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Mark Byford, based in London, guides global clients on board and CEO succession, C-suite coaching, and organizational development. He advises public, privately held, and family-owned companies on executive and board issues. Mark helped develop Egon Zehnder’s proprietary accelerated integration approach and he coleads the firm’s Accelerated Integration Practice globally. He is active in Egon Zehnder’s global Health Practice, where he leads relationships with pharmaceutical clients, mid-tier biotechs and startups, and global health not-for-profit organizations. Mark also works with a number of executive and academic education nonprofits. As a faculty member, he delivers the firm’s CEO & Executive Breakthrough and Executive Discovery Programs, and partners with coaches from Mobius Executive Leadership.

My purpose is to help ensure the strongest possible leadership for organizations transforming global human health. I place talented executives in roles where they can excel and coach them to reach their highest potential.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Mark was a Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and worked with pharmaceutical and consumer companies to develop their post-merger integration practices. He began his career as a junior fellow at Oxford University, where he researched and taught 16th-century English history.

Mark has a first-class degree in modern history from New College at Oxford University, a DPhil in 16th-century history from Oxford, and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He is a member of the history faculty at Oxford.

Mark serves on a number of not-for-profit boards in the fields of education and academic research.

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EU Biotech CEOs and Board Members Reflect on a Turbulent 2020

EU Biotech CEOs and Board Members Reflect on a Turbulent 2020

Egon Zehnder rounded off 2020 with a final gathering of biotech CEOs and board members, who shared their reflections on a turbulent year. Read more

In for the Long Haul: Biotechs Address the Issues Presented by the Extended Pandemic

In for the Long Haul: Biotechs Address the Issues Presented by the Extended Pandemic

Evolving personal work patterns are demonstrating people’s amazing adaptability in the face of the pandemic. Read more

Biotech During a Pandemic: Addressing Challenges Along the Pharma Value Chain

Biotech During a Pandemic: Addressing Challenges Along the Pharma Value Chain

Evolving personal work patterns are demonstrating people’s amazing adaptability in the face of the pandemic: people are becoming much more comfortable and efficient at… Read more

European Biotech CEOs Navigate Towards a “New Normal

European Biotech CEOs Navigate Towards a “New Normal" Pt 2

Highlights from the fourth round of digital gatherings with European Biotech CEOs, hosted by Egon Zehnder. Read more

Coronavirus – Learnings and Takeaways from Small Biotech

Coronavirus – Learnings and Takeaways from Small Biotech

Highlights from the second round of digital gatherings with European Biotech CEOs, hosted by Egon Zehnder. Read more

European Biotech CEOs Navigate Towards a “New Normal” Pt 1

European Biotech CEOs Navigate Towards a “New Normal” Pt 1

Highlights from the third round of digital gatherings with European Biotech CEOs, hosted by Egon Zehnder. Read more

Discussions with European Biotechs—Bringing Purpose in a Time of Crisis

Discussions with European Biotechs—Bringing Purpose in a Time of Crisis

On April 8 and 9 Egon Zehnder virtually convened a number of biotech board directors to discuss some of the challenges being faced by… Read more

Onboarding Isn’t Enough: Executives Need To Be Fully Integrated Into Your Culture

Onboarding Isn’t Enough: Executives Need To Be Fully Integrated Into Your Culture

Onboarding is an apt term for how many companies support new leaders’ transitions, because – like helping someone onto a ship – there’s not… Read more

Interview with Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin

Interview with Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin

The world needs values that create generosity.” Read more

The early exit of Manchester Uniteds' manager will resonate in Corporate Boardrooms, says Mark Byford

The early exit of Manchester Uniteds' manager will resonate in Corporate Boardrooms, says Mark Byford

Early exits often arise from disappointment that the outcomes fall well short of what was hoped for, and perhaps promised, at the start. Yet… Read more

Executive integration: a tough challenge

Executive integration: a tough challenge

The importance of successful onboarding has long been widely recognized, writes Maxine Boersma in the Financial Times. But a recent Egon Zehnder survey of… Read more

“The Young lead a charge to the top”

“The Young lead a charge to the top”

With the younger generation rising up the corporate ladder into top roles earlier than ever before, companies need to re-think how they approach developing… Read more

Integration Gives Global Leaders a Strong Start

Integration Gives Global Leaders a Strong Start

As companies go global they need an increasingly diverse array of leaders to help them access new markets. But, according to Mark Byford, a… Read more

Building a Sustainable Leadership Pipeline in Asia

Building a Sustainable Leadership Pipeline in Asia

Economies across Asia have been growing at unprecedented rates in recent years, and yet the supply of leaders to sustain that growth has been… Read more

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