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Consumer companies need transformational leadership

We in Egon Zehnder’s Consumer Practice have the incredible privilege of working with the world’s best and most iconic companies and brands. At a time of great disruption and ever-increasing demands from shareholders, consumer companies need transformational leadership. Our expertise lies in accessing and identifying top external talent as well as in supporting and developing leaders inside an organization. This is what we do.

Because our consultants come directly from the consumer industry, we understand exactly what our clients are facing; we’ve been there. With our global reach of 63 offices worldwide, we offer access to an unmatched variety of perspectives, which together enable us to guide you with the truth. We personalize our approach, seeking the right leadership for both today and the future — whether in response to shareholder activism, online competition, business transformation, or changing consumer tastes. We offer solutions, not transactions. We go deep. 

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Consumer Consultants

Sarah Van Dyck

Sarah Van Dyck

San Francisco

Global Lead

Sarah Van Dyck co-leads Egon Zehnder’s Global Consumer Practice and is a core member of the Board Practice. Based in San Francisco… Read more

Sebastien D’Incau

Sebastien D’Incau

Montreal, Toronto

Global Lead

Sebastien D’Incau co-leads Egon Zehnder’s Global Consumer Practice and is a member of the Board Practice. Based in Montreal… Read more

Kim Henderson

Kim Henderson

Washington, D.C.

Kim Henderson is a founding member of Egon Zehnder’s Washington, D.C. office and leads the Firm’s Consumer Practice Group for the Americas in addition… Read more

Claude Shaw

Claude Shaw

New York Office Leader

Claude Shaw, based in New York, leads Egon Zehnder’s global Private Equity Practice. In addition, Claude serves as a member of the firm’s Consumer… Read more

Anja Herrmann

Anja Herrmann

New York

Anja Herrmann leads the firm’s US Retail, Apparel & Luxury Practice and is a core member of the Consumer and Digital practices. Read more

Kenna Baudin

Kenna Baudin

New York

Based in New York, Kenna Wyllie Baudin serves as Global Co-Head of Private Equity. She focuses on senior-level executives at private equity funds… Read more

Calvin Yee

Calvin Yee

Los Angeles, New York

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

Ari Roitman

Ari Roitman

New York

Ari Roitman, based in New York, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Sports, Consumer and CMO practices. Read more

Ashley Harding

Ashley Harding

New York

Based in New York, Ashley Harding is active in Egon Zehnder’s Consumer and Chief Marketing Officer practices. Read more

Ashley Ma

Ashley Ma

New York

Based in New York, Ashley Ma is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services and Technology and Communications Practices. Read more

Stephanie Levitt

Stephanie Levitt

New York

Stephanie Levitt is active in Egon Zehnder’s Health Practice, with a primary focus on the convergence of technology, health care and consumer… Read more

Akiba Smith-Francis

Akiba Smith-Francis

New York

Akiba Smith-Francis, based in New York, belongs to Egon Zehnder’s Consumer, Sustainability and Public and Social Sector practices. Read more

Dede Orraca-Cecil

Dede Orraca-Cecil

Boston

Dede Orraca-Cecil, based in Boston, is a member of Egon Zehnder’s Consumer Practice where serves clients in the Media, Entertainment, and lifestyle… Read more

Dick Patton

Dick Patton

Boston

Dick Patton partners with clients on CEO succession, advisory, and search, in addition to providing board consulting and search, talent assessment… Read more

Christopher Fuqua

Christopher Fuqua

Boston

Based in Boston, Chris Fuqua is active in Egon Zehnder’s Travel & Hospitality, Consumer, and Leadership Advisory practices. A valued advisor to… Read more

Mark Stuart-Smith

Mark Stuart-Smith

Boston

Based in Boston and St. Louis, Mark Stuart-Smith is active in Egon Zehnder’s Consumer and Leadership Advisory practices. Mark focuses on CEO… Read more


Thought Leadership | Consumer

In Start-up Talent, Cycle Timing is Key

In Start-up Talent, Cycle Timing is Key

Hiring in the start-up world is no longer a linear path, and leaders will need to stay ahead of their future needs when it… Read more

Guts & Data: The Talent Retail Needs to Serve the Post-Pandemic Consumer

Guts & Data: The Talent Retail Needs to Serve the Post-Pandemic Consumer

Post-pandemic Retail is emerging to be a noisy place, and product relevancy has never been more critical, or more difficult, to achieve. Is your… Read more

Leadership of Post-COVID Supply Chains in the Consumer Industry

Leadership of Post-COVID Supply Chains in the Consumer Industry

Even before COVID-19 ravaged the world, consumer goods supply chains were in the midst of transformation, wrestling with the need to show resilience and… Read more

CPG’s Talent Lens is Expanding—Outside of the Industry

CPG’s Talent Lens is Expanding—Outside of the Industry

CPG companies may need to recruit from outside of the industry to capitalize on recent changes in consumer purchase behaviors, to optimize customer experience,… Read more

CMO: Future Chief Experience Officer?

CMO: Future Chief Experience Officer?

Six marketing executives from the French gaming ecosystem share key marketing trends that are driving growth and how they can inspire CMOs from other… Read more

CPG: A Chance For True Change

CPG: A Chance For True Change

CPG companies, large and small, impacted by Covid are pivoting to become increasingly agile in response to consumer needs. Read more

How Alibaba’s Tmall is Changing eCommerce in China

How Alibaba’s Tmall is Changing eCommerce in China

Insights for western brands looking for global eCommerce growth in a post-COVID world from Chris Tung, Chief Marketing Officer of Alibaba. Read more

CPG: Big Is Back

CPG: Big Is Back

It’s easy to forget, but not too long ago, large fast moving consumer goods companies such as Procter & Gamble, Mars, Nestle and Unilever… Read more

Creating Opportunities While Weathering a Crisis

Creating Opportunities While Weathering a Crisis

Egon Zehnder gathered Chinese executives and US public board members on May 14th to exchange their experiences and share their outlook for the future. Read more

Italian Consumer CEOs Employ Empathy and Flexibility Amid COVID-19

Italian Consumer CEOs Employ Empathy and Flexibility Amid COVID-19

Highlights from digital gatherings with Italian consumer CEOs, hosted by Egon Zehnder. Read more

Move Over, Customer Experience

Move Over, Customer Experience

We’re in a new era. Our leaders must think beyond customer experience and focus on total Human Experience, which takes into account both employees… Read more

How CEOs are Navigating COVID-19 in the Present and Planning for the Future

How CEOs are Navigating COVID-19 in the Present and Planning for the Future

CEOs from consumer companies discuss what strategies have been effective, lessons they have learned along the way, and what the business landscape might look… Read more

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