OUR STORY

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Looking to the future inspires opportunity.

1969
KORN FERRY'S BEGINNINGS

Korn Ferry was founded in Los Angeles by Lester B. Korn and Richard M. Ferry

Korn Ferry started in a small office in Century City, Los Angeles; one phone, one assistant, and a coveted Rolodex of contacts. But the name on the door said everything: Korn/Ferry International - a vision of being global.

 

From our earliest days, Korn Ferry had a strong vision of looking to what was possible.

1997-2008
NEW INITIATIVES LIFT OFF

1998

Futurestep, Korn Ferry's internet-based recruitment service targeted at professionals who were not the typical target of executive recruiting, is launched.

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2000

Korn Ferry launches e-Korn Ferry, the first online executive center for job candidates

2008

Our research and analytics arm, Korn Ferry Institute, is first established, to share intelligence and expert points of view on talent and leadership.

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2006-2015
GROWING THROUGH ACQUISITION

2006-2010

During this time, Korn Ferry acquired Lominger, Newman Group, LeaderSource, Lore, Whitehead Mann, and Sensa, Global Novations, PDI Ninth House, and Pivot Leadership.

Each acquisition pushed Korn Ferry forward, providing a foothold into new areas of Talent Consulting, not just Executive Search. The firm expanded its offerings in Executive and Leadership Development, Coaching, Diversity & Inclusion, and Talent Management Products, as well as reaching into new regions to become more global than it had been before. 

2015

Korn Ferry unites with Hay Group, the largest global, independent premier Human Resources consultancy, creating a combined firm with the ability to address the entire talent continuum

Hay Group worked closely with organizations globally on all aspects of the people agenda. Like Korn Ferry, Hay Group had robust IP—as well as some of the most comprehensive leadership, reward, and assessment databases.

 

With this acquisition, Korn Ferry's Advisory business was doubled in size and took on a much more global scale.

2016-TODAY
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

2017

Launch of Korn Ferry Advance, our business-to-consumer offering

2019

PGA TOUR announces Korn Ferry as umbrella sponsor of newly named Korn Ferry Tour

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2019

TwentyEighty companies acquisition 

The combination brought a world-class portfolio of learning, development, and performance improvement offerings and expertise to Korn Ferry, bolstering the firm’s substantial leadership development capabilities. 

 

Miller Heiman Group specialized in transforming sales performance and customer experience. AchieveForum offered frontline leadership development. Strategy Execution provided organizational and project management training. 

 

The addition of these three companies further expanded Korn Ferry’s vast intellectual property and content, leveraging the firm’s digital delivery platforms and provided clients direct access to data, insights, and analytics from one of the world’s most comprehensive people and organizational databases.