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Lisa Blais

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Lisa Blais leads Egon Zehnder’s US Board & CEO Practice and serves on the firm’s global Board of Directors. She also recently served as Managing Partner of the firm’s Boston Office, led the North American Industrial Practice and co-founded the US Diversity Council. She advises boards and CEOs on their most critical leadership challenges, including board & CEO succession, recruitment, assessment and development. Lisa also co-founded the firm’s Corporate Governance Exchange.

I take pleasure in helping organizations, boards, and executives achieve their greatest potential while improving lives and businesses along the way.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Lisa spent over twenty years with global industrial manufacturing companies, including roles in engineering, sales & marketing and general management. Most recently, Lisa was President of the Flow Control Division within ITT, a global pump business. Prior to that, she served as President of the global Commercial Electronics Division that produced switch and connector products. Lisa previously ran a significant portion of this business, C&K Switch Products, as General Manager. Prior to her general management roles, Lisa held several sales & marketing leadership positions and began her career on the factory floor as a manufacturing engineer.

Lisa earned a BS in mechanical engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Lisa currently serves on the board of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

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Distilling ESG drivers of enterprise value and the role of corporate boards

Distilling ESG drivers of enterprise value and the role of corporate boards

Corporate boards significantly influence the perceptions through their oversight duties of how much enterprise value creation comes from non-financial resources - many of which… Read more

Egon Zehnder Names Co-Leader of U.S. CEO and Board Practice

Egon Zehnder Names Co-Leader of U.S. CEO and Board Practice

Egon Zehnder appoints Charles Gray as Co-Leader of U.S. CEO & Board Practice with Lisa Blais to leverage global best practices, perspectives, & tools. Read more

Egon Zehnder’s Newly Combined US CEO and Board Practice Announces New Leadership

Egon Zehnder’s Newly Combined US CEO and Board Practice Announces New Leadership

Egon Zehnder's Charles “Chuck” Gray will join Lisa Blais in co-leading the newly combined CEO and Board Practice, effective immediately. Read more

Does Your Board Have the Sustainability Expertise It Needs?

Does Your Board Have the Sustainability Expertise It Needs?

A practical guide to determine the right type of sustainability leader for your organization. Read more

Strategic Board Succession Planning Comes of Age: 2022 Update

Strategic Board Succession Planning Comes of Age: 2022 Update

In the past, boards treated board succession tactically, appointing the most eminent available candidate or someone who could meet an immediate need. Read more

The Path to the Boardroom

The Path to the Boardroom

A practical guide to landing your first corporate board seat. Interviewing for First-Time Board Service: read successful strategies for meeting the unique challenges of… Read more

Proudly Resilient: The Value of Being Out in the Boardroom

Proudly Resilient: The Value of Being Out in the Boardroom

Out Leadership Founder Todd Sears is joined by two phenomenal leaders, Lisa Blais, who leads the US Board Practice for Egon Zehnder, and pioneering… Read more

Proudly Resilient: The Value of Being Out in the Boardroom

Proudly Resilient: The Value of Being Out in the Boardroom

Out Leadership Founder Todd Sears is joined by two phenomenal leaders, Lisa Blais, who leads the US Board Practice for Egon Zehnder, and pioneering… Read more

National Association of Corporate Directors – Directorship 100 2020 Honorees

National Association of Corporate Directors – Directorship 100 2020 Honorees

The 2020 D100 will comprise 50 public company directors and 50 governance professionals and institutions who exemplify the knowledge, leadership, and excellence that our… Read more

Retaining Top Talent and Building Bench Strength - Directors & Boards

Retaining Top Talent and Building Bench Strength - Directors & Boards

Egon Zehnder’s Lisa Blais and Kim Henderson share how the pandemic has changed companies’ practices and processes—potentially forever. Read more

Audit Committee Report: Danger Ahead

Audit Committee Report: Danger Ahead

Audit committees exist to flag dangers. And they are seeing a new series of threats to enterprise looming ahead in the next year. Read more

Accelerating Focus on Culture and Talent in the Boardroom - Part Two

Accelerating Focus on Culture and Talent in the Boardroom - Part Two

Egon Zehnder's Greig Schneider and Lisa Blais share their unique perspective on culture and talent and how they are impacting the boardroom in an… Read more

Accelerating Focus on Culture and Talent in the Boardroom - Part One

Accelerating Focus on Culture and Talent in the Boardroom - Part One

Egon Zehnder's Greig Schneider and Lisa Blais share their unique perspective on culture and talent and how they are impacting the boardroom in an… Read more

“Don’t Let the Urgent Crowd Out the Important

“Don’t Let the Urgent Crowd Out the Important"

15 Audit Committee Chairs share what they deem most important going forward, and how the audit process may change forever. Read more

COVID-19: A True Test of Board and CEO Leadership

COVID-19: A True Test of Board and CEO Leadership

How Boards are handling emergency succession planning, communicating with management and investors, and planning for the future. Read more

Proxy Season: A Springboard for Diversity Discussion

Proxy Season: A Springboard for Diversity Discussion

Investors are continuing their push for board diversity in the 2019 proxy season that was set into motion two years ago. More investors are… Read more

Think Like An Activist

Think Like An Activist

Activist proposals have long been viewed as something to resist, even fear, but a new strain of thinking has become part of the debate.… Read more

NACD — Egon Zehnder's Lisa Blais Recognized as One of Most Influential Governance Professionals of 2018

NACD — Egon Zehnder's Lisa Blais Recognized as One of Most Influential Governance Professionals of 2018

Egon Zehnder's Lisa Blais Recognized as One of Most Influential Governance Professionals of 2018 Read more

Directors & Boards – Attracting the Right CEO

Directors & Boards – Attracting the Right CEO

Lisa Blais, Egon Zehnder's co-leader of the US Board Practice, discusses how boards can attract the top C-suite talent. Read more

Investors Turn Up the Heat on Boardroom Gender Diversity

Investors Turn Up the Heat on Boardroom Gender Diversity

Over the past year, several sizable pension funds and proxy advisory firms have taken a more aggressive stance on gender diversity in the boardroom,… Read more

If You Want to Get to the Top, Be an Engineer

If You Want to Get to the Top, Be an Engineer

As Women’s History Month comes to a close and I reflect on the conversations and specific goals this year’s initiatives supported, I feel an… Read more

To get diversity right, get potential right

To get diversity right, get potential right

Lisa Blais and Laurence Monnery explain what makes proper talent assessment a powerful driver in creating diverse organizations. Read more

Edmund S. Phelps on lessons from the crisis

Edmund S. Phelps on lessons from the crisis

“The state must bolster the innovative strength of companies.” Read more

The Boston Globe – Lisa Blais Named Director of NACD New England Chapter

The Boston Globe – Lisa Blais Named Director of NACD New England Chapter

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) New England Chapter announced today that Foley & Lardner LLP’s Beth I.Z. Boland has been inducted as… Read more

Women in Manufacturing Need More Proactive Career Approach

Women in Manufacturing Need More Proactive Career Approach

What is holding back women in manufacturing? This was the central issue recently raised at the annual Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Summit in Illinois. Read more

Look past performance to see potential

Look past performance to see potential

Talent decisions are often based on past performance, which favors short-term results, not long-term ability. Read more

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