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Martha Williams, based in Boston, advises companies in the retail and consumer sectors. She is a valued partner to leading national and global clients across executive search and talent leadership and advisory, with a focus on customer-facing roles. She is also active in Egon Zehnder’s CEO and Board practice.

I feel privileged to spend my days getting to know talented leaders and future-facing businesses and helping them shape the next chapter of their journeys.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Martha worked internationally as a General Manager for private-equity-backed, subsea services company the Acteon Group. She began her career with UK retailer Marks & Spencer, performing a variety of field management roles across general merchandise, food and hospitality.

Martha earned a BA from Bristol University and an MSc in Management from Warwick Business School. She is passionate about music, literature, and trying to leave the world a little better than she found it, and loves spending time exploring the world with her husband and young son.

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The Importance of People Decisions in Scaling Businesses

The Importance of People Decisions in Scaling Businesses

About 1 in 5 businesses fail within their first year, and a lot fewer manage to successfully scale. What separates winning organizations during this… Read more

3 Priorities for Today’s Marketing Leaders

3 Priorities for Today’s Marketing Leaders

Consultants Martha Williams and Pree Rao, alongside other experts, weigh in on trends and challenges in a time of radical industry shifts. Read more

CEO Insights — Volume 38: Be Real - The Renewed Focus on Authentic Leadership

CEO Insights — Volume 38: Be Real - The Renewed Focus on Authentic Leadership

What we are hearing from leaders and workers of every generation is that there is a renewed commitment for authentic leadership afoot. Read more

The Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit — Twelfth Annual Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit

The Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit — Twelfth Annual Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit

Egon Zehnder is a founding partner of Northwestern University’s Kellogg Marketing Leadership Summit, now in its 13th year. Read more

Big to Small: CMOs Share Their Journeys

Big to Small: CMOs Share Their Journeys

When CMOs at successful companies decide to take a chance on life at a smaller company, they get a lot of wide eyes and… Read more

Guts & Data: The Talent Retail Needs to Serve the Post-Pandemic Consumer

Guts & Data: The Talent Retail Needs to Serve the Post-Pandemic Consumer

Post-pandemic Retail is emerging to be a noisy place, and product relevancy has never been more critical, or more difficult, to achieve. Is your… Read more

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