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Edwin Smelt, based in Amsterdam, is a advisor to large multinationals, private equity clients, family-owned companies, and public enterprises. Edwin focuses on senior executive and board searches, restructuring situations, management assessments, and succession planning. He is an active member of the CEO, Industrial, and Services practices and coleads Egon Zehnder’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council.

I’m inspired to listen to people’s life stories and, by a process of creative and lateral thinking, connect them to other people and organizations to create a win-win situation for all.

Before becoming an Egon Zehnder consultant, Edwin held commercial and general management roles at the Royal Dutch Shell Group, based in London, with regional shareholder responsibility for Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Before that, he managed the company’s commercial road-haulage business. Earlier, Edwin worked in oil trading in Rotterdam and served Shell in commercial management positions in Asia and South America.

Edwin sits on the supervisory board of SOS Children Villages in the Netherlands. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and attending live concerts with friends.

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Fast Company – Board Chairs Drive Gender Diversity

Fast Company – Board Chairs Drive Gender Diversity

Why is progress with gender diversity disappointingly slow, asks Fast Company? Diversity is often led by a board chair, according to Egon Zehnder’s 2016… Read more

Great Expectations - How the cultural shift toward deeper diversity can succeed

Great Expectations - How the cultural shift toward deeper diversity can succeed

How the cultural shift toward deeper diversity can succeed. Read more

2016 Global Board Diversity Analysis

2016 Global Board Diversity Analysis

Board Advisory

The Egon Zehnder 2016 Global Board Diversity Analysis (GBDA) evaluates board data from 1,491 public companies with market capitalization exceeding EUR 6bn across 44… Read more

2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis: Giving Women More Board Leadership and Executive Roles

2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis: Giving Women More Board Leadership and Executive Roles

On 8 October 2014 Egon Zehnder released its 2014 European Board Diversity Analysis, the sixth in a series of biannual studies. According to the… Read more

2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis With Global Perspective

2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis With Global Perspective

Board Advisory

The findings of the 2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis reveal that women's share of European board seats increased more than 20 percent,… Read more

Great Expectations – How the Cultural Shift toward Deeper Diversity Can Succeed

Great Expectations – How the Cultural Shift toward Deeper Diversity Can Succeed

Diversity & Inclusion

In today’s broader understanding, true diversity is a diversity of perspective, and inclusion is what puts diverse perspectives to work in everything from making… Read more

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