Elaine Yew


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Elaine Yew Egon Zehnder, Singapore


Elaine Yew is a member of Egon Zehnder’s Global Executive Committee. Her work is focused on senior level executive search and leadership development, specifically the succession planning for CEO and other C-level positions. She also leads the firm’s advisory work on board effectiveness and Non-Executive Director searches in the region. Elaine joined Egon Zehnder in 2000 in London and spent her first nine years with the firm there, developing the private equity practice in Europe.


Before joining the firm, Elaine helped to lead an industry change program while at Global Freight Exchange, the world’s first internet-based global marketplace for air cargo. Prior to that, she was Executive Director with Goldman Sachs in the European Equities Division, based in London. Earlier, she was a Consultant with Monitor Company, working across Europe with clients in diverse sectors. She started her career with the Singapore Economic Development Board where she was at the centre of early regionalization work, helping Singapore companies develop their presence in Indochina and Myanmar in the early 1990’s.

Elaine’s other focus in her community work is in the area of leadership and workforce development in Singapore. She sits on the Board of Workforce Singapore and serves on the Lifelong Learning Council. She was on the Subcommittee of Future Jobs and Skills, supporting the Committee for the Future Economy under Skillsfuture Singapore. In addition, Elaine is on the independent Nominating Committee of BW Offshore, listed on the Norwegian Stock Exchange; a member of the Asia Advisory Board of Allianz, and also on the Board of Leap Philanthropy Ltd, a humanitarian organization focused on Indochina rural communities.

Elaine’s first passion was the theatre and she has a BA (Hons) in English & Drama from the University of Kent and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Education is a big area of interest for Elaine and where she focuses a large part of her community work. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore and chairs the Industry Advisory Board of NUS’ Centre for Future-Ready Graduates. She also serves on the Board of Governors of the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus group of schools in Singapore, and is a member of the College Advisory Committee of the Eunoia Junior College Board, Singapore.

News and Publications

Comfort with Paradox

Most CEOs and boards name succession, both for the CEO and for business unit leaders, as their biggest strategic challenge. While this leadership challenge exists for every industry, it is particularly acute in the consumer sector, where many of the successive waves of disruption first hit.

Egon Zehnder's Elaine Yew Chairs “Mindset 2.0” Panel

Getting ready for the future was the focus of a panel discussion at “Mindset 2.0: Ignite your potential”, hosted by the National University of Singapore (NUS) on 1 April 2016.

INSEAD Knowledge – Emerging Market Leaders Need To Develop Local Talent

As investment-driven growth declines, boosting innovation and productivity is a major challenge for leaders in emerging markets, reports INSEAD Knowledge.

Egon Zehnder Singapore Launches “20 by 20”Initiative To Boost Board Diversity

Egon Zehnder Singapore has announced a “20 by 20” program aimed at catalyzing change and helping women to obtain 20% of SGX-listed company board seats by 2020.

Building a Sustainable Leadership Pipeline in Asia

Economies across Asia have been growing at unprecedented rates in recent years, and yet the supply of leaders to sustain that growth has been far harder to ramp up at anything like the same pace.

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The team is the star

Using a Team Effectiveness Review to analyze and enhance performance — by Elaine Yew and Leo J. Barth, Egon Zehnder International.

consultant name

Elaine Yew Egon Zehnder, Singapore