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Ashley Summerfield

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Ashley Summerfield leads Egon Zehnder’s global CEO and Board Consulting Practice. He is a trusted advisor to scores of prestigious clients around the world and he specializes in building boards, enhancing their effectiveness, and advising on CEO succession planning. Ashley has deep experience across a range of sectors including financial services, travel & hospitality, consumer products, real estate, healthcare and industrials. Ashley prizes diversity and lateral thinking when leading searches for CEOs and board chairs. He also conducts external board effectiveness reviews. Family-owned businesses, not-for-profits, and public sector organizations have come to rely on his insight and advice, as well as major public companies and those under private equity ownership.

I feel an enormous sense of pride and gratitude when I look back on the impact of the people I’ve placed & advised around the world, during more than 25 years at this firm.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Ashley joined the founding team of Central Europe Trust, with Nigel Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, a corporate finance advisory business specializing in Central and Eastern Europe. His early career was with strategy consultants Booz Allen & Hamilton.

Ashley has an MA from Cambridge University and an MPPM from Yale University. In his spare time, he plays jazz double bass, dabbles in landscape painting, and has volunteered as a biology teacher for TeachFirst. Ashley also served as Chair of the People Committee for National Citizen Service, a UK organization helping thousands of teenagers become “world-ready & work-ready.”

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The Forward-Looking Board: Insights from Board Members

The Forward-Looking Board: Insights from Board Members

To truly provide foresight, boards must embrace continuous learning and remain open to diverse perspectives, fostering an environment where trust, accountability, and ethical considerations… Read more

2022/23 Global Board Diversity Tracker: Who's Really on Board?

2022/23 Global Board Diversity Tracker: Who's Really on Board?

For over 18 years, Egon Zehnder has been tracking boardroom diversity around the world. The 2022–2023 Global Board Diversity Tracker captures the progress that… Read more

Egon Zehnder’s Latest Global Board Diversity Tracker Shows Heightened Need for Inclusivity on Corporate Boards as They Diversify

Egon Zehnder’s Latest Global Board Diversity Tracker Shows Heightened Need for Inclusivity on Corporate Boards as They Diversify

Egon Zehnder released its 2022-2023 Global Board Diversity Tracker, revealing corporate boards have made some progress on diversity, but inclusivity needs improvement. Read more

New study from Egon Zehnder Finds Boards Need Four Key Ingredients to Become Stewards of Sustainability

New study from Egon Zehnder Finds Boards Need Four Key Ingredients to Become Stewards of Sustainability

A report released by Egon Zehnder has found that while boards are prioritizing sustainability, there is room for improvement for driving ESG agendas. Read more

Stewards of Sustainability

Stewards of Sustainability

The 2022 Sustainability Board Report recommends that companies increase their sustainability engagement with diversity, education and self-reflection. Read more

Becoming a Highly Effective Board Member

Becoming a Highly Effective Board Member

A discussion on the “what” of a high-performing board (i.e., understanding the role of the board and its agenda) and the “how” (i.e., the… Read more

The Fundamentals of Corporate Governance

The Fundamentals of Corporate Governance

A discussion exploring the changing landscape of corporate governance for board directors of India’s top public sector banks. Read more

London M&A and Integration Board Dinner: Summer 2019

London M&A and Integration Board Dinner: Summer 2019

Philip Aiken, Chair of Aveva & Balfour Beatty, joined to discuss M&A and integration from the board perspective. Read more

Proxy Season: A Springboard for Diversity Discussion

Proxy Season: A Springboard for Diversity Discussion

Investors are continuing their push for board diversity in the 2019 proxy season that was set into motion two years ago. More investors are… Read more

2018 Global Board Diversity Tracker: Who's Really On Board?

2018 Global Board Diversity Tracker: Who's Really On Board?

Egon Zehnder tracked gender and international diversity on boards around the world for the past 14 years. Where do 44 countries stack up? Read more

Egon Zehnder Global Board Diversity Tracker Suggests Gender Parity in the Boardroom May Never Be Achieved

Egon Zehnder Global Board Diversity Tracker Suggests Gender Parity in the Boardroom May Never Be Achieved

Egon Zehnder, the world's leadership advisory firm, today released the results of its 2018 Global Board Diversity Tracker. The study shows the accelerating growth… Read more

Board Retreat 2019

Board Retreat 2019

A joint initiative by the University of St.Gallen and Egon Zehnder, the Retreat has been designed for Europe’s leading Chairpersons and Non-Executive Directors to… Read more

CEO Succession Study “We should have started earlier”

CEO Succession Study “We should have started earlier”

Everyone agrees that CEO succession planning is critical. Yet many Chairmen are concerned that their own companies are underprepared for a change of CEO… Read more

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