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Paulo Simoes advises clients across different technology, services, and industrial sectors. Based in Lisbon, he has deep experience recruiting, assessing, and developing senior executives in Portugal and around the world. Paulo is active in Egon Zehnder’s Executive Assessment and Development, Technology & Communications, and Private Equity practices.

Leonardo da Vinci once said, “People of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” I am always looking for executives who share this attitude.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Paulo was an Executive Board Member of Cofina.com, which invested in Internet and high-tech ventures. He was also a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company and a Manager in the Lisbon office of A.T. Kearney. Earlier, Paulo was involved in Portuguese and European politics.

Paulo has a five-year degree, as well as a Master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon, and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, in Sydney. Paulo frequently speaks at conferences and leading business schools on career management issues and happiness at work. He also guides the subject of “Personal and Professional Development” in one of the leading MBA schools in Portugal. Outside of work, Paulo has traveled to more than 75 countries and runs a small farm that produces olive oil.

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CHROs in Portugal on Returning to the Office, and What Happens Next

CHROs in Portugal on Returning to the Office, and What Happens Next

Egon Zehnder held six webinars with a total of 52 Corporate Heads of HR across Portugal to put a finger on the pulse as… Read more

Diversity, Governance and Board Succession in Portugal: Almost there!

Diversity, Governance and Board Succession in Portugal: Almost there!

Over the past year we have witnessed tremendous progress with all entities on the PSI20 meeting their required diversity quota. There is now a… Read more

What Mobile CEOs Want to Know

What Mobile CEOs Want to Know

The mobile industry is in the midst of large-scale evolution requiring every company to be more agile, more efficient and more innovative in the… Read more

Board Succession Planning and Diversity in Portugal: Challenge or Opportunity?

Board Succession Planning and Diversity in Portugal: Challenge or Opportunity?

Based on Egon Zehnder's published analysis, there is measured progress in diversity gains among women on Boards. Read more

TVI – Leaders & Daughters Lisbon

TVI – Leaders & Daughters Lisbon

At Leaders & Daughters Lisbon, several Portuguese leaders and their daughters took part in a discussion on the role of women in the labor… Read more

Jornal da Noite – Portugal Needs Cultural Change to Support Female Talent

Jornal da Noite – Portugal Needs Cultural Change to Support Female Talent

Portugal is currently seeing a government-backed drive to create more professional opportunities for women in both the public and private sectors, reports the Portuguese… Read more

Cracking Africa’s Talent Challenge: Why Executive Development is Key

Cracking Africa’s Talent Challenge: Why Executive Development is Key

For businesses in every sector, Africa offers exciting prospects. Aggregate annual growth exceeds 6%, amongst the highest of any region, with the continent’s collective… Read more

On the Verge of Globalization – Family Businesses in Emerging and Fringe Economies Face Special Challenges in Finding the Right Successor.

On the Verge of Globalization – Family Businesses in Emerging and Fringe Economies Face Special Challenges in Finding the Right Successor.

Away from the meta-national decision centers, family businesses in emerging and fringe economies need to continuously adapt their business models to the growing presence… Read more

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