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Christoph Wahl

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Based in Berlin, Christoph Wahl is a trusted advisor to organizations which are providing value-add services to other business as well as end consumers. With such industry focus, Christoph also leads Egon Zehnder´s global aviation, mobility and travel consulting practice. He guides international clients globally on senior topics ranging from CEO and C-level succession to consulting Board of Directors on their effectiveness. Christoph also brings a functional in-depth knowledge of core airline and transport planning as well as supply chain management practices. Last, but not least, Christoph advises clients on broader transformation matters that target cultural change as well as senior leadership and team development.

My passion is to help organizations and their top leaders to embark on new journeys, where they challenge today´s recipes, where they open up for new ideas, and where a culture fostering a spirit of curiosity is not only wanted, but seen as a necessity to succeed.

In his professional time Christoph pursues his passion for inclusiveness and the creation of open societies as well as corporations as to help them capitalize the full strength that comes from open cultures that ask for diverse thinking and acknowledge the power of difference. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Christoph was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company, based in Berlin and Zurich, where he worked with global transport, travel, logistics, and aviation industry clients. He began his career as a project manager, assistant professor, and scientific researcher at the Institute for Operations Research in St. Gall, in Switzerland.

Christoph earned an MA in business administration at the University of Augsburg and a PhD in Management Science and Operations Research from the University of St. Gall, in Switzerland. Christoph is happily married to a professional interpreter in languages Portuguese and Spanish. The couple lives in Berlin with three daughters and one son.

Christoph Wahl berät Aufsichtsräte, CEOs und Vorstände international agierender Unternehmen in der Dienstleistungsbranche, wenn es um Nachfolgeplanung, Suchmandate und die Evaluation und Weiterentwicklung von Führungskräften und Top Teams geht. Als globaler Leiter der Praxisgruppe Air Transport & Mobility von Egon Zehnder und langjähriger Kenner der Branchen Logistik, Tourismus, Hospitality und Professional Services verfügt Herr Wahl über einen umfangreichen Erfahrungsschatz und weltweit gespanntes Netzwerk an Kontakten.

Vor seinem Wechsel zu Egon Zehnder war Christoph Wahl Associate Partner bei McKinsey & Company mit mehrjährigen Aufenthalten in deren Büros in Zürich, Brüssel, Johannesburg und Berlin. Zuvor war er als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und langjähriger Dozent am Institut für Unternehmensforschung der Universität St. Gallen in der Schweiz tätig.

Christoph Wahl erwarb einen Abschluss als Diplom-Kaufmann an der Universität Augsburg und promovierte in der Folge mit summa cum laude an der Universität St. Gallen.

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Rethinking Board Motivation — Future

Rethinking Board Motivation — Future

In light of the increased pressure on chairs to ensure engagement and contribution of board directors, we asked survey participants about the best way… Read more

Rethinking Board Motivation — Compensation

Rethinking Board Motivation — Compensation

Directors want to simplify compensation and raise fixed retainer fees to attractive yet sufficient levels. Read more

Rethinking Board Motivation — Time Commitment

Rethinking Board Motivation — Time Commitment

The time commitment board directors and chairs need to invest in their board work has increased significantly, and we expect this trend will continue.… Read more

Rethinking Board Motivation — Committees

Rethinking Board Motivation — Committees

An essential part of board work is done in its committees, making it necessary to understand the types of committees that have been established… Read more

Rethinking Board Motivation — Composition

Rethinking Board Motivation — Composition

There are indications that the composition of boards is changing due to the increasing complexity of board work. To meet the new challenges that… Read more

Rethinking Board Motivation — Motivation

Rethinking Board Motivation — Motivation

The motivations to join boards are shifting toward impact and purpose over monetary rewards or prestige.​ Read more

Rethinking Board Motivation

Rethinking Board Motivation

An in-depth look at the landscape, trends and compensation of board directors. Read more

Charting a New Path for Airline Leaders

Charting a New Path for Airline Leaders

Future airline trends are sparking a new wave of leadership imperatives to drive business, inspire, attract and retain top talent to thrive in a… Read more

Overcoming Turbulence: How the Aviation Industry Can Soar

Overcoming Turbulence: How the Aviation Industry Can Soar

What are the biggest challenges facing aviation executives? We asked 30 experts across the industry, from airline carriers to travel tech companies, to find… Read more

Airline Business – Diversity Plays Defining Role in Airline Success

Airline Business – Diversity Plays Defining Role in Airline Success

What defines the commercial success of global airlines? A recent industry study by Egon Zehnder highlights the growing role played by diversity in boosting… Read more

Forbes Magazine – Greater Diversity Can Boost Bottom Line for Global Airlines

Forbes Magazine – Greater Diversity Can Boost Bottom Line for Global Airlines

The global airline industry needs to embrace diversity, reports Forbes magazine in an article based on a recent report by Egon Zehnder. Read more

The Independent – How Airlines Can Boost Bottom Line With Leadership Diversity

The Independent – How Airlines Can Boost Bottom Line With Leadership Diversity

Young low-cost carriers will continue to outperform their rivals unless older airlines break their “mono-male” culture and embrace diversity, reports The Independent, citing the… Read more

How Profit Flies on the Wings of Inclusion

How Profit Flies on the Wings of Inclusion

In many respects the global airline industry appears to be flying high. Profit margins are up, load factors are at record levels, and fuel… Read more

“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.”

Marissa Mayer describes her approach to leadership, including looking for talent, empowering teams and planning for the long term. Read more

Professional Networking in Digital Times

Professional Networking in Digital Times

Digitalization and globalization are changing the face of networking, write Egon Zehnder consultants Berthold Leube and Christoph Wahl in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Read more

Flying Higher in Stormy Weather: Developing the New Leaders for Aviation Success

Flying Higher in Stormy Weather: Developing the New Leaders for Aviation Success

Over the past year Egon Zehnder has conducted an extensive research project involving direct interviews with more than 25 CEOs of major airlines around… Read more

HR in the Aviation Industry: Time to Develop a New Generation of Leaders

HR in the Aviation Industry: Time to Develop a New Generation of Leaders

At a time of great uncertainty and rapid change in many industries, aviation stands out as one of the fastest growing and most dynamic… Read more

Global Passenger Airline Market

Global Passenger Airline Market

The airline industry is facing a number of global challenges. Kokkong Chan, Egon Zehnder, Sydney, and Christoph Wahl, Egon Zehnder, Berlin, summarize these challenges… Read more

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