Managing Director


With more than 20 years in executive search, Kevin Kelly is a Managing Director in our Atlanta office and Co-Leader of the firm’s Industrial Practice.  He conducts senior-level assignments for general management, financial, sales, marketing, operations, corporate security officers and other functional specialists. Kevin also conducts Board searches within the Industrial sector and works with private equity firms and their portfolio companies

Prior to joining Diversified Search, Kevin was Executive Vice President & Managing Director with Slayton Search Partners, where he oversaw the firm’s Atlanta and Washington DC offices.  Earlier he spent 13 years with Russell Reynolds Associates where he was a Partner and managed the Atlanta office. 

Before entering executive search, Kevin pursued a career in marketing and advertising, most recently in account service with the Atlanta ad agency Cole Henderson Drake. Earlier he spent several years in marketing with The Coca-Cola Company.  He began his career in the management training program at Universal Leaf Tobacco.

Kevin and his wife live in Atlanta where they have raised three daughters.


Professional Activities & Achievements
Breakthrough Atlanta, former Board Member


BA, Economics, University of Virginia
MBA, University of Virginia (Darden)