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Ashley Summerfield leads Egon Zehnder’s global Board Consulting Practice. He is a trusted advisor to scores of prestigious clients around the world and he specializes in building boards and CEO succession. Ashley has deep experience across a range of sectors including financial services, commercial property, marketing services, sustainable technologies, commodities, and private equity. Ashley prizes diversity and lateral thinking when leading searches for CEOs, CFOs, 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.

I feel an enormous sense of pride and gratitude when I look back on the impact of the people I’ve placed around the world during my 21 years at this firm.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Ashley and several colleagues cofounded 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 volunteers as a biology teacher for TeachFirst/Teach for All.

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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.

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 becoming vocal and more definitive about what constitutes boardroom diversity.

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?

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 seen in female directors in Western Europe is now leveling off, and growth elsewhere remains sluggish, suggesting gender parity on boards may never be reached at the current pace.

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 – and are exposed to the risk of a damaging leadership vacuum. This is the finding of an Egon Zehnder study in which more than 50 Chairmen and CEOs of major companies headquartered in France, Germany, the UK, and the US were interviewed.

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