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Michael Meier, based in Düsseldorf, advises family-owned, multinational, and private equity-backed companies of all sizes across the consumer and industrial industries, helping them with senior management appointments. Michael is deeply experienced in building well-balanced leadership teams. He also works with boards and executive committees on senior executive development and merger integration.

Activity is not the same as achievement. I offer creative solutions and candid advice to help leaders and owners solve their unique challenges in succession planning, digitalization, and personal growth.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Michael was Vice President of Brand Management for Hilti Corporation, Head of Marketing at Bertelsmann, and a Project Leader with BBDO.

Michael earned an MA and a PhD from the University of Munich and an MBA from OUBS in the U.K., in addition to attending universities in Scotland and France. He has authored books and published articles on marketing and talent development in Harvard Business Manager, Absatzwirtschaft, and Horizont. Outside of work, he is passionate about his family, literature, the arts, cycling, and running.

Michael Meier leitet die deutsche Family Business Advisory. Er arbeitet eng mit zahlreichen Unternehmerfamilien bei der Nachfolgeplanung und in Situationen tiefgreifender Transformation zusammen. Weltweit berät er Gesellschafter, Aufsichtsratsvorsitzende und CEOs bei der Auswahl, Evaluierung und Entwicklung der obersten Führungs- und Aufsichtsgremien. Mit Leidenschaft entwickelt er Nachfolgeprozesse für die erfolgsentscheidenden Positionen komplexer Organisationen. Ein weiterer Schwerpunkt ist die Arbeit mit „schwierigen“ Teams.

Der zertifizierte Executive Coach ist sowohl für Mitglieder aller Generationen in Familienunternehmen als auch für Führungskräfte vertrauenswürdiger Sparringspartner – in Phasen der Orientierung ebenso wie in komplexen Entscheidungssituationen. Michael Meier ist dabei humorvoll und agil, Klienten schätzen seine unabhängige Perspektive und klare Meinung. Sein Branchenfokus erstreckt sich über Konsumgüter, industrielle Produkte und Dienstleistungen; er ist Mitglied der Praxisgruppen Consumer, Industrial und CEO Succession.

Vor seiner Tätigkeit bei Egon Zehnder war Michael Meier vier Jahre bei der Hilti AG in Liechtenstein sowie bei BBDO und Bertelsmann tätig.

Michael Meier erwarb einen MBA an der OUBS, UK, und wurde, nach dem M.A. an der LMU in München, dort auch mit einer Arbeit zum digitalen Publizieren im Wissenschaftssektor zum Dr. phil. promoviert. Der Düsseldorfer Berater ist Autor diverser Bücher und Beiträge, die etwa im „Harvard Business Manager“ und in Fachmagazinen wie „return“, „Absatzwirtschaft“ und „Horizont“ erschienen sind.

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