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The communications industry is weathering transformational changes driven by heightened customer expectations, new digital entrants, increased requirements in capital expenditure, commoditization, regulatory complexity, and more. With new technology opportunities and a growing re-fragmentation, communications & connectivity providers are playing a crucial role in keeping the world connected. In addition, investors are highly focused on building the digital infrastructure to enhance communications capabilities—fiber, towers, data centers, 5G—but their confidence relies on companies securing the right leadership for this era of rapid change and opportunity.

Who We Are

  • Egon Zehnder’s Communications & Connectivity consultants are former industry executives with experience working for communications services providers, telecom network equipment providers and alike.
  • Our global reach and integrated approach empower us to tap into colleagues across the Firm to find and develop executives from consumer, digital, finance, manufacturing, software, and other industries who can bring fresh perspectives and unique skill sets. We also know how to position our telco industry partners to stand out in a fiercely competitive talent market.
  • We have one global P&L. We are incentivized to collaborate and harness the power of our entire Firm’s resources to ensure our clients’ success.
  • We believe Communications & Connectivity will remain increasingly relevant as it permeates every industry and will be at the heart of companies’ development, providing a new array of services and fueling growth. Additionally, it already plays a decisive role regarding cloud usage, virtualization, 5G, Internet of Things, M2M, and more.
  • Our consultants work across the entire telecoms value chain—from investors to services providers, from network equipment to mobile devices—as well as across practice groups when appropriate.

What We Do

  • At Egon Zehnder, our Communications & Connectivity Practice Group partners with clients to solve to their most complex sustainability challenges to build teams that will contribute to environmental quality, long-term economic prosperity, and improved social equity.
  • We have partnered with many of the world's top 100 telecom companies to help them build the boards and high-performing leadership teams they need to drive innovation and manage change at scale.
  • Hundreds of telcos, service providers, and device companies have worked with Egon Zehnder to manage their succession plans over the past decade. We also work closely with digital infrastructure investors to build new teams from scratch and assess leadership suites—both pre- and post-deal. Newly molded leadership teams encompass tech know-how, entrepreneurial verve, training in dealing with public bodies, and the capacity to navigate a complex regulatory environment.
  • We also recognize that the focus must shift from individuals to outstanding teams, composed of exceptional managers with complementary talents, which is why our leadership solutions reach across the organization. We assess organizational structure, culture, and leadership capabilities and chart paths to new business models and more competitive positions.

We look forward to helping you transform your organization.
 

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Communications and Connectivity Consultants

Kal Bittianda

Kal Bittianda

New York

Based in New York and the Leader of Egon Zehnder’s Technology & Communications Americas Practice, Kal Bittianda is passionate about disruptive… Read more

Meg Reynolds

Meg Reynolds

Chicago

Based in Chicago, Meg Reynolds is active in Egon Zehnder’s Technology Practice, focusing on the communications and enterprise technology sectors. Read more

Moses Zonana

Moses Zonana

Miami

Moses Zonana, based in Miami, is a member of Egon Zehnder’s Global Technology & Communications Practice. Read more

Chris Patrick

Chris Patrick

Dallas

Chris Patrick is the Global Head of Egon Zehnder’s Technology Officers Practice. Based in Dallas, he advises CEOs and boards on recruitment,… Read more

Mayuri Patel

Mayuri Patel

Palo Alto

Based in Palo Alto, California, Mayuri Patel is active in Egon Zehnder’s Technology and Communications practice. 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

Alain Serhan

Alain Serhan

Montreal, New York, Toronto

Alain advises public and privately held organizations on their CEO succession and Board member transitions. Leadership selection… Read more

Alejandro Elizondo

Alejandro Elizondo

Mexico City

Alejandro Elizondo, based in Monterrey, Mexico, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Industrial, Financial, Technology, Services and Family Business practices. Read more

Carlos Rodriguez

Carlos Rodriguez

Bogotá Office Leader, Mexico City Office Leader

Carlos Rodríguez leads Egon Zehnder´s Latam North Region (Mexico, Central America & Caribbean, and Andean Region). Carlos and his colleagues advise… Read more

Fiona Packman

Fiona Packman

London

Based in London, Fiona Packman leads Egon Zehnder’s Professional Services Practice there. Read more

Sven Petersen

Sven Petersen

London

​A German-Brazilian living in London, Sven Petersen advises on leadership talent and development across sectors but spends most of his time in the… Read more

Simon Kantor

Simon Kantor

London

Simon Kantor, based in London, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) practice. He is a valued advisor to… Read more

Luis Carvajal

Luis Carvajal

Barcelona, Lisbon, Madrid

Luis Carvajal is Egon Zehnder’s office leader in Spain. He is active in the firm’s Technology and Communications Practice… Read more

Hélène Reltgen

Hélène Reltgen

Paris

Hélène Reltgen is a Senior Partner at Egon Zehnder. She has led the Global Technology & Communications Practice for many years and founded the Global… Read more

Kiné Seck Mercier

Kiné Seck Mercier

Paris, Johannesburg

Kiné Seck Mercier, based in Paris, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Technology and Communications Practice, with particular expertise in the digital and… Read more

Frédéric Lepoutre

Frédéric Lepoutre

Paris

Frédéric Lepoutre, based in Paris, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Consumer, Media/Entertainment and Retail Practices where he is a trusted advisor to… Read more


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