Charles Tseng WG'79
President, Asia Pacific
Korn/Ferry International

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Charles Tseng is President, Asia Pacific for Korn/Ferry International.

Based in Shanghai, Mr. Tseng oversees 17 offices in a region encompassing Greater China, India, ASEAN, Australasia, Japan and Korea. He is also a member of the Firm’s Global Operating Committee.

With over 20 years’ experience in the Asia Pacific markets, Mr. Tseng advises global companies and Asian groups, helping them define their organizational needs and develop their leadership capital in the region.  He focuses on ‘C-level’ and regional head placements for multinationals and Asian conglomerates.

Prior to joining Korn/Ferry in 2000, Mr. Tseng was with another global search firm, where he was senior partner for East Asia and a member of its board of directors practice group.

Before that, Mr. Tseng was with Cold Storage, a leading food and retail company in Southeast Asia, where he was appointed group general manager. He also served as board director of Jusco Malaysia, one of the largest retailers in Malaysia.

He began his career with the Ford Motor Company as a manufacturing engineer in Australia and subsequently held other manufacturing and marketing positions with Ford in Asia including marketing director, Malaysia.

Voted by BusinessWeek in 2008 as one of the 50 most influential search consultants in the world, Mr. Tseng obtained an M.B.A. in the United States from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a first class honors’ degree in engineering from the University of Melbourne in Australia. He is a member of The Wharton Asia Advisory Board and a fellow member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.