Thorsten Gerhard Egon Zehnder, Stuttgart
Thorsten Gerhard, based in Stuttgart, leads Egon Zehnder’s Industrial Practice in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He is deeply experienced in the global energy sector, including utilities, equipment manufacturers, grid operators, renewables, infrastructure investors, and municipalities. Thorsten also serves automotive OEM and suppliers, agriculture equipment manufacturers, and machinery & industrial technology companies. He is a trusted advisor in CEO succession and leads executive search for CFOs, CTOs, and other top functional executives for listed companies, family owned businesses, and private equity portfolio companies. Thorsten also provides accelerated integration support to executives transitioning into new roles. He is active in Egon Zehnder’s CEO, Accelerated Integration, Private Equity, and Financial Officers Practices.More
Thorsten started his career as a Consultant at Arthur D. Little, was subsequently promoted to Manager and Senior Manager before being named Head of Strategy & Organization Practice in Germany and then Director & Partner, heading the Energy Practice in Central Europe. With ADL, Thorsten worked mainly with clients in Europe and Asia in the energy, process and automotive sectors, with a focus on strategy development, corporate finance, and organizational effectiveness. He was based in Wiesbaden, Singapore, and Shanghai and initiated ADL’s Asia Desk, helping European clients to enter, grow and improve their operations in China and in the ASEAN countries.
Thorsten earned a PhD and an MA in Business Administration from University of Göttingen, and was a Research Fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management in the US.