Michael Distefano

Senior VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Korn Ferry and President, Korn Ferry Institute

Michael Distefano, based in Los Angeles, is the Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Korn Ferry and the President for Korn Ferry Institute. He is also a member of the Firm’s Global Operating Committee.

As Korn Ferry’s CMO, Mr. Distefano is responsible for worldwide branding, advertising, media relations, employee communications and all other aspects of public relations for the Firm. In his role as President of the Korn Ferry Institute, Mr. Distefano oversees the development of the firm’s intellectual property, innovational thought leadership.

Mr. Distefano brings over 20 years of experience to Korn Ferry. Between 2001 and 2007, he was Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications for Korn Ferry. Initially, Mr. Distefano was the Chief Marketing Officer of Futurestep, a wholly owned subsidiary of Korn Ferry. During his tenure at the Firm, Mr. Distefano has guided the transformation of the Korn Ferry brand from a leader in executive search into a single source of leadership and talent consulting services.

In 2008, Mr. Distefano helped launch the Firm's think tank, the Korn Ferry Institute, and in 2009 Mr. Distefano launched Korn Ferry Briefings on Talent & Leadership, the Firm’s award winning publication.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Distefano was vice president of acquisition marketing and new channel development at GetSmart.com, acquired by Providian Financial Company in 1999 and now part of LendingTree.com. Before joining GetSmart, Mr. Distefano served as director of marketing at Benefits Consultants, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cendant Corporation. Mr. Distefano began his marketing career at TIAA-CREF. He is or has been an active member of the Public Relations Society of America, the CMO Council, the CMO Club, and a board member on the L.A. Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Distefano earned a bachelor’s in economics from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and was named one of the world’s top 500 CMO’s by Exec Rank (number 146 in 2014 and number 499 in 2012).