Korn Ferry Hay Group adds Torrey Foster and Bob Wesselkamper

13 October 2016 Consultancy.uk 4 min. read
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Bob Wesselkamper joins Korn Ferry Hay Group as Senior Client Partner and Global Head of Rewards and Benefits Solutions, focused on further expanding the firm’s benefits offerings. Torrey Foster joins the global HR consultancy as Vice Chairman in the Global Consumer Practice, focused on meeting changing consumer expectations across the globe.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry Hay Group, Torrey Foster worked at executive search Firm Heidrick & Struggles for more than 16 years. In his more recent role he was Partner in the firm’s Chicago office, following promotion in 2015 from the role of Region Leader of the Americas. Previously, he held various roles of increasing seniority, including Interim Americas Region Leader; Managing Partner of the firm’s Consumer Products Sector; Managing Partner of the firm’s US Central Region & Global Consumer Products Sector; and Managing Partner of the firm’s Global Consumer Practice. Foster’s earlier roles include a five year stint at boutique executive search and consulting firm Lynch Miller Moore O'Hara from 1994, Director of Marketing at Carl Buddig & Co., and Senior Brand Manager at Quaker Oats where he started his career in 1984. Foster holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Brown University and a Master of Management in International Management and Marketing from the Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management.

Foster join’s Korn Ferry’s Chicago office as a Vice Chairman in the Global Consumer Practice. He brings more than 30 years of experience to the firm, and is focused on further expanding the firm’s presence in the transforming consumer market in the US, among others.

Bernard Zen-Ruffinen, President, EMEA, Chair and Global Industrial & Consumer Markets, says, “Torrey brings to Korn Ferry an extraordinary level of recruiting and leadership advisory experience, as well as long standing client relationships. For more than two decades he has worked closely with clients in the consumer sector, with a particular focus on packaged goods, food and beverage, health and personal care products, branded durable goods, and general merchandise.”

Bob Wesselkamper, Torrey Foster

Bob Wesselkamper joined Watson Wyatt (today Willis Towers Watson) in 1998 as a Senior Consultant and Central Division Practice Leader, before in, 2001 becoming a Practice Director for the firm’s International operation. In 2010 the company was acquired by Towers Watson, with Wesselkamper transferring to the role of Director of International Human Resource Consulting. Previously, from 1995, Wesselkamper worked at financial advisory firm Sedgwick Noble Lowndes as a Vice President and Senior International Consultant, and Senior International Consultant at Noble Lowndes from 1988. Wesselkamper, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History from DePauw University, started his career at Findley Davies & Company as a Consultant.

Wesselkamper brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role at Korn Ferry Hay Group as its new Senior Client Partner and Global Head of Rewards and Benefits Solutions. The role sees Wesselkamper responsible for expanding the firm’s offerings within the benefits space, including executive rewards, reward benchmarking, pay data and benefits services.

Jean-Marc Laouchez, Korn Ferry Hay Group Global Managing Director, Solutions, says, “Rewards and benefits offerings are important parts of Korn Ferry’s business. Bob brings extensive international commercial and technical experience in these areas. We look forward to tapping his expertise to enhance our already market-leading reward practice.”

Wesselkamper adds, “Korn Ferry is a widely regarded, talent-centric organisation and I’m honoured to be part of its continued evolution. The people and the intellectual property of this firm are second-to-none, and it is exciting to see how we can continue to bring best-in-class offerings to our clients.”