Maria Howard

Chief Revenue Officer


Purposeful Leadership , Advancing Women Leaders , Creating Cultures of Inclusion

About Maria:

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, and she has a passion for driving this growth through an organization’s most important asset–its people. She has brought to market innovative and integrated solutions, linking the talent life cycle from hiring, retention, development and promotion, resulting in differentiated leaders capable of growth in an ever-changing and disruptive marketplace.

Background & Experience:

Prior to joining 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 deliver the integration of KF Executive Search, Futurestep, and Advisory/Product businesses to the market. She has served as an executive sponsor on marquee accounts across life sciences, consumer, industrial and technology industries and has delivered global programs to clients and internal colleagues across NA, APAC, and EMEA.

Education & Training:

Maria earned a Master of Arts in psychotherapy and organizational development from the Adler Graduate School, and an undergraduate degree in communications and psychology from the College of Saint Benedict.

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When Work from Home Stops Being Optional | How to Effectively Manage Remote Teams during COVID-19

Leaders are thinking creatively and acting swiftly to accommodate the changing needs of their workforce, with the ultimate goal of keeping their employees and teams safe. With a new focus on working from home, leaders have a significant opportunity to quickly and meaningfully enable their teams to continue working with little or no interruption to their schedules and productivity.

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