Johannes von Schmettow


consultant name

Johannes von Schmettow Egon Zehnder, Düsseldorf


Johannes von Schmettow is a trusted senior advisor who leads CEO search, general management, and board searches globally and across Europe. While his roots are in the healthcare field, particularly pharmaceuticals, Johannes works extensively with a wide range of executive clients, advising global corporations, family owned businesses across generations, private equity portfolio companies, and several European governments. Johannes is known for building tailor-made CEO searches to match the specifics of each client’s industry, strategic priorities, and governance model. Based in Düsseldorf, Johannes is deeply experienced in Egon Zehnder’s CEO Practice, Board Consulting Practice, and Family Business Advisory, and is active in the firm’s Public and Social Sector and Health Practices.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Johannes was a Case Leader with Boston Consulting Group, based in Düsseldorf. Earlier he was a Visiting Scholar at University of Sydney, in Australia.

Johannes earned an MA and a PhD in Mathematics from University of Düsseldorf, with additional studies in physics and informatics. He serves on the board of Diakonie Düsseldorf, a social welfare organization of Germany’s protestant churches.

News and Publications

Harvard Business Manager – Who Watches the Watchmen?

Supervisory board chairmen are more powerful than many executives realize, writes Egon Zehnder consultant Johannes von Schmettow in Harvard Business Manager.

Welcome to level five

Why, in CEO succession, potential is more important than a candidate’s past performance and current competencies.

CEO Succession Study “We should have started earlier”

Everyone agrees that CEO succession planning is critical. Yet many Chairmen are concerned that their own companies are underprepared for a change of CEO – and are exposed to the risk of a damaging leadership vacuum. This is the finding of an Egon Zehnder study in which more than 50 Chairmen and CEOs of major companies headquartered in France, Germany, the UK, and the US were interviewed.

consultant name

Johannes von Schmettow Egon Zehnder, Düsseldorf