Sovereign Wealth Funds

With more than $4 trillion in assets under management, Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) are major players in the global economy, distinguished by their higher purpose.

Egon Zehnder supports your Sovereign Wealth Fund with expert talent and governance strategies, thoughtfully crafted to optimize long-term performance and fulfill your unique mission. Our Practice includes consultants in every region where major and emerging SWFs reside.

What sets Egon Zehnder apart?

Deep Industry Knowledge

The consultants in our Practice have long served as trusted advisors to Sovereign Wealth Funds. We are thoroughly prepared to understand the nuance of your mission and strategy, and rigorously qualified to help you define and satisfy the corresponding human capital and governance requirements. We are particularly adept at conducting cross-border, multi-country assignments that require close coordination and collaboration.

Thoughtful Talent Strategies

Our global SWF team works closely with our Industry and Functional Practices to provide you with extensive geographic reach and deep expertise in a broad range of industries (including Financial Services, Technology, Life Sciences, Services, Industrial and Private Capital) and functions (including HR, Risk, Compliance, Legal, Finance, IT, and Operations). We are your partners in addressing strategic human capital issues, including effective organizational and compensation structures to attract and retain the best talent from around the world, and assessing and selecting the most suitable candidates for the specific roles, culture, and geographic location of your SWF and its portfolio companies, to ensure fit, integration, and long-term success.

Comprehensive Services

As we offer you thoughtful, pragmatic counsel, we blend a range of proven capabilities to meet your exact needs. Our comprehensive services include:

Collaborative Approach

The consultants in our Practice help SWFs add value to their portfolio companies through effective Corporate Governance structures and appointments, and by recruiting and developing high performing operational and management executives. Referencing our globally researched benchmarks, we help you pinpoint your ideal leaders’ demonstrated leadership competencies, personality traits, and behavioral characteristics.

Close Connections

When you engage us in executive or director search, our consultants’ professionalism, integrity, and thorough understanding of global finance and business ensure credibility with candidates and opinion leaders around the world. We are in close contact with the best senior operating talent and top investment and finance executives in every geography. We know who can meet your evolving needs and how to attract the best professional talent to your SWF and its portfolio companies.

Personal, Global Search

With the search criteria clearly defined, the consultants who worked with you to craft the role specification then personally and confidentially engage their local and global relationships to identify candidates prepared to meet your needs, or the needs of your portfolio companies. Each Egon Zehnder consultant’s reach is truly global. Our equal partnership structure and fixed-fee pricing policy motivate our consultants worldwide to work on your behalf. Your search consultants are also supported by a dedicated team of researchers who simultaneously run your requirements through relevant segments of our database, which continually tracks top executive and director talent worldwide. Through this rigorous process, we closely examine candidates who appear to be a potential match, analyzing critical incidents in their careers for insights into how they might navigate the challenges they would face in your targeted role. We screen candidates based on experience, competencies, and potential as well as match with your organizational culture, or the culture of your targeted portfolio company, so the talent we bring you will thrive and succeed.

Trust-based Negotiation

Our consultants invest personally in their relationships with candidates, gaining intimate understanding of their requirements and concerns. So as your search progresses into the hiring phase, we are thoroughly prepared to serve as problem solvers and facilitators. Our fixed-fee policy assures that we can play this vital yet sensitive role with no conflict of interest.

Accelerated Integration

Our value add does not end with a successful hire. For newly appointed senior executives, the first few weeks and months in the role are critical. They must quickly understand the organization’s culture, set the right priorities, and establish credibility with colleagues and stakeholders. Our Accelerated Integration service speeds your new executive’s journey to full impact. We start supporting executives well before “Day One” in a new role – ideally, as soon as the appointment decision is made. Working in collaboration with the hiring manager and the HR manager, we help your executive build an accurate and insightful picture of the upcoming integration challenge, making the keys to leadership success vividly clear and crafting a plan to hit the ground running. We also work personally with the welcoming leadership team as well as the executive to quickly cultivate interpersonal trust and open dialogue. Through the first 90 days, our consultants gather and distill candid feedback on the first impressions the executive is creating during the initial integration. We meet one-on-one with the executive at regular intervals – creating “islands of time” to allow them briefly to set aside all-consuming operational priorities, reflect on progress, identify and prioritize early wins, and calibrate their approach as needed.

Assured Results

We earn your loyalty by being consistently effective, energetically responsive to your needs, and tenaciously committed to the ongoing success of your organization and its portfolio companies. Our consultants bring enthusiasm, drive, and ambition that match the nature of the clients that we serve.

Cumulative Value

Most of our client relationships are long-term. This allows us to build a full and detailed understanding of your strategy and needs. The better we know you, the more value we can provide to you.

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