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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…

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…

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…

Al Prieto

Al Prieto

New York

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

Calvin Yee

Calvin Yee

New York, Los Angeles

Calvin Yee, based in New York and Los Angeles, is the Global Lead for Egon Zehnder’s Media, Entertainment & Sports Practice, a leader in the Digital…

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.

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.

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…

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.

Lisa Blais

Lisa Blais

Boston

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…

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…

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.

Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

Atlanta, New York

Eric Anderson, based in Atlanta and New York, established and leads Egon Zehnder’s global FinTech Practice as well as the firm’s Technology Enabled…

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…

Karl Alleman

Karl Alleman

Chicago

Based in Chicago, Karl Alleman is Egon Zehnder’s Managing Partner in the U.S., with broad expertise spanning sectors from automotive and consumer…

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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Insights on Chief Executive Officers

Harvard Business Review — From Curious to Competent

Harvard Business Review — From Curious to Competent

For 30 years, Egon Zehnder has been in the business of assessing leaders along two broad dimensions: potential and competence. One key conclusion? You can’t have either without curiosity. Although we have found that high potentials also need insight, engagement, and determination, curiosity—defined as a penchant for seeking new experiences, knowledge, and feedback and an openness to change—is perhaps most important.

Directors & Boards – Attracting the Right CEO

Directors & Boards – Attracting the Right CEO

Lisa Blais, Egon Zehnder's co-leader of the US Board Practice, discusses how boards can attract the top C-suite talent.

The Hindu – Making 'Lateral Entry' Work

The Hindu – Making 'Lateral Entry' Work

Most CEOs are grappling with one particular challenge, irrespective of industry or geography: getting the right leadership talent. Governments face this challenge too. The Indian government has responded to this challenge by taking the initiative to invite executives from beyond the ranks of the civil service to apply for certain Joint Secretary posts.

HR Dive  – Study: Interpersonal Tasks Challenge CEOs More than Business Tasks

HR Dive – Study: Interpersonal Tasks Challenge CEOs More than Business Tasks

According to an Egon Zehnder survey of 402 CEOs from 11 countries, 68% of company chiefs said that they weren't fully prepared for their role as CEO. As new CEOs adjust to their roles, HR leaders can educate them on the value of human capital management (HCM) and how strategies for hiring, training and development, compensation and other HR functions line up with organizational goals.

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