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As Egon Zehnder’s Industrial Practice Leader for North America, German Herrera works closely with boards and CEOs on succession strategies, recruiting, assessing, and retaining leadership talent. German focuses on the broad industrial sector, which includes manufacturing, business-to-business services, and energy companies across North America. He established and led the firm’s Miami office for nine years, working closely with multinational companies, family-owned businesses, and private equity firms. He also played a foundational role in opening the firm’s office in Bogotá, Colombia.

I enjoy helping people achieve their larger purpose, see past the day-to-day, become better leaders, and be happier.

Before working at Egon Zehnder, German managed 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, where he was responsible for leading productivity and operations improvement projects for manufacturing facilities throughout the United States.

German has a master’s of business administration from Harvard Business School and bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Columbia University. He loves spending time outdoors with family and friends. Currently, German is on 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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Content by German Herrera

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 that pace. But what are the implications of having these transactions play such a large role in reshaping the industry?

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. Often, the board is eyeing the clock while trying to nudge the CEO into a graceful exit.

Goodbye to groupthink

Goodbye to groupthink

Diversified perspectives make for better solutions.

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.

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 requirement for director candidates.

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

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

The competition for talent to lead industrial companies in the current era of innovation and transformation is so fierce, it’s easy to forget that talent has been considered central to organizational success for decades.

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 to its Board of Trustees, effective as of March 1, 2016.

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 a goal. This in itself represents important progress.

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 revenue outlooks—an increase from the 108 that did so in the same period in 2014 and 97 in the same period in 2013.

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 for board diversity of all kinds, including gender diversity, has been well established and widely accepted.

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.

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