Gizem Weggemans

London

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Gizem Weggemans Egon Zehnder, London

About

Gizem Weggemans leads Egon Zehnder's global Human Resources Practice as well as the firm's global Communications and Public Affairs Officers Practice. She is a core member of Egon Zehnder's Travel/Hospitality, Consumer and Professional Services Practices, and also works across the Marketing function. In addition to executive appointments, she conducts Board (non-executive director) searches and partners with organizations on developing their talent and improving the effectiveness of their teams.

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Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Gizem was a Senior Director at the Corporate Executive Board (CEB). During her tenure with CEB, she advised divisional CEOs, corporate CFOs, and chief strategy officers of both Fortune 500 and middle market companies. Previously, Gizem was a management consultant with A.T. Kearney, where she was part of the Global Business Policy Council in Washington, DC. At A.T. Kearney, she worked on international corporate assignments around scenario planning and market entry, as well as public sector assignments on national competitiveness, sector strategy and foreign direct investment promotion in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Gizem also managed the organization's CEO retreats around the world. She started her career as a Research Analyst with the Overseas Development Council and was later a Consultant with The World Bank, serving in the office of the Chief Economist of the International Finance Corporation.

Gizem earned an MA in International Economics and European Studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and an MBAe from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She holds a BA in International Relations and a BA in German Language and Literature, both from Tufts University.


News and Publications

Fluid Boundaries, New Challenges

Legacy organizations must respond – or risk their survival. While each organization will transform itself in a different way, each transformation is certain to have digital at its core, because digital is driving the changes in consumer expectations, markets and products.

The Next Airline Downturn – How to Survive

Airline profits are flying high, thanks to healthy load factors, low fuel prices, and capacity discipline. But there’s another downturn ahead, and airlines must prepare for it now – by leading the way in digital transformation, and boosting their future talent bench.

Comfort with Paradox

Most CEOs and boards name succession, both for the CEO and for business unit leaders, as their biggest strategic challenge. While this leadership challenge exists for every industry, it is particularly acute in the consumer sector, where many of the successive waves of disruption first hit.

Egon Zehnder’s Gizem Weggemans Discusses Leadership in Communications

The evolving role of corporate affairs officers and the critical importance of corporate reputation were two of the key themes explored by Gizem Weggemans, Egon Zehnder’s Global Communications and Public Affairs Officers Practice leader, at the 10th European Communication Summit.

Leading a New Era of Communications

Once heralded as the seat held by the best storyteller in the company, corporate communications is no longer about amplifying what an organisation wants to say. Social media and vanishing boundaries have exploded the old model.

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Goodbye Spokesperson, Hello Steward

Once heralded as the seat held by the best storyteller in the company, corporate communications is no longer about amplifying what an organisation wants to say. Social media and vanishing boundaries have exploded the old model.

The Group HR Director — Navigator of New Worlds

In a business environment characterised by rapid change and high levels of ambiguity and uncertainty, where the ability to mobilise talent is perhaps the greatest differentiator of corporate performance, the role of the Group HR Director has become more critical than ever before.

Communications and Public Affairs Officers Practice Profile

Communications and Public Affairs Officers are no longer mere “spokespeople” or executors of decisions made by others. They are increasingly involved in shaping the business.

Egon Zehnder’s Gizem Weggemans at The Indie Summit, “A Framework for Leadership”

“A Framework for Leadership” was the topic of Gizem Weggemans’ presentation at The Indie Summit at the Royal College of Physicians on 14th June in London. The Indie Summit is the only large-scale global conference and networking event exclusively for Owners, CEOs and Senior Directors of the world’s leading independent marketing and communications agencies.

Human Resources Practice Profile

Egon Zehnder serves clients who view HR as a strategic imperative. Our expertise covers CHROs, Chief Talent Officers, HR Division Generalists and more.

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Gizem Weggemans Egon Zehnder, London