Isabel Linse

Palo Alto

consultant name

Isabel Linse Egon Zehnder, Palo Alto


Isabel Linse, based in Palo Alto, is a member of the Technology and Communications, as well as the Private Equity Practice at Egon Zehnder. She advises clients on executive search across multiple functions and provides leadership advisory services at the senior executive and board level. While based in Egon Zehnder’s London office, she was focused on clients in financial services.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Isabel was Director, Business Development at Discovery Networks International in London, the international arm of media company Discovery Communications. Previously she gained experience in private equity as an investment professional with Summit Partners, a growth equity firm, as well as in investment banking - first as an Analyst in the media and telecommunications corporate finance team with Banc of America Securities in New York, and later as an Associate with Deutsche Bank in London. Earlier in her career, Isabel was a Senior Analyst for Triene, a financial information services start-up which was funded by Goldman Sachs and Reuters.

Isabel earned a BA in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

News and Publications

What Makes an Ideal Private Equity CFO?

As private equity firms look to maximize value from their investments, it is critical to ensure that portfolio company management teams have the right capabilities to execute against their investment theses. Though in many cases the underlying premise will lie in backing an existing management team, it is increasingly common for private equity firms to bring in a new CFO early in the lifespan of an investment.

consultant name

Isabel Linse Egon Zehnder, Palo Alto