Mark Byford Egon Zehnder, London
Mark Byford, based in London, advises global life sciences, consumer, and financial services companies on CEO succession, the C-suite, and talent management strategy. Mark also advises publicly-listed and family companies on board issues, diversity and inclusion, and building their presence in emerging markets. Mark’s work has carried him to over thirty countries across Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. He was closely involved in developing many of Egon Zehnder’s talent management offerings, in particular its proprietary approach to Accelerated Integration and currently co-leads the AI practice globally. Mark is known for carefully tailoring solutions for clients, marshaling different combinations the firm’s proprietary solutions and collective experience to achieve the maximum impact. He is active in Egon Zehnder’s CEO, Health, and Human Resources Practices.More
Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Mark was with Boston Consulting Group where he consulted globally for major pharmaceutical companies on commercial strategy in asthma, migraine, and HIV, and helped with R&D projects, such as clinical trial effectiveness and organization design for the research, development, and commercial functions. Mark also played a leading role in developing BCG’s global post-merger-integration practice, serving clients in pharmaceuticals, the film and music industries, plastics, and oil refining. Mark started his career as a junior fellow at Oxford University, where he researched and taught sixteenth-century history.
Mark earned a first-class degree in Modern History from New College at Oxford University, a DPhil in Sixteenth-century History from Oxford, and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Mark is Honorary Secretary of the New College Society, the alumni organization for New College at Oxford, and is a trustee for an educational trust, organizing summer reading parties of Oxford students in the French Alps. He serves on the board of the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library, which holds the historic library and archives of the Archbishops of Canterbury.