Chad Hesters joins Korn Ferry as Managing Director of Houston Office, Senior Client Partner in Energy Practice

LOS ANGELES, July 29, 2015 – Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY), the preeminent authority on leadership and talent, today announced that Chad Hesters has joined the firm as Managing Director of the Houston office and a Senior Client Partner in the Energy Practice.

Mr. Hesters joins Korn Ferry from the Houston office of a global recruiting firm, where he served as a Sector Leader in the Natural Resources Practice.

“Chad is a strong leader who brings to Korn Ferry deep experience and relationships while serving many of the top global energy companies,” said Doug Charles, President, Americas, Korn Ferry. “His understanding of the talent and leadership issues impacting this dynamic market will be a strong benefit to our clients, many of whom are increasingly looking to innovate, grow and evolve their organizations through their people.”

Throughout his career, Mr. Hesters has developed a strong reputation in executive search, having placed multiple senior level executives across the C-suite at publicly-traded, private equity-operated and family-owned companies.

He has worked closely with senior executives and board members at leading global oil and gas companies, supporting their talent management needs across a broad spectrum of sectors, including exploration & production, services, midstream, refining, infrastructure, engineering & construction and trading.

Prior to his executive search experience, Mr. Hesters served at Shell Oil/Motiva and Hunt Oil, focused on upstream and downstream segments. While at these companies, he served in a broad spectrum of areas, including finance, strategic planning, capital projects and business analytics.

Mr. Hesters started his career as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy, where for seven years he served in the Middle East, North Africa, Southwest Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Mr. Hesters graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in forestry and renewable natural resources, and he holds an MBA in finance from the University of Colorado. He currently serves on the board of several Houston-based community organizations.

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