Fairfax County EDA begins recruitment for next president/CEO to succeed Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D.

Fairfax County, Virginia –The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) has selected Korn Ferry to work alongside the FCEDA’s governing body to select the Authority’s next president and chief executive officer.

The recruitment follows the announcement that Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., will retire as president and CEO after 35 years at the FCEDA. Starting in January, Gordon will be serving as a fellow in the College of Charleston’s Joseph P. Riley Center for Livable Communities, where he will be working with faculty, staff and students to support the economic and cultural vibrancy of the City of Charleston, S.C. He also will teach in the college’s Master of Public Administration program. Additionally, Gordon will be consulting with institutions in northern Virginia and will serve on a local board.

Korn Ferry is the largest global leadership, recruitment, and talent consulting services company with 150 offices across 52 countries. It was selected by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as America’s Best Executive Recruiter among 250 firms. Korn Ferry serves all key business sectors including technology, financial services, healthcare and life sciences, industrial, real estate, and consumer.

The search will be co-led by Korn Ferry partners Charlie Ingersoll ( and Lorraine Lavet (

Time magazine called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Business growth and innovation help Fairfax County fund the nation’s top-rated school system and other public services that contribute to the quality of life of residents. Fairfax County offers businesses a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure, access to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport, a vibrant investment capital community and a highly skilled, well-educated workforce.

The award-winning Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Follow the FCEDA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.