Torrey N. Foster, Jr.
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Torrey N. Foster, Jr.

Vice Chairman, Leader, Consumer Practice, North America

Mr. Foster is Vice Chairman and leader of the Consumer practice for North America.

Mr. Foster brings more than two decades of executive search and leadership advisory experience to his client base.

Mr. Foster leads senior level executive search and leadership succession engagements, principally at the CEO, Board and President level, in addition to select CMO and CHRO assignments.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Mr. Foster was with another global firm where he served in a variety of leadership roles including region leader for the Americas, global managing partner for consumer markets, global sector leader for consumer products, managing partner US central region, and managing partner of the Chicago office.

He has also led numerous global account relationships with organizations in the Fortune 500, mid-cap, family owned, and private equity portfolio company arenas. He began his career with The Quaker Oats Company in Chicago.

Mr. Foster is viewed as an authority on leadership, succession, recruitment, and culture shaping. He has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, CNBC, Crain’s and Chicago Tribune, and has authored a number of white papers on these subjects.

He has served with numerous civic, church, and philanthropic organizations including Elementary School District 181 Foundation Board, the Episcopal Church, the General Alumni/Alumnae Association of Phillips Exeter Academy, Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois, and Indian Guides and Princesses. Currently he is serving on the advisory board of the Chicago Training Center, an inner city youth rowing organization.

Mr. Foster is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Brown University and a master’s degree in management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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