March 24, 2015 – CTPartners vice chairman Ron Porter is purportedly in talks with Korn Ferry to join its New York office. Prior to joining CTPartners nine years ago, Mr. Porter was chief human resources officer (CHRO) with Polaroid. Before that he spent 17 years with PepsiCo in a progression of human resource responsibilities, including director of HR at Pepsi Bottling Group; vice president of diversity & talent acquisition; and culminating as vice president of corporate human resources. Mr. Porter is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was an admissions officer; he evaluated and managed USMA applicants and he represented West Point in its public relations and recruiting efforts. At CTPartners, Mr. Porter has assisted clients across industries in recruiting CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CMOs, CHROs, and CDOs, as well as executives responsible for leading key functions and executing growth strategies. His expertise in building diverse executive teams has made him a highly sought-after professional in the executive search industry. If he joins Korn Ferry Mr. Porter will be the third vice chairman to depart CTPartners in recent weeks where a growing exodus of professionals is underway at the nation’s seventh largest recruiting company. CTPartners has been the subject of an EEOC discrimination investigation and its chief executive, Brian Sullivan, resigned his post after more than a decade with the firm earlier this month. Other recent departing executives heading to larger rivals: vice chairman Joe McCabe and financial services recruiter Jeremy Zeman left the firm to join Korn Ferry; vice chairman Ernie Brittingham left to pursue opportunities at Russell Reynolds Associates; and Daniel Kaplan left the firm to join Heidrick & Struggles as a co-managing partner of that firm’s chief human resources officer (CHRO) practice. Industry sources say these recent high level departing recruiters collectively produce more than $17 million in annual consulting-related fees. Korn Ferry, based in Los Angeles and with a presence throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is a global provider of talent management solutions.
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