July 29, 2015 – Former CTPartners executive recruiter Laurie O’Shea has joined Korn Ferry as co-head of its global insurance practice. She will be based in the firm’s Chicago office.
Ms. O’Shea joins a number of ex-CTPartners vice chairman colleagues now calling Korn Ferry home, including Barry Bregman, Ron Porter, Joe McCabe and Michael DeSimone. They join former CTPartners recruiters Paul Ciancarelli, John Davitt, Jeremy Zemen, Adam Prager, Sarah Lim, Florence Magne, and Nick Evans, all of whom have joined Korn Ferry since the start of the year.
Ms. O’Shea was previously a vice chairman with CTPartners and also served as global head of its insurance practice. She was a member of the firm’s CEO and board practice as well as its inclusion practice. Ms. O’Shea has recruited senior general management talent, including CEOs, COOs, CFOS, CIOs, as well as members of boards of directors. Prior to that, she spent 15 years with Russell Reynolds Associates, serving as its co-head of the Americas for insurance and a member of the firm’s diversity practice.
“With 25 plus years of experience in search, Laurie’s broad depth of knowledge and experience in the global insurance market, combined with her track record of success in working closely with global organizations and leaders will be a welcome addition to our firm and our clients,” said Michael Franzino, president, financial services, Korn Ferry.
At CTPartners, Ms. O’Shea was only one of two female vice chairmen out of nearly 25. CTPartners was embroiled in an explosive alleged sexual discrimination matter earlier this year, which resulted in the exodus of more than 75 of its top revenue producing search consultants. They joined rivals including DHR International, Caldwell Partners, Russell Reynolds Associates, Heidrick & Struggles, Sheffield Haworth, Odgers Berndtson, and Barrett Partners, among others.
Korn Ferry’s insurance practice focuses on consulting with insurance-related companies to find, develop, and retain senior-level leaders. It offers a full range of solutions designed to address Insurance talent needs from strategic search services, competency-based assessments, and engaging interactive, high-potential leadership development programs to one-on-one coaching, strategic talent design, and succession planning.
Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media