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LGBTQ+ at Egon Zehnder:
Our Commitment and Responsibility

We at Egon Zehnder passionately believe that diverse and inclusive leaders are able to create a better world where individuals and organizations not only grow; they thrive. It is central to our core values and fundamental belief that organizations deliver better performance when diverse voices are heard and individuals feel they belong. For this reason, Egon Zehnder is committed to celebrating, supporting and advocating for the LGBTQ+ community globally.

As a global executive search and leadership advisory firm, we help to create career opportunities, support leaders and assist our clients in shaping and transforming their organizations and cultures. We recognize that this gives us unique responsibilities to ensure that we are enabling every person we engage with to reach their full potential, regardless of sexuality and gender identity, or any other personal attributes. This is as true for our own people as for the clients and candidates we spend time with each and every day. And as systemic discrimination against LGBTQ+ communities and individuals around the world, and an under-representation of visible LGBTQ+ leaders in senior positions still exists, we realize we must do more to drive the change we want to see in the world.


Play Our journey – Every great LGBTQ+ leader has a great story
Our journey – Every great LGBTQ+ leader has a great story
In January 2020, Egon Zehnder Chairwoman Jill Ader joined the Being Out and Equal panel at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, where she was interviewed by transgender activist Geena Rocero. In the edited clip of discussion, Jill discusses Egon Zehnder’s role in increasing the visibility of LGBTQ+ leaders around the world and celebrating their leadership strengths. She also discusses some of the diversity-related challenges that executive search firms and clients face.

We look to support our global LGBTQ+ community in the following ways:

  • ez+ – our global LGBTQ+ and allies community, created to celebrate, support, empower, and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community within Egon Zehnder. ez+ is a place for anyone in the firm who identifies as LGBTQ+, gender nonconforming, and also anyone who identifies as an LGBTQ+ ally to come together, support each other, and explore the many ways to promote equality and diversity inside and outside of Egon Zehnder.

  • Our Diversity & Inclusion practice – our experts work with clients across industries and regions to build diverse leadership teams and inclusive cultures by addressing recruitment, integration, and development practices.

  • Challenging ourselves and our clients – we recognize that the executive search industry as a whole needs to do more to visibly support and promote the interests of the LGBTQ+ community. We must engage in targeted initiatives as well as ensuring that our processes, approach and systems promote inclusivity in this area. We face some particular challenges doing this. LGBTQ+ identities are often not visible; there are legal restrictions on our ability to capture and share this information with clients in some jurisdictions; many people feel unsure of what they can or cannot ask. Also, some of our candidates may not wish to be labeled or identified in a particular way. Our approach towards resolving these challenges includes:

    • Seeking to create an environment of open dialogue, where LGBTQ+ people both inside and outside our firm can be authentic to themselves and where we will “call out” behaviors or practices that do not support this or the needs of other underrepresented communities;

    • Actively addressing any direct or indirect discrimination in our global policies that may be faced by our colleagues worldwide. We already have the support and commitment of the Firm’s leadership to do this;

    • Investing in LGBTQ+ awareness and broader diversity training for ourselves, and partnering with clients to promote their own efforts

Our overall commitment is clear: to challenge ourselves to do more every day to help bring to life the exceptional talents, abilities and potential of the world’s LGBTQ+ community.

For more information on our commitment to supporting LGBTQ+ leaders,
contact one of the following:

Charlie Beasley

Charlie Beasley


Based in London, Charlie Beasley is a consultant at Egon Zehnder with a focus on Reputation, Governance and Regulation. Mehr erfahren

Simon Page

Simon Page


Simon Page is a trusted advisor on board performance, talent development, and the appointment and integration of senior executives. Based in London… Mehr erfahren

Kevin Kornoelje

Kevin Kornoelje

Los Angeles Office Leader

Kevin Kornoelje co-leads Egon Zehnder’s Services Practice in the United States and leads the Firm’s Los Angeles office. His deep expertise in supply… Mehr erfahren

Andrew Poon

Andrew Poon

Hong Kong

Andrew Poon leads Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services Practice in Asia. Based in Hong Kong, Andrew advises his clients on board and CEO succession… Mehr erfahren

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