Paulo D. Simoes

Lisbon, Johannesburg

consultant name

Paulo D. Simoes Egon Zehnder, Lisbon, Johannesburg


Paulo Simoes, based in Lisbon, focuses on recruiting, assessing, and developing senior executives across a broad range of functional backgrounds and sectors, including technology, telecoms, private equity, professional services, tourism, financial services, consumer, utilities, and industry. Paulo consults in executive talent management with local, family-owned, and multinational companies in Portugal, in Portuguese speaking countries, and across the globe. Over the years, he has provided developmental feedback to executives and leadership teams with a constant focus on their personal fulfillment and happiness. Paulo is active in Egon Zehnder’s Executive Assessment and Development, Technology and Communications, and Private Equity Practices.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Paulo was an Executive Board member of, which invested in Internet and high tech ventures. Early in his career, Paulo was briefly involved in politics at the national and European level. He then joined McKinsey & Company as a Business Analyst, based in Lisbon, working with clients in the financial sector. Paulo later joined the Lisbon office of A.T. Kearney as an Associate and was subsequently promoted to Manager, leading a variety of consulting projects during the liberalization of the telecommunications market in Portugal and Spain.

Paulo earned a Master and Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from IST – Technical University of Lisbon, and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, in Sydney. A frequent speaker on career management issues, Paulo guides the subject of "Professional Development" in one of the leading MBA schools in Portugal.

News and Publications

TVI – Leaders & Daughters Lisbon

At Leaders & Daughters Lisbon, several Portuguese leaders and their daughters took part in a discussion on the role of women in the labor market.

Jornal da Noite – Portugal Needs Cultural Change to Support Female Talent

Portugal is currently seeing a government-backed drive to create more professional opportunities for women in both the public and private sectors, reports the Portuguese broadcaster SIC in its TV news programme Jornal da Noite.

On the Verge of Globalization – Family Businesses in Emerging and Fringe Economies Face Special Challenges in Finding the Right Successor.

Away from the meta-national decision centers, family businesses in emerging and fringe economies need to continuously adapt their business models to the growing presence of globalization. Sometimes, this can mean they have less time or lack the necessary focus to optimize vital internal processes, such as top-level succession planning.

Cracking Africa’s Talent Challenge: Why Executive Development is Key

For businesses in every sector, Africa offers exciting prospects. Aggregate annual growth exceeds 6%, amongst the highest of any region, with the continent’s collective GDP forecast at $2.6 trillion by 2020. Africa is blessed with abundant natural resources and is seeing tremendous investment in oil and gas, mining and agriculture.

consultant name

Paulo D. Simoes Egon Zehnder, Lisbon, Johannesburg