Jane Edison Stevenson, Honoree
Jane Edison Stevenson, in her role as Vice Chair of Korn Ferry, works across the global governance continuum on behalf of clients and has served as a pioneer in developing the firm’s succession capabilities at the Board and CEO level. She additionally serves as executive sponsor for the firm’s Power of ALL initiative, focused on developing diverse talent in the world’s top leadership pipelines.
As the firm’s Global Leader for CEO Succession, she leads a team of 150+ global partners across strategic alignment, search, assessment and development areas of expertise. Having personally led CEO succession for companies like Nike, Johnson & Johnson, Newmont, Target and others, Jane is known as a trusted advisor to many of the world’s top boards and CEOs.
Jane led the firm’s Women CEOs Speak research, funded by The Rockefeller Foundation’s “100×25” program to advance 100 women to Fortune 500 CEO roles by 2025. The work is the largest study of women CEOs to date, and included in-depth behavioral interviews and leadership assessments with 57 Fortune 1000 women CEOs. About to release a 2.0 version of the study, the research identifies the personal and professional factors enabling success, creating the first-ever “developmental roadmap” for companies to create future generations of women CEOs, and strongly correlates to the firm’s research on all under-represented CEOs.
A thought leader on governance and innovation, Jane appears regularly in global business media, including BusinessWeek, Fortune, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, etc. Jane is also a featured speaker at private forums for Fortune 500 clients and other select venues. She has been acknowledged by BusinessWeek as one of the “100 Most Influential Consultants in the World” and been awarded NACD’s ‘Directorship 100’ designation for her influence in the boardroom for each of the past 5 years.
Jane is the co-author of Breaking Away: How Great Leaders Create Innovation that Drives Sustainable Growth—And Why Others Fail (McGraw Hill 2011) and is a recipient of the Maurice Holland Award for her writing on innovation.