Naree W.S. Viner

Naree Viner
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Naree W.S. Viner

Managing Director, Executive Search

Based in the New York City metro area, Naree has deep experience in executive recruiting with an exclusive focus on mission-driven clients.

Over the past 15 years, Naree has placed seasoned executives as well as next-generation leaders in critical roles for a variety of clients. Naree has partnered closely with board members at prominent public and private organizations to identify, develop, and evaluate executive talent. She has recruited chief executives and senior team members at regional, national, and international art, education and social service organizations.

Naree is widely regarded as one of the leading search consultants in the field and possesses particular expertise working with art museums and cultural institutions. She has placed many accomplished museum directors across the US and has networked internationally to find potential candidates. Representative clients include: American Folk Art Museum; the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney); Buffalo Museum of Science; the Clark Art Institute; the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum; Harvard Art Museums; the Kimbell Museum; the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD); the Menil Collection; Museum of the City of New York; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; SFJAZZ Center; SFMOMA; the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, National Museum of American History, and National Portrait Gallery; Smart Museum of Art (University of Chicago); University of Michigan Museum of Art; Walters Art Museum; Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library; Yale University Art Gallery; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Prior to joining Koya, Naree worked at global search firms Korn Ferry and Heidrick & Struggles. She started her search career at a boutique generalist firm in Pasadena, co-leading the firm’s education and nonprofit practice.

Before moving into search, Naree gained varied experience spanning nonprofit and for-profit organizations. She began her career at the J. Paul Getty Trust, where she was a principal developer of one of the first websites featuring art images and associated educational materials for K-12 teachers. She spent time in the dot-com arena, serving as producer for the parent channel of a K-12 education web portal and manager of instructional design at an online executive education company. She also served as a senior project manager at Crystal Stairs, a nonprofit organization offering childcare services, research, and advocacy in support of families in South Los Angeles.

Civically involved, Naree is a member of the Westport (Connecticut) Young Women’s League and is Chair of the WYWL Grants Committee. She has served on the Williams College Alumni Association Executive Committee and has been a Class Agent for over 25 years.

Naree earned a BA in Art History from Williams College. Her MA in Art History is from the University of Washington.