Korn Ferry Adds Former CTPartners Recruiters

November 25, 2015 – Korn Ferry has added former CTPartners recruiters Rick Sklarin as senior client partner in its technology practice and Nathaniel Hook as a senior client partner based in its U.K. consumer practice.

They join ex-CTPartners recruiters Debra Germaine, Laurie O’Shea, Paul Ciancarelli, John Davitt, Jeremy Zemen, Adam Prager, Sarah Lim, Florence Magne, Nick Evans, and several others, all of whom joined Korn Ferry since the start of the year.

CTPartners was embroiled in an alleged sexual discrimination matter earlier this year, which resulted in the exodus of more than 75 of its top revenue producing search consultants.

Mr. Sklarin, who will be based in Korn Ferry’s San Francisco office, has extensive experience working with Fortune 500 technology companies, venture capital firms, and private equity firms in the technology, cloud, digital, software, systems and devices sectors. He specializes in placing chief human resources officers (CHROs) in technology and professional services firms.

Previously, he was a partner with CTPartners and prior to that was a managing partner with Crimson Consulting Group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Sklarin was a pre-IPO partner at Accenture working in the communications, media and technology strategy practice and established a strong reputation for helping technology companies build capabilities for go-to-market business activities.

“Rick’s deep industry knowledge and expertise in the digital market, combined with his track record of success in working closely with leading global technology companies will be a great addition to our firm and our clients,” said Doug Charles, president, Americas, Korn Ferry.

Mr. Hook has worked in executive search for more than 15 years and brings to Korn Ferry a broad and varied background encompassing the consumer health, nutrition, digital consumer, health technology and pharmaceutical sectors. He also joins Korn Ferry from CTPartners, where he was a partner and played a role in the development of the firm’s consumer health practice. Prior to this role, he was with Odgers Berndtson, where he worked closely with clients in the consumer and healthcare sectors, led board assignments, and helped to establish the firm’s specialization in digital health.

Bernard Zen-Ruffinen, president, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Korn Ferry, said: “Nathaniel brings particular expertise in the ongoing convergence between consumer and traditional healthcare sectors and the increasingly critical role that technology will play in driving ongoing industry transformation. We are delighted he has joined Korn Ferry.”

Korn Ferry continue to grow its search staff. Just recently, the firm added Kyle Bowlsby as an associate in its global sports practice. Mr. Bowlsby from SportsDesk Media, a company that helps organizations develop deeper understanding of online fans and customers, where he was manager of business development.

Korn Ferry also expanded its energy search practice with the addition of Chad Hesters as managing director of the firm’s Houston office. Mr. Hesters has placed multiple senior level executives across the C-suite at publicly-traded, private equity-operated and family-owned companies. He joins Korn Ferry after spending seven years in the Houston office of Heidrick & Struggles, where he served as a partner and regional sector leader in the firm’s natural resources practice.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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