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Jörg Ritter, based in Berlin, coleads Egon Zehnder’s Family Business Advisory Practice and is active in the firm’s CEO and Board Consulting practices. He advises family-owned and family-controlled companies on recruitment for senior management and supervisory roles. Jörg also counsels clients in top-level succession planning and family-business governance.

I strive to understand the challenges family businesses face and find governance and leadership solutions that ensure their success.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Jörg was a Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company. Previously, he was a consultant and Assistant to the Executive Board at the Federal Trust Agency, Treuhand, in Berlin and led the competition policy subdivision at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Jörg has an MA and PhD in economics from the Berlin School of Economics. He is a Professor of Human Resources & Leadership at Quadriga University Berlin, where he established an executive MBA program focused on young executives in family-owned or family-controlled companies. When not working, he is involved in numerous nonprofits and enjoys architecture, art, and spending time with his four grandchildren.

Jörg Ritter ist globaler Co-Leiter der Family Business Advisory von Egon Zehnder und außerdem in den Praxisgruppen CEO Succession und HR aktiv. Er berät mittelständische und Familienunternehmen bei der Evaluierung und Besetzung von Führungs- und Aufsichtsgremien. Ein Schwerpunkt seiner Beratungstätigkeit ist die Planung und Durchführung von Nachfolgeprozessen an der Spitze von Familienunternehmen. Gemeinsam mit anderen strategischen Partnern führt er Educational Programs für CEOs sowie für Beirats- und Aufsichtsratsmitglieder von Familienunternehmen mit Blick auf die nachfolgende Generation durch.

Bis zu seinem Wechsel zu Egon Zehnder war Jörg Ritter Senior Associate bei McKinsey & Company. Zuvor war er als Berater und Vorstandsassistent bei der Treuhandanstalt in Berlin und als Unterabteilungsleiter beim Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft tätig.

Jörg Ritter studierte Wirtschaftswissenschaften an der Hochschule für Wirtschaft in Berlin, wo er auch promovierte. Von 2003 – 2013 war er Lehrbeauftragter an der Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Technik in Berlin und gehörte dort zu den Mitinitiatoren des Masterstudiengangs »Management von Arbeit und Personal«. Seit Mai 2014 lehrt Jörg Ritter als Professor für Leadership & Human Resources an der Quadriga Hochschule Berlin und konzipierte einen neuen MBA Studiengang.

Seit 2005 ist er Vorsitzender eines Bürgervereins, der sich mit der Gestaltung und Entwicklung eines 18 Hektar großen Parks in Berlin befasst.

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Family Gravity Study

Family Gravity Study

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The Hindu Business Line – What Does It Take for Family Businesses to Last Generations?

The Hindu Business Line – What Does It Take for Family Businesses to Last Generations?

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“Rethinking HR” – Daring to Drive Change

“Rethinking HR” – Daring to Drive Change

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Interview with Wolfgang Reitzle, Linde

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Interview with Franz Fehrenbach, Robert Bosch

Interview with Franz Fehrenbach, Robert Bosch

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“Family Gravity” and Structured CEO Succession Key Drivers to Long-Term Success of Family Businesses

“Family Gravity” and Structured CEO Succession Key Drivers to Long-Term Success of Family Businesses

In a recent study, Egon Zehnder and Family Business Network International interviewed executives at 50 of the world’s top family firms - mostly in… Read more

Harvard Business Manager – HR Needs to Drive Digital Innovation

Harvard Business Manager – HR Needs to Drive Digital Innovation

The idea that HR leaders need to be strategic business partners rather than just managing personnel is almost twenty years old. But how much… Read more

Leadership Succession — Best Practices from the World’s Leading Family Businesses

Leadership Succession — Best Practices from the World’s Leading Family Businesses

Leadership succession is one of the most critical and daunting tasks a family business can face. Unfortunately, there are few resources that set forth… Read more

Asian Family Businesses: Time to Face Up to Succession

Asian Family Businesses: Time to Face Up to Succession

Family businesses account for over 50 percent of large corporations in the Asia-Pacific region and many will soon be facing leadership successions for the… Read more

"Family Gravity" and Structured CEO Succession Discovered as Key Success Indicators for Long-Term Survival of Family Businesses, According to Egon Zehnder Research

Family-owned and -controlled businesses represent 80 percent of companies worldwide, but by not retaining their corporate ethos or “family gravity,” or following a disciplined… Read more

“Family Gravity” and Structured CEO Succession Key Drivers to Long-Term Success of Family Businesses

“Family Gravity” and Structured CEO Succession Key Drivers to Long-Term Success of Family Businesses

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