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Public institutions — from universities to NGOs to trade associations — have never played a more prominent role in society. At the same time, the operating models of these organizations have had to adapt to a more complex funding landscape amid heightened public scrutiny and expectations. The leaders of these institutions are under pressure to drive significant cultural and operational change in entirely new environments. 

Egon Zehnder’s Public and Social Service (PSS) Practice uses its global reach and long experience in the space to help a wide range of public institutions assess their organizational structure, design role descriptions that reflect this new reality, and build leadership teams that have the competencies and the commitment essential for success today. We work to structure our PSS engagement teams so that they include consultants who have both the requisite expertise and networks and a personal interest in your organization’s mission. We have had the privilege of working with hundreds of the world’s leading public organizations on their leadership journeys and we look forward to working on yours.



Public & Social Sector Consultants

Bart Blommers

Bart Blommers

Amsterdam

Global Lead

Bart Blommers, based in Amsterdam, specializes in the technology and industrial space and leads our global Public and Social Sector Practice. Read more

Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson

Washington, D.C.

US Lead

Jessica Watson is one of the co-founders of Egon Zehnder’s Washington, DC office and currently leads the firm’s Health Practice for the Americas… Read more

Neil Hindle

Neil Hindle

New York, Washington, D.C.

US Lead

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

Christina Ng

Christina Ng

Washington, D.C.

Based in Washington, D.C., Christina Ng is active in Egon Zehnder’s Health Practice and Public & Social Sector Practice. A seasoned senior leader and… 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

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

Kenna Baudin

Kenna Baudin

New York

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

Andrea Kilpatrick

Andrea Kilpatrick

New York

Andrea Kilpatrick is a leader in Egon Zehnder’s Leadership Advisory Services Practice Group where she counsels clients on their most critical… Read more

Greig Schneider

Greig Schneider

Boston

Greig Schneider, based in Boston, was Egon Zehnder’s Managing Partner in the U.S. from 2010 to 2016 and served several years on the firm’s Board of… 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 she serves clients in the Media, Entertainment… Read more

Marwa Zohdy

Marwa Zohdy

Chicago

Based in Chicago, Marwa Joy Zohdy is an active member of Egon Zehnder’s global Health Practice. Read more

Joon Yoon

Joon Yoon

Dallas

Joon Yoon, based in Dallas, is the global co-lead for Egon Zehnder’s Technology Officers Practice. He specializes in digital transformation for… Read more

Whitney Chamberlain

Whitney Chamberlain

Los Angeles

Based in Los Angeles, Whitney Chamberlain belongs to Egon Zehnder’s Services and Consumer Practices Groups. Read more

Derek Bennett

Derek Bennett

San Francisco

Based in San Francisco, Derek Bennett is active in Egon Zehnder’s Technology & Communications and Consumer practices. Read more

Catherine Zhu

Catherine Zhu

Toronto

Catherine Zhu, based in Toronto, is Egon Zehnder’s Global Head of the Sustainability Practice. She is a trusted advisor to boards… Read more

Vanessa Chehlawi

Vanessa Chehlawi

Toronto

Vanessa Chehlawi, based in Toronto, co-leads our Leadership Advisory Practice in Canada. She advises clients on solving leadership challenges and… Read more


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