Kristin Mannion

Kristin Mannion

Vice Chairman, CEO and Board Services


Kristin Mannion is Vice Chairman in our CEO and Board  Practice. For over a decade, Kristin has led and conducted hundreds of executive search assignments for philanthropic and corporate clients.  

Ms. Mannion’s career has included executive roles in the private and public sectors. Before joining Korn Ferry, she was CEO of Aura Associates, a company she founded to advise corporations and organizations on positioning and marketing strategies. Earlier she built and led PaineWebber's government relations and public affairs department, where she managed the firm's public policy agenda, legislative issues, corporate giving and foundation activities, and their political action committee.  

Prior to her decade on Wall Street, Ms. Mannion served in the New York State Executive Chamber as Director of then Governor Mario Cuomo's New York City office.  She served as Appointments Officer where she placed cabinet level commissioners, secretaries, and directors across agencies, departments, and boards of New York State.

Ms. Mannion began her career as a financial underwriter for Aetna life and casualty, and served as an account manager for MMSI, a leading direct mail and mass marketing agency.  

Ms. Mannion has served on numerous boards and advisory committees, including the Child Care Action Campaign, New York State Mentoring Program, New York City Community Board 7, Columbia University’s SIPA and The National Child Research Center. She served as Board Treasurer of the American Council of Young Political Leaders and was elected Secretary General of the Atlantic Association of Young Political Leaders (NATO).  She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and serves on the Board of the National Writing Project, and the Island Press Advisory Board. Ms. Mannion has also served as an advisor to political campaigns for numerous federal, state and local candidates. She is a frequent speaker on leadership and diversity issues.