Umesh Ramakrishnan is a member of the Office of the CEO with Kingsley Gate Partners. He was most recently Vice Chairman and Chief Innovation Officer of one of the largest retained executive search firms in the world. Over a career that spans three decades, Umesh has held senior executive positions like President and Chief Operating Officer in the technology industry that have given him both strategic planning and operating experience. He infuses this experience with our state of the art scientific, cloud-based tools to assess his candidates to ensure the executives that he places have the best holistic fit with his clients.
Umesh has placed members of the boards of directors, CEOs, CFOs, CTOs, COOs, CDOs and other senior management positions in North and South America, Europe and Asia. When using our Synchronous Fit® framework, he utilizes relevant data from hundreds of these searches to ensure success. He is considered a thought leader and his quotes can be found regularly in major industry and global publications. He is a sought-after speaker and has been a regular guest on shows like CNBC’s Closing Bell and Power Lunch. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed “There’s No Elevator to the Top” published by Penguin worldwide.
Umesh earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Production Engineering from Bangalore University and a Master’s in Industrial Engineering from the University of Texas. He has served on the board of trustees of several non-profit organizations like the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland – one of the leading Technology Museums in the country and the Children's Museum of Cleveland. Umesh works out of our Cleveland location.