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Based in Miami, German Herrera leads Egon Zehnder in the United States, the Firm’s largest and most dynamic market. In the U.S., German leads a team of about 500 colleagues across 11 offices. He focuses on business development, increasing market penetration, and growing the team across all services, practice groups, and offices. The first Latinx person in this role in the industry, German proactively works on building strategic partnerships and joint ventures with external organizations and stakeholders to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. German has extensive experience working closely with boards and CEOs on succession strategies, recruiting, assessing, and retaining senior leadership talent. He is committed to ensuring companies thrive in today’s competitive landscape by developing leaders’ potential and helping companies tap into diverse talent pools.

Leadership for a better world means unlocking the potential of all human beings and helping leaders succeed, grow, and achieve purpose…in other words be the best they can be

For him, embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion at the highest levels of organizations adds critical competitive advantage for organizations across every industry. Over his almost 25 years with Egon Zehnder, German has held several leadership positions. Most recently, he led the Global Family Business Advisory Practice Group. Before, he led the North American Industrial Practice Group. Additionally, he established and led the Miami office for nine years, working closely with multinational companies, family-owned businesses, and private equity firms. German also played a foundational role in opening the Firm’s office in Bogotá, Colombia.

Before working at Egon Zehnder, German led new business development efforts at Promigas, a diversified telecommunications, energy, and natural gas conglomerate in Colombia. Previously, he was an Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company’s Andean Pact Office, where he led strategy, operations, and organization engagements in industrial, oil and gas, and other sectors. German began his career as a Program Manager at International Paper Company overseeing productivity and operations improvement projects for manufacturing facilities throughout the United States. German holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Columbia University. He loves spending time outdoors with family and friends. Currently, German is chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Pan American Development Foundation, which works to promote economic opportunity in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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The Transformational Effects of Mergers and Acquisitions

The Transformational Effects of Mergers and Acquisitions

In 2016, nearly 200 transactions, with a value of more than $90 billion, took place in the chemical industry, and 2017 may well surpass… 阅读更多

CEO Succession’s Most Important — and Overlooked — Constituency: The CEO’s Direct Reports

CEO Succession’s Most Important — and Overlooked — Constituency: The CEO’s Direct Reports

There is no period in a company’s history more fraught with anxiety than the months leading up to the naming of a new CEO.… 阅读更多

Goodbye to groupthink

Goodbye to groupthink

Diversified perspectives make for better solutions. 阅读更多

On the Disruption Treadmill, Expertise and Competencies are Not Enough

On the Disruption Treadmill, Expertise and Competencies are Not Enough

There is no longer much doubt that we are living and working in a time of unprecedented volatility and uncertainty. 阅读更多

Board Recruiting: When Playing It Safe Is Risky

Board Recruiting: When Playing It Safe Is Risky

Given the performance pressures public company boards are under these days, I’m not surprised when nominating committees make prior public company board experience a… 阅读更多

Thinking Outside the Nine-Box: Future Potential Trumps Past Performance

Thinking Outside the Nine-Box: Future Potential Trumps Past Performance

The competition for talent to lead industrial companies in the current era of innovation and transformation is so fierce, it’s easy to forget that… 阅读更多

Business Wire – PADF Appoints Egon Zehnder Practice Leader as Trustee

Business Wire – PADF Appoints Egon Zehnder Practice Leader as Trustee

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) has appointed German Herrera, Leader of Egon Zehnder’s North America Industrial Practice Group Head, as a new member… 阅读更多

Making Gender Diversity a Reality

Making Gender Diversity a Reality

In the last several years, most industrial companies, like most companies in other sectors, have openly embraced gender diversity as both a policy and… 阅读更多

Industrial Leaders: Don’t Let a Good Challenge Go to Waste

Industrial Leaders: Don’t Let a Good Challenge Go to Waste

Thomson Reuters recently reported that in the first three weeks of October, 165 American companies cited the slowing global economy in their earnings and… 阅读更多

Gender Diversity on Boards: Breaking the Impasse

Gender Diversity on Boards: Breaking the Impasse

Amid all of today’s talk about the desirability of bringing more women onto corporate boards, two indisputable facts stand out: One, the business case… 阅读更多

Winning in Latin America

Winning in Latin America

Why a long-term commitment to Latin America, despite its volatility and inevitable down cycles, is a winning strategy. 阅读更多

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