Sonny Iqbal

New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore

consultant name

Sonny Iqbal Egon Zehnder, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore


Sonny Iqbal has very deep experience working at the C-suite and board level in international corporations and multi-geography family businesses. He works across sectors focusing on senior level executive search, leadership succession, non-executive director search, and leadership assessment and development. He also works with Chairpersons and boards on CEO succession as well as board effectiveness reviews. Based in New Delhi, Sonny is a trusted executive recruitment and talent strategy advisor to leading Indian, South Asian and global companies across life sciences, industrial, consumer, retail, digital, and services. He also works with private equity firms on portfolio company CEO and board searches.


Sonny is the co-leader of Egon Zehnder’s Global Family Business Advisory, counseling family businesses on succession, founder transition, developing a family charter and governance matters. He also coaches senior executives and family members.

Sonny earned a BA (Honors) from St Stephen’s College at Delhi University, an MBA from University of Surrey in England, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Hospitality from The Oberoi Centre for Learning, in India.

News and Publications

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.

The Neglected Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback

The ability to give and receive feedback is a fundamental leadership skill. Feedback improves outcomes and results, motivates performance, brings groups together, clarifies goals and objectives, clears outstanding issues and inspires development.

The Overlooked Document That Every Family Business Must Have

Perpetuity is a central objective of every family business. In today’s ever-changing world, it is critical for owner families to proactively mitigate risks to achieve that longevity.

Family Businesses are Facing a Skeptical Next Generation

Whenever a family business looks to its next generation on matters of succession, it can encounter four types of responses. The next generation family member could be eager and ready.

livemint – Family-led Firms Face Challenge of Integrating Outsiders

Family-led firms are resilient, long-lasting and offer some of the finest examples of corporate leadership in the world, reports livemint.

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How Chairmen Enhance Board Effectiveness

For independent board chairmen of global companies, challenges continue to grow while room for error continues to shrink. Shareholders demand more rapid returns. Increasing regulation around the world demands exemplary corporate governance and rigorous compliance. Controversy about executive compensation has taken on new life in the context of rising income inequality.

Harvard Business Review - Asian Family Businesses: Time to Face Up to Succession

Family businesses account for over 50 percent of large corporations in the Asia-Pacific region and many will soon be facing leadership successions for the first time. Managing these transitions effectively constitutes a major challenge, write Sonny Iqbal and Jörg Ritter, co-leaders of Egon Zehnder’s global family-business advisory, and Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, a senior adviser at Egon Zehnder, in a blog entry for the Harvard Business Review.

“Family Gravity” and Structured CEO Succession Key Drivers to Long-Term Success of Family Businesses - Image

“Family Gravity” and Structured CEO Succession Key Drivers to Long-Term Success of Family Businesses

In a recent study, Egon Zehnder and Family Business Network International interviewed executives at 50 of the world’s top family firms - mostly in the third or fourth generation - to discover how they unlock great leadership.

Family Business Advisory Practice Profile

Egon Zehnder’s Family Business Advisory expertly helps clients navigate the challenges of leadership, succession, and governance across generations.

consultant name

Sonny Iqbal Egon Zehnder, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore