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Rachael De Renzy Channer

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Rachael De Renzy Channer is Egon Zehnder’s Global Head of Sustainability. Prior to undertaking this role, she was part of the Industrial and Board Practice Groups in London and led the Firm’s Sustainability Practice. She has extensive experience conducting executive search, leadership advisory, and sustainability work with our clients.

I believe “Servant Leaders” will help create a sustainable future through businesses that are committed to delivering value to multiple stakeholders

Rachael spent twelve years in the Army, having commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst into the Royal Artillery. A large part of her military career was spent focussing on leadership and development. Rachael retired from the Army with the rank of Major and joined Invensys Plc as part of a new Corporate Security team, before moving into the Corporate Strategy function. She subsequently moved into the Schneider Electric UK & Ireland business as Head of Strategy Implementation. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Rachael led Strategy at Avon Rubber – leading Artis their Material Consultancy business with a focus on driving increased sustainability through innovative technology.

A life-long learner – she has a BA (Hons) in War Studies from King’s College London, an MBA from the OU and an MSc in Global Security from Cranfield University.

Rachael is passionate about finding and developing great leaders who drive business results and have a “ripple effect” by growing high performing teams around them.

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Performance through Kindness: Lessons from the Military

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Chief Procurement Officers: What they do and why they’re ‘unsung heroes’ for tackling big global challenges

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Stewardship Conversations

Stewardship Conversations

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Reframing Sustainability Leadership

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In conversation with Sander Tideman, author, social entrepreneur and executive coach in sustainable change leadership. Read more

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COP brings together leaders from every country and industry to create a transformative experience of walking in others' shoes and embracing diversity. Read more

The Power of Procurement: Tackling the Climate Challenge

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In conversation with Michael Greenstone, Climate Vault co-founder and Milton Friedman Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. Read more

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In conversation with Robert G. Eccles, author, ESG Expert and Visiting Professor of Management Practice at the Said Business School at Oxford University. Read more

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Advancing Sustainability Through Procurement and Systems Thinking

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Corporate Sustainability Becomes a Team Sport

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New study from Egon Zehnder Finds Boards Need Four Key Ingredients to Become Stewards of Sustainability

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Stewards of Sustainability

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The 2022 Sustainability Board Report recommends that companies increase their sustainability engagement with diversity, education and self-reflection. Read more

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Rachael De Renzy Channer discusses how the Chief Sustainability Officer has become a crucial member of the corporate management team. Read more

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As companies gear up to incorporate sustainability more holistically, we outline practical actions leaders can take to make progress on sustainability goals. Read more

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CEOs at the Vanguard of Sustainable Growth

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A sizeable minority of CEOs—one in four of those who participated in our survey—say that sustainability is already a major driver of their decisions.… Read more

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