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At Egon Zehnder, we take our deep industry and functional expertise and convert it into usable insights for our clients and candidates. Whether an article, a speech, a video, or an event, what we say and create must add value. We’re proud of doing work that contributes to successful careers, stronger companies, and a better world.

The CEO: A Personal Reflection

Egon Zehnder asked over 400 of the world’s top CEOs what it means to be an effective leader today

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Egon Zehnder at the 2018 Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit

As CMOs continue to face obstacles in the dynamic business world, it’s important to remember the primary takeaways, gleaned while surrounded by peers who have faced or are facing similar situations, from the 2018 Marketing Leadership Summit.

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Is Your Board Tech-Ready?

Few boards have enough tech savvy in the boardroom and even fewer have tech committees. Egon Zehnder's Lindsay Trout shares what boards need to do to be tech-ready in today's world.

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Even CEOs Get Nervous About Their Jobs

Dick Patton talks to NPR about the importance of mindset preparation and the role of boards in helping CEOs succeed.

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The Talent Innovation Formula for Transformational Marketing

What is the right balance between traditionalists and change makers? In our experience, we’ve found the formula used by innovation leaders can also create a marketing talent blueprint. By adopting this innovation framework, companies can better ensure the placement of the right talent to drive transformational change.

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Family Gravity Study

At Egon Zehnder, we have worked with family businesses around the world since our founding in 1964. We interviewed scores of family executives to better understand their sources of success—as well as their pain points.

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Egon Zehnder's First Lady

Egon Zehnder's First Lady

Chairwoman Jill Ader discusses the future of leadership in a feature with Wirtschaft Magazine.

Beware PE Sponsors: Your Portfolio Company CFOs Will Start Referencing You

Beware PE Sponsors: Your Portfolio Company CFOs Will Start Referencing You

The role of CFO in PE-backed companies continues to evolve from accountant to business leader. A group of PE CFOs joined to discuss the biggest challenges facing their success today.

Egon Zehnder at the 2018 Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit

Egon Zehnder at the 2018 Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit

As CMOs continue to face obstacles in the dynamic business world, it’s important to remember the primary takeaways, gleaned while surrounded by peers who have faced or are facing similar situations, from the 2018 Marketing Leadership Summit.

Leaders & Daughters, Montreal 2018 Highlights

Leaders & Daughters, Montreal 2018 Highlights

On April 12, 2018, Egon Zehnder hosted its first annual Leaders & Daughters event in Montreal. The event brought together an intimate group of high-powered men and women and their daughters and mentees in hopes of spotlighting the motivations and challenges confronting the next generation of professional women.

7 Key Takeaways from Founders Forum Dusseldorf

7 Key Takeaways from Founders Forum Dusseldorf

Egon Zehnder partner Karim Jalbout shares the biggest highlights from the twelfth annual Founders Forum.

Talent Pipeline: Strengthening Leadership in Midstream Private Equity

Talent Pipeline: Strengthening Leadership in Midstream Private Equity

How private equity needs to assess potential chief executive officers and chief financial officers.

Interview with Chief Marketing Officer, GoFundMe

Interview with Chief Marketing Officer, GoFundMe

Egon Zehnder's Kristi Maynor spoke with GoFundMe's CMO Raquel Rozas at the 2018 Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit.

Interview with Chief Marketing Officer, Peapod

Interview with Chief Marketing Officer, Peapod

Egon Zehnder's Amanda Roberts spoke with the CMO of Peapod Carrie Bienkowski at the 2018 Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit.

Interview with Kellogg Professor Jim Stengel

Interview with Kellogg Professor Jim Stengel

Egon Zehnder's Kristi Maynor spoke with former CMO of Procter & Gamble and current Kellogg professor Jim Stengel at the 2018 Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit.

Interview with President, KFC United States

Interview with President, KFC United States

Egon Zehnder's Kristi Maynor spoke with KFC U.S. President Kevin Hochman at the 2018 Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit.

Interview with Kellogg's Greg Carpenter

Interview with Kellogg's Greg Carpenter

Egon Zehnder's Cynthia Soledad spoke with Greg Carpenter from the Kellogg School of Management at the 2018 Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit.

Interview with Chief Marketing Officer, VR/AR, Facebook

Interview with Chief Marketing Officer, VR/AR, Facebook

Egon Zehnder's Sarah Van Dyck spoke with the CMO of VR/AR and Facebook, Rebecca Van Dyck, at the 2018 Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit.

Interview with Chief Marketing Officer, Clorox

Interview with Chief Marketing Officer, Clorox

Egon Zehnder's Sarah Van Dyck spoke with Clorox CMO Eric Reynolds at the 2018 Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit.

Interview with SVP Strategic Marketing, Coca-Cola

Interview with SVP Strategic Marketing, Coca-Cola

Egon Zehnder's Amanda Roberts spoke with The Coca-Cola Company's SVP Strategic Marketing Geoff Cottrill at the 2018 Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit.

Interview with General Manager, U.S. Chromebooks

Interview with General Manager, U.S. Chromebooks

Egon Zehnder's Cynthia Soledad spoke with the General Manager of U.S. Chromebooks Zena Arnold at the 2018 Kellogg Marketing Summit.

Is Your Board Tech-Ready?

Is Your Board Tech-Ready?

Few boards have enough tech savvy in the boardroom and even fewer have tech committees. Egon Zehnder's Lindsay Trout shares what boards need to do to be tech-ready in today's world.

Female Leadership in the Legal Sector

Female Leadership in the Legal Sector

During an interview with the consultant Ângela Pêgas, from Egon Zehnder Brazil, the attorney José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz, partner-director at Mattos Filho, a company based in São Paulo, comments on the election of 80% of female partners in 2018. The video tackles core issues related to female leadership such as maternity leave, flexible schedules and the presence of women in a traditionally conservative environment.

Semiconductors Talent Leaders

Semiconductors Talent Leaders

Egon Zehnder’s Global Semiconductor Practice Group recently assembled a group of human resources executives from some of the world’s leading semiconductor companies for a dinner conversation focused on the trends and challenges facing the industry.

Leaders & Daughters, São Paulo, 2018 – Full Debate
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Leaders & Daughters, São Paulo, 2018 – Full Debate

Defining the Modern Marketer: The Hourglass Imperative

Defining the Modern Marketer: The Hourglass Imperative

Defining and then finding the modern marketer is a task we face every day. Consider the hourglass. It is an iconic joining of equals that, when combined, shows us how energy flows easily and perfectly between them. This visual also represents the modern marketer: a master of two equal energies, with the wisdom to know how to balance the flow in marketing resources and focus.

Can artificial intelligence replace human resource specialists? Not yet.

Can artificial intelligence replace human resource specialists? Not yet.

With the rise of artificial intelligence in business, the technology has been used in more and more complex applications in recent years. And it is now starting to conquer the field of human resources – likely one of the most complex fields to be addressed by computers.

The Amazon Effect

The Amazon Effect

Egon Zehnder hosted an intimate roundtable discussion on the impact of Amazon’s second headquarters, with a focus on the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region (DMV). The event brought together fourteen regional business leaders and several members of Egon Zehnder’s digital practice for a thought-provoking discussion on the potential opportunities and threats Amazon HQ2 presents to the region.

Mind the Gap: A Global Report

Mind the Gap: A Global Report

For Leaders & Daughters 2018, we hosted 32 panel and roundtable conversations around the world. We have now brought together almost 6,000 attendees to share experiences, perspectives, and—importantly—solutions. Through both intimate and large-scale events, we used this year’s theme—Mind The Gap—to look closely at why senior-level women so rarely make it into the C-Suite, and to share examples of success.

Even CEOs Get Nervous About Their Jobs
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Even CEOs Get Nervous About Their Jobs

Dick Patton talks to NPR about the importance of mindset preparation and the role of boards in helping CEOs succeed.

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