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Lisa Blais leads Egon Zehnder’s US Board Practice. 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 that served the marine, industrial and beverage markets. Prior to that, she served as President of the global Commercial Electronics Division that produced switch and connector products sold into the automotive, telecommunications, industrial, computer and consumer markets. 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 and was recently named to the 2018 NACD Directorship 100. She is passionate about helping female leaders advance in their careers and is a devoted wife and mother of three.

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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. Boards are now looking at activist themes to inspire their own actions – as both an offense and defense strategy.

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

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.

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, threatening to withhold votes or even mount an opposition slate at companies thought to be making insufficient progress on this issue.

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 overwhelming sense of urgency to continue the momentum in an area near and dear to me: increasing the presence of women and women leaders in STEM fields.

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.”

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.

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 the organization’s new president.

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.

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.

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