Executive Search Firm Specializing in the Plastics Industry

Karen Sturgeon, President, Practice Leader for Machinery and Polymer Materials


KLA Industries

Karen Sturgeon grew up in Cincinnati & graduated with a degree in Theater from UC. She went to New York where she attended acting school at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre. Along the way she obtained a Masters degree from Adelphia University in Teaching. After almost 15 years in New York, she returned to Cincinnati where she entered the profession of recruiting. Karen founded KLA Industries in 1999, specializing in the Plastics Industry. She became CPC certified in 2005. Within KLA today, she leads the Machinery & Materials divisions. Outside of work, Karen still enjoys the theater & all performing arts, traveling & has become a huge Cincinnati Reds fan. She’s looking forward to spending winters in the Florida sunshine.

In September, Karen was presented with the 2014 Apex Award for outstanding contributions to the recruiting profession through training and education. Congrats Karen!




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