Nels B. Olson

Managing Director, Eastern Region; Member, CEO/Board Practice, Korn/Ferry International

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Address: 200 Park Ave, NY, NY 10166 and 1700 K Street, NW Suite 700, Washington, DC 20006

Phone: 212-984-9303 or 202-955-0926


Advice: Lead, inspire and encourage. Great leaders are the ones who set the example for their team. They lead by example, inspire by example and encourage by example.

Qualities sought in emerging leaders: Have they led a company or organization through change? A common theme with our clients is they are continually dealing with significant change. In these challenging economic times—organizations need CEO's who aren't afraid to lead. Understanding the different business and political challenges is also key.

Sector specialization: Insurance; electronics companies; medical technical products; manufacturing; small to middle size emerging companies

Job function specialization: CEO/Board, Government Affairs, Corporate Affairs, Corporate Communications, Associations

Geographical Focus: U.S. & International

Companies I often recruit for: Not Provided

Favorite historical figure: Winston Churchill. He was not afraid to lead before, during, and after challenging times. Well before he came to fame for his leadership during World War II, Churchill spoke out against tyranny. He knew in his soul what was right and inspired others.

Education: The George Washington University—Masters in Business Administration—2000; State University of New York, Bachelors of Arts in Political Science—1989

Languages: English

Employment history: Korn/Ferry Intl., Managing Director, Eastern Region and CEO/Board Practice, 2007-present; Office Managing Director, Washington, DC, 2003-present; Senior Client Partner, 1999-present, Principal, 1996-1999; Senior Associate, 1993-1996; The White House, Office of Presidential Personnel, Director, Office of Special Placement, 1989-1992

Other interests: Skiing, Sailing, Fly Fishing

Professional/Membership Affiliations: Council on Foreign Relations

Experience in executive search consulting: 15

High Profile Placement: National Football League, NFL—Commissioner Search, Roger Goodell

Other paths I might have pursued: Heaven knows!

The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: Continued emphasis on the international markets, specifically Asia. There is no doubt that Asia will continue to grow at exponential rates. This growth will have a dramatic impact on how we all do business in the future.The current challenges with energy prices will have a large drag on the economic performance of corporations for the foreseeable future.

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