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Korn Ferry and Kotter Partner to Offer Coaching and Certification to Professionals Seeking Career Advancement

By Kotter Inc.March 9, 2023July 14th, 2023No Comments3 min read

Los Angeles, March. 09 2023 – Korn Ferry (NYSE: KFY) today announced a partnership with Kotter International, Inc. (“Kotter”) to provide professionals with a combined offering that marries Korn Ferry’s world-class coaching capabilities with Kotter’s renowned change certification program.

A global organizational consulting firm, Korn Ferry offers consulting solutions that span the leadership, culture and talent spectrum, including change management solutions and training. The firm, through its vast intellectual property and Korn Ferry Advance platform, also offers online assessments, career coaching, and other learning and professional development services.

Kotter, founded by Harvard Business School Professor, Dr. John P. Kotter, and widely recognized as the global authority on change, specializes in adaptability and transformation, including change leadership consulting and training. Their Change Certification Program is designed to help individuals, teams, and organizations better lead through and manage constant change.

“We’re pleased to partner with Kotter to provide professionals with a combination of coaching and certification to enable stronger change leadership at scale across their organizations. This partnership lives at the intersection of ‘perform’ and ‘transform’ and helps organizations activate change faster and professionals adapt and advance,” said Bryan Ackermann, Managing Partner, Leadership and Professional Development, Korn Ferry.

“Kotter helps individuals and organizations adapt and transform in our uncertain and volatile world,” said Rick Western, Chief Executive Officer at Kotter. “We’re thrilled about the opportunity to bring together the Kotter Change Certification Program with Korn Ferry’s broad consulting expertise, which includes growing and developing people and scaling high-performing teams.”

The partnership reflects trends identified among executives at Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies (WMAC) for 2023. According to research conducted by Korn Ferry, which collaborates with Fortune to help identify the WMACs, the #1 attribute that makes someone successful in today’s top-performing companies is “the ability to lead change,” yet nearly two-thirds of the executives rated “reskilling and upskilling current workers” as one of their biggest workforce challenges today. At the same time, 66% of executives and directors surveyed said a “shortage of human capital with key skills” was a top challenge to their future growth prospects.

More information about Korn Ferry’s Enterprise Coaching and Change Management capabilities can be found at and More information about the Kotter Change Certification Program can be found at

About Korn Ferry

Korn Ferry is a global organizational consulting firm. We work with our clients to design optimal organization structures, roles, and responsibilities. We help them hire the right people and advise them on how to reward and motivate their workforce while developing professionals as they navigate and advance their careers.

About Kotter International, Inc.

Kotter is the authority in adaptability and transformation. We help individuals and organizations better lead and manage change via world-class consulting services and leadership development training, including the Kotter Change Certification Program. 

Founded by the world’s foremost change expert, Dr. John Kotter, and backed by five decades of ongoing, empirical research and real-world experience in the science of change, our proven approach offers unimaginable results at unprecedented speed.