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Andreas Zehnder


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Andreas Zehnder, based in Zurich, has led Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services, Consumer Products, and Media practices in Switzerland for a number of years. Today he is a trusted advisor for senior-level executive, board, and diversity searches across multiple industries. Andrea’s emphases include asset management, private equity, M&A, family businesses, and wealth management. He also drives the activities of the Firm’s Family Business Advisory Practice in Switzerland, focusing on board advisory, family succession planning, and family business governance.

I’m deeply excited by working with colleagues around the world who live the EZ credo of serving clients’ best interests by sharing their insights and ideas, no matter who gets the credit.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder in 2001, Andreas held the role of Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company in Zurich and Paris, advising clients on strategy, growth initiatives, and operations. He began his professional career at Young & Rubicam Switzerland, counseling clients on marketing, advertising and communication strategies. While doing his PhD, Andreas worked in legal affairs and investment management at Citibank.

Andreas studied ancient Greek and Latin at school, earned a Master’s in law and a PhD in contractual law from the University of Zurich, and completed a two-year MBA program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Outside work, he is passionate about spending time with his wife and three children and enjoys playing the piano, singing a capella, and getting exercise.

Auf die Frage, was ihn in seinem täglichen Berufsalltag seit 2001 am meisten motiviert, fällt seine Antwort rasch: „Meine Leidenschaft gehört der uneigennützigen Zusammenarbeit mit Egon Zehnder-KollegInnen in aller Welt, die ihre vielfältigen Kenntnisse und Ideen zusammenbringen und so für beste Lösungen im Sinne unserer Kunden sorgen – unabhängig davon, wer dafür Anerkennung erhalten soll.“

Nach einigen Jahren an der Spitze der Schweizer Praxisgruppen Financial Services, Consumer und Media leitet der promovierte Jurist heute die Family Business Advisory in der Schweiz und fokussiert sich auf Themen wie Nachfolgeplanung, Besetzung von Verwaltungsratspositionen und Corporate Governance in Familienunternehmen. Ein weiterer Schwerpunkt seiner Tätigkeit liegt in der Besetzung von Führungspositionen in den Bereichen Vermögens-verwaltung, Private Equity, M&A, Family Office und Wealth Management.

Vor seinem Wechsel zu Egon Zehnder beriet Andreas Zehnder bei McKinsey & Company in Paris und Zürich als Engagement Manager Klienten in Fragen der Strategie, des Wachstums- und der Arbeitsorganisation. Seine Karriere begann er bei der Schweizer Tochter der Werbeagentur Young & Rubicam. Während seines Jurastudiums an der Universität Zürich arbeitete Andreas Zehnder in den Rechts- und Investment-Management-Abteilungen der Citibank. Nach seiner Promotion in Vertragsrecht absolvierte Andreas noch ein zweijähriges MBA-Studium an der Kellogg School of Management der Northwestern Universität in Evanston, Illinois.

Seine Freizeit widmet Andreas bevorzugt seiner Familie, dem Klavierspiel, der A-capella-Musik und sportlichen Aktivitäten.

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