Korn Ferry
Lee Esler

Lee Esler

Board & CEO Practice Leader, Technology, Managing Director, North America


Lee Esler is the global leader of the Board & CEO Practice for Global Technology Markets based in Korn Ferry’s Atlanta and San Francisco offices. He also leads the Korn Ferry Technology practice in North America across the firms suite of talent solutions.

Mr. Esler brings nearly twenty years of leadership consulting experience, with a strong focus on CEO and board searches.

Before Korn Ferry, Mr. Esler was with a global executive search and management consulting firm, where he served as the managing partner of the Atlanta office and worked extensively on CEO, president, and board engagements across the technology spectrum. He also served as a core member of the board practice and previously lead the North American Technology Practice for that firm. 

Previously, Mr. Esler spent three years at another global executive search and management consulting firm. Earlier in his career, he held executive roles at Compaq Computer Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Eastman Kodak Company. Prior to entering the executive search profession, he led a technology startup in the software and services space.

Mr. Esler received his bachelor of arts in chemistry from Miami University (Ohio) and his masters of business administration from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He serves on the boards of Junior Achievement of Georgia and the Atlanta FinTech Task Force.