Korn Ferry
Laura Manson-Smith

Laura Manson-Smith

Senior Client Partner


Laura Manson-Smith is a Senior Client Partner for Korn Ferry Hay Group, based in London.

Laura worked alongside the client transformation director of a $5bn upstream oil and gas business to lead the organization redesign towards a new functional model.

She advised the executive team of a defense organization to identify £3.4bn of savings and equip them with new processes, skills and ways of working.

She helped an energy company roll out a new performance management process to 50,000 employees on order to achieve a greater focus on safety behaviors. 

Ms. Manson-Smith is a business transformation specialist with twenty years of experience in delivering sustainable change –focusing on the people and cultural dimensions.

She brings a rare blend of commercial skills and a deep understanding of large scale behavioral change. She has a natural aptitude for building and working with diverse teams to overcome challenges and deliver results.

She has a global outlook through work in Europe, US, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

Laura has worked in a range of industries including energy, defense, government, and pharmaceuticals. 

Ms. Manson-Smith has a bachelor of science honors degree in physics with a year in Europe from Imperial College, London. She is a qualified chartered accountant.

She is a founding supporter and board member of POWERful Women – a cross industry and government working group which aims to achieve greater levels of diversity at senior levels in the energy sector.