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New Partner in Seoul, South Korea

Karla Salinas | 17.03.2017

As members of the global alliance - IRC Global Executive Search Partners; The QualiFind Group is proud to announce a new partner in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

We have continued to see significant investments being made in both the US and Mexico by Korean companies and particularly in the automotive and electronics sectors. From Kia and Hyundai’s large automotive campuses in the southeastern US to the numerous consumer and manufacturing investments made throughout Mexico and Latin America; Korea is in the top 10 global import and export markets.

As a member of IRC’s Board of Directors, our Senior Managing Partner – Warren Carter participated in the selection process for bringing McKinney Consulting into the IRC alliance. Warren met with McKinney Consulting’s president – Steven B. McKinney during a recent quarterly board meeting in Singapore.

Warren stated, “Steven’s executive leadership experience at Adidas, Reebok and Converse within the APAC region prior to starting McKinney Consulting in 2001 served as a strong foundation for his firm’s success. He and his team have a combined 65 years of executive search and leadership consulting experience within the Korean market for both domestic and multinational companies. Steven and his team are a great addition to our ability to be Globally Connected and Locally Committed.”

Steven McKinney is a native of North Carolina. He has more than 25 years of experience in Korea and the APAC region in both local and global leadership roles within industrial, manufacturing and consumer goods sectors. Before launching McKinney, he spent 13 plus years in executive roles with global athletic apparel giants – Adidas, Reebok and Converse. Most notably he oversaw the production of Reebok's largest contract manufacturing facility, a 5,000 employee operation which produced 14.4 million pairs of footwear annually. He was also recognized for his creative and leadership skills in leading global teams as the Global Head of Footwear Product Development for Adidas International which paved the way for Adidas to be publicly traded.

Steven has more than 15 years of experience in executive search and in the identification and development of leadership teams via his leadership consulting practice. He serves on a board with the five largest business organizations and government leaders, is a senior advisor to American Chamber of Commerce in Korea, co-founder of the Korea Business Leaders Alliance and received the distinction of Honorary Citizen of Seoul in 2007 by Mayor Oh, Se-Hoon. He holds a bachelors degree from Mars Hill College in North Carolina, further MBA studies from the University of Washington and is a certified Master Coach and a member of the International Coaching Council.

With the addition of South Korea, the IRC’s roster of member-owned search firms in the APAC region now stands at 12 strategic markets. Steven McKinney said, “At McKinney Consulting failure is not an option. We understand you because we research you and your distinct differences. Once we have identified these differences, we are better prepared to ask you the pertinent questions that are necessary for us to understand you and your business fully. When you speak, we listen.” He adds: “Consumer products companies face a variety of challenges in Korea. Consumer and shopper behavior can be complex, while retail consolidation and emerging markets bring added competition. Multiple Free Trade Agreements taking effect at different stages also brings challenges and opportunities. Korea has over 70% of the global GDP covered under some form of a Free Trade Agreement. Our clients require leaders that fit well with their corporate culture, Korean culture as well as the required technical skills, management and leadership traits to succeed.”

About IRC Global Executive Search Partners

IRC Global Executive Search Partners is a global alliance of member-owned executive search firms that interface to serve client needs for talents outside of their local or regional markets. IRC partner firms also work to share best practices in executive search, talent acquisition and leadership consulting both within the alliance and with respective clients.

The QualiFind Group is among more than 350 other IRC partners and consultants located in 80 cities on six continents which Hunt Scanlon Media ranks in the Top 3 for global geographic coverage within the executive search industry. IRC partner firms have a combined track record of more than 30,000 completed search assignments for 2,000+ clients in almost every conceivable industry segment and function. Our partners and consultants are as culturally and geographically diverse as our clients.

Confidentiality, precision and urgency are paramount as IRC member firms execute the most challenging retained executive search and talent mapping assignments to secure the best available candidates, wherever they may be.

For more information, contact:

Warren Carter


Phone: 619-921-1795

Stepan Motejzik


Phone: +420-608-102-893