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Martha Josephson, based in Palo Alto, is the founder and leader of the global Digital segment of Egon Zehnder’s Technology and Communications Practice. She advises digital media companies in Silicon Valley and has deep experience recruiting talent to develop the digital capabilities of consumer companies. She conducts both senior management and board director searches, and provides board effectiveness consulting.

My passion is finding new stars in Silicon Valley and helping them have fulfilling careers. As Confucius said: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

Before joining Egon Zehnder, Martha was a consultant for McKinsey & Company, based in New York, where she advised consumer companies on turn-around efforts and post-merger integration. She was also Managing Editor of the “Asian Venture Capital Journal,” a media and conference company based in Hong Kong, and Executive Director of Hong Kong Venture Capital Association, a business networking group.

Martha has an AB from Princeton University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, and an MBA from the Columbia Graduate School of Business. In 2011, she was a member of Fortune magazine’s Executive “Dream Team.” In “How Google Works,” by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, she is described as “not technically a Googler, but as true a partner as can be found.” Martha is also an official Commentator for The Information, an online publication about technology and media. She is involved in The Boardlist, which helps find opportunities for female board-ready talent. When not working, she is a voracious reader.

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Thought Leadership by Martha Josephson

The New York Times – Dissecting Marissa Mayer’s $900,000-a-Week Yahoo Paycheck

The New York Times – Dissecting Marissa Mayer’s $900,000-a-Week Yahoo Paycheck

When Yahoo is absorbed by Verizon Communications, it will be the end of an era for one of the pioneering names of the internet age.

「顧客志向」と「変革」が求められる時代に必要なCEOの特性は

「顧客志向」と「変革」が求められる時代に必要なCEOの特性は

デジタルコンテンツを扱う企業には、マーケットのニーズを先取りしたサービスを提供することが求められる。単純化すると、「ヒット志向」のビジネスということである。こうした企業には、伝統的な企業経営者よりも、より強い指導力のあるCEOが求められる。デジタルコンテンツ企業に限らず今後のCEO後継者計画のあり方を考える上での重要な示唆が得られた。

A company with no passport

A company with no passport

Putting a global mindset to work.

“It was a case of getting focused on what we could do, and then instilling a sense of pride.”

“It was a case of getting focused on what we could do, and then instilling a sense of pride.”

「社員たちができることに重点を置き、プライド意識を教え込んでいったのです。」YahooのCEO、マリッサ・メイヤーへのインタビュー

Part I: Positioning Yourself for First-Time Board Service

Part I: Positioning Yourself for First-Time Board Service

The Path to the Boardroom is a three-part series of Executive Briefings designed to help first-time aspirants for a board seat negotiate the difficult route to success. Part I addresses the thorough preparation required to begin the process.

Part II: Interviewing for First-Time Board Service

Part II: Interviewing for First-Time Board Service

The Path to the Boardroom is a three-part series of Executive Briefings designed to help first-time aspirants for a board seat negotiate the difficult route to success. Part II provides successful strategies for meeting the unique challenges of interviewing for a directorship.

Part III: Getting Off to a Good Start

Part III: Getting Off to a Good Start

The Path to the Boardroom is a three-part series of Executive Briefings designed to help first-time aspirants for a board seat negotiate the difficult route to success. Part III offers guidance on getting off to a good start as a new director.

Dispatch from the Near Future: Thoughts on CES 2016

Dispatch from the Near Future: Thoughts on CES 2016

A good way to start debate in the consumer technology world is to ask if CES is still relevant. There is a vocal cohort of naysayers who claim it has become an overstuffed rehash of trends sharper eyes can spot earlier elsewhere. But in our view, this misses the mark.

Why I am Grateful for Tech Media Today

Why I am Grateful for Tech Media Today

There is a ton of it. PR-driven; old line formal; deep analytics; thought-pieces; muck-raking; nearly hysterical witch hunts. The menu of what I get to read about Silicon Valley seems so much more varied and plentiful than ever before.

Wall Street Executive Talent Part of Silicon Valley

Wall Street Executive Talent Part of Silicon Valley "Gold Rush"

Silicon Valley is becoming a more frequent destination for high-level banking executives from Wall Street, attracted by the technology industry's strength and opportunities to innovate outside of the regulatory environment in financial services.

Tech start-ups score low on board diversity

Tech start-ups score low on board diversity

Silicon Valley start-ups score disappointingly when it comes to board diversity, according to a recent survey by Reuters. Tech start-ups tend to make the specifications for the recruitment of board members so narrow that they automatically eliminate women from the candidate pool, note experts.

The Path to the Boardroom

The Path to the Boardroom

Interviewing for First-Time Board Service: read successful strategies for meeting the unique challenges of interviewing for a directorship.

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