Kyung H. Yoon is a Senior Advisor at Diversified Search, joining the firm in 2018 and working primarily in the technology and consumer and retail sectors, with a particular emphasis on CEOs and boards. A former vice-chairman of Heidrick & Struggles, Yoon is the CEO and founder of the Silicon Valley-based Talent Age Associates, where she has developed talent strategies for the Fortune 500, multinational corporations, and mid-cap/venture-backed companies in the technology, fashion, consumer, lifestyle, and financial sectors.
While at Heidrick, Yoon led the firm’s expansion in Asia, managing its Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, and Seoul offices. At Diversified Search, she works closely on cross-border search work through the firm’s membership in AltoPartners, the leading international alliance of retained executive search and leadership consulting firms.
Prior to joining Heidrick, Yoon served as President of Benten Investments, Inc., in San Francisco; President of Pacific Union Management in San Francisco; and Vice President of Dillingham Development Co. in Honolulu. She began her career at BNP Paribas. She is also the Co-Founder and Partner of the Executive Board Exchange (EBX), the premier community for corporate director and board engagement. She currently serves as a board director of the global fashion group MCM Worldwide, board director of Give2Asia, council member of the Stanford Center on Longevity, and as an advisory board member of Translink Capital. Previously, she served on the boards of Silicon Valley Bank; several venture-backed technology companies, including Mobile Money Ventures (a joint venture between Citi and SK Telecom); and several nonprofits, including Harvard University’s Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board. Born in Seoul, Korea to a diplomatic family, she grew up in Seoul, Washington, D.C., and Paris, and is fluent in English, French, and Korean, with literacy in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.