Rob Smith
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Rob Smith

Managing Partner, Sub-Saharan Africa

Mr Smith heads up Korn Ferry’s executive search business in Sub-Saharan Africa.

A seasoned search consultant, he has developed an ability to find the very best executives to lead client enterprises. He has a deep appreciation of business strategies and insight into leadership issues affecting business performance. A trusted confidante to both clients and candidates, Rob has a reputation for uncompromising integrity.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Rob was the managing partner of another global search firm’s South African business and a Director of a diversified consumer goods group. He began his professional career as a South African diplomat, serving in Argentina and Spain as a Vice-Consul and First Secretary.

Rob graduated from the University of Cape Town (UCT) with a degree in law and politics and speaks English, Afrikaans and Spanish. He is the Chairman of a trust of a conservation area in South Africa. Other leadership roles include being selected for an exchange scholarship to the USA, the Chairman of the South African Diplomatic Corps' Junior Diplomatic Association, a Lieutenant in the SA Air Force, the Men's tennis captain at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a member of UCT’s Blues Committee. He has played representative tennis and cricket.

He is an accomplished photographer and his work has been published in various media including the Wall Street Journal and South African publications.