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Ingersoll seeks strong listening skills, raw leadership talent

Twenty-two year veteran, now a Korn/Ferry partner, learned his craft vetting presidential appointments for Reagan and Bush

Jan. 10, 2014
By William Ehart


If Charlie Ingersoll were to choose a career path beyond executive search—which he loves—his dream job might be as a U.S. ambassador, or maybe running a museum dedicated to sailing.

The senior client partner in Korn/Ferry International’s Washington, D.C., office worked on Africa issues while at the Commerce Department during the administration of George H.W. Bush. But he grew up on the water in Essex, Conn., where his father owned a sailboat.

“It would probably be fun to be an ambassador, to represent the U.S. government in Africa. I think it would be fun to run a maritime museum. I spent the first 20 years of my life on the water around boats,” Ingersoll, 52, told CEO Update.