Amitabh Sharma

Palo Alto

consultant name

Amitabh Sharma Egon Zehnder, Palo Alto


Amitabh Sharma advises CEOs, Boards, and senior leaders on their most critical challenges - including leadership succession and continuity, executive search, Board composition and appointments, and personal & team development. He operates across the globe, having worked in Egon Zehnder’s New Delhi office for over a decade before relocating to Palo Alto. Amitabh has led Egon Zehnder’s global Systems, Software and Services segment as well as the firm’s Technology and Communications Practice in the Asia-Pacific region. Amitabh is also a core member of the global CIO & CDO practices. Having worked across the technology ecosystem, he is passionate about the impact of technology on rapidly evolving industries such as Industrial & Manufacturing, Auto, Health, and Financial Services.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Amitabh served in a range of business leadership roles. He was COO of Active Private Equity, based in London, helping portfolio companies scale through technology and operations support. Before that, he briefly worked at Shell Global Solutions, operating from London and The Hague. At Netdecisions, a digital services and strategy start-up in London, Amitabh built, launched and ran a number of digital businesses, led operations for the growing company, and incubated the Digital Hosting Group as Managing Director. Previously, he held operational and business leadership roles at Schlumberger for a decade, living and working in seven countries over that period.

Amitabh earned a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, and a Masters in Management as a Sloan Fellow at London Business School.

News and Publications

From the Back Office to the Corner Office

The last two decades have seen a dramatic evolution in Global In-house Centers (GICs), as their value proposition has shifted increasingly from cost arbitrage to talent and skill arbitrage. As a result, GICs—until recently known as “captive centers”— are now driving process and productivity improvements for the corporation, creating new capabilities such as analytics, and leading crossfunctional synergies.

Transitioning to True Offshore Product Ownership

Forward-thinking product companies that successfully transition to a truly global multi-site engineering organization understand a powerful principle: moving product ownership to new offshore centers is not a single event in time, but an evolutionary process that must be approached comprehensively.

consultant name

Amitabh Sharma Egon Zehnder, Palo Alto