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Based in Hamburg, Jörg Thierfelder leads Egon Zehnder’s Board Consulting Practice in Germany, focusing on board work, senior executive recruitment and development, and general counsel placements. He regularly advises family businesses on board composition and succession planning, with a focus on the industrial and consumer sectors. A lawyer by training and experience, Jörg previously led, and is still active in, the firm’s global Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Practice.

I’m passionate about developing and nurturing lasting relationships, bringing people together who take on responsibility. I love to think and discuss outside the usual paths, build trust, and take long-term perspectives.

Before joining Egon Zehnder, Jörg was an attorney with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Hamburg and worked as a counsel on Deutsche Bank’s corporate investments team based in New York. He started his career as a Management Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group.

Jörg studied in Freiburg, Geneva, and Munich, and then earned a PhD in law from the University of Munich. He is also a certified leadership coach. Jörg cofounded and sits on the boards of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Foundation, the Foundation of the German National Youth Orchestra, and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra Association of Friends. He is married with four children and passionate about culture and the arts. An accomplished flutist, he regularly plays chamber music and belongs to the Management Symphony, a German amateur orchestra consisting of businesspeople.

Jörg Thierfelder leitet die deutsche Praxisgruppe Board Consulting bei Egon Zehnder. Er berät vor allem Familienunternehmen aus dem Konsumgüter-, Industrie- und Dienstleistungsbereich bei der Evaluierung und Besetzung von Führungspositionen und Aufsichtsratsgremien. Zu den weiteren Schwerpunkten des Juristen, der zuvor die globale Praxisgruppe Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Professionals leitete, gehört die Suche nach Chefjustiziaren, Chief Compliance Officers, Fachanwälten und Kanzleipartnern.

Bevor er zu Egon Zehnder kam, war Jörg Thierfelder als Rechtsanwalt für die internationale Wirtschaftskanzlei Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Hamburg tätig und arbeitete eine Zeit lang im Team Corporate Investments der Deutschen Bank in New York. Seine Karriere begann er als Management Consultant bei der Boston Consulting Group.

Der zertifizierte Leadership Coach studierte Jura an den Universitäten Freiburg, Genf und München, wo er auch promovierte.

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Compliance Officer: Personalities wanted!

Compliance Officer: Personalities wanted!

Human Resources

Talking to Germany’s Compliance Manager magazine, Jörg Thierfelder explains that companies today are looking for “professionals who take compliance seriously, both as a standard… Read more

Where values can grow

Where values can grow

How can music contribute to the development of leaders and organizations? What does leadership mean in today’s world? Egon Zehnder in dialogue with Kent… Read more

What We Heard – A New General Counsel for a New World

What We Heard – A New General Counsel for a New World

Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Professionals

What kinds of skills do general counsels need today? This article builds upon Egon Zehnder’s presentation at its Annual European General Counsel event in… Read more

Bjarke Ingels - The alchemist

Bjarke Ingels - The alchemist

“The architect is more like a midwife, attending the permanent rebirth of a city.” Read more

Greater than the Sum of its Parts: Professionalizing the Supervisory Board

Greater than the Sum of its Parts: Professionalizing the Supervisory Board

Board Advisory

In the current business environment, supervisory boards are responding to significantly higher expectations by professionalizing their operations. What are some of the steps boards… Read more

Audit Committee Quarterly – Building a Better Board: Beyond Brilliant Minds

Audit Committee Quarterly – Building a Better Board: Beyond Brilliant Minds

Building a strong supervisory board involves more than just bringing together brilliant minds, write Egon Zehnder consultants Jörg Thierfelder and Michael Ensser in the… Read more

The General Counsel and the Board

The General Counsel and the Board

Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Professionals

For each issue of Experts we choose topics that we believe will be of great interest not only to General Counsels, but also to… Read more

The Role of the General Counsel with the Board of Directors

The Role of the General Counsel with the Board of Directors

Board Advisory

Over the past decade, a variety of forces and events has made the role of the General Counsel (GC) more prominent than ever. Read more

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