Stuart Melaia

Stuart Melaia

Principal, Global Industrial Practice


Stuart Melaia is a Principal in Korn Ferry’s Vancouver office and a member of the Firm’s Global Industrial Markets group with deep expertise in the Agri-Business, Mining, Energy, Infrastructure, and Construction sectors. His passion is to partner with client companies across the broad commodities spectrum globally. 

Mr. Melaia has two decades of global search and talent leadership experience, the latter half of which has been with Korn Ferry. He has strong expertise in the industrial sectors and he has led hundreds of search assignments at the C-suite, board and executive level for clients ranging from publically held multinationals to start-ups. 

Mr. Melaia is responsible for leading the firm’s Forest Products and Steel verticals in North America and he has a strong track record in mining, minerals and industrial processing, energy (LNG), paper, packaging, industrial manufacturing and related industries.

Mr. Melaia advises client companies globally on designing talent management strategies tailored to attracting, developing and retaining executive talent in line with strategic business objectives.

Mr. Melaia enjoys particular expertise in leading global and transnational searches with a recent focus in Canada, USA, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. 

Mr. Melaia has lived and worked in North America, Africa and Europe. He holds masters of business administration, bachelor of laws and bachelor of arts degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. Prior to joining Korn Ferry in 2007, Mr. Melaia was employed with another global search firm and he plays an active role within the immigrant community in British Columbia. Mr. Melaia speaks English, French, Italian, Afrikaans, and conversational Spanish.