Ashley Summerfield


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Ashley Summerfield Egon Zehnder, London


Ashley Summerfield, based in London, leads Egon Zehnder’s global Board Consulting Practice. He is also active in the firm’s CEO and Financial Officers Practices. Ashley provides CEO and CFO search, leads searches for board chairs and non-executive directors, and conducts external board effectiveness reviews. He is a trusted senior advisor to scores of prestigious clients including the UK’s largest commercial property development and investment company; a major advertising and marketing services group; a global leader in sustainable technologies; a large commodities trading group; and an international private equity firm. Ashley also works closely with family-owned businesses, not-for-profit and public sector organizations.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Ashley co-founded Central Europe Trust with Nigel Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and others. This is a corporate finance advisory business, specialising in Central and Eastern Europe. His early career was with Booz Allen and Hamilton, the strategy consultants.

Ashley has an MA from Cambridge University and an MPPM from Yale University.

News and Publications

Unlocking Leadership Potential in Emerging Markets

Egon Zehnder CEO Rajeev Vasudeva recently hosted a dinner for board members, CEOs and chief human resources officers whose operations in China and India give them a strong interest in developing local leaders in these emerging markets. The lively discussion generated the following observations.

CEO Succession Study “We should have started earlier”

Everyone agrees that CEO succession planning is critical. Yet many Chairmen are concerned that their own companies are underprepared for a change of CEO – and are exposed to the risk of a damaging leadership vacuum. This is the finding of an Egon Zehnder study in which more than 50 Chairmen and CEOs of major companies headquartered in France, Germany, the UK, and the US were interviewed.

Board Consulting Practice Profile

Egon Zehnder’s Board Consulting Practice works closely with some of the world’s most respected boards, and we maintain close ties to outstanding leaders in every geography.

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Ashley Summerfield Egon Zehnder, London


Ashley Summerfield

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