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Gizem Weggemans, based in London, leads Egon Zehnder’s HR Officers Practice globally. Beyond her functional expertise, she also focuses on succession projects at the CEO, Executive Committee and the Board level across the Consumer, Hospitality/Travel and Services space. A passionate development advisor, Gizem works with individual leaders as well as leadership teams to help them realize their potential.

Every day we get a chance to appoint and develop purpose-driven, authentic leaders whose impact will go beyond the organization and enrich society. That is a privilege!

Before joining Egon Zehnder, Gizem was a Senior Director at the Corporate Executive Board and advised CEOs, CFOs, HR directors and chief strategy officers of Fortune 500 and middle-market companies. Previously, she worked as a Management Consultant with A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council, leading private- and public-sector assignments in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East while also managing the organization’s CEO retreats around the world. Her career began as a Research Analyst with the Overseas Development Council and she was later a Consultant with the World Bank in the office of the Chief Economist of the International Finance Corporation.

Gizem has an MA in international economics and European studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and an MBAe from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds a BA in international relations and a BA in German language and literature, both from Tufts University. Gizem is a member of Chatham House and the European Association of Communications Directors.

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When People Matter Most: The People Function and COVID-19

When People Matter Most: The People Function and COVID-19

Egon Zehnder's Gizem Weggemans spoke with Prof Carl Zangerl at Northeastern University, on how the global pandemic is transforming the human resources function. Read more

The ‘New Normal’ Is Waiting: Are We Ready for It?

The ‘New Normal’ Is Waiting: Are We Ready for It?

FTSE 125 HR Directors discuss the complexities of returning to work. Read more

HR Leadership Lessons From the Early Days of the COVID-19 Pandemic

HR Leadership Lessons From the Early Days of the COVID-19 Pandemic

How leaders rapidly readied their organizations and the function to respond to the crisis and what is to come. Read more

All Eyes and Ears on Communications During the COVID-19 Crisis

All Eyes and Ears on Communications During the COVID-19 Crisis

How corporate affairs and communications leaders are steering organizations through a pandemic. Read more

When People Matter Most

When People Matter Most

How HR executives have stepped more firmly into leadership roles during the COVID-19 crisis Read more

Leading with Care, Purpose, and Resolve During a Pandemic

Leading with Care, Purpose, and Resolve During a Pandemic

How HR leaders can help employees and companies weather the COVID-19 crisis. Read more

A Global Conversation About HR

A Global Conversation About HR

A 5-part report on how HR leaders can reshape the future of the function. Read more

Rethinking the People Agenda

Rethinking the People Agenda

Technology, new generations in the workforce and a greater emphasis on leadership is giving CHROs an opportunity to create a future-ready organization. But with… Read more

People Management - The HR Guide to Being Business Savvy

People Management - The HR Guide to Being Business Savvy

It’s never been more important for HR to demonstrate commercial awareness. But what does that mean in reality, and how does the profession overcome… Read more

Curiosity is the Key to Professional Growth

Curiosity is the Key to Professional Growth

Egon Zehnder's Gizem Weggemans discusses what it takes to be a well-rounded communication leader in today’s market. Read more

People Management Magazine - HR Leaders Have to Take Charge of Their Development

People Management Magazine - HR Leaders Have to Take Charge of Their Development

Strong HR leadership has, by many measures, never been more important to business development. And yet, there aren’t enough candidates ready to lead. Gizem… Read more

Egon Zehnder’s Gizem Weggemans at The Indie Summit, “A Framework for Leadership”

Egon Zehnder’s Gizem Weggemans at The Indie Summit, “A Framework for Leadership”

“A Framework for Leadership” was the topic of Gizem Weggemans’ presentation at The Indie Summit at the Royal College of Physicians on 14th June… Read more

Fluid Boundaries, New Challenges

Fluid Boundaries, New Challenges

Legacy organizations must respond – or risk their survival. While each organization will transform itself in a different way, each transformation is certain to… Read more

The Next Airline Downturn – How to Survive

The Next Airline Downturn – How to Survive

Airline profits are flying high, thanks to healthy load factors, low fuel prices, and capacity discipline. But there’s another downturn ahead, and airlines must… Read more

Egon Zehnder’s Gizem Weggemans Discusses Leadership in Communications

Egon Zehnder’s Gizem Weggemans Discusses Leadership in Communications

The evolving role of corporate affairs officers and the critical importance of corporate reputation were two of the key themes explored by Gizem Weggemans,… Read more

Leading a New Era of Communications

Leading a New Era of Communications

Once heralded as the seat held by the best storyteller in the company, corporate communications is no longer about amplifying what an organisation wants… Read more

Goodbye Spokesperson, Hello Steward

Goodbye Spokesperson, Hello Steward

Once heralded as the seat held by the best storyteller in the company, corporate communications is no longer about amplifying what an organisation wants… Read more

The Group HR Director — Navigator of New Worlds

The Group HR Director — Navigator of New Worlds

In a business environment characterised by rapid change and high levels of ambiguity and uncertainty, where the ability to mobilise talent is perhaps the… Read more

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