Miranda Pode


consultant name

Miranda Pode Egon Zehnder, London


Miranda Pode primarily serves clients in the financial services industry, with a particular focus on insurance, retail banking and consumer finance. She works with clients to help them find CEOs, operational and risk leaders, chief marketing officers and chief human resources officers who can transform financial services institutions for a market defined by customer centricity. Miranda is also an experienced executive coach and a trusted advisor to boards and CEOs, in particular on diversity and inclusion, working with nominating committees to identify and recruit exceptional female executives to serve as non-executive directors. Miranda, who leads Egon Zehnder’s London office, is active in the firm’s Board Consulting, Chief Marketing Officers, and Human Resources Practices, and formerly led the firm’s Financial Services Practice in the United Kingdom.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Miranda was with Marks & Spencer, where she led the marketing and strategy function for the £3 billion food division, was a member of the divisional executive committee and headed up the M&S Direct food business. Miranda started her career working in investor relations consulting in Boston and London, advising US companies seeking access to the European equity markets. She then moved to J Sainsbury, serving as Head of Investor Relations, before leading the £2.5 billion petrol retailing operation and the company’s “Sainsbury-to-you” home shopping launch. She was ultimately appointed Head of Strategy for the Group.

Miranda earned an MBA from London Business School, an MA in American Studies from Boston College, and a BA (Hons) in American Studies from Nottingham University.

News and Publications

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.

BBC Radio 4 – Focus on Developing Female High Potentials

Egon Zehnder’s London Managing Partner Miranda Pode was featured on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on 8 March talking about the role of women in leadership.

Forbes Magazine – Driving Diversity with “Real Dialogue”

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, Forbes magazine reports on a: “Leader and Daughters: Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders,” event hosted by Egon Zehnder as part of its global initiative to accelerate opportunities for female leaders of the future.

The Group HR Director — Navigator of New Worlds

In a business environment characterised by rapid change and high levels of ambiguity and uncertainty, where the ability to mobilise talent is perhaps the greatest differentiator of corporate performance, the role of the Group HR Director has become more critical than ever before.

Egon Zehnder First to Set Female CEO Target

Egon Zehnder is committing to a target of 25 female chief executives of FTSE 100 companies by 2025 – a five-fold increase on the number today. The public commitment by the firm follows the appointment of its own female Managing Partner, Miranda Pode, to lead Egon Zehnder in the UK.

consultant name

Miranda Pode Egon Zehnder, London