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Based in London, Sophie Hanson has deep experience in CEO succession, C-suite and Board succession projects. Her focus is on the consumer sector with a broad knowledge of retail, having co-founded and led the firm’s global Retail, Practice Group from 2009-2019. Sophie is also a certified Executive Coach with extensive experience in leadership development work. Her clients include quoted and private equity-backed companies as well as family businesses.

Thriving in a complex world of constant change and ever-increasing velocity takes a special kind of leader. I care about helping great talent become the inspiring leaders they want to be.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Sophie was Director of Marketing and Business Development for Stella McCartney. Previously, she worked as a Marketing Director in roles with the LVMH Group and the Richemont Group. In her early career, Sophie held a variety of brand management positions with Revlon.

Sophie has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics from Barnard College at Columbia University.

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Global Luxury Goods CEOs Glimpse a Silver Lining in the Coronavirus Crisis

Global Luxury Goods CEOs Glimpse a Silver Lining in the Coronavirus Crisis

Highlights from a digital gathering of CEOs from the global lifestyle and luxury goods’ sector, hosted by Egon Zehnder. Read more

The Ultimate Stress Test

The Ultimate Stress Test

On 9 April, 20 top Chief Executives from five European markets convened to discuss the COVID-19 crisis, part of a series of weekly calls… Read more

Solidarity is More Contagious Than the Virus

Solidarity is More Contagious Than the Virus

On March 27, Egon Zehnder hosted a virtual CEO meeting between 20 Chief Executives of some of the world’s largest companies. Their message: Solidarity… Read more

Drapers – Sophie Hanson on Why Retail CEOs Need to Build Brand Advocate Networks

Drapers – Sophie Hanson on Why Retail CEOs Need to Build Brand Advocate Networks

Next-generation retail CEOs need to be skilled team builders who can create a culture of motivated collaboration, writes Egon Zehnder consultant Sophie Hanson in… Read more

The Next-Generation Retail CEO: Mobilising an Ecosystem of Advocates

The Next-Generation Retail CEO: Mobilising an Ecosystem of Advocates

In contrast to the “merchant princes” who built the great retail businesses of the last century, the next-generation CEO will need to be a… Read more

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