Korn Ferry has appointed May Knight, formerly at Accenture and EY, as the Country Managing Director for Hay Group's Hong Kong operation. She is tasked with growing the business in the semi-autonomous area in line with the firm's regional strategy.
Prior to joining Korn Ferry, May Knight worked at Accenture as a Managing Partner in the firm’s Asia-Pacific Financial Services practice, over a period of more than a year she was responsible for, among others, the insurance industry group's strategy and the management consulting growth plan. She was previously a Partner at EY, where she was Lead Partner of the firm’s Customer & Growth, Strategy, Digital practice for Asia for three years.
Earlier in her career she worked at Ageas as a Regional Director of Business Development and Sales & Sales Support in Asia, starting at the firm in 2007; as the Vice President of Corporate Distribution at Sun Life Financial in Hong Kong, from 2005; as a Director (Asia Pacific) in Insurance & Financial Services Consulting at Towers Watson, from 2003; as a Senior Manager at KPMG from 1999; and as the Chief Representative Officer, in her most latter role, for China at Standard Life, where she began in 1991.
Knight joins Korn Ferry Hay Group – the firm's human capital and HR consulting arm – as its Country Managing Director for Hong Kong. The role sees Knight take responsibility for the businesses growth in the country, in line with the firm’s regional strategy.
Tharuma Rajah, Managing Director of Korn Ferry Hay Group in Asia Pacific, says, “Knight brings a wealth of consulting and leadership advisory experience to Korn Ferry Hay Group. Given her deep experience and relationships with the financial community across Asia Pacific and globally, we are now in a better position to grow our business in this market segment.”
Knight holds a bachelor’s degree in in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Liverpool John Moores University, and attended the Harvard Business School post-graduate programme. She is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.