Alain Serhan

Montreal, New York

consultant name

Alain Serhan Egon Zehnder, Montreal, New York


Alain Serhan is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Health and Technology Practices, and helps clients move seamlessly across these two segments. He works as a healthcare consultant with new entrants and established organizations alike as they expand their business into new sectors. As part of his joint role, Alain co-leads the firm’s digital health initiative. Beyond an active portfolio of executive search clients in health technology and IT services, Alain provides management appraisals, leadership development, recruitment solutions, leadership team effectiveness consulting, and accelerated integration support to executives transitioning into new roles.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Alain was Vice President, Sales and Consulting Services, at IMS Health Canada, where he launched and built the company’s Consulting and Services group and led the sales team to deliver more than $90 million in annual revenues. Before IMS, Alain helped position, raise financing for, and build two start-ups including one in the distributed data space that was later sold to Sybase, and one in the online healthcare marketing sector. As a consultant at McKinsey & Company, Alain advised executives in the telecom, consumer goods, and healthcare sectors. Earlier in his career, he worked for Nortel Networks, IBM, and Omron Japan, as an engineer and developer.

Alain holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal, and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

News and Publications

In the news - Agenda – Alain Serhan and Chris Patrick – Tapping Internal Talent to Drive Digital Change

Companies facing digital disruption need to elevate the importance of digital expertise and tap their internal talent pool more effectively.

Life Sciences Leader – Alain Serhan – Vision and Leadership Are Top CIO Attributes

“Technology is a cornerstone for the CIO. But for the CIO to be a cornerstone for the business, that person must have the skills to influence and motivate people in a variety of ways to drive the business forward,” says Alain Serhan, co-leader of Egon Zehnder's digital health initiative.

CIO – Pharma CIOs Enjoy Higher Profile

The role of the CIO has gained importance in the pharma industry, with social media and big data boosting its importance, reports Medical, Marketing & Media. A recent study by Egon Zehnder and the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics entitled: “New Strategic Information and Technology Rules in Life Sciences Companies”, confirms this trend.

New Strategic Information and Technology Roles in Life Sciences Companies - LSI Teaser

New Strategic Information and Technology Roles in Life Sciences Companies

Fundamental changes in the marketplace for medicines, as well as the rapid and continuing evolution of technology are bringing new challenges and opportunities for life sciences companies and their contribution to healthcare systems.

consultant name

Alain Serhan Egon Zehnder, Montreal, New York