Business 100 – 2017

Gerry McNamara/Korn Ferry International

Gerry McNamara is the global managing director of the Information Officers Center for Expertise for Korn Ferry, the preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm. He provides guidance and oversight to the CIO leadership teams in North America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA.

Previously, Gerry spent 18 years with a leading executive search firm, 15 years with IBM, and held the rank of captain in the United States Marine Corps. He holds a master’s from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s from Mount St. Mary’s University. He is a surviving passenger of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 which made an emergency landing on New York’s Hudson River in 2009.

Born in Brooklyn, Gerry is a second-generation Irish American with roots in counties Down, Cavan, and Kerry. “I have always admired with greatest pride the courage my ancestors showed leaving their homeland to chart a course for the future here in the U.S.,” he says. A dual citizen of Ireland and America, he also serves on the board of the Ireland-U.S. Council and La Salle Academy in New York. He and his wife, Debbie, have three children.