Michelle Bester

Michelle Bester

Senior Principal


Michelle Bester is a Senior Principal Consultant for Korn Ferry, based in the firm’s Johannesburg office.

Ms. Bester’s principal role is as a client relationship manager for leading accounts, coordinating client projects and relationships to helps clients implement their strategies. She has developed competency models and frameworks to enable job to person fit and growth plans within organisations.

Ms. Bester has delivered leadership development programmes to a number of organisations. These programmes address the needs of all leadership levels from senior teams to front-line leaders, focussing on the alignment of leaders to the strategic business intent and linking business acumen to leadership skills. When working with middle management and front-line leaders, she enables them, with the toolkits they need, to step up from being individual contributors into leadership roles.

Ms. Bester has developed operating models and organisational designs in order to drive excellence and sustainability, She has successfully delivered numerous job measurement projects in various sectors and geographies.

Ms. Bester is a member of our global work measurement community and is responsible for overseeing job measurement services within South Africa.

Ms. Bester also manages the Industrial Sector for the region.

Ms. Bester has worked in consulting for over seven years and in a variety of human resource related fields for over twenty years. She consults with a wide range of companies, focused primarily on local and Sub-Saharan African clients in the mining and heavy industry, industrial manufacturing, infrastructure and media sectors.

Ms. Bester works together with executive teams to design and deliver customized solutions for clients. She has been involved in and lead various projects across different areas of expertise, with particular focus on job evaluation and measurement, workforce planning, reward, leadership and talent, succession planning, competency modeling, and organisational design.

Ms. Bester has a masters degree in human resources, is a registered industrial psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa, and is accredited across multiple Korn Ferry service and product lines.

She is fluent in English and Afrikaans.