial services and has a global background in both Human Resources and Business Administration. Prior to joining Korn Ferry, she was at Morgan Stanley where she spent most of her career in the HR Division and ultimately led the function as the Chief Human Resource Officer.

Ms. Jamesley has the proven ability to deliver business value through the development and execution of Human Capital strategies. Her real-world experience provides a unique perspective on a wide range of HR disciplines including executive pay design, talent development, succession planning, executive recruitment, M&A integration and Strategic planning.

As CHRO at Morgan Stanley, Karen was a key liaison to the Board’s Compensation and Succession Planning Committee. She was instrumental in advising the Board on significant matters including CEO succession planning, NEO incentive compensation, multi-billion-dollar cash and equity based employee programs and the overhaul of the health and welfare, defined benefit and defined contribution plans. She successfully navigated senior management and HR teams through transformational events such as the Dean Witter merger, Discover Card spin off, Smith Barney acquisition and conversion to a Bank Holding Company.

Ms. Jamesley also spent time in a line facing role as the CAO for the Institutional Securities Business. She spearheaded numerous efforts to optimize workforce capabilities and reduce operating expense by identifying best practices and capitalizing on scale efficiencies in technology, operations and general support service areas. 

Ms. Jamesley received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Marketing from Pace University in New York.