Vice Chairman and Co-Leader, Board & CEO Services Practice
Mr. Olson is a Vice Chairman and Co-Leader of Korn/Ferry International’s Board & CEO Services Practice, based in the Firm’s Washington, D.C. and New York offices. In addition to his Board & CEO Services Practice role, Mr. Olson is the Office Managing Director of Washington, DC and Head of the Government Affairs Practice.
Recognized in the industry for his keen business sense and political knowledge, Mr. Olson has advised many clients through challenging management transitions. Over the past 20 years, he has completed in excess of 500 successful searches for a wide range of Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Olson’s executive search and board assignments span the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America, and lie across multiple industries, including financial services, technology, consumer, industrial and healthcare.
Recent CEO level assignments include the Commissioner of the NFL and the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Boston. Recent board assignments include American International Group, GMAC, The Carlyle Group, Lockheed Martin, NewsCorp, The Travelers Companies, Tyco Electronics, Tyco International and ING Direct.
Mr. Olson is a leader in placing senior-level professionals skilled in Government/Regulatory Affairs, as well as International and Public Affairs at leading associations, governmental agencies and nonprofit
organizations, among them: Business Roundtable, American Bankers Association, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), and Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
Mr. Olson joined Korn/Ferry in 1993 after a successful career in public relations and government service. Prior to joining the Firm, he was with the public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard, Inc. Preceding this,
Mr. Olson gained experience in executive search when he was on the staff of the White House in the Office of Presidential Personnel. In this capacity, he identified and recommended candidates for senior political positions in cabinet agencies and was responsible for the political clearance for all Presidential appointees.
Mr. Olson is a board member of the Meridian International Center and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a Trustee for the Committee for Economic Development and a member of the Federal
City Council and The Economic Club of Washington, D.C.
Mr. Olson earned a bachelor of arts in political science from the State University of New York and a master’s in business administration from The George Washington University.