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Rajeev Vasudeva is Egon Zehnder’s Chief Executive Officer. With deep relationships around the world, he advises Boards and CEOs of organizations on appointing, assessing and developing leaders and Board members. Rajeev is based in the London office and is active in the Technology & Communications, CEO, and Board Consulting practices. He is also part of the Family Business Advisory Practice.

The world deserves responsible leaders who not only deliver results but also bring greater humanity to organizations. It is exhilarating working alongside these influential leaders in helping them transform and shape their own journeys and the organizations they lead.

Before he became CEO of Egon Zehnder in 2014, Rajeev led the firm’s expansion in India, Africa and the Middle East. He also co-led the global Family Business Advisory. Rajeev joined the firm in 1995 when his consultancy, Sachar Vasudeva & Associates, merged with Egon Zehnder. He began his career as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse and Touche Ross in the U.S. and India.

Rajeev has a BA in Economics from St. Stephen’s College at the University of Delhi, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Delhi, and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Once a competitive diver and tennis player, Rajeev now enjoys golf, travel, and theatre.

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The Hindu – Making 'Lateral Entry' Work

The Hindu – Making 'Lateral Entry' Work

Most CEOs are grappling with one particular challenge, irrespective of industry or geography: getting the right leadership talent. Governments face this challenge too. The Indian government has responded to this challenge by taking the initiative to invite executives from beyond the ranks of the civil service to apply for certain Joint Secretary posts.

Egon Zehnder CEO Rajeev Vasudeva's advice to his daughter Mihira.
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Egon Zehnder CEO Rajeev Vasudeva's advice to his daughter Mihira.

Hear Egon Zehnder CEO Rajeev Vasudeva advice to his daughter Mihira as a part of the Global Leaders & Daughters Event Series 2018.

The Economic Times – Today is the Age of the Humble, Vulnerable CEO

The Economic Times – Today is the Age of the Humble, Vulnerable CEO

Leaders had an information arbitrage earlier, but now information is readily available to everybody and that is reducing the power centres, Rajeev Vasudeva, global chief executive at executive search and leadership firm Egon Zehnder, tells Saumya Bhattacharya.

Rajeev Vasudeva, Egon Zehnder’s CEO, participated in the #WEF2018 in Davos
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Rajeev Vasudeva, Egon Zehnder’s CEO, participated in the #WEF2018 in Davos

Hear his reflections on "Reconciling the Leadership Paradox" while Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.

Rajeev Vasudeva, Egon Zehnder’s CEO, participated in the #WEF2018 in Davos

Rajeev Vasudeva, Egon Zehnder’s CEO, participated in the #WEF2018 in Davos

Egon Zehnder’s CEO, Rajeev Vasudeva is participating in the #WEF2018 in Davos this week. Hear his reflections on “Reconciling the Leadership Paradox” while Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World.

Fortune – How to Profit from the Ultra-Tight Job Market Right Now

Fortune – How to Profit from the Ultra-Tight Job Market Right Now

In our continually disrupted business environment, what an employee will be doing in their next job often has little to do with to anything they’ve done before. When it comes to today’s employees, “past performance is not the best indicator of future success,” says Rajeev Vasudeva, CEO of Egon Zehnder.

Quartz – Retailers Implement New Strategies to Adapt to Disruption

Quartz – Retailers Implement New Strategies to Adapt to Disruption

J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler stepped down Monday (June 5) after 14 years at the helm, unable to arrest the upscale clothing chain’s slide. Drexler, the former CEO of Gap Inc., was an Apple board member who helped Steve Jobs create the first Apple stores.

Quartz - The books every new graduate should read, according to a dozen business leaders

Quartz - The books every new graduate should read, according to a dozen business leaders

Quartz asked a dozen business leaders, including CEOs of major organizations, what books they would recommend for the thousands of new graduates preparing to enter the workforce.

Hunt Scanlon Media – Why Ambitions Fall As Women Strive to Reach the C-Suite

Hunt Scanlon Media – Why Ambitions Fall As Women Strive to Reach the C-Suite

Young women, it seems, have a healthy sense of ambition. Nearly three quarters of them in the early stages of their professional careers aim to reach the top level of the corporate ladder, according to the recent ‘Leaders & Daughters Global Survey‘ report by Egon Zehnder.

Digital Transformation in China: Time for CEOs to Lead

Digital Transformation in China: Time for CEOs to Lead

Across industries, China CEOs are driving bold digital strategies. But they face tough challenges in finding the right talent and unlocking innovation in their organizations.

The Independent – UK Boards Fighting First-Time Dip in Gender Diversity

The Independent – UK Boards Fighting First-Time Dip in Gender Diversity

Just 29 percent of new UK board recruits were women in 2016, down from 32.1 percent in 2014 and 31.6 percent in 2012, reports The Independent, citing Egon Zehnder’s Global Board Diversity Analysis 2016.

Latest Egon Zehnder Global Board Diversity Analysis Illustrates Slow but Positive Progress

Latest Egon Zehnder Global Board Diversity Analysis Illustrates Slow but Positive Progress

Egon Zehnder, a global leader in executive search and leadership advisory services, today released its 2016 Global Board Diversity Analysis (GBDA).

Financial Times – UK Loses Board Diversity Momentum

Financial Times – UK Loses Board Diversity Momentum

The gender diversity dynamic at board level lost impetus in the UK last year, reports the Financial Times.

Forbes Magazine – Pace of Business Change Outstrips Progress in Gender Diversity

Forbes Magazine – Pace of Business Change Outstrips Progress in Gender Diversity

Gender parity internationally is picking up, with women occupying 19% of board seats of the largest companies in 2016 versus 14% in 2012, reports Forbes magazine.

“Each succeeding generation sees the family business not as a matter of ownership, but of trusteeship.”

“Each succeeding generation sees the family business not as a matter of ownership, but of trusteeship.”

A Vellayan on maintaining the fine balance between family interests and business success through many generations.

Harvard Business Review – Keep Employees from Leaving by Emphasizing Teamwork

Harvard Business Review – Keep Employees from Leaving by Emphasizing Teamwork

An entrepreneurial society is one in which innovation and new business creation are, as Peter Drucker put it, “an integral, life-sustaining activity” across organizations and the economy.

Quartz – Rajeev Vasudeva on the Next Generation of Female Leaders

Quartz – Rajeev Vasudeva on the Next Generation of Female Leaders

In an interview with Quartz, Egon Zehnder CEO Rajeev Vasudeva provided a perspective on progress made to date on adding more women to corporate boards.

Forbes Magazine – Driving Diversity with “Real Dialogue”

Forbes Magazine – Driving Diversity with “Real Dialogue”

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, Forbes magazine reports on a: “Leader and Daughters: Cultivating the Next Generation of Leaders,” event hosted by Egon Zehnder as part of its global initiative to accelerate opportunities for female leaders of the future.

Quartz – Why Failure Is Fashionable

Quartz – Why Failure Is Fashionable

Top CEOs are increasingly looking for candidates with some experience of failure in their career.

The Economic Times – Volatility Calls for Value-Based Leadership

The Economic Times – Volatility Calls for Value-Based Leadership

In today’s changing, volatile world the task of leadership has become much more difficult and challenging. What attributes do today’s leaders need to succeed, asks India’s The Economic Times in an interview with Egon Zehnder’s CEO Rajeev Vasudeva and Chairman Damien O’Brien.

Manager Magazin – In Search of Leadership Solutions

Manager Magazin – In Search of Leadership Solutions

What kind of competitive edge does a value-based approach give a consultancy like Egon Zehnder when facing future challenges? CEO Rajeev Vasudeva answers this and other questions in a frank exchange with the German Manager Magazin.

Unlocking Leadership Potential in Emerging Markets

Unlocking Leadership Potential in Emerging Markets

Egon Zehnder CEO Rajeev Vasudeva recently hosted a dinner for board members, CEOs and chief human resources officers whose operations in China and India give them a strong interest in developing local leaders in these emerging markets. The lively discussion generated the following observations.

New Executive Leadership Profile for Brazil

New Executive Leadership Profile for Brazil

The current macroeconomic upheaval in Brazil is typical of emerging economies, Egon Zehnder's Chief Executive Rajeev Vasudeva told Valor International, but requires a specific and new type of leader who can effectively navigate crises.

Four Tips To Be a Successful Leader

Four Tips To Be a Successful Leader

What defines successful leaders today, asks the Australian Financial Review in an interview with Egon Zehnder’s Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Vasudeva? According to Vasudeva, there are four key criteria: curiosity, insight, engagement and resilience.

Mastering change, cultivating the right talent

Mastering change, cultivating the right talent

As the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland drew to a close this week, Egon Zehnder CEO Rajeev Vasudeva shared his thoughts with the Huffington Post on shifting the focus of tomorrow’s leaders to cultivate the right talent in the new global context.

Rajeev Vasudeva on CNBC Worldwide about the importance of leadership in the new global context

Rajeev Vasudeva on CNBC Worldwide about the importance of leadership in the new global context

As the World Economic Forum takes center stage in Davos, Switzerland, Egon Zehnder’s CEO, Rajeev Vasudeva sat down with CNBC Worldwide in London to discuss the critical issues and the implications for leadership in the new global context.

Board Diversity: Time to Pick up the Pace

Board Diversity: Time to Pick up the Pace

The number of women in top management roles is rising, but the pace of change remains painfully slow, reports Andrew Hill in the Financial Times.

Women's Share of European Board Seats Increases to More Than 20 Percent, but Progress Stagnant in Executive Director and Board Leadership Positions - Findings Highlighted in Egon Zehnder’s 2014 European Board Diversity Analysis

Women's Share of European Board Seats Increases to More Than 20 Percent, but Progress Stagnant in Executive Director and Board Leadership Positions - Findings Highlighted in Egon Zehnder’s 2014 European Board Diversity Analysis

More than 20 percent of directors on large European company boards are women, a significant increase from 15.6 percent just two years ago and a jump from 8 percent in 2004.

Future Challenges and the Future of Leadership

Future Challenges and the Future of Leadership

What are the challenges companies face today? What will those be tomorrow? How do you align future leaders with future need? These are some of the question Damien O’Brien, Chairman of Egon Zehnder, and Rajeev Vasudeva, CEO of Egon Zehnder, talk about in an extensive interview at Businessworld TV.

The world is looking for different kinds of leaders

The world is looking for different kinds of leaders

In a recent interview with the Times of India, Egon Zehnder Chairman Damien O'Brien and CEO Rajeev Vasudeva reflected on the leadership qualities – particularly the ability to champion diversity – required for success in a rapidly globalizing world.

Board Diversity – How to get there?

Board Diversity – How to get there?

Board diversity is much more than simply a question of fairness. Lack of diversity represents a missed opportunity to bring in new thinking, insights, experiences, and knowledge – with regard to different markets, consumers, practices, and more.

Why soft skills are more important than ever - searching for a new breed of leaders

Why soft skills are more important than ever - searching for a new breed of leaders

Tougher regulation, swift technological advances and volatile global markets call for a new breed of leader, notes Rajeev Vasudeva, Chief Executive Officer of Egon Zehnder in an interview with the South China Morning Post.

Rajeev Vasudeva Appointed to Egon Zehnder CEO Role Joins Chairman Damien O'Brien to Advance Firm's Global Growth Agenda

Rajeev Vasudeva Appointed to Egon Zehnder CEO Role Joins Chairman Damien O'Brien to Advance Firm's Global Growth Agenda

Egon Zehnder today announced changes in the firm's global leadership team as current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Damien O'Brien appointed Rajeev Vasudeva as its Chief Executive Officer.

Do Advisory Boards work, and what makes them effective?

Do Advisory Boards work, and what makes them effective?

An Advisory Board is a body that advises the management of an organization, foundation or corporation. Unlike a Board of Directors, an Advisory Board has no authority to vote on matters, nor does it have any legal or fiduciary responsibility.

For Better, for Worse

For Better, for Worse

How to keep the family business vibrant across generations.

For better, for worse

For better, for worse

How to keep the family business vibrant across generations.

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