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Wasko Rothmann

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Wasko Rothmann, based in Berlin, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Industrial, Media, Entertainment & Sports, and Public & Social Sector practices. He is a valued advisor to clients with a special focus on family businesses, performing management appraisals and helping them master the challenges of CEO search and succession and promote diversity on management and supervisory boards. Wasko also leverages his expertise to help bolster economically weaker parts of Germany.

One of the biggest challenges that leaders face is recognizing their organization’s strengths and cultivating them to produce outstanding results. I’m excited to help them achieve this.

Before joining Egon Zehnder, Wasko served as an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, focusing on digital and agile transformation, human resources, and the future of work. Prior to that, he spent several years researching and teaching at European University Viadrina in the field of management & organization. Earlier, Wasko worked for multiple media companies in marketing areas (Axel Springer, radioeins). He began his career in the cultural business, inter alia with jobs as stage director at Theater Görlitz and assistant stage director at Deutsches Theater in Berlin.

Wasko earned an MA in philosophy and literature and a Diplom-Kaufmann degree from the Free University of Berlin before going on to complete a PhD (Dr. rer. pol.) in strategic management at European University Viadrina, Frankfurt. He has published numerous articles on widely ranging topics from power relationships across the resocialization of imprisoned criminals to the technological transformation of the newspaper publishing industry. Outside work, Wasko enjoys going to the theater, hiking and skiing in the mountains, and spending time by the sea with his wife and two children. He is passionate about new technologies.

Wasko Rothmann engagiert sich in den Praxisgruppen Industrial, Medien, Entertainment & Sport sowie Öffentlicher und Sozialer Sektor von Egon Zehnder. Klienten schätzen ihn als erfahrenen Berater von Familienunternehmen, bei der Besetzung von CEO-Positionen, in der Führungskräftenachfolge, der Performance-Bewertung von Managementteams sowie der Diversity-Politik in Vorstands- und Aufsichtsratsgremien. Er setzt seine Expertise zudem für die Entwicklung wirtschaftlich schwächerer Regionen Deutschlands ein.

Vor seiner Zeit bei Egon Zehnder fokussierte sich Wasko Rothmann als Associate Partner bei McKinsey & Company auf Themen wie digitale und agile Transformation, Personalmanagement und Organisation sowie die Zukunft der Arbeit. Zuvor hat er an zahlreichen Universitäten und Hochschulen Management unterrichtet und an der Europa-Universität Viadrina im Bereich Unternehmensführung und Organisation geforscht. Erste Karrierestationen waren u. a. in Marketingfunktionen verschiedener Medienunternehmen (Axel Springer, radioeins) sowie im Kulturbereich, u. a. mit Regiearbeiten und -assistenzen am Theater Görlitz sowie am Deutschen Theater Berlin.

Seinen Magisterabschluss in Philosophie und Literatur sowie einen Abschluss als Diplom- Kaufmann erwarb Wasko Rothmann an der Freien Universität Berlin, bevor er an der Europa-Universität Viadrina zu Fragen des Strategischen Managements promovierte. Die thematische Bandbreite seiner zahlreichen Publikationen reicht von der Resozialisierung von Strafgefangenen bis zum technologischen Wandel in der Zeitungsbranche. Wasko Rothmanns besonderes Interesse gehört neuen Technologien.

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