WASHINGTON, D.C.—Executive recruitment giant Korn/Ferry International has combined its corporate communications, public affairs, investor relations and government affairs practices into one global external affairs practice, and named Nels Olson as managing director of the group.
Olson, a senior client partner in Korn/Ferry’s Washington, D.C. office, will focus on expanding the firm’s position in placing senior external affairs executives at leading corporations, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. Bob Woodrum, currently the managing director of Korn/Ferry’s Corporate Communications practice, will continue in his role as the senior recruiter handling top corporate communications searches for Fortune 500 companies.
Don Spetner, currently senior vice president for marketing and communications for Korn/Ferry in Los Angeles, will expand his corporate role and begin to develop more fully the firm’s West Coast practice working on senior-level assignments.
According to Olson, “We have spent years developing relationships with the best and brightest in the communications field, which allows us to not only keep our clients current on new and innovative strategies, but provides us with far better contacts upon which to draw for our client’s specific search needs. We believe that our combination of experience as communication professionals and search consultants creates a powerful and effective force on behalf of our clients.”
Korn/Ferry plans to add specialists in Europe and Asia to focus on external affairs in their respective regions.