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Rainer Merz

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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. Rainer also is a certified Business-Coach. In his spare time, he enjoys scuba diving, rock climbing, hiking, and spending time with his two children.

Rainer Merz berät Klienten aus den Bereichen Technologie und Telekommunikation, darunter Digitalunternehmen, die zu den Portfolios großer Private Equity- und Beteiligungskapitalfirmen gehören. Er engagiert sich in der firmeneigenen Praxisgruppe Technology and Communications und berät als Associate Principal sowohl Großunternehmen als auch Startups bei der Besetzung von Führungspositionen sowie bei Management Appraisals.

Vor seinem Wechsel zu Egon Zehnder arbeitete Rainer Merz für ein in Berlin ansässiges Start-up und übernahm nach dessen erfolgreicher Übernahme durch einen amerikanischen Internetanbieter den Posten des Director Customer Operations. Während dieser Zeit war er aktiv am Zusammenschluss und der Integration zweier europäischer Online-Unternehmen beteiligt und managte die Technologie- und Kundendienstteams.

Rainer Merz schloss sein Studium der Verwaltungs- und Politikwissenschaften an der Universität Konstanz ab und promovierte danach in Soziologie an der Universität Bielefeld sowie der Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Außerdem nahm er an einem von der Deutschen Forschungsgesellschaft finanzierten Graduiertenprogramm der Universität Bielefeld teil, für das er zwei Jahre lang in Indien Feldforschungen betrieb. Zusätzlich ist Rainer Merz ein zertifizierter Business-Coach.

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