Golnaz Bahmanyar


consultant name

Golnaz Bahmanyar Egon Zehnder, Dubai


Based in Dubai since 2008, Golnaz leads Egon Zehnder’s Consumer Practice in the Middle East, primarily serving international and regional clients in consumer-focused industries including multinationals in FMCG or food related businesses, regional distributors and family-owned businesses with interest in consumer and retail sectors. She has been involved in top-level searches, management appraisals, and senior executive succession planning initiatives for a diverse portfolio of clients. She is also the regional champion for some of the firm’s functional practices including Legal, regulatory and compliance Practice group, Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officers as well as Technology and Digital.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Golnaz was a Senior Associate with Booz & Company, based in Dubai, where she advised regional clients on corporate strategy, go to market initiatives, and achieving operational/competitive efficiencies. She focused in the consumer, pharmaceuticals, and telecom sectors, serving multinationals, prominent distributors, and regional family groups. Before that, Golnaz was with the Richemont Group in a variety of operational, business development, and marketing roles, based in Tokyo and New York.

Golnaz earned a B.S. in information technology from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and an MBA from INSEAD. She also acquired a Japanese language diploma from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

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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.

consultant name

Golnaz Bahmanyar Egon Zehnder, Dubai