Maria Howard is Chief Revenue Officer at Linkage, where she oversees the global business development, marketing and Linkage Network teams. She brings more than 15 years of experience building and leading businesses in the professional services industry with a focus on leadership development, assessment and succession, and talent acquisition.
Maria’s area of expertise includes aligning business and talent strategies to drive measurable impact against organizational goals; she achieves this growth through an organization’s most important asset— its people. Maria offers innovative, integrated solutions that link the talent life cycle from hiring, retention, development and promotion. The result: distinguished leaders who are capable of growth in an ever-changing and disruptive marketplace.
Before Linkage, Maria spent the last decade growing commercial businesses within Korn Ferry. During her time there, she led several post-acquisition integrations, driving double-digit growth across solution areas. She started a new global function-driving capability to bring KF Executive Search, Futurestep, and Advisory/Product businesses to the market. Maria served as an executive sponsor on marquee accounts across life sciences, consumer, industrial and tech industries and has delivered global programs to clients and internal colleagues across NA, APAC and EMEA.
Maria earned a Master of Arts in psychotherapy and organizational development from the Adler Graduate School, and an undergraduate degree in psychology and communications from the College of Saint Benedict.