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Based in Berlin, Rainer Merz is part of Egon Zehnder’s Technology & Communications Practice. With deep expertise in executive search and management appraisal, he advises digital companies and those in the portfolios of private equity and venture capital firms.

I am passionate about finding the best solutions. My interactions with clients and candidates keep me young, energetic, and able to offer authentic and opinionated counsel every day.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Rainer was Director of Customer Operations for a Berlin-based Internet start-up, where he helped integrate two European online companies and managed the technology and customer support teams. Previously, Rainer conducted field research in India as part of a German Research Foundation-funded graduate program at the University of Bielefeld.

Rainer has an MA in public administration and political science from the University of Constance and a PhD in sociology from the University of Bielefeld and Jawaharlal Nehru University, in New Delhi. In his spare time, he enjoys scuba diving, rock climbing, hiking, and spending time with his two children and the family’s beagle.

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