Caroline Nahas

Managing director, Southern California region; senior client partner, CEO & Board Services, Korn/Ferry Intl.

Company Info: Korn/Ferry Intl.

Web site:

Address: 1900 Ave. of the Stars, Suite 2600, Los Angeles, Calif. 90067

Phone: 310-552-1834


Advice: Hard work and focus. Continuous learning. Surrounding yourself with a performance-oriented team that complements your skills, experience, and style to ensure a breadth of contributions and ideas.

Qualities sought in emerging leaders: The ability to galvanize talent and maximize their contributions. The capacity to absorb a large volume of information and distill it into the most salient actions.

Sector specialization: CEO/board services, consumer and retail

Job function specialization: CEOs, board directors

Geographical Focus: Southern California and national

Companies I often recruit for: Confidential

Favorite historical figure: Itzhak Perlman. Despite formidable odds, he established himself as a world-renowned violinist. He has always had a positive outlook on life and transfers his knowledge and passion to young people.

Education: Univ. of California, Los Angeles, BA, History, 1970

Languages: English

Employment history: Korn/Ferry International: Managing Director, Southern California region, 1995 to present; Various Positions, 1977-96; Bank of America, Recruitment Manager, International Banking Officer, 1971-77

Other interests: Kayaking, cooking

Professional/Membership Affiliations: Board of Directors, IHOP (NYSE:IHP); Board of Directors, Whittier Holdings; Board of Visitors, Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA; Executive Committee, United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Experience in executive search consulting: 31 years

High Profile Placement: Mattel CEO, 2000 (Placement: Robert A. Eckert); Getty Trust CEO, 2006 (Placement: James N. Wood)

Other paths I might have pursued: Defense attorney

The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: The increasing complexity, scale, and global requirements of today's corporate environment will greatly challenge the leadership and intellectual capabilities of emerging and existing leaders.

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