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Gerry McNamara

Managing Director, Global Information Officers Practice - Korn Ferry


Gerry McNamara joined Korn Ferry in 2013 as Senior Client Partner in the Global Information Officers Practice. Based in New York, Gerry works with a wide range of clients across multiple industries to include consumer, retail, technology & services, industrial, healthcare and financial services. Over the past few years, he has placed CIOs at The Home Depot, Microsoft, American Express, Whirlpool, United Airlines, and Johnson & Johnson to name a few. His expertise is in understanding the needs of his client and recruiting world-class technology & operations executives to solve business problems and lead transformational change. Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Gerry spent 18 years with a leading executive search firm where he held multiple leadership roles including leading the Global Information Officers Practice and also serving as an Office Managing Partner. Earlier in his career, Gerry McNamara spent over 15 years in information technology with IBM, where he held several high-level sales, marketing, service and operations positions. Gerry brings to Korn Ferry an in-depth understanding of management and leadership anchored in his experience within the technology & operations arena, which began in 1981. Before embarking on a corporate career, Gerry held the rank of Captain in the United States Marine Corps. Gerry holds a master's degree in human resources management from Pepperdine University, and a bachelor's degree from Mt. St. Mary's University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. Recently, Gerry completed a program on Executive Leadership at Harvard Business School. For his expertise in information technology & operations leadership, Gerry is frequently quoted in industry trade publications including CIO magazine, Computer World and CIO Decision. Gerry is a surviving passenger of US Airways Flight 1549 which made an emergency landing on New York’s Hudson River on 15 January 2009. He is frequently called upon to speak to leadership teams about his personal experience during the crisis and the successful rescue of all aboard.