Louis Montgomery Jr., a nearly three-decade human resources veteran and a former senior vice president from Serco Group‘s North American arm, has joined Los Angeles-based talent consulting provider Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) as a principal.
Korn Ferry said Tuesday Montgomery will work out of Korn Ferry’s office in Reston, Va. and be a member of the firm’s global human resources practice.
Montgomery told GovCon Wire he will focus on senior HR roles in the Washington metropolitan regions and nationally, as well as work to connect organizations in search of senior leaders with Korn Ferry partners.
“As a former chief HR officer, what the firm offers its clients aligns very well to my experience as I’ve consumed all those services as an HR leader, ” said Montgomery, who served as HR SVP between 2007 and 2012 at Serco Inc., the British government services contractor’s subsidiary in the U.S. and Canada.
He has also held HR leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies such as IBM (NYSE: IBM), Pepsico (NYSE: PEP), Kraft Foods (NASDAQ: KRFT), Philip Morris (NYSE: PM and AES Corp. (NYSE: AES)
“Korn Ferry is moving increasingly into talent management; providing support from boards to senior leaders to first line leaders, ” said Montgomery.
One area of talent management Korn Ferry is increasingly focusing on, Montgomery said, is assessments of employees that are in leadership development processes at their companies.
That is part of Korn Ferry’s goal to create a “one-stop shop” for organizations to seek support services in the search and recruitment process, Montgomery said.
“There’s a strong market here in Washington and nationally as talent assessment becomes more common.”
Prior to Korn Ferry, Montgomery worked at Preston Reffett and its affiliate Reffett Associates for two years in roles such as senior managing director and managing director for the commercial and public sector.
Entering the executive search and talent recruitment business has long been an aspiration of Montgomery, who said he acquired an “entreprenurial buzz” to start his own consulting business near the start of the 2000s.
He decided “that was not a great time post-9/11 to launch a business” and opted to take a traditional recruiting position at a company.
This new role at Korn Ferry is close to what he envisioned then, he said.
“Recruiting was always the favorite aspect of my career.”