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Based in London, James Martin focuses on CEO succession, board consulting, individual leadership development, team effectiveness, and coaching, working with a broad range of clients across multiple sectors. He has extensive international experience covering businesses in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. James led the firm’s Talent Management Practice globally for several years and was one of the key architects of the practice, approach, and assessment methodology that Egon Zehnder uses today.

My passion is to help others develop and grow and become the best version of themselves.

Before joining Egon Zehnder’s team, James was the Director of Equity Research at Credit Suisse First Boston in London. His prior roles include Assistant Director of Equity Research at ABN AMRO and Senior Consultant with Gemini Consulting. James started his career as a pilot in the Royal Air Force, teaching others to fly fast jets.

James earned a BA from University of Leeds and an MBA from London Business School. He is a trustee of the Young Classical Artists Trust, which supports the careers of emerging young musicians. James still serves as a RAF pilot in the reserves. In his free time, he enjoys carpentry and photographing wildlife.

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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 have digital at its core, because digital is driving the changes in consumer expectations, markets and products.

“What wins is just dogged resilience, day in, day out.”

“What wins is just dogged resilience, day in, day out.”

Katherine Grainger, British Olympic gold medalist in rowing, and Ben Medlock, co-founder of SwiftKey, discuss what lies beyond brains and brawn.

Digging for hidden treasure

Digging for hidden treasure

Karena Strella and James Martin on the traits that really promise great leadership.

Lessons from the World’s Top HR Leaders

Lessons from the World’s Top HR Leaders

Which companies are best in class in HR today? This can be a difficult question to answer. Much of a company’s success in HR depends upon the unique needs of the organization.

Do the Right Thing and Do It Well

Do the Right Thing and Do It Well

What can CHROs do to enhance their HR function and take it to the next level? In a bid to answer this tough question we interviewed a number of CHROs at some of the world's leading companies renowned for their best-in-class HR practices.

Be careful what you wish for

Be careful what you wish for

A model and set of questions built to understand the drivers and potential of professional growth.

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 greatest differentiator of corporate performance, the role of the Group HR Director has become more critical than ever before.

Getting female talent to the top

Getting female talent to the top

In September 2014, Egon Zehnder UK committed to a target of 25 female chief executives on FTSE 1000 companies by 2025 - a five-fold increase from today. James Martin, UK head of HR practice, reflects on recent cross-generational discussion of the challenges facing organisations in achieving this - and the role of HR.

Boards Start to Seek HR Experience

Boards Start to Seek HR Experience

A growing number of HR directors are taking board seats and non-executive director (NED) positions, reports HRmagazine. James Martin, a consultant at Egon Zehnder, London, agrees. “HR experience is becoming more valued,” notes Martin.

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