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Alan Guarino

Vice Chairman

Korn Ferry

New York, NY, USA

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Alan Guarino’s Biography

Alan Guarino is the Vice Chairman at Korn Ferry, an internationally recognized global organizational consulting firm. Korn Ferry is a leader in management strategy and the procurement of talent to help its clients achieve maximum performance and success. Alan is also a Founding Member of Korn Ferry's C-suite Succession Practice, a group focused on senior executive searches and C-suite succession assignments for large Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Alan founded and served as CEO & Chairman of Cornell International, now an Adecco Group Business. In his 14 years with Cornell International, he oversaw growth of over $20 billion in revenue, and with its eventual acquisition, made Adecco the largest recruiting company in the world. For over 30 years, Alan has advised a vast range of CEOs and Boards on talent strategy, including Federal Reserve Bank boards and Fortune 50 companies. His expertise has led to frequent speaking engagements on Fox Business, CNBC, and Bloomberg Radio.

Alan’s public service is expansive, with a focus on the areas of education, youth organizations, and military groups. He was the Founding Chairman of the Boys Town of New York, a group built upon the work of Edward Flanagan, who ran an orphanage for boys in 1917, and the Finance Chairman of Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries in White Plains. He also serves on the Board of New York Institute of Technology and The Chefs’ Warehouse, and in a display of his love for the outdoors and being a sportsman, Co-founded Saint Hubert's Club, an exclusive club in the Hudson Valley.

Alan earned a BS from West Point Military Academy and an MBA from Embry Riddle University while in the US Army. He later continued his support of West Point, serving as president of The West Point Society of New York.

Alan Guarino’s Newsfeed

How employers can handle workers’ reluctance to return to the office

J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon told the Wall Street Journal that he was fed up with Zoom calls and is ready to get workers back to the office. A recent survey by Korn Ferry shows that one-third of workers would turn down a job offer that requires them to work full time in an office. Korn Ferry Vice Chairman Alan Guarino joined “Squawk Box” to discuss.

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Korn Ferry Named a 'Pacesetter” in ALM Intelligence's Workforce Management Services 2020/2021 Report

The report states that, “Korn Ferry has evolved into a market-leading organizational strategy consultancy with a unique value proposition grounded in an understanding of the causal relationship between human behavior and organizational performance. This has taken new meaning amidst the COVID-19 crisis, driving increased demand for Korn Ferry’s ‘radically human transformation’ approach to workforce management.”

Alan Guarino’s Background

Korn Ferry
Vice Chairman
May 2015 - Present
New York, NY, USA
Korn Ferry helps leaders and organizations succeed by releasing the full potential of people through their full suite of talent strategy tools and consulting services.
Korn Ferry
Vice Chairman, Global Financial Markets
May 2007 - Aug 2012
New York, NY, USA
In this global leadership role, Alan was responsible for Korn Ferry's Global Financial Market's major account relationships.
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Other Business Interests

Saint Hubert's Lodge and Club
Jan 2010 - Present
New York, NY, USA
The most exclusive luxury overnight accommodations in the Hudson Valley, set on 165 acres including the exquisitely designed sporting clays shooting course and working apple farm. TripAdvisor review states "... if Wall Street and Corporate America had a Camp David, this would be it"

Current Board Positions

New York Institute of Technology
Board of Trustees
Jan 2013 - Present
New York, NY, USA
New York Institute of Technology is a highly ranked, dynamic, and accredited not-for-profit university committed to educating the next generation of leaders and to inspiring innovation and advancing entrepreneurship.
The Chefs' Warehouse
Board Member, Compensation Committee Chairman
Ridgefield, CT, USA
The Chefs' Warehouse is a family operated specialty food distributor that has been purveying high-quality artisan ingredients for chefs for over 30 years.

Previous Board Positions

The West Point Society of New York
Board Chairman & President
Oct 2000 - Sep 2002
West Point, NY, USA
The West Point Society of New York is an organization for graduates, former cadets, and other persons to learn about and promote the principles and welfare of the United State Military Academy.
Advisory Board Member
Toronto, CA
ThoughtWire provides Operations Performance Management for built environments, helping hospitals and commercial buildings operate safer, healthier and smarter by developing software applications for OPM.


Boys Town of New York
Founding Chairman of the Board
Jan 2006 - May 2009
New York, NY, USA
Since 1917, Boys Town has given thousands of at-risk children the love, support, and education they need to succeed. The Boys Town believes that the positive effects of providing opportunity for one child can ripple throughout the community, making greater progress for society as a whole.
Saint Pio Foundation
New Rochelle, NY, USA
The Saint Pio Foundation is a non-profit charity organization dedicated to the promotion of the spiritual charism of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina and to working with institutions and individuals to serve those in need.
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CNBC: Squawk Box
Jul 2019
New York, NY, USA
Recruiting expert Alan Guarino, vice chairman at Korn Ferry, joins "Squawk Box" to discuss the Wall Street job market.


Get Noticed: Executive Search Experts Tell Us How
New York, NY, USA
In this interview with Ellevate, Alan Guarino, Vice Chairman at Korn Ferry, and other executive search professionals discuss what companies are searching for in a candidate and offer advice in preparing for a career search and interviews.
Smart Is Not Enough!: The South Pole Strategy and Other Powerful Talent Management Secrets
Hoboken, NJ, USA
In his book “Smart Is Not Enough”, Alan Guarino explains all aspects of talent management: how to find it, develop it, deploy it, and lead it. In addition, he discusses in detail his South Pole Theory of “hidden talent”, which he sees as a solution for the shortage of critical talent in the business world of the 21st Century.

Alan Guarino’s Education

Embry Riddle University
Masters Degree in Business Administration
1984 - 1986
West Point Military Academy
Bachelor of Science Degree
1978 - 1982