Jonathan Holmes

Managing Director, Middle East & Africa, Korn Ferry

Mr. Holmes’ career spans over 28 years and six countries, where he has undertaken organizational consulting projects across a range of geographies and industries including: industrial, consumer and healthcare. In his current role he is responsible for Middle East & Africa, overseeing seven offices and the full spectrum of consulting services of Korn Ferry. Prior to his current position (from 2011) he was the Managing Director for Korn Ferry’s Korean business for 10 years.

Previously, Mr. Holmes was a consultant with Carre, Orban & Partners which merged with Korn Ferry in 1993 where he initially focused on the consumer goods and healthcare sectors. After the merger, he broadened his practice to cover transnational work across a range of industries in Northern Europe. Mr. Holmes has served as a resident consultant in India, Russia, Singapore and South Korea, where he was responsible for growing the Firm’s business.

During his four years as the Managing Director in Russia, Mr. Holmes successfully made Korn Ferry the leading executive search firm in the Russian market, while personally undertaking projects throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, principally in the Ukraine and Kazakhstan.

Subsequently, he managed the Firm’s offices in Mumbai and New Delhi for three years as Managing Director of India. After that, he led the ASEAN practice from Singapore before moving to Seoul.

A British citizen, Mr. Holmes holds a bachelor’s degree of science (with honours) in Geology.