Karl W. Alleman


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Karl W. Alleman Egon Zehnder, Chicago


Karl Alleman, Egon Zehnder’s US Managing Partner, meets industrial clients’ most important senior leadership needs. Karl led the creation and launch of Egon Zehnder’s Industrial Practice in North America and brings a proven track record to his work as a trusted advisor to global multi-nationals, private equity firms, and family-owned enterprises. His industrial experience covers a wide spectrum of sectors including automotive and commercial vehicles, aerospace, capital equipment, automation and electrical, packaging, consumer durables, logistics, and distribution. Karl focuses on CEO search and CEO succession, board search, and other C-level searches to help clients meet their growth, globalization, innovation, and policy challenges.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Karl was President and CEO of a private equity-owned capital equipment manufacturer, Director of Strategy and BU General Manager with Amoco Retail Marketing, and Senior Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company. Karl began his career as a production engineer on the plant floor with Merck & Co., Inc.

Karl earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

News and Publications

GE’s 20-Year Succession Plan

GE’s announcement on June 12 that John Flannery would be the next CEO of the massive Boston-based conglomerate was a decision 20 years in the making.

Transforming in a Disrupted World

Karl Alleman discusses how during the Great Depression, when most consumer goods companies were dramatically cutting back on marketing, Coca-Cola Chairman Robert Woodruff boldly increased promotional spending to better position the brand and grow the business.

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.

Ignites.com – Stretch Assignments Help Professionals Bring Breakthrough Ideas That Can Transform A Business

Fund professionals often benefit from so-called “stretch assignments” or projects that take them out of their comfort zone, reports ignites.com.

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consultant name

Karl W. Alleman Egon Zehnder, Chicago