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The automotive industry’s dramatic transformation to self-driving cars and “mobility solutions” has demanded an equally sweeping change in the industry’s leadership profile. Today’s auto executive must facilitate the messy process of innovation and partnerships while meeting production deadlines and cost targets, bringing together a century’s worth of knowledge and commitment with a fast-moving digital culture that has little respect for tradition.

Egon Zehnder’s Mobility & Automotive Practice is proud to have helped many of the world’s leading automotive companies on this path. We draw on our own extensive automotive industry experience and the resources of our colleagues in the Automotive, Digital, Consumer, and Functional practices to help startups as well as OEMs, Tier 1, and Tier 2 suppliers establish the right organizational structure, set up new organizational competencies, and develop a pipeline of current and future leaders who can bridge the old and the new. The depth and reach of our global team, located in 36 countries, means that we can partner with you to develop leadership solutions anywhere in the world — from a CFO search in Munich to electing a new board member in Detroit or China. 


Mobility & Automotive Consultants

Ian Bolin

Ian Bolin

Atlanta, Detroit

Global Lead

Ian Bolin, based in Atlanta and Detroit, leads Egon Zehnder’s Global Automotive and Mobility Practice. Read more

YaoSong Chen

YaoSong Chen

Washington, D.C.

Yao Chen, based in Washington DC, advises automotive and machinery companies on C-suite succession and board consulting. Read more

William Houston

William Houston

Washington, D.C.

Will Houston has more than 20 years of experience in the industrial and technology sectors, the military, and federal government. 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

Anna Auerbach

Anna Auerbach

New York

Anna Auerbach, based in New York, is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Technology and Digital practice. Anna is an experienced advisor, founder, and… Read more

Tim McNicholas

Tim McNicholas

Boston Office Leader

Tim McNicholas is the Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s Boston office and leads our Human Resource practice in the United States. Read more

Lisa Blais

Lisa Blais

Boston

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

Alex Payne

Alex Payne

Boston

Based in Boston, Alex Payne is active in Egon Zehnder’s Energy and Industrial practices, and leads the North American Power, Utilities and Renewables… Read more

Tom Reynolds

Tom Reynolds

Atlanta

Tom Reynolds, based in Atlanta, is the leader of the global Supply Chain Practice and advises clients in all aspects of supply chain management and… Read more

Patrick Lennon

Patrick Lennon

Atlanta

Based in Atlanta, Patrick Lennon is a leader in Egon Zehnder’s Supply Chain & Operations practice. Read more

James Stark

James Stark

Atlanta

James Stark, based in Atlanta, is active in Egon Zehnder’s CFO and Audit Chair, Industrial, and Private Capital practices. He is passionate about… Read more

Naveed Bandukwala

Naveed Bandukwala

Chicago

Naveed Bandukwala, based in Chicago, leads Egon Zehnder’s North America Automotive and Mobility Practice. With experience across the automotive and… 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

Marc Johns

Marc Johns

Chicago

Marc Johns is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Industrial and Supply Chain practices, conducting strategy, general management and supply chain officer… Read more

Karl Alleman

Karl Alleman

Chicago

Karl Alleman has a long track record of helping large multinationals, family-owned enterprises, and private equity firms solve their most important… Read more


Thought Leadership | Mobility & Automotive

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Charting the Future of Mobility and Automation

Charting the Future of Mobility and Automation

Leading a mobility revolution requires leaders who can balance the vision of what is possible and what their customers, employees, and stakeholders desire. Hear… Read more

The Auto Industry Needs HR To Complete Digital Transformation

The Auto Industry Needs HR To Complete Digital Transformation

HR sees itself as separate from Digital Transformation. That is a problem, writes Egon Zehnder's Ian Bolin and Christian Rosen in HR Technologist. Read more

Digital Gravity – A Global Automotive Study (by KPMG and Egon Zehnder)

Digital Gravity – A Global Automotive Study (by KPMG and Egon Zehnder)

The digital transformation of the automotive industry is a huge priority, but our research of 500 automotive executives found that they have yet to… Read more

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Bauer Business Focus – Energy Companies Recruit More Tech Leaders

Energy companies are finally starting to take IT seriously, says Egon Zehnder consultant Trent Aulbaugh in an interview with Bauer Business Focus. Read more

An Auto Exec Reflects On CES: Come For the Cars, Stay For the Chaos

An Auto Exec Reflects On CES: Come For the Cars, Stay For the Chaos

It is an exhilarating time to be in the automobile business, but it also is a time of ambiguity and uncertainty. That’s why CES… Read more

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