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Based in Miami, German Herrera leads Egon Zehnder in the United States, the Firm’s largest and most dynamic market. In the U.S., German leads a team of about 500 colleagues across 11 offices. He focuses on business development, increasing market penetration, and growing the team across all services, practice groups, and offices. The first Latinx person in this role in the industry, German proactively works on building strategic partnerships and joint ventures with external organizations and stakeholders to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. German has extensive experience working closely with boards and CEOs on succession strategies, recruiting, assessing, and retaining senior leadership talent. He is committed to ensuring companies thrive in today’s competitive landscape by developing leaders’ potential and helping companies tap into diverse talent pools.

Leadership for a better world means unlocking the potential of all human beings and helping leaders succeed, grow, and achieve purpose…in other words be the best they can be

For him, embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion at the highest levels of organizations adds critical competitive advantage for organizations across every industry. Over his almost 25 years with Egon Zehnder, German has held several leadership positions. Most recently, he led the Global Family Business Advisory Practice Group. Before, he led the North American Industrial Practice Group. Additionally, he established and led the Miami office for nine years, working closely with multinational companies, family-owned businesses, and private equity firms. German also played a foundational role in opening the Firm’s office in Bogotá, Colombia.

Before working at Egon Zehnder, German led new business development efforts at Promigas, a diversified telecommunications, energy, and natural gas conglomerate in Colombia. Previously, he was an Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company’s Andean Pact Office, where he led strategy, operations, and organization engagements in industrial, oil and gas, and other sectors. German began his career as a Program Manager at International Paper Company overseeing productivity and operations improvement projects for manufacturing facilities throughout the United States. German holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Columbia University. He loves spending time outdoors with family and friends. Currently, German is chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Pan American Development Foundation, which works to promote economic opportunity in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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CEO Insights — Volume 25

CEO Insights — Volume 25

CEOs are straddling two realities—one they are familiar with based on older metrics and the other reliant upon evolving expectations. Read more

Goodbye to groupthink

Goodbye to groupthink

Diversified perspectives make for better solutions. Read more

German Herrera Succeeds Karl Alleman as Egon Zehnder's US Leader

German Herrera Succeeds Karl Alleman as Egon Zehnder's US Leader

Herrera, a highly respected leader with more than twenty years of experience across multiple roles at Egon Zehnder, will succeed the firm’s current US… Read more

Sustaining Wealth Through a Well-defined Shared Family Capital Strategy

Sustaining Wealth Through a Well-defined Shared Family Capital Strategy

As family businesses diversify, fewer owners have a holistic view of all assets. A new Shared Family Capital Strategy created by PwC, Egon Zehnder,… Read more

Family Business & Sustainability - Expert Interview with German Herrera

Family Business & Sustainability - Expert Interview with German Herrera

The Sustainability Board Report sat down virtually with German Herrera of Egon Zehnder to better understand the dynamics of family business and their approach… Read more

Defining Success Today

Defining Success Today

Julio Portalatin, Vice Chair of Marsh & McLennan Companies, shares his journey to success and lessons he learned along the way. Read more

Get On Board: The Latino Impact

Get On Board: The Latino Impact

To showcase top Latina and Latino talent, LCDA and Egon Zehnder co-launched a video series featuring nine distinguished Latino and Latina board directors. Read more

Harvard Business Review – Managing the Trickiest Parts of a Family Business

Harvard Business Review – Managing the Trickiest Parts of a Family Business

Unlike their public-company counterparts, which focus mainly on increasing shareholder value, family-business boards must act on behalf of stakeholders with multiple and potentially conflicting… Read more

Poor Succession Planning Is a Major Cause of Problems in Family Companies

Poor Succession Planning Is a Major Cause of Problems in Family Companies

How family businesses can overcome egos and internal conflicts to find their next leader--and put a succession plan in place before it's too late. Read more

The Transformational Effects of Mergers and Acquisitions

The Transformational Effects of Mergers and Acquisitions

In 2016, nearly 200 transactions, with a value of more than $90 billion, took place in the chemical industry, and 2017 may well surpass… Read more

CEO Succession’s Most Important — and Overlooked — Constituency: The CEO’s Direct Reports

CEO Succession’s Most Important — and Overlooked — Constituency: The CEO’s Direct Reports

There is no period in a company’s history more fraught with anxiety than the months leading up to the naming of a new CEO.… Read more

On the Disruption Treadmill, Expertise and Competencies are Not Enough

On the Disruption Treadmill, Expertise and Competencies are Not Enough

There is no longer much doubt that we are living and working in a time of unprecedented volatility and uncertainty. Read more

Board Recruiting: When Playing It Safe Is Risky

Board Recruiting: When Playing It Safe Is Risky

Given the performance pressures public company boards are under these days, I’m not surprised when nominating committees make prior public company board experience a… Read more

Thinking Outside the Nine-Box: Future Potential Trumps Past Performance

Thinking Outside the Nine-Box: Future Potential Trumps Past Performance

The nine-box assessment model has an Achilles’ heel that, in today’s environment, is ever-more crippling. Read more

Business Wire – PADF Appoints Egon Zehnder Practice Leader as Trustee

Business Wire – PADF Appoints Egon Zehnder Practice Leader as Trustee

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) has appointed German Herrera, Leader of Egon Zehnder’s North America Industrial Practice Group Head, as a new member… Read more

Making Gender Diversity a Reality

Making Gender Diversity a Reality

In the last several years, most industrial companies, like most companies in other sectors, have openly embraced gender diversity as both a policy and… Read more

Industrial Leaders: Don’t Let a Good Challenge Go to Waste

Industrial Leaders: Don’t Let a Good Challenge Go to Waste

Thomson Reuters recently reported that in the first three weeks of October, 165 American companies cited the slowing global economy in their earnings and… Read more

Gender Diversity on Boards: Breaking the Impasse

Gender Diversity on Boards: Breaking the Impasse

Amid all of today’s talk about the desirability of bringing more women onto corporate boards, two indisputable facts stand out: One, the business case… Read more

Winning in Latin America

Winning in Latin America

Why a long-term commitment to Latin America, despite its volatility and inevitable down cycles, is a winning strategy. Read more

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