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Experience true partnership as you bring leadership to the boardroom

Shareholders and society as a whole now expect much more from boards of directors, as part of increased scrutiny of our institutions. In addition, there is a growing demand from senior executives for their boards to provide judgment and wisdom on how to “do things better,” taking advantage of global and technological opportunities while avoiding traps and ensuring growth and sustainability.

At Egon Zehnder, we welcome this higher level of scrutiny and stand ready to work with you as partners in building the best boards of directors possible. Through more than 400 international board-consulting assignments annually, we have accumulated insight on a broad range of topics that boards will encounter. Our experience goes well beyond executive search to build on nearly 50 years of learning how board directors can have the greatest impact, both individually and collectively.

We take particular pride in our deep experience helping boards of directors source and develop leadership talent, both on the board and in CEO succession projects. With 68 global offices in 40 countries, we are able to identify, assess, and develop director candidates all over the world. The collective expertise of our consultants — all of whom had significant careers in business before coming to our firm — allows us to better understand and anticipate your talent requirements in this area. Our wide reach also enables us to be creative when it comes to talent solutions; you can expect to meet candidates who don’t show up in traditional databases and who bring diversity of all kinds.

Our board work has three main components. With each of them, we leverage our unique global reach and equal partnership model to make sure that everything we do has a singular focus: bringing better leadership to the boardroom. We invite you to experience true partnership as you build a more effective board.

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Ashley Summerfield

Ashley Summerfield

London

Global Lead

Ashley Summerfield leads Egon Zehnder’s global Board Consulting Practice. He is a trusted advisor to scores of prestigious clients around the world…

Al Prieto

Al Prieto

New York

US Lead

Al Prieto leads Egon Zehnder’s New York office, coordinating the engagements of a consulting team that serves clients throughout New York.

Lisa Blais

Lisa Blais

Boston

US Lead

Lisa Blais is Managing Partner of the Boston office and Co-leader of the US Board Practice. She also recently led the North American Industrial…

Olli Laurén

Olli Laurén

Washington DC, Chicago

Olli Laurén serves as Office Leader in Washington D.C. where he leads the global Machinery & Industrial Technology segment of Egon Zehnder’s…

Alan Hilliker

Alan Hilliker

New York

Alan Hilliker, based in New York, is a member of Egon Zehnder’s U.S. Board Consulting and CEO practices.

Anne-Claire Monod

Anne-Claire Monod

New York

Anne-Claire Monod is a sought-out advisor to industrial businesses who has developed trusted relationships with Fortune 500 corporations as well as…

Minh-Ha Nguyen

Minh-Ha Nguyen

New York

Minh-Ha Nguyen, based in New York, is active in the Consumer Practice and the Digital segment of the firm’s Technology and Communications Practice.

Claudia Pici-Morris

Claudia Pici-Morris

New York

Based in New York, Claudia Pici-Morris is active in Egon Zehnder’s CEO and Board Consulting practices.

Arnaud Tesson

Arnaud Tesson

Boston, New York

Arnaud Tesson, based in Boston, leads Egon Zehnder’s U.S. Asset Management Practice and helps clients navigate that industry’s ongoing transformation.

Dick Patton

Dick Patton

Boston

Dick Patton leads Egon Zehnder’s global CEO Practice. He partners with clients on CEO succession, advisory, and search, in addition to providing…

James Satterthwaite

James Satterthwaite

Boston

Based in Boston, Jamie Satterthwaite focuses on technology, with a particular focus on software companies, as well as other sectors in the midst of…

Ian Bolin

Ian Bolin

Atlanta

Ian Bolin, based in Atlanta, leads Egon Zehnder’s North American Automotive and Mobility Practice.

Douglas Kush

Douglas Kush

Chicago

Douglas Kush, Egon Zehnder’s office leader in Chicago, advises medical technology and health-care services. He has particular expertise with…

A. Rory Finlay

A. Rory Finlay

Chicago

Angus (Rory) Finlay, based in Chicago, leads Egon Zehnder’s global Consumer Practice.

Jennifer Pack McDill

Jennifer Pack McDill

Chicago

Jennifer Pack McDill, based in Chicago, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Executive Assessment and Development Practice.

Simmi Singh

Simmi Singh

Chicago, Washington DC

Simmi Singh is an expert on governance and leadership development, counseling investors, founders, and boards on governance matters, board…

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