Douglas Kush, Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s Chicago office, advises clients in the medical technology, healthcare services, and payer spaces with a particular focus on industries undergoing rapid change and evolution. In addition to executive search, Doug supports corporate boards through succession planning and the recruitment of new directors. As an active member of the firm’s Assessment and Development group, he addresses talent challenges—particularly CEO succession—for a range of clients, from multinational conglomerates to early-stage start-ups. Doug is certified in the Hogan Developmental Survey, and 16PF psychometric analysis.
My years in this profession have taught me that people can change and grow in unexpected ways. Starting each conversation without preconceptions makes you a better coach and executive.
Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Doug was a Senior Principal at the Boston Consulting Group, where he worked primarily developing growth strategies for medical technology, healthcare Services, and consumer goods companies. He is the author of a year-long study of best practices in medical technology R&D and is a functional expert in pricing. Before joining BCG, Doug spent 10 years as a Commissioned Submarine Officer with the United States Navy. He served two tours of duty on submarines, including operation Desert Storm, and was an instructor of naval science and history at the Carnegie Mellon Naval ROTC unit.
Doug holds a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he majored in physics and economics, graduating with distinction in each. He holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University where he also graduated with distinction. When not working, Doug enjoys boating, golfing, and running with his extended family. He and his wife are active in children’s charities, and he is on the board of Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit serving low-income and homeless children.