Korn Ferry Names Academic Sector Global Practice Leader; Called in by University of Alabama at Birmingham to Find CHRO

June 29, 2021 –

Korn Ferry recently appointed Charles Falcone as a senior client partner and global leader of its academic sector recruiting practice, including academic medicine and higher education. He is based in Chicago. “Charlie has an exceptional reputation in the market and brings extensive advisory and search experience working on the successful recruitment of CEOs, chancellors, deans, presidents, chairs, chief medical officers and board-level assignments for academic institutions, health systems, and health-related associations and societies,” said Gregory Button, president, global healthcare services practice, Korn Ferry. “He will be a great asset to our team.”

Mr. Falcone joined Korn Ferry from Russell Reynolds Associates, where he led the firm’s education practice, overseeing higher education, academic medicine, and digital education, and specialized in executive search and leadership advisory solutions for senior leadership across academics and healthcare. Mr. Falcone has over 30 years of clinical healthcare, executive search, and leadership advisory experience. Previously, Mr. Falcone spent 12 years with Spencer Stuart as partner and managing director for the Chicago office and senior member of the healthcare practice. There, he specialized in recruiting senior and board members for academic and healthcare systems.

National Search for CHRO

Korn Ferry’s global education practice provides comprehensive organizational consulting services spanning strategy execution, leadership development, talent acquisition, assessment and succession, and rewards and benefits. The firm works across the spectrum of public and private, small to large, faith-based, and for-profit higher education clients. Korn Ferry has served as a consultant and counsel in over 800 educational searches in the last decade.

Korn Ferry was recently called in University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to lead a national search to replace retiring chief human resources officer Alesia Jones. The CHRO reports to senior vice president for administration and financial affairs Brian Burnett. “This search is incredibly important to ensure UAB continues to support our most precious resource — our people — and maintain the attention and excellence that made us Forbes’ No. 1 Best Large Employer and No. 4 in Diversity,” Dr. Burnett said. “I am appreciative of the leadership that Alesia has provided to UAB over many years and know we have work to do to find a capable and outstanding CHRO to lead the next chapter of HR excellence in support of our people.”

“The individual selected for this position will help continue the university’s leadership in recruitment, benefits and other employee services that consistently makes this one of the best places to work,” said Ray Watts, president of UAB. “I thank Alesia for her years of service and the search committee for their commitment to ensuring this search is a success.”

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