Torbjorn Karlsson
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Torbjorn Karlsson

Senior Client Partner

Torbjorn Karlsson is a Senior Client Partner in the Global Industrial Markets for Korn Ferry, based in the Firm’s Singapore office.

Mr. Karlsson specializes in international C-Suite and board searches within the industrial sector, particularly in manufacturing, automotive,  aerospace, aviation and the marketing & sales function.

For the last  25 years he has lived and worked across multiple locations in Asia-Pacific and brings a proven track record  in assembling high-performing teams, both as an executive recruiter and as a senior leader. His broad experience in the region spans consulting, sales and marketing, infrastructure projects as well as procurement. With hands-on experience from developing new markets and business opportunities in both established and emerging markets - he brings an in-depth understanding on how to assist companies in strengthening their commercial activities while building a solid operational foundation for a high-growth environment.

Mr. Karlsson has built leadership teams in some of Asia-Pacific's top multinational companies, as well as privately held and private equity-owned operating companies. His placements include CEOs, presidents, general managers as well as talent in sales and marketing, finance, operations, services, research and development, procurement and supply chain management.  He has also placed senior executives - across Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East/Gulf States - in start-up LCCs, full service Airlines, Regional/Commuter operators as well as at MROs, OEMs and industry service providers.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Mr. Karlsson  was  VP Sales, APAC for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. Earlier, he was a managing partner in another global search firm, and the regional leader of their Industrial  Practice in Asia Pacific. Prior to his search career Mr. Karlsson was based in Jakarta, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Singapore in various leadership positions at Saab Aircraft, Rockwell Collins, Cathay Pacific Airways and Honeywell Aerospace.

Mr. Karlsson studied mechanical engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden and also earned an MBA. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.