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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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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 much more to the process than bringing the executive safely on deck. From there on, he or she is expected to know what to do or sort it out with little or no guidance.

Interview with Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin

Interview with Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin

The world needs values that create generosity.”

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 for global companies, the stakes are high, which is why more needs to be done to help new leaders hit the ground running, and accelerate their ability to deliver results.

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 over 500 leaders revealed that 57 percent of executives believe it took them 6+ months to reach full impact when they last changed functions.

“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 and training the next generation of leadership talent.

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 consultant at Egon Zehnder, London, there are pitfalls in this approach.

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 far harder to ramp up at anything like the same pace.

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