Dennis Carey

  • Fall 1982

Dennis Carey
Senior Client Partner, CEO & Board Services Practice

Dennis Carey is a Vice Chairman & Co-Leader, Board Services Practice in Korn Ferry, based in Philadelphia and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Mr. Carey specializes in the recruitment of CEO’s and corporate directors. In recent years, he has conducted searches for the current CEO’s of 3M, Tyco International, MCI and American Standard, among others.  Mr. Carey has also recently concluded the  CEO succession planning assignment with GlaxoSmithKline.  He has done board of director searches for dozens of companies, among them American Express, Tyco International (entire new board), Tyco Electronics (entire new board), CBS, Air Products, Rohm and Haas, Amgen, AmerisourceBergen, Allied Signal, VF Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline, Cigna, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and UNOCAL. He has also conducted director searches for a number of spin offs, including AT&T, NCR and Sprint (2006.)

Previously, Mr. Carey spent nearly two decades at another global recruitment firm.  He was a managing director at Hay Management Consultants; Secretary of Labor and Industry to Governor Pierre S. Dupont IV; and served as vice president of the University of Delaware.

Mr. Carey serves as a director of AirClic, the Edgewater Funds and Wharton’s Director’s Institute.  He founded G100, the Prium, the Lead Director Academy, the Chairman Academy and the CEO Academy.

Mr. Carey holds a Ph.D. in finance and administration from the University of Maryland and was a post doctoral fellow at Harvard University in 1982-1983.  He has also held visiting Fellowships at Princeton Theological Seminary and the ECC.  He has authored numerous articles on corporate governance, director recruitment, board compensation (Directors and Boards) and spin offs (McKinsey Quarterly).  He has also published three books: CEO Succession and The Human Side of M&A, both published by Oxford University Press in 2000, and How To Run A Company, published by Crown Press in 2003.

In 1980, Mr. Carey was ranked by the World Swimming Federation as one of the top swimmers in the world after completing his swim of the English Channel.  He serves on the board of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, chaired by Mark Spitz.