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Based in Chicago, Karl Alleman is Egon Zehnder’s Managing Partner in the U.S., with broad expertise spanning sectors from automotive and consumer durables to chemicals and packaging. He led the creation and launch of the firm’s Industrial Practice in North America and is also active in its CEO, Board Consulting, and Executive Assessment and Development practices. Karl has a long track record of helping global multinationals, private equity firms, and family-owned enterprises solve their most difficult leadership challenges, focusing on C-suite and board searches as well as CEO succession.

Helping clients solve their senior leadership challenges has never been more important than it is today, as technological change and globalization continue to accelerate.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Karl was the President and CEO of a private-equity-owned capital equipment manufacturer, preceded by the role of Director of Strategy and BU General Manager at Amoco Retail Marketing. Earlier he served as a Senior Engagement Manager with McKinsey, after beginning his career at Merck as a Production Engineer.

Karl earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children around Chicago and on the lakes of Wisconsin’s North Woods.

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How to Keep a Headhunter From Poaching Your Best Talent

How to Keep a Headhunter From Poaching Your Best Talent

Veteran executive recruiter Karl Alleman, managing partner of Egon Zehnder’s U.S. practice, has a particularly good vantage point on this.

Fortune – How to Keep Search Firms from Poaching Your Best Talent

Fortune – How to Keep Search Firms from Poaching Your Best Talent

With the job market heating up and the unemployment rate at a new low, there are millions of jobs waiting for the right people to fill them. This is great news for employees, but how can management retain top talent and keep high performers from jumping ship?

Fortune – How to Keep Search Firms from Poaching Your Best Talent

Fortune – How to Keep Search Firms from Poaching Your Best Talent

With the job market heating up and the unemployment rate at a new low, there are millions of jobs waiting for the right people to fill them. This is great news for employees, but how can management retain top talent and keep high performers from jumping ship?

GE’s 20-Year Succession Plan

GE’s 20-Year Succession Plan

GE’s announcement on June 12 that John Flannery would be the next CEO of the massive Boston-based conglomerate was a decision 20 years in the making.

Transforming in a Disrupted World

Transforming in a Disrupted World

Karl Alleman discusses how during the Great Depression, when most consumer goods companies were dramatically cutting back on marketing, Coca-Cola Chairman Robert Woodruff boldly increased promotional spending to better position the brand and grow the business.

Ignites.com – Stretch Assignments Help Professionals Bring Breakthrough Ideas That Can Transform A Business

Ignites.com – Stretch Assignments Help Professionals Bring Breakthrough Ideas That Can Transform A Business

Fund professionals often benefit from so-called “stretch assignments” or projects that take them out of their comfort zone, reports ignites.com.

No More Mr. Nice Guy? Rethinking Culture to Unleash Innovation in the Midwest

No More Mr. Nice Guy? Rethinking Culture to Unleash Innovation in the Midwest

Amoco, Anheuser-Busch, Chrysler, Motorola, Wrigley. Great Midwestern companies that failed to adapt to global competition and ended up being acquired. Many others have suffered the same fate or declared bankruptcy, and now the ongoing disruption from globalization and technological change is putting our legacy companies under further pressure.

Karl W. Alleman: US Midwest Firms Need New Business Culture

Karl W. Alleman: US Midwest Firms Need New Business Culture

US Midwest firms have failed to adapt to international competition and face ongoing disruption driven by globalization and technological change, writes Egon Zehnder’s Karl W. Alleman.

Interview with Michael Critelli, CEO of Pitney Bowes

Interview with Michael Critelli, CEO of Pitney Bowes

"The beauty of transparency is that it eliminates a lot of the external pressure."

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