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At Egon Zehnder, we have spent more than 50 years advising clients on chief executive leadership succession, recruitment, and professional development all over the world. We recognize that the selection of a CEO is the midpoint of a process, not the end. And for everyone involved, from the executive to the board of directors, to employees and key stakeholders, the appointment is merely a moment in a multidimensional transition. Therefore, we believe it is important to partner with our clients to deliver a comprehensive and effective CEO transition, succession, and onboarding protocol.

Over the past five years, we have applied our own future-oriented, proprietary approach to more than 1,800 CEO mandates. We understand that the Chief Executive role is unique, particularly in the current atmosphere of complexity and volatility. These uncertainties require a pragmatic and aligned view on the business and leadership requirements of the CEO, one that must be reviewed regularly over the course of a transition.

For maximum impact, we aim to partner with our clients in all aspects of the CEO leadership journey. That journey begins by aligning with your board regarding the company's future transformational needs and CEO requirements. We then help you build a compelling internal pipeline of senior leaders with CEO potential by identifying, assessing, and advising them on their development journey. This process builds a strong top team and helps create support for the selected CEO. Working with our own global industry practices, we have access to the best external candidates. We assess them based on the same robust and comprehensive methodology that we use with internal candidates.

The CEO transition process also means working hand-in-hand with your board of directors to develop a clear, workable succession plan — one that enables executives to transform their leadership strengths through our heralded Executive Breakthrough Program, developed and facilitated in tandem with Mobius Executive Leadership. Once you’ve chosen your leader, our “Accelerated CEO Impact” service supports the executive onboarding. This bespoke program begins before the CEO’s first day and helps make their first 100 days and beyond a success.

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Dick Patton

Dick Patton

Boston

Global Lead

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

Kati Najipoor-Schütte

Kati Najipoor-Schütte

Frankfurt

Global Lead

Kati Najipoor-Schütte, based in Frankfurt, leads Egon Zehnder’s global CEO Practice and is also deeply involved in the firm’s Board Consulting… Read more

Olli Laurén

Olli Laurén

Washington, D.C.

Olli Laurén serves as Managing Partner in Washington D.C. He also leads Egon Zehnder’s Global Machinery & Industrial Technology practice. Read more

Lena Triantogiannis

Lena Triantogiannis

New York

Lena Triantogiannis co-leads Egon Zehnder’s partnership with Mobius Executive Leadership as well as its global Accelerated Integration practice. Read more

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… Read more

Kal Bittianda

Kal Bittianda

New York

Based in New York and the Leader of Egon Zehnder’s Technology & Communications Americas Practice, Kal Bittianda is passionate about disruptive… Read more

Calvin Yee

Calvin Yee

New York, Los Angeles

Calvin Yee, based in New York and Los Angeles, is the Head, Global Media, Entertainment & Sports Practice, a leader in the Digital Practice and serves… Read more

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. Read more

David Noble

David Noble

New York

David Noble, based in New York and Miami Beach, works across industries globally. He coaches CEO’s and their teams to help them crack high stakes… Read more

Al Prieto

Al Prieto

New York, Miami

Al is based in our New York and Miami offices and leads CEO succession and board advisory engagements for companies across a broad range of industry… Read more

James Satterthwaite

James Satterthwaite

Boston

Jamie Satterthwaite is the Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s Boston office and leads the firm North American Software practice.  He is a trusted… Read more

Lisa Blais

Lisa Blais

Boston

Lisa Blais serves on Egon Zehnder’s Board of Directors and leads the firm’s US Board Practice. She also recently served as Managing Partner of the… Read more

Carol Kauffman

Carol Kauffman

Boston

Carol Kauffman works with leaders across the globe to help them close the gap between their intent and their impact. A lateral… Read more

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. Read more

Ian Bolin

Ian Bolin

Atlanta

Ian Bolin, based in Atlanta, leads Egon Zehnder’s Global Automotive and Mobility Practice. He is a trusted advisor to clients across the globe and has… Read more

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

Atlanta, New York

Eric Anderson, based in Atlanta and New York, serves as the Global Co-Head of the Technology and Communications Practice. Read more

The CEO: A Personal Reflection

Egon Zehnder asked over 400 of the world’s top CEOs what it means to be an effective leader today

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The Adaptive CEO

As part of Egon Zehnder's series featuring six exceptional CEOs, meet "Raj", CEO of a major multinational pharmaceuticals company. Read more

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Sensing Answers for Tomorrow: How New CEOs Deal with Polarities as the Crisis Continues

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As part of Egon Zehnder's six-part CEO profile series, Meet "Beth", CEO of a global software business. Read more

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As part of Egon Zehnder's six-part series profiling exceptional CEOs, meet "Lukas", CEO of a multinational fashion conglomerate. Read more

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Perform and Transform

Meet "Jan," an ambitious young executive who was handed the top job at a major global retailer—when he least expected it Read more

Time to Open the Doors

Time to Open the Doors

As part of Egon Zehnder's six-part series profiling exceptional CEOs, meet "Daniel", CEO of a global financial services firm. Read more

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EU Biotech CEOs and Board Members Reflect on a Turbulent 2020

Egon Zehnder rounded off 2020 with a final gathering of biotech CEOs and board members, who shared their reflections on a turbulent year. Read more

Navigating a World in Flux

Navigating a World in Flux

As part of Egon Zehnder's six-part series profiling exceptional CEOs, meet "Mateo", the high-tech manufacturing CEO, and “Tara,” the innovative restaurant CEO. Read more

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CEOs: The Architects of Prosperity

As CEOs lead us through complexity into a better future, they must maintain strong values—recognizing their responsibility to use unwavering humanity as their compass… Read more

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By connecting with their LGBTQ+ colleagues—by speaking up, listening, and learning—CEOs have the means to enact real and lasting change, and ultimately unleash the… Read more

Becoming CEO: Why Identity Development Matters

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Potential CEOs need to arrive at their own emboldened and grounded place of identity – of who they are and who they want to… Read more

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New CEOs Adapt Strategies and Teams to Tackle Change Amid Continuing Crisis

New external successor CEOs shift existing team structures and explore new approaches as they implement real change amid the continuing corona crisis. Read more

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