Olli Laurén

Washington DC

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Olli Laurén Egon Zehnder, Washington DC


Olli Laurén, based in Chicago, leads the Global Machinery & Industrial Technology segment of Egon Zehnder’s Industrial Practice. He conducts both North American and global search assignments, primarily for machinery and equipment companies, with a special focus on smart machinery and converging technologies and performance culture. Olli’s experience also includes capital intensive process industries such as pulp, paper, forest products, and steel. Olli has a significant breadth of experience conducting CEO succession and Board Director assignments and searches and is active across the firm’s CEO and Board Consulting Practices.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Olli owned and grew a quick service restaurant franchise business in Scandinavia. He started his career in the packaging industry, then worked in both the consumer and business-to-business divisions of Coats Viyella plc, a British multinational, with roles including Sales & Marketing Director, Country Managing Director, and Regional Managing Director in Portugal, Venezuela, the UK and Europe.

Olli earned a BA in Economics at University of Western Ontario and an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

News and Publications

Digital Disruption In Agriculture, Construction and Mining Equipment

Given the growing danger of being left behind and commoditized by advancing technology, we asked ten senior leaders in Construction, Agriculture and Mining Equipment how their strategies are adapting. Titles of those we interviewed include President and CEO, General Manager, President of Agricultural Solutions, Chief Information Officer, Chief Digital Officer, and Digital Transformation Officer.

CEO Net Present Value

Before a company acquires an expensive new piece of capital equipment, the board will vigorously scrutinize assumptions, payback times and contribution to enterprise value – assigning a net present value. What if this expensive new piece of equipment is the CEO?

Leading Chinese Cross-Cultural Acquisitions

The marked increase in Chinese acquisitions of Western industrial firms is a natural consequence of China’s emergence onto the global economic stage.

Do the Right Thing and Do It Well

What can CHROs do to enhance their HR function and take it to the next level? In a bid to answer this tough question we interviewed a number of CHROs at some of the world's leading companies renowned for their best-in-class HR practices.

Getting the Leaders You Need to Build the Systems of the Future

Disruption has a way of sneaking up on industries even when they know it is coming. This is because the shift takes place at geometric speed: slowly at first, and then with increasing acceleration. Within the industrial sector, the digital transformation of manufacturing is reaching a critical inflection point.

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Forbes Magazine - Creating a Sustainable Culture to Drive Company Performance

With businesses increasingly realizing how company culture can directly impact and ultimately drive revenues and performance, many companies are embracing the importance of fostering trust and transparency throughout an organization.

How exceptional companies create a high-performance culture - Vorschau

How exceptional companies create a high-performance culture

A handful of companies deliver high profits and grow above their industry average. These high-performance companies got where they are not by chance but by choice. Their leaders consciously decided to create a high- performance culture and put in place the elements required to get there. It’s not easy, and few companies are in that league. Here is how they do it.

Smart Machinery, Smarter Leadership – Talent Strategies for the Digital Age

A recent report in The Economist called the digitization of manufacturing the "Third Industrial Revolution." In the Machinery sector, software advances have brought only minor disruption thus far.

Machinery & Industrial Technology Practice Profile

With the global economy entering its most turbulent period for many decades, the fall in global production and the almost complete cessation of investment in global production capacities have pushed global machinery and automation companies into a deep recession.

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Olli Laurén Egon Zehnder, Washington DC