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For two decades now, Johannes von Schmettow has been a trusted advisor to senior leaders of public, private equity-owned, and family companies of all sizes, guiding them in leadership appointments as well as helping them compose balanced boards. He is passionate about good governance and also counsels European governments and government-owned companies in talent management.

Johannes grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany, where he still lives with his family. He earned a PhD in mathematics from Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, followed by a postdoctoral period in Sydney, Australia, and five years as Consultant and Case Leader with the Boston Consulting Group. He serves on the board of Diakonie Düsseldorf, a social welfare organization of Germany’s protestant churches. Rather than blogging or belonging to social networks, he gives occasional interviews and selectively publishes his insights on leadership and governance.

Johannes von Schmettow besetzt oberste Führungsorgane quer durch die Industrien; er startete seine Karriere bei Egon Zehnder vor vielen Jahren mit Projekten in der Pharmaindustrie, der er noch heute tief verbunden ist. In den letzten Jahren entwickelte er eine zusätzliche Kompetenz im Aufbau von internationalen Aufsichtsräten; er hat inzwischen in diversen europäischen Ländern Kontrollorgane besetzt. Zusätzlich unterstützt er den öffentlichen Sektor – insbesondere Ministerien und nachgeordnete Behörden – bei Potenzialanalysen. Johannes von Schmettow ist Mitglied diverser Praxisgruppen von Egon Zehnder.

Vor seinem Einstieg bei Egon Zehnder arbeitete Johannes von Schmettow fünf Jahre als Berater und Projektleiter bei The Boston Consulting Group in Düsseldorf.

Er studierte Mathematik und Physik an der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf und war nach seiner Promotion über ein Thema der algebraischen Zahlentheorie für einige Zeit als Post-Doc an der University of Sydney tätig.

Johannes von Schmettow ist im Präsidium der Berliner "Stiftung Neue Verantwortung" sowie seit vielen Jahren im Kuratorium der Diakonie Düsseldorf.

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Harvard Business Manager – Who Watches the Watchmen?

Harvard Business Manager – Who Watches the Watchmen?

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Welcome to level five

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CEO Succession Study “We should have started earlier”

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