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Based in Berlin, Friedrich Kuhn plays a key role in Egon Zehnder’s Health and CEO practices. He developed the Egon Zehnder Transformational Leadership framework and now leads the global Practice, which helps CEOs, top teams, and entire organizations become more responsive, proactive, and competitive. Drawing on his deep experience as a health-care consultant, Friedrich also helps organizations recruit and integrate top external talent as well as develop internal leadership.

Before working for Egon Zehnder, Friedrich served on the board of Blueorbit E-Business AG, a business consulting and implementation provider with a strong focus on the health-care market. Before that, he was a consultant for McKinsey & Company in Munich, starting as an Associate and quickly advancing to the role of Engagement Manager. His projects included post-merger integrations, reshaping global value chains, and redesigning organizations after a fundamental market transformation.

Friedrich earned an MA in mathematics from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich as well as a PhD in philosophy. Music is important in his life: He plays cello in an orchestra of managers, and his wife is a professional harpist. Friedrich is very devoted to his two sons, who also have an artistic bent, and enjoys traveling and spending weekends with his family on a houseboat in the lakes around Berlin.

Friedrich Kuhn gehört zur globalen Praxisgruppe Health, die er einige Jahre leitete. Er berät seine Klienten in Fragen der Kunden- und Patientenorientierung, der Digitalisierung (E-Health) sowie der Transformation von Gesundheitslösungen und -systemen. Friedrich Kuhn initiierte den Aufbau des Transformational Leadership-Ansatzes von Egon Zehnder und leitet heute ein globales Expertenteam, das branchenübergreifend CEOs, Managementteams und ganze Unternehmen bei umfangreichen Transformationsprozessen unterstützt. Als langjähriger Berater in der Gesundheitsbranche sowie als Experte in der Besetzung von Führungspositionen unterstützt er außerdem Organisationen bei der Suche oder Förderung von Spitzentalenten und deren Integration in die jeweiligen Führungsteams.

Friedrich Kuhn begann seine berufliche Laufbahn bei McKinsey & Company in München und stieg dort zum Engagement Manager auf. In dieser Funktion betreute er Klienten bei einer Reihe komplexer geschäftlicher Herausforderungen, wie etwa Post Merger Integration, Neuausrichtung der globalen Wertschöpfungskette oder Organisationsneuentwicklung. Im Jahr 2000 wechselte er von McKinsey in den Vorstand der Blue Orbit E-Business AG, einem Beratungsunternehmen für Klienten aus der Gesundheitsbranche.

Friedrich Kuhn studierte Mathematik und Philosophie an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in München und der Universität Pisa. Er erwarb den Titel des Diplom-Mathematikers und promovierte in Philosophie an der Universität München.

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The Spark that Lights the Flame (3)

The Spark that Lights the Flame (3)

By this point, together with our client we have determined what degree of transformation is necessary in various dimensions and at different points within the company. A shared view among the management team of the level of transformation required (improvement, renewal or reinvention) and of the current state of the company at the start of the transformation is a fundamental prerequisite before setting the ball rolling.

The Spark that Lights the Flame (2)

The Spark that Lights the Flame (2)

By way of structure for our diagnosis, we take the five key dimensions that determine the success or failure of any transformation and examine them. As the transformation affects the entire system, the diagnosis invariably looks at three levels from the same perspective: the CEO, the management team and the organization as a whole.

The Spark that Lights the Flame (1)

The Spark that Lights the Flame (1)

It’s a simple truth that haunts many a corporate leader: “What made us successful in the past will not keep us competitive in the future.” Contributing to their restless nights is a growing awareness that, in complex and volatile environments, the future is no longer something that can be planned. So what must the nature of the long-term goals be with which they align the company?

"Life Belongs to the Living"

"Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for change." Or, to translate these words written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in his novel "Wilhelm Meister's Journeyman Years" for the current age: Change is the price we pay for living and doing business. But change has not always been as significant and fundamental as what we are experiencing today. The world is busily reinventing itself. Digital technologies are accelerating the pace of change. The path forward is not always clear.

Egon Zehnder Supports European Digital Health Days

Egon Zehnder Supports European Digital Health Days

“Big versus Smart – Data Creating the Future of Better Healthcare,” was the focus of this year’s European Digital Health Days held on 1 June 2017 in Berlin with the support of Egon Zehnder.

Interview with Ben Lipps, Fresenius Medical Care

Interview with Ben Lipps, Fresenius Medical Care

“You have to be prepared to take all of the risks and assume responsibility for failures.”

Okwui Enwezor - The world citizen

Okwui Enwezor - The world citizen

“Surfers, yes, the surfers! They are always in motion.”

Interview with Lang Lang

Interview with Lang Lang

“If you know how to fly but you never knew how to walk, wouldn’t that be sad?”

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