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Christoph Wahl leads Egon Zehnder’s Global Services Practice. Based in Berlin, he is a trusted advisor to organizations from a number of industries and is particularly passionate about advising aviation, transportation, logistics, travel, hospitality, and professional services firms. He guides international clients globally and regionally on senior topics ranging from CEO and C-level succession to senior search projects for operations, supply chain, and technology management roles. Christoph also advises a large number of clients on broader transformation matters that involve senior leadership and team alignment and development.

Cultural exchange, diversity, inclusion, and understanding are what matter most to me professionally and personally.

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 from the University of St. Gall, in Switzerland. He has three daughters and one son and is passionate about the power of difference and the freedom of opinion.

Christoph Wahl leitet die globale Praxisgruppe Services bei Egon Zehnder. Er verfügt über weitreichende Erfahrung in der Transport- und Reisebranche sowie im Hotelgewerbe und berät Unternehmen in den Sektoren Professional Services und Technology Services. Christoph Wahl unterstützt internationale Klienten bei der Nachfolgeplanung an der Unternehmensspitze und leitet weltweite Suchen nach Führungspersönlichkeiten für die Besetzung von CEO-Positionen sowie COO, CCO und Vorständen im Bereich Strategie und Planung sowie im Supply Chain Management.

Vor seinem Wechsel zu Egon Zehnder war Christoph Wahl Associate Principal bei McKinsey & Company in Berlin und Zürich, wo er Klienten aus den Branchen Transport, Reise, Logistik und Luftfahrt in Europa, Afrika und den Vereinigten Staaten beriet. Im Rahmen dieser Tätigkeit entwickelte er ein profundes Know-how im Organisationsdesign und betreute groß angelegte Change-Programme. Christoph Wahl begann seine Karriere als Projektleiter und wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Institut für Unternehmensforschung in St. Gallen, wo er sich vor allem mit den Themen Distributionslogistik und Lagerbestandsführung befasste.

Christoph Wahl erwarb den Titel des Diplom-Kaufmanns an der Universität Augsburg und promovierte in Betriebswirtschaftslehre an der Universität St. Gallen in der Schweiz.

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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

Diversity & 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

Services

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

Human Resources

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

Human Resources

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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