Stephan L. Buchner


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Stephan L. Buchner Egon Zehnder, Munich


Stephan Buchner, based in Munich, leads Egon Zehnder’s Consumer Practice in Germany. He is experienced across consumer, retail, fashion and media, and is active in the firm’s global Consumer Practice. Stephan fulfills high level national and international executive search assignments and conducts management appraisals, especially with regard to talent management, succession planning, and team effectiveness. Stephan’s clients include global corporations, family owned businesses (he is a certified family business coach), and private equity companies.


Stephan started his career at Bertelsmann AG as Assistant to the CEO. During this period he was based in New York where he developed a marketing strategy for Doubleday Book & Music Club. Stephan was then named President of Doubleday Canada, based in Toronto. After a successful restructuring, he moved back to Europe and was appointed Managing Director of Bertelsmann Club, a direct marketing business with a multi-channel strategy, in Switzerland. Stephan was subsequently promoted to Marketing Director and member of the board of the German Bertelsmann Club. His experience at Bertelsmann culminated in his role as Managing Director of Bertelsmann Verlagsgruppe (today Random House), which published how-to books, cartography books, and encyclopedia for distribution via department stores, specialized retail book stores, and corporate sales.

Stephan earned an MA (Diplom-Kaufmann) and a PhD in Business Administration (Dr. rer. oec), having studied at the Universities of Mainz, Munich and Saarbrücken.

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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.

Welcome to level five

Why, in CEO succession, potential is more important than a candidate’s past performance and current competencies.

consultant name

Stephan L. Buchner Egon Zehnder, Munich


Stephan L. Buchner

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