Donna S. Karnal

Talent Advisory & Executive Coach

Ultimate Solutions, LLC is an executive search firm that bridges the gap between our clients and their ideal candidates in the human capital sector.

Donna’s Story

Donna is Founding member and Managing Director of Ultimate Solutions Search. She is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience working in Talent Advisory.

She is a gifted and dedicated executive search professional who has an eye for top-notch talent. Ultimate Solutions Search works with executive search firms both large and small and companies from start-ups to fortune 500 to help them grow by delivering talented executive recruiters who can adapt and succeed in these rapidly changing times.

Donna’s core competency in the space is focused on listening and experience in developing relationships with candidates to best understand their ideal fit within the culture, economic and business model of her clients. She recruits from a wide range of talent, including new emerging leaders as well senior level executives.

Donna is a natural in her ability to read people, listen to and encourage her candidates to tap their own, sometimes unknown passion. Donna helps them identify their own talents, which often leads to placing people in roles where they have the best fit and lasting career choices.

Donna also served as Korn/Ferry’s Director of Recruiting, with responsibility for hiring Managing Directors and Principals for all business sectors.

Worked as a broker on the New York Stock Exchange for Goldman Sachs and then joined Citibank’s Private Banking Division as a portfolio manager.

Prior to her years in Executive Recruitment, Donna was a floor broker on the New York Stock Exchange for Goldman Sachs and then joined Citibank’s Private Banking Division as a portfolio manager for the bank’s high-net worth clients.

Experience & Achievements


Brown University – Leadership & Performance Coaching Certificate

Nova University – MS Conflict Resolution

Brooklyn College – BA Sociology

Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF)

Donna uses her vast knowledge and connections, her humor and compassion to be empathic, as she knows the business world continually changes and challenges, people which requires a willingness for executives to take risks and be agile in incorporating setting goals and managing their careers for success.

Donna’s career as an executive search consultant provides her with a wealth of valuable experience that enhances her coaching practice. With a deep understanding of the recruitment industry and the demands of senior-level positions, Donna is uniquely equipped to help her clients strategize the complexities of their careers. She has a keen eye for identifying talent and can help executives hone their skills and position themselves for success. Her experience in collaborating with top-level executives gives her a valuable perspective on the challenges and opportunities that come with leadership positions, and she can provide practical and insightful guidance on how to excel in these roles. Overall, Donna’s background as an executive search consultant enables her to bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her coaching practice and helps her clients achieve their full potential.

My Approach

Since the talent requirements within the human capital sector continue to evolve, retained recruiting firms and corporations have complex talent needs that require innovative and focused global solutions. What sets US apart is our comprehensive understanding of what makes each unique executive search and consulting assignment a successful one.

Supporting the Leaders of Today, Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow

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Fairfield CT 06824

Main Phone: (203) 540-5281

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