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Thorsten Gerhard


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Based in Stuttgart, Thorsten Gerhard leads Egon Zehnder’s CEO and Board Consulting Practice in Germany. He advises on CEO succession and executive recruitment for CFOs, CTOs and other leading executives for family-owned businesses, listed companies and private equity portfolio companies. He works with supervisory board chairmen and CEOs to select, evaluate and develop executives, demonstrating his commitment to the optimal design of succession processes at the top of complex organizations. In addition, he accompanies managers as they transition into their new leadership roles and is heavily involved in the appointment and design of supervisory and advisory board committees.

I feel great responsibility and gain energy from impacting people and organizations and seeing how the dots are connected at companies.

Thorsten has extensive experience in the industrial (tech) sector, as well as in the Building & Living sector. He additionally focuses on the automotive sector (OEMs, suppliers and commercial vehicles), and the global energy sector. Thorsten commenced his professional career as a consultant for Arthur D. Little, where in his last position as Director and Partner he was entrusted with the management of the Energy Practice Central Europe. Based in Wiesbaden, Singapore and Shanghai, he primarily worked with clients in Europe and Asia in the energy, process and automotive sectors.

Thorsten Gerhard earned a PhD and an MA Business Administration from the University of Göttingen and was a Research Fellow at MIT’s Sloan School of Management in the US. Outside of work, Thorsten spends as much time as possible in the Swiss Alps and loves exploring the world with his family. He also enjoys sports and classic cars.

Thorsten Gerhard leitet die deutsche Praxisgruppe CEO & Board Advisory bei Egon Zehnder. Er berät Familienunternehmen, börsennotierte Unternehmen sowie Private-Equity-Investoren bei der CEO-Nachfolgeplanung und unterstützt sie bei der Suche nach CFOs, CTOs und anderen Spitzenführungskräften. Sein Anspruch in der gemeinsamen Arbeit mit Aufsichtsratsvorsitzenden und CEOs bei der Auswahl, Evaluierung und Entwicklung von Führungspersönlichkeiten ist die optimale Gestaltung von Nachfolgeprozessen an der Spitze komplexer Organisationen. Zudem begleitet er Manager:innen beim Start in neue Führungsrollen und engagiert sich intensiv in der Besetzung und Gestaltung von Aufsichtsrats- und Beiratsgremien.

Thorsten Gerhard verfügt über umfangreiche Erfahrungen bei Industrieunternehmen (Maschinenbau und Industrietechnologie) sowie im Bereich Bauen und Wohnen. Darüber hinaus konzentriert er sich auf den Automobilsektor (OEMs, Zulieferer und kommerzielle Fahrzeuge) sowie Energiewirtschaft. Seine berufliche Karriere startete Thorsten Gerhard als Consultant bei Arthur D. Little, wo er in seiner letzten Position als Director und Partner mit der Leitung der Energy Practice Central Europe betraut war. An den Standorten Wiesbaden, Singapur und Shanghai arbeitete er vornehmlich für Klienten aus dem Energie-, Prozess- und Automobilsektor in Europa und Asien.

Thorsten Gerhard erwarb ein Diplom in Betriebswirtschaft (Dipl.-Kfm.) an der Universität Göttingen, wo er auch promovierte, und war Research Fellow an der Sloan School of Management des MIT in den USA.

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