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Steve Goodman is Egon Zehnder’s Managing Partner in Houston and previously led the North American Energy Practice. Today, he advises clients across industries. Steve has expertise in CEO succession planning and board effectiveness consulting. Having completed certifications as a leadership coach and executive team coach, Steve is also active in the firm’s Executive Assessment & Development Practice.

As an advisor to boards and CEOs on their most critical leadership needs, I connect personally and professionally. I create road maps for better boards, make executive leadership teams more effective, improve culture, and develop world-class leaders.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Steve was Practice Leader of North American Energy Strategy and Technology with KPMG Consulting. Previously, he was a Partner at Andersen Business Consulting, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and strategic planning.

Steve has a BS from Brigham Young University, an MBA from Rice University, and he is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. He serves on the board of directors for the Harvard Business School in Houston and was Chair of the Nomination and Governance Committee. Steve is committed to the community, whether helping to organize thousands of hurricane-relief volunteers or developing leadership capabilities in promising youth. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, hiking, and water skiing, and, for 15 years, he has annually hiked the Grand Tetons.

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Thought Leadership by Steven Goodman

Agility and Innovation Required: What Else Can I Do?

Agility and Innovation Required: What Else Can I Do?

What are innovative companies doing to help with the well-being and mental state of their leaders and employees? Read more

CERAWeek

CERAWeek

Egon Zehnder has partnered with CERAWeek since 2015, convening an annual CEO Breakfast Panel that brings together top energy decision-makers from around the world… Read more

Who Truly Improves Corporate Governance: Boards or Proxy Advisors?

Who Truly Improves Corporate Governance: Boards or Proxy Advisors?

While proxy advisors and boards share the same goal of improving corporate governance in U.S. companies, there is still one big question: Has the… Read more

The Next Generation of Leadership in Big Oil

The Next Generation of Leadership in Big Oil

In 2013, Carol SingletonSlade, Steve Goodman, Trent Aulbaugh and Roger Aguirre of Egon Zehnder’s Global Energy Practice warned of the dire need for identifying… Read more

The Next Energy Shortage: Big Oil CEOs

The Next Energy Shortage: Big Oil CEOs

In recent years oil and gas companies have applied innovative technologies to make discoveries of vast new hydrocarbon resources. If only it were that… Read more

Shifting the Board’s Focus from Compliance to Engagement: Best Practice Examples to Unlock Latent Value

Shifting the Board’s Focus from Compliance to Engagement: Best Practice Examples to Unlock Latent Value

Board members today must grapple with increasingly complex matters of strategy and risk. In response, many companies are rethinking board meetings to enhance alignment,… Read more

Leading in the New Energy Reality

Leading in the New Energy Reality

Cyclical market volatility will continue to be standard in the energy industry. An impending market rebound has many feeling cautiously optimistic, but the extended… Read more

CERAWeek 2017

CERAWeek 2017

An impending market rebound has many feeling cautiously optimistic, but the extended cycle of the current downturn – now being characterized as “lower for… Read more

Annual Board Assessments: More Harm than Good?

Annual Board Assessments: More Harm than Good?

In 2003, the New York Stock Exchange began to require the boards of listed companies to undergo an annual assessment. At a time when… Read more

PR Newswire – Steve Goodman and Trent Aulbaugh: Board Building After Bankruptcy

PR Newswire – Steve Goodman and Trent Aulbaugh: Board Building After Bankruptcy

Languishing oil prices are making Chapter 11 a reality for a growing number of energy companies. In their recent article More Than Filling Empty… Read more

More Than Filling Empty Seats

More Than Filling Empty Seats

Board Effectiveness Reviews. The energy boom that ran for much of the first half of the decade generated both record revenues and ready access… Read more

Rigzone – Talent in the Time of Bankruptcy

Rigzone – Talent in the Time of Bankruptcy

In a contributed piece for Rigzone, Steve Goodman and Todd Auwarter provide a primer for identifying and developing leadership talent during the downturn in… Read more

Energy Boards Can Help Their CEOs Shine

Energy Boards Can Help Their CEOs Shine

The challenges posed by the epic turbulence in the price of oil will highlight how effective the boards of directors of different companies are… Read more

CERAWeek 2016

CERAWeek 2016

From exploration to distribution, the energy industry is confronting historic challenges and opportunities that are testing the ability of its leaders to navigate uncertainty Read more

Hunt Scanlon – Even In a Deep Downturn, Energy Sector Seeks Leadership

Hunt Scanlon – Even In a Deep Downturn, Energy Sector Seeks Leadership

A number of energy specialist recruiters polled by Hunt Scanlon Media over the last several weeks said ‘economic uncertainty’ and ‘political volatility’ were having… Read more

Hunt Scanlon – Downturns Call for “Decisiveness and Nimbleness in the Boardroom”

Hunt Scanlon – Downturns Call for “Decisiveness and Nimbleness in the Boardroom”

Uncertainty and volatility are prompting energy firms to seek more strategic, diplomatic leaders reports Hunt Scanlon. Boards also need to boost their effectiveness in… Read more

Rigzone – Energy Firms Need to Focus on Developing Talent Despite Downturn

Rigzone – Energy Firms Need to Focus on Developing Talent Despite Downturn

In the current slump energy companies face a tough balancing act between preserving their balance sheets and protecting their talent pipeline, reports Rigzone Read more

Beyond the Annual Assessment

Beyond the Annual Assessment

The annual visit to the doctor for a physical exam is an ironic ritual of modern life. After all the questions and tests, the… Read more

The Houston Chronicle – Shareholder Activism Now “Part Of The Agenda”

The Houston Chronicle – Shareholder Activism Now “Part Of The Agenda”

The trend towards shareholder activism continues to gather impetus. According to The Houston Chronicle, many large companies based in Houston have recently come under… Read more

The Houston Chronicle – Moving Forward After a Proxy Fight

The Houston Chronicle – Moving Forward After a Proxy Fight

How can boards prick up the pieces after a proxy fight, asks The Houston Chronicle? Steve Goodman, leader of Egon Zehnder’s North American Energy… Read more

Leveraging the Downturn

Leveraging the Downturn

Following a five-year boom, the oil industry is experiencing a downturn due to falling prices at the pump. Steven Goodman, who leads Egon Zehnder’s… Read more

Oil and Gas Investor – Retaining Top Talent during the Oil Downturn

Oil and Gas Investor – Retaining Top Talent during the Oil Downturn

Following a five-year boom, the oil industry is experiencing a downturn due to falling prices at the pump. Steven Goodman, who leads Egon Zehnder’s… Read more

Finding value in the energy industry boardroom

Finding value in the energy industry boardroom

Shareholder activism in the energy industry continues to rise, but the impact on company returns is often short-lived once activists exit their temporary ownership… Read more

Energy Industry M&A Is in the Early Innings

Energy Industry M&A Is in the Early Innings

The drop in oil prices means everything from exploration to delivery is now more expensive and that's likely to spur a wave of merger… Read more

What we heard - CERAWeek 2015: “The Future of Energy Leadership” panel discussion

What we heard - CERAWeek 2015: “The Future of Energy Leadership” panel discussion

The market turbulence, high levels of M&A activity, and the ongoing challenges of public dialogue are testing the mettle of energy industry chairmen and… Read more

CEO Succession: Make Potential a Top Priority

CEO Succession: Make Potential a Top Priority

With a massive leadership talent shortage on the horizon, the oil and gas industry needs to radically overhaul its approach to identifying and developing… Read more

The Evolution of the Corporate Boardroom in the Energy Industry at CERAWeek

The Evolution of the Corporate Boardroom in the Energy Industry at CERAWeek

Steven Goodman offers an in-depth look at the evolution of the corporate boardroom in the energy industry at 2014 CERAWeek. Read more

Energy Companies Need To Remake Their Boards, Before Activists Force Them To

Energy Companies Need To Remake Their Boards, Before Activists Force Them To

Boards of directors in the energy sector have been changing faster than ever – and if activist investors have their way, there’s more to… Read more

Managing Energy's Biggest Risk: Leadership

Managing Energy's Biggest Risk: Leadership

Just when it seemed that the role of energy CEO couldn’t become any more complex or demanding, it did. Macondo, Fukushima, Keystone, Iran, the… Read more

“The Five Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was Promoted to the C-Suite”

“The Five Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was Promoted to the C-Suite”

“I wish I had known then what I know now.” That’s the frequent refrain we hear in candid conversations with a surprising number of… Read more

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