ayana's Journey

Ayana Parsons is a senior client partner who leads Korn Ferry’s Board & CEO Inclusion work. In this capacity, she helps drive greater board and top team effectiveness by focusing on inclusive governance, leadership and talent management.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Ayana worked with another global professional services firm where she placed presidents, CEOs, and CMOs at leading multinational companies and led executive succession and talent pipelining engagements.

She also co-founded and co-chaired the firm’s Women’s Inclusion Network, helping highly accomplished women advance from the executive suite to corporate board seats.

Before embarking on her organizational consulting career, Ayana served as the global head of retail, consumer goods and lifestyle industries at the World Economic Forum. It was there she  led the pre-eminent global discussions in Davos, Switzerland, on all topics related to her respective industries.

Ayana’s early career spanned sales, marketing and general management roles at several of the world’s largest companies, including Philips, Pfizer, Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble.

Ayana lives in Atlanta with her husband, Dr. Ebbie Parsons III, and their two daughters.

Ayana holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and an MBA in marketing from Florida A&M University.