Rajeev Vasudeva

London, New Delhi

consultant name

Rajeev Vasudeva Egon Zehnder, London, New Delhi


Rajeev Vasudeva is the Chief Executive Officer of Egon Zehnder. He advises the boards and CEOs of organizations around the world on effective leadership, board performance and succession planning at a time when the speed and fluidity of the global marketplace is upending traditional best practices and guideposts. Rajeev is based in the London office.


Before being named the firm’s CEO in 2014, Rajeev led the firm’s expansion into emerging markets that are playing a critical role in the new global economy, growing the firm’s presence in India and successfully establishing offices in Johannesburg and Dubai. Rajeev also co-led the firm’s global Family Business Advisory Practice, addressing the unique challenges faced by these companies in matters of next generation transitions, family and business governance. Rajeev joined Egon Zehnder in 1995 when his consultancy Sachar Vasudeva & Associates merged with Egon Zehnder. He started his career with Egon Zehnder in London, having previously worked as a management consultant in the US and India.

Rajeev earned a BA in Economics from St Stephens College at University of Delhi, a Bachelor of Laws from University of Delhi, and an MBA from University of Michigan. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

News and Publications

Quartz – Retailers Implement New Strategies to Adapt to Disruption

J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler stepped down Monday (June 5) after 14 years at the helm, unable to arrest the upscale clothing chain’s slide. Drexler, the former CEO of Gap Inc., was an Apple board member who helped Steve Jobs create the first Apple stores.

The books every new graduate should read, according to a dozen business leaders

Quartz asked a dozen business leaders, including CEOs of major organizations, what books they would recommend for the thousands of new graduates preparing to enter the workforce.

Hunt Scanlon Media – Why Ambitions Fall As Women Strive to Reach the C-Suite

Young women, it seems, have a healthy sense of ambition. Nearly three quarters of them in the early stages of their professional careers aim to reach the top level of the corporate ladder, according to the recent ‘Leaders & Daughters Global Survey‘ report by Egon Zehnder.

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.

Digital transformation in China: time for CEOs to lead

Across industries, China CEOs are driving bold digital strategies. But they face tough challenges in finding the right talent and unlocking innovation in their organizations.

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The Independent – UK Boards Fighting First-Time Dip in Gender Diversity

Just 29 percent of new UK board recruits were women in 2016, down from 32.1 percent in 2014 and 31.6 percent in 2012, reports The Independent, citing Egon Zehnder’s Global Board Diversity Analysis 2016.

Staffing Industry Analysts – Women Start Out With Sights Set High

The majority of women in the early stages of their professional career aspire to executive leadership positions, reports Staffing Industry Analysts citing a new Egon Zehnder survey.

Forbes Magazine – Pace of Business Change Outstrips Progress in Gender Diversity

Gender parity internationally is picking up, with women occupying 19% of board seats of the largest companies in 2016 versus 14% in 2012, reports Forbes magazine.

Financial Times – UK Loses Board Diversity Momentum

The gender diversity dynamic at board level lost impetus in the UK last year, reports the Financial Times.

Harvard Business Review – Keep Employees from Leaving by Emphasizing Teamwork

An entrepreneurial society is one in which innovation and new business creation are, as Peter Drucker put it, “an integral, life-sustaining activity” across organizations and the economy.

Quartz – Rajeev Vasudeva on the Next Generation of Female Leaders

In an interview with Quartz, Egon Zehnder CEO Rajeev Vasudeva provided a perspective on progress made to date on adding more women to corporate boards.

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.

Quartz – Why Failure Is Fashionable

Top CEOs are increasingly looking for candidates with some experience of failure in their career.

The Economic Times – Volatility Calls for Value-Based Leadership

In today’s changing, volatile world the task of leadership has become much more difficult and challenging. What attributes do today’s leaders need to succeed, asks India’s The Economic Times in an interview with Egon Zehnder’s CEO Rajeev Vasudeva and Chairman Damien O’Brien.

Manager Magazin – In Search of Leadership Solutions

What kind of competitive edge does a value-based approach give a consultancy like Egon Zehnder when facing future challenges? CEO Rajeev Vasudeva answers this and other questions in a frank exchange with the German Manager Magazin.

Unlocking Leadership Potential in Emerging Markets

Egon Zehnder CEO Rajeev Vasudeva recently hosted a dinner for board members, CEOs and chief human resources officers whose operations in China and India give them a strong interest in developing local leaders in these emerging markets. The lively discussion generated the following observations.

Valor International - New Executive Leadership Profile for Brazil

The current macroeconomic upheaval in Brazil is typical of emerging economies, Egon Zehnder's Chief Executive Rajeev Vasudeva told Valor International, but requires a specific and new type of leader who can effectively navigate crises.

Australian Financial Review - Four Tips To Be a Successful Leader

What defines successful leaders today, asks the Australian Financial Review in an interview with Egon Zehnder’s Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Vasudeva? According to Vasudeva, there are four key criteria: curiosity, insight, engagement and resilience.

The Huffington Post - Mastering change, cultivating the right talent

As the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland drew to a close this week, Egon Zehnder CEO Rajeev Vasudeva shared his thoughts with the Huffington Post on shifting the focus of tomorrow’s leaders to cultivate the right talent in the new global context.

CNBC - Rajeev Vasudeva on CNBC Worldwide about the importance of leadership in the new global context

As the World Economic Forum takes center stage in Davos, Switzerland, Egon Zehnder’s CEO, Rajeev Vasudeva sat down with CNBC Worldwide in London to discuss the critical issues and the implications for leadership in the new global context.

Financial Times - Board Diversity: Time to Pick up the Pace

The number of women in top management roles is rising, but the pace of change remains painfully slow, reports Andrew Hill in the Financial Times.

businessworld.in - Future Challenges and the Future of Leadership

What are the challenges companies face today? What will those be tomorrow? How do you align future leaders with future need? These are some of the question Damien O’Brien, Chairman of Egon Zehnder, and Rajeev Vasudeva, CEO of Egon Zehnder, talk about in an extensive interview at Businessworld TV.

The Times of India - The world is looking for different kinds of leaders

In a recent interview with the Times of India, Egon Zehnder Chairman Damien O'Brien and CEO Rajeev Vasudeva reflected on the leadership qualities – particularly the ability to champion diversity – required for success in a rapidly globalizing world.

Board Diversity – How to get there?

Board diversity is much more than simply a question of fairness. Lack of diversity represents a missed opportunity to bring in new thinking, insights, experiences, and knowledge – with regard to different markets, consumers, practices, and more.

South China Morning Post - Why soft skills are more important than ever - searching for a new breed of leaders

Tougher regulation, swift technological advances and volatile global markets call for a new breed of leader, notes Rajeev Vasudeva, Chief Executive Officer of Egon Zehnder in an interview with the South China Morning Post.

Do Advisory Boards work, and what makes them effective?

An Advisory Board is a body that advises the management of an organization, foundation or corporation. Unlike a Board of Directors, an Advisory Board has no authority to vote on matters, nor does it have any legal or fiduciary responsibility.

For better, for worse

How to keep the family business vibrant across generations.

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Rajeev Vasudeva Egon Zehnder, London, New Delhi