Ken Taylor is the founder and CEO of Director Search and Taylor Meyer Associates. He is a trusted global advisor to boards, CEOs and senior leadership teams on matters relating to: Board composition; Director and CEO succession planning and recruitment; and senior leadership team recruitment. From the largest companies in the world to smaller, privately- held companies, Mr. Taylor has been retained during the last 30 years by corporate Boards, CEOs, CHROs and CLOs to identify and recruit corporate directors and senior level executives. His accumulated knowledge is embedded in the Director Search platform, which he has developed and now made directly available to Boards, companies, private equity firms, venture capital firms, and hedge funds on a 24/7 basis to demystify the search process and dramatically lower its costs.
During his prior 17-year career with Egon Zehnder International, Mr. Taylor was responsible for leading and building the firm’s presence in the United States. He was a senior partner of the firm and elected by his partners as: one of eight Executive Committee members managing the worldwide firm; the sole U.S. Managing Partner; and the head of its Board Consulting and Director Search Practice in the Americas. Since 2004, Mr. Taylor has devoted 100 percent of his time to advising boards and CEOs, and recruiting Directors, CEOs and other C-level executives for his clients. Mr. Taylor’s expertise and experience is best evidenced by the long-tenured relationships he has developed with his clients, many of whom have become close friends. He has lectured at IMD, Yale, and Northwestern University, where he is a founding faculty member of the Kellogg Center for Executive Women. He has served as a corporate director and a member of the Advisory Board of Georgetown University.
Previously, Mr. Taylor was a Vice President and Group Executive for a predecessor organization to JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. where he opened the Chicago office for the bank and worked with Fortune 500 companies on matters relating to their capital structure. He holds a BSBA finance degree from Georgetown University, an MBA from The University of Chicago, and a CPA from the State of Illinois. In addition to being a CPA, Mr. Taylor also is a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
Ron Tracy centers his work on critical leadership succession within senior executive teams and corporate boards. He has initiated, developed, and sustained long term client relationships with Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and Europe as well as smaller, highly innovative development-stage companies. His client service experience spans the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consumer, telecom, industrial, medical device, professional & business services, food, financial services, agricultural, and distribution industries. In addition to board and general management searches, Ron has conducted large management appraisal projects in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. His assignments have covered a wide range of senior functional leadership roles in commercial, technical, and administrative disciplines.
During his prior 21-year career with a leading global executive search firm, he served in numerous leadership positions including founding managing partner of the firm’s Miami office. He was the firm’s most senior American partner prior to his departure in 2008.
Ron began his career at Monsanto, where he held positions in sales and product management in the agricultural division, and worked subsequently at a boutique merger & acquisition consulting firm in Chicago. He holds a BS degree from Southern Illinois University and a Masters in Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Ron and his wife, Suzanne, reside in Chicago and Miami and have three adult children.
Ellen Kovacs has been with Taylor Meyer Associates since the firm was formed in 2005, after working at a leading international search firm for several years.
Previously, she was the Office Manager for an international bridge engineering firm, where she assisted the Principal in the opening and management of the Chicago and New York offices. Prior to this, she was the Administrator for a custom home developer, where she was responsible for working with various municipalities to obtain zoning approval for the development of raw land into subdivisions in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Additionally, she was responsible for selling the developed lots and procuring contracts for custom homes.
Ellen began her career at Heller Financial in the commercial real estate division, where she was a loan administrator for a portfolio consisting of condominium buildings and shopping centers.