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Marie Grønnegaard Christensen

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Marie Grønnegaard Christensen leads Egon Zehnder’s EMEA Healthcare practice. She conducts non-executive director and C-suite successions with particular focus on CEO, CFO, COO and innovation leaders across the health care space, but with a particular depth in (bio)pharma, biotech, medical devices and life science organisations. Based in Copenhagen, Marie applies a leadership development approach to her work across Board, C-suite search and successions as well as for management assessment and development programmes. Leveraging her background in strategy and finance, Marie is also active in the Financial Officers Practice (CFO and Audit Chairs) across industries in the Nordics.

It is a luxury to interact with talented leaders and ambitious companies. As I endeavor to understand their context and strategic objectives, I always strive to deliver a bit more than they ask for.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Marie was Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Novo Nordisk. She started her career within Corporate Treasury, and has held leadership positions in finance, strategy, operations, and treasury at the company. Earlier she worked for the World Bank and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Marie has an MSc in finance and economics from the University of Copenhagen. Further, she holds 2 BA degrees; one in finance and economics, and one in English, both from the University of Aarhus in Denmark. She has also studied at SUNY Binghamton in New York and Nebraska Wesleyan University. She is the mother of twins and enjoys running, biking and recharging at her family’s second home in northern Italy.

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In for the Long Haul: Biotechs Address the Issues Presented by the Extended Pandemic

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Biotech During a Pandemic: Addressing Challenges Along the Pharma Value Chain

Biotech During a Pandemic: Addressing Challenges Along the Pharma Value Chain

Evolving personal work patterns are demonstrating people’s amazing adaptability in the face of the pandemic: people are becoming much more comfortable and efficient at… Read more

European Biotech CEOs Navigate Towards a “New Normal

European Biotech CEOs Navigate Towards a “New Normal" Pt 2

Highlights from the fourth round of digital gatherings with European Biotech CEOs, hosted by Egon Zehnder. Read more

Coronavirus – Learnings and Takeaways from Small Biotech

Coronavirus – Learnings and Takeaways from Small Biotech

Highlights from the second round of digital gatherings with European Biotech CEOs, hosted by Egon Zehnder. Read more

European Biotech CEOs Navigate Towards a “New Normal” Pt 1

European Biotech CEOs Navigate Towards a “New Normal” Pt 1

Highlights from the third round of digital gatherings with European Biotech CEOs, hosted by Egon Zehnder. Read more

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Discussions with European Biotechs—Bringing Purpose in a Time of Crisis

On April 8 and 9 Egon Zehnder virtually convened a number of biotech board directors to discuss some of the challenges being faced by… Read more

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A Global Conversation About HR

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