Windle B. Priem, a veteran of the executive search industry and a former CEO of Korn Ferry, died on August 7, 2020 in Boston.
Mr. Priem has been a Director of EMC since December 2001. From July 2001 until his retirement in December 2003, Mr. Priem served as a Vice Chairman of Korn/Ferry International, a global executive recruiting company, and from December 1998 to June 2001, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Korn/Ferry. He joined Korn/Ferry in 1976 and held various positions with Korn/Ferry, including Chief Operating Officer from May 1997 to December 1998 and President of the North American region from January 1996 to June 1998. Mr. Priem retired from Korn/Ferry in December 2003. He was also a Director of Korn/Ferry from June 1992 to November 2002.
Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Mr. Priem was regional director of the U.S. Small Business Administration for New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Previously, he was a vice president in corporate banking for Marine Midland Bank in New York from 1964 to 1972. It was during this time, in 1970, that Mr. Priem met a PanAm flight attendant from Ft. Smith, Arkansas, who added a southern twang to her rusty Italian on PanAm flights to and from Rome. Susan Steele Priem and Mr. Priem enjoyed a marriage nearing 50 years
Mr. Priem earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1959. Following college, Officers’ Candidate School in Norfolk led to his rank of Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and service in that military branch from 1959-1962. By 1964, he had completed a Master’s in Business Administration from Babson College and later would attend Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.