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Academia & Education

Higher education is at a major inflection point. Large universities typically oversee billion-dollar budgets and an extensive intellectual property portfolio. At the same time, however, the university’s traditional business model of passive consumers choosing from a fixed menu of offerings is markedly out of step with the customer-centric, on-demand orientation that dominates larger and larger swaths of society. Matters are further complicated by the fact that the academic universe is a rankings-based environment that promotes continual competition, even for institutions at the top. This complexity requires leaders who can innovate amid uncertainty, work at scale, and unite a broad range of stakeholders with competing agendas.

At Egon Zehnder, our Academia and Education Practice works closely with boards of trustees and search committees to help them rethink evolving role specifications, organizational structures, and candidate pools. Our leadership solutions help great colleges and universities continue their mission while adapting to tremendous change.

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Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson

Washington DC

Jessica Watson, based in Washington, D.C., is active in Egon Zehnder’s Health Practice, serving clients across the health-care spectrum.

Neil Hindle

Neil Hindle

New York, Washington DC

Neil Hindle, based in New York and Washington D.C., leads Egon Zehnder’s Public and Social Sector Practice globally and has deep expertise appointing…

Andrea Kilpatrick

Andrea Kilpatrick

New York

Andrea is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Media, Entertainment and Sports Practice and is based in our New York office.

Dede Orraca-Cecil

Dede Orraca-Cecil

Boston, Johannesburg

Dede Orraca-Cecil, based in Boston, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Professionals and Health Practices.

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 now serves on the firm’s Board of Directors.

Donald Chae

Donald Chae

Chicago

Donald Chae possesses deep expertise across financial services, especially in wealth management, asset management, retail banking, and investment…

Simon Page

Simon Page

London

Simon Page is a trusted advisor on board performance, talent development, and the appointment and integration of senior executives.

Gizem Weggemans

Gizem Weggemans

London

Gizem Weggemans, based in London, leads Egon Zehnder’s HR Officers Practice as well as its Communications and Public Affairs Officers practices…

Anthony Cavanough

Anthony Cavanough

London

Anthony Cavanough, based in London, leads executive search and leadership assessment, development and advisory projects for a wide range of…

Annekee Hulshoff Pol

Annekee Hulshoff Pol

Amsterdam

Annekee Hulshoff Pol, based in Amsterdam, works closely with clients on executive and board search, management appraisal and leadership consulting,…

Karel Baert

Karel Baert

Brussels, Luxembourg

Karel Baert, based in Brussels and Luxembourg, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services and Public and Social Sector practices.

Isabelle Claus

Isabelle Claus

Brussels

Isabelle Claus is active in Egon Zehnder’s Industrial and Human Resources practices.

Joost Maes

Joost Maes

Brussels, Luxembourg

Joost Maes, based in Brussels and Luxembourg, founded and leads Egon Zehnder’s Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Practice. He is also active in the…

Inge Berneke

Inge Berneke

Copenhagen

Inge Berneke advises international industry and services clients as well as private foundations on all aspects of talent strategy, executive search,…

Alin Adomeit

Alin Adomeit

Frankfurt

Alin Adomeit leads Egon Zehnder’s office in Frankfurt and is part of the firm’s Health Practice in Germany. She has deep experience in therapeutics,…

Gaëlle Boix

Gaëlle Boix

Geneva

Gaëlle Boix is based in Geneva and coleads the firm’s European Health Practice. She focuses on health care and serves clients across pharma,…

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