Charles W. B. Wardell III
Company Info: Korn/Ferry Intl.
Web site: www.kornferry.com
Address: 695 East Main St., Stamford, Conn. 06901
Advice: To motivate people by learning how to treat them as individuals. Each person has characteristics that you can appeal to; analytically driven fear tactics generally don't work over the long haul.
Qualities sought in emerging leaders: Experience, maturity, gravitas, written and verbal skills, and grace under pressure.
Sector specialization: Financial services, HR
Job function specialization: Consumer financial services, human resources
Geographical Focus: Global
Companies I often recruit for: N/A
Favorite historical figure: Admiral Zumwalt, former Chief of Naval Operations. He's the best I've ever met.
Education: Harvard College, AB, 1973; Taft School, 1967
Employment history: Korn/Ferry International: Senior Client Partner, 2007 to present; Managing Director, Northeast Region, 2001-07; Nordemann Grimm, President, 1996-2001; Citibank, Executive Vice-President, Diner?s Club, 1993-94; MasterCard, Senior Vice-President, 1987-93; Traveler?s, Senior Vice-President, 1984-87; American Express, Senior Vice-President, 1978-84
Other interests: Skiing, golf, tennis, reading
Professional/Membership Affiliations: N/A
Experience in executive search consulting: 14 years
High Profile Placement: Most recent CEO placement: Active International
Other paths I might have pursued: Senior government official from my previous White House and State Dept. experience
The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: Lack of qualified senior management. The gap between the baby boomers retiring and the Gen X replacement generation is 40 million people.