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Ryan Barron


It is immediately clear how Modern differentiates against more traditional approaches and philosophies to executive search. While Modern prioritizes the Client first and foremost, People are truly at the center of Modern’s mission, representative of something greater than first-class executive placements.

Ryan Barron is a Director in the Industrials Practice.

Prior to joining Modern, he was a generalist Senior Associate with Korn Ferry’s Executive Search Consumer Practice where he successfully placed C-Suite executives at industry-leading apparel, fashion, CPG, utility, private equity, agriculture, and travel & hospitality organizations.

Before transitioning into the world of executive search, Ryan was employee #3 at UpstartWorks, a startup eCommerce consulting firm specializing in revenue growth and digital advertising optimization for consumer and industrial brands on,,, and

Ryan holds a BA in communications from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He resides in Kansas City, Missouri and is a proud husband and father of two boys.