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Korn Ferry Hay Group’s senior partner receives AESC’s Lifetime Achievement Award

At its annual global conference held in New York City today, the worldwide Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (AESC) presented Korn Ferry Hay Group’s senior partner, Kevin Cashman, with its Gardner W. Heidrick Lifetime Achievement Award.


AESC says this is the first time in the 34-year history of the award that the recipient is being honoured for lifetime achievement in leadership consulting. Previous winners have been honoured for their achievements in the executive search arena, including Korn Ferry co-founder, Richard Ferry.


AESC president and CEO, Karen Greenbaum, said, “AESC is proud to honor someone whose industry-changing achievements underscore the impact leadership development can have on both the individual and the organisation.


“When Kevin began his career, the focus was on what leaders did – their competencies, skills, experiences and accomplishments. Kevin’s work helps leaders focus on who they are and how genuine self-expression multiplies the value they bring to their work.”


Gary Burnison, chief executive of Korn Ferry, commented, “There are very few people in the world who have engendered as much trust with chief executives as Kevin.


“The skills and experiences he has amassed over the span of his career have enabled him to act as a trusted advisor to hundreds of CEOs, but it is his preternatural sixth sense that has made his counsel invaluable. I can think of no one more deserving of this lifetime achievement award.”


Over the past thirty years, the company states that Cashman has been involved in coaching and developing thousands of senior executives and senior teams in more than 60 countries.


Cashman joined Korn Ferry in 2006 via its acquisition of LeaderSource, a firm he founded, which was ranked as one of the top three in leadership development globally. Since 2006, Korn Ferry says that Cashman has played a pivotal role in helping to expand its leadership and talent consulting business from $20m to $800m. He is the founder of the Chief Executive Institute and is a senior fellow of the Caux Roundtable, a global consortium of CEOs dedicated to enhancing principle-based leadership internationally and fostering ethical leadership in corporations. He is also a Board Member of the Center for Ethical Business Cultures. Cashman earned a degree in psychology from St. John’s University.




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