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Karoline Vinsrygg leads Egon Zehnder’s Board Practice in the UK. She advises boards and CEOs of industrial and b2b services companies on their talent and succession agendas. In addition to advising publicly listed companies, she has deep experience partnering with private equity clients. Karoline coleads the firm’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Karoline was Chief of Strategy and Organization and a member of the Executive Board of Aker Yards (later STX Europe) – the largest shipbuilding group in Europe, where she was responsible for strategy, business development, communications, and HR. Karoline gained transactional experience from Akers Yards as well as Citigroup while based in New York and London. She started her career with the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, where she was head of the policy section and a member of the executive team.

Karoline earned a BA in political science from the University of Oslo and an MBA from Georgetown University, Washington DC, which she attended as a Fulbright Scholar.

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Surviving—and Thriving—on a Private Equity Board

Surviving—and Thriving—on a Private Equity Board

Joining a private equity board has its upsides, but it’s not for everyone: this type of board service also carries plenty of risk. What should potential PE directors know before accepting a role?

London Women on Industrial Boards: Summer 2019

London Women on Industrial Boards: Summer 2019

Hosted by Melody Meyer and Egon Zehnder, 11 board directors joined us for our third dinner for women on industrial boards. The topics spanned across ESG, diversity, and the differences between UK and US boards.

Insights from Women Directors

Insights from Women Directors

A group of women directors of industrial boards share advice for how boards should think about hiring.

Egon Zehnder Finds Generation, Not Gender, Determines Attitudes at Work

Egon Zehnder Finds Generation, Not Gender, Determines Attitudes at Work

Egon Zehnder's study of more than 2,500 executives across seven countries uncovered a significant gap in attitudes and priorities between generations, particularly regarding diversity, leadership qualities, and career development.

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.

There’s No One Size Fits All Approach to Diversity

There’s No One Size Fits All Approach to Diversity

State Street Corporation’s “Fearless Girl” statue staring down Wall Street's big (male) bull turned up the volume on a conversation we've been having for years.

Financial Times – Take a Brave Approach to Boosting Diversity

Financial Times – Take a Brave Approach to Boosting Diversity

How can companies do more to promote gender diversity, asks the Financial Times? Setting specific diversity goals and measuring progress towards them is a good start, says Karoline Vinsrygg, Leader of Egon Zehnder’s Global Diversity Council.

Fast Company – Board Chairs Drive Gender Diversity

Fast Company – Board Chairs Drive Gender Diversity

Why is progress with gender diversity disappointingly slow, asks Fast Company? Diversity is often led by a board chair, according to Egon Zehnder’s 2016 Global Board Diversity Analysis.

2016 Global Board Diversity Analysis

2016 Global Board Diversity Analysis

The Egon Zehnder 2016 Global Board Diversity Analysis (GBDA) evaluates board data from 1,491 public companies with market capitalization exceeding EUR 6bn across 44 countries.

WINConference 2015 – Inspire the World: With Insight, Grace & Action

WINConference 2015 – Inspire the World: With Insight, Grace & Action

Inspiring and helping women to contribute authentically and integrate their feminine values into leadership roles was the focus of the Global WINConference.

Never hide

Never hide

Diversity thought leader Binna Kandola discusses improvements in creativity, leadership and productivity.

2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis With Global Perspective

2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis With Global Perspective

The findings of the 2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis reveal that women's share of European board seats increased more than 20 percent, but progress stagnant in executive director and board leadership positions.

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