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Insurance comprises a substantial portion of Egon Zehnder’s market-leading Financial Services Practice, with more than 50 consultants stationed across all major financial hubs in the world. We conduct approximately 270 assignments annually — nearly half of which are searches for CEOs or board members — and currently work with 7 of the 10 largest global institutions, supporting our partners in search and leadership development.

Given the global nature of today’s insurance industry, a high percentage of our assignments involve extensive cross-border collaboration — a situation for which our One Firm model is uniquely equipped to deliver distinctive results. Our incentive system encourages collaboration over regional silos, bringing a unified approach to the client while leveraging our global network for local market expertise.

Transformation has been a recurring theme across all sectors of financial services. The rich history and traditional legacy of the insurance industry, in particular, leaves it most vulnerable to disruption. Our practice has noted a meaningful increase in the recruitment of Chief Transformation Officers, as well as assignments supporting clients’ shifts to digital channels, with the accompanying need to rethink IT and cybersecurity capabilities.

To this end, one of our key objectives in the insurance sector is to bridge the gap between large institutions and the FinTech players emerging in adjacent spaces. Many of the skill sets necessary to position insurance for the coming decade (e.g., a new generation of data analytics) may not currently reside within the industry; some may best be sourced through partnerships rather than traditional hiring.

Because we hire exclusively from industry, combined with our global reach across 40 countries and 68 offices, we are confident in our ability to partner with your firm to address the challenges ahead.

Insurance Consultants

Patrick O’Brien

Patrick O’Brien

New York

Global Lead

Patrick O’Brien, based in New York, has deep expertise in insurance and consumer finance. He is a trusted advisor on executive and board recruitment… Read more

Arnaud Tesson

Arnaud Tesson

Boston, New York

US Lead

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

Peter Koo

Peter Koo

New York

Based in New York, Peter Koo is a trusted advisor to large financial institutions across the Americas and Asia Pacific. He has particular expertise in… Read more

Neil Hindle

Neil Hindle

New York, Washington, D.C.

Neil Hindle, based in New York, was the former Lead for Egon Zehnder’s Public and Social Sector Practice globally and has deep expertise appointing… 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

Gabriela Carvalho

Gabriela Carvalho

Miami

Gabi Carvalho, based in Miami, heads the Global Retail Financial Services Practice, focusing on payments, retail banking, insurance, and asset… Read more

Arun Dhingra

Arun Dhingra

Dallas

As the Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s Dallas office and the Global Head of Egon Zehnder’s Financial Officers practice… Read more

Ricardo Sunderland

Ricardo Sunderland

San Francisco

Ricardo Sunderland, based in San Francisco… Read more

Valerie Spriet

Valerie Spriet

Toronto

Valerie Spriet, based in Toronto, is a leader in Egon Zehnder’s Global Leadership Advisory practice with deep experience in Assessment and Development… Read more

Jennifer Dewar Thomas

Jennifer Dewar Thomas

Toronto

Jennifer Dewar Thomas, based in Toronto, leads Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services Practice in Canada. She is an expert in CEO succession and C-suite… Read more

Hayley Angus

Hayley Angus

Toronto

Hayley Angus, originally from Vancouver, is based in Toronto and is a member of Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services Practice. She specializes in… Read more

Benoît-Carl Coulombe

Benoît-Carl Coulombe

Montreal, Toronto

Benoît-Carl Coulombe, based in Montreal, plays key roles in Egon Zehnder’s Financial Officers and Financial Services practices while also working… Read more

Carlos Vázquez

Carlos Vázquez

Mexico

Carlos Vázquez, based in Mexico City, leads Egon Zehnder’s Financial Tech, Private Equity, Financial Services, and Energy & CleanTech practices in… Read more

Laurent de Meeûs

Laurent de Meeûs

London

Laurent de Meeûs is a trusted advisor to banks, insurance, and asset management companies. Based in London… Read more

Raphaël Czuwak

Raphaël Czuwak

Paris, Lyon

Raphaël Czuwak is Managing Partner for Egon Zehnder in France. Previously, he led the Firm’s Insurance and Asset Management segments… Read more

Art Avdeev

Art Avdeev

Paris

Art Avdeev advises clients across a range of industries in Europe and emerging markets worldwide. In addition to senior search projects… Read more

Thought Leadership on Insurance

Learning from the Crisis, Insurance Embraces Change

Learning from the Crisis, Insurance Embraces Change

Insurance

How Insurance leaders have moved on from the initial operational trials of Covid-19, to the larger strategic issues facing the industry. Read more

Responding to the Crisis, Insurance Looks Ahead

Responding to the Crisis, Insurance Looks Ahead

Insurance

As the crisis drags on, industries must make the transition from coping with the initial emergency to crafting the changes that will shape the… Read more

Board Recruiting: When Playing It Safe Is Risky

Board Recruiting: When Playing It Safe Is Risky

Industrial

Given the performance pressures public company boards are under these days, I’m not surprised when nominating committees make prior public company board experience a… Read more

Roadmap to Marketing Excellence – Survey among Leading Insurance Companies in Germany

Roadmap to Marketing Excellence – Survey among Leading Insurance Companies in Germany

What role does marketing play today in insurance companies? How great is its influence and what level of competence has been achieved? To answer… Read more

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