Jörg K. Ritter


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Jörg K. Ritter Egon Zehnder, Berlin


Jörg Ritter, based in Berlin, is global co-leader of Egon Zehnder’s Family Business Advisory and is active in the firm’s CEO and Financial Officers Practices. Jörg advises medium-sized and family companies in the evaluation and appointment of candidates for senior management and supervisory roles. Jörg also provides expert counsel in top-level succession planning and on issues concerning family and corporate governance in family companies. He works with strategic partners to lead educational programs for family business CEOs, advisory boards and supervisory boards on developing the next generation.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Jörg was a Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company. Previously, he was a consultant and assistant to the Executive Board at the Federal Trust Agency (Treuhand) Berlin and led the competition policy subdivision at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Jörg earned an MA and PhD in Economics from The Berlin School of Economics. Since 2003 he has been a lecturer at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences, where he co-initiated the launch of the master’s course “Labour and Human Resources Management” and serves as Chairman of the program’s 12-person Advisory Board. Since 2014 he has served as a Professor of Human Resources & Leadership at Quadriga University Berlin. Since 2005 Jörg is also Chairman of a citizens’ association that works to design and develop an 18-hectare park in Berlin.

News and Publications

“Rethinking HR” – Daring to Drive Change

Why things are changing for HR is described in an article in the German-language Harvard Business Manager magazine (July 2017)

Harvard Business Manager – HR Needs to Drive Digital Innovation

The idea that HR leaders need to be strategic business partners rather than just managing personnel is almost twenty years old. But how much progress has been made in transforming the role to date?

Leadership Succession — Best Practices from the World’s Leading Family Businesses

Leadership succession is one of the most critical and daunting tasks a family business can face. Unfortunately, there are few resources that set forth in a concise way established best practices and then provide practical guidance on their implementation.

Harvard Business Review - Asian Family Businesses: Time to Face Up to Succession

Family businesses account for over 50 percent of large corporations in the Asia-Pacific region and many will soon be facing leadership successions for the first time. Managing these transitions effectively constitutes a major challenge, write Sonny Iqbal and Jörg Ritter, co-leaders of Egon Zehnder’s global family-business advisory, and Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, a senior adviser at Egon Zehnder, in a blog entry for the Harvard Business Review.

Family Business Advisory Practice Profile

Egon Zehnder’s Family Business Advisory expertly helps clients navigate the challenges of leadership, succession, and governance across generations.

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“Family Gravity” and Structured CEO Succession Key Drivers to Long-Term Success of Family Businesses

In a recent study, Egon Zehnder and Family Business Network International interviewed executives at 50 of the world’s top family firms - mostly in the third or fourth generation - to discover how they unlock great leadership.

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Jörg K. Ritter Egon Zehnder, Berlin


Jörg K. Ritter

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