David Kidd


consultant name

David Kidd Egon Zehnder, London


David Kidd specializes in board assignments and CEO succession, with a particular emphasis on the natural resources and industrial sectors. David has also led the firm’s global CEO Succession and Assessment & Development practices, and is a trusted advisor to boards of directors in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. David is based in the firm’s London office.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, David was an investor and CEO in a start-up biotechnology company, which grew to be a leader in its new field. Previously, he was the UK Marketing Director of Ferag AG, the world's leading manufacturer of post press printing machinery. David spent the first seven years of his career in the mining industry with Anglo American and Rio Tinto, working in South Africa, the UK, and the US.

David earned a BSc in Chemical Engineering from University of Leeds and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.

News and Publications

How Chairmen Enhance Board Effectiveness

For independent board chairmen of global companies, challenges continue to grow while room for error continues to shrink. Shareholders demand more rapid returns. Increasing regulation around the world demands exemplary corporate governance and rigorous compliance. Controversy about executive compensation has taken on new life in the context of rising income inequality.

What we heard - CERAWeek 2015: “The Future of Energy Leadership” panel discussion

The market turbulence, high levels of M&A activity, and the ongoing challenges of public dialogue are testing the mettle of energy industry chairmen and chief executives who must chart a course forward and maintain high performance during uncertain times. To see how industry leaders are grappling with this task, Egon Zehnder convened a panel discussion on energy leadership at CERAWeek 2015, the industry’s premiere annual gathering. Here is what we heard.

consultant name

David Kidd Egon Zehnder, London