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Leaders in Mining & Metals are adapting as their operating environments change. Today, they must equally serve as engineer, strategist, and diplomat. They must oversee value chains that have become much more dynamic and complex, manage stakeholders ranging from governments to traditional owners to environmental groups, and operate before a global media network that scrutinizes a company’s social license to operate.

Mining and metals production is critical to the global energy transition going forward. With an increasing need for the production of “green metals”, the industry is poised between growing to provide the resources we need to reduce the impact of fossil fuels and simultaneously transforming to ensure their own environmental impact doesn’t outweigh the gains.

To add to these challenges, the need to innovate, automate, digitize, and embed environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals is paramount. To thrive in the long term, Mining & Metals leaders will need to become ever more creative and sophisticated in how they structure their organizations, focus on the culture, collaborate externally, and interact with stakeholders and communities.

Who We Are

Our Mining & Metals consultants are former industry leaders, having worked at Vale, De Beers, Glencore, ABB, Incitec Pivot, Rio Tinto, Air Liquide, Pechiney and Ausenco, among others. We understand your unique challenges because we often faced them ourselves. Our industry experience also provides us with long-term relationships and invaluable access to candidates and industry intelligence.

We have one global P&L. We are as global as the industry we serve, reaching across borders for talent and ideas. As a result, we are incentivized to collaborate and harness all of our Firm’s resources to ensure our clients’ success. We tap into our Firm-wide network to offer creative solutions.

We create lasting leadership solutions. 86 percent of the leaders we place stay in their organizations for more than 5 years and more than 70 percent are promoted to more senior roles in the companies.

We see ourselves as an extension of your team. It matters just as much to us that the right leaders are in place in your organization. We aim to understand your culture and focus on internal development of current and future leaders. More than 80 percent of our clients work with us on an ongoing basis, thanks to our integrated approach.

We are committed to helping clients shape diversity, equity and inclusion strategies with lasting impact on their workforce, customers and communities in which they operate.

What We Do

Egon Zehnder’s Mining & Metals Practice works with many of the biggest companies in the industry globally, from leading public companies to global investors, industry associations, and privately backed miners, to help them rethink their talent requirements and organizational makeup to fit this evolving environment and to help cultivate leadership for a better world.

Our leadership solutions cover individual, team and organizational effectiveness, development and cultural transformation. These include both executive and board search; board advisory; CEO succession; and individual, team, and organizational assessment to unlock potential at all levels. We focus on your specific leadership needs, whether grappling with crises, building a culture of innovation and sustainability, managing talent in mergers and acquisitions, expanding globally, driving growth, or supporting benchmark studies to support your strategy.


Mining & Metals Consultants

Heloise Nel

Heloise Nel

Sub-Saharan Africa Office Leader

Global Lead

Heloise Nel is the Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s Sub-Saharan Africa Office and leads Egon Zehnder’s Mining & Metals practice globally. Read more

Olli Laurén

Olli Laurén

Washington, D.C.

Olli Lauren serves as a senior adviser in Washington DC. He is also a member of Egon Zehnder’s Global Machinery & Industrial Technology practice. Read more

Diana Fox

Diana Fox

New York

Diana Fox, based in New York, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Chemical and Process Industries Practice with a specialization in chemicals, agribusiness… 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

Alex Santos

Alex Santos

Chicago

Based in Chicago, Alex Santos focuses on helping clients recruit general managers and functional leaders as well as assess their internal talent. Read more

Max Penning

Max Penning

Chicago

Based in Chicago, Max Penning is active in Egon Zehnder’s Industrial, Services, and Private Capital practices. He is a strategic advisor to global… Read more

Bernhard Scholl

Bernhard Scholl

Miami Office Leader

Bernhard Scholl, Egon Zehnder’s office leader in Miami, leads the Global Chemical and Process Industries Practice. Read more

Ed Camara

Ed Camara

Miami, Toronto

Based in Miami, Edilson Camara is Egon Zehnder’s Chief Executive Officer. Drawing on his deep experience in natural resources and heavy industry… Read more

Chris King-Sidney

Chris King-Sidney

Seattle, Vancouver

Based in Seattle, Chris King-Sidney is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Industrial practice and, as a trusted advisor to clients… Read more

David Ain

David Ain

Toronto Office Leader, Montreal Office Leader

David Ain is the Managing Partner for Egon Zehnder in Canada and leads the firm's Private Capital Practice in the country. Read more

Jennie Rittberg

Jennie Rittberg

Toronto

Jennie focuses on board, CEO and executive succession, including individual development. She is a trusted advisor to a variety of organizations with… Read more

Valerie Spriet

Valerie Spriet

Toronto

Valerie is a leader in Egon Zehnder’s Global Leadership Advisory and Board practices.  Valerie has deep expertise in CEO succession… Read more

Francisco Sagredo

Francisco Sagredo

Toronto

Francisco serves companies across the industrial and consumer sectors and leads the Chief Financial Officer practice in Canada. Read more

Marc Normandin

Marc Normandin

Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver

Marc Normandin, based in Montreal, draws on his international experience when advising companies on board succession, C-suite and executive… Read more

Alejandro Elizondo

Alejandro Elizondo

Mexico City, Monterrey

Based in Monterrey, Alejandro Elizondo leads Egon Zehnder’s Industrial Practice in Mexico. He is also an active member of the firm’s global Financial… Read more

Santiago Rivera-Torres

Santiago Rivera-Torres

Mexico City

Santiago Rivera-Torres, based in Mexico City, leads Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services Practice in Mexico. He is valued by clients for his business… Read more


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