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Alain plays a key role in Egon Zehnder’s Private Equity and Technology & Communications practices and coleads the firm’s global Digital Health practice. He is a trusted advisor to a roster of clients in technology, health-tech, and advanced analytics services, which he supports with management search and appraisals, and leadership development.

The impact we have on our clients is measurable. It’s highly rewarding to look back a few years later and see the outcome.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Alain was Vice President, Sales and Consulting Services, at IMS Health Canada, where he launched and built the company’s Consulting and Services group in advanced analytics solutions, and led the sales team to deliver more than $90 million in annual revenues. Before that, Alain helped build two start-ups: one for distributed data that was later sold to Sybase, and the other in the online healthcare marketing sector. Prior to that, Alain worked at McKinsey & Company, advising executives across the telecom, consumer goods, and healthcare sectors. Earlier, he worked as an engineer and developer for Nortel Networks, IBM, and Omron Japan.

Alain earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnique Montréal and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He is married with two teenaged children and enjoys activities such as skiing and sailing that the family can do together.

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Interview with UN High Commissioner Mary Robinson

Interview with UN High Commissioner Mary Robinson

"I can see the immense capacity of business to give leadership."

Agenda – Alain Serhan and Chris Patrick – Tapping Internal Talent to Drive Digital Change

Agenda – Alain Serhan and Chris Patrick – Tapping Internal Talent to Drive Digital Change

Companies facing digital disruption need to elevate the importance of digital expertise and tap their internal talent pool more effectively.

Life Sciences Leader – Alain Serhan – Vision and Leadership Are Top CIO Attributes

Life Sciences Leader – Alain Serhan – Vision and Leadership Are Top CIO Attributes

“Technology is a cornerstone for the CIO. But for the CIO to be a cornerstone for the business, that person must have the skills to influence and motivate people in a variety of ways to drive the business forward,” says Alain Serhan, co-leader of Egon Zehnder's digital health initiative.

CIO – Pharma CIOs Enjoy Higher Profile

CIO – Pharma CIOs Enjoy Higher Profile

The role of the CIO has gained importance in the pharma industry, with social media and big data boosting its importance, reports Medical, Marketing & Media. A recent study by Egon Zehnder and the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics entitled: “New Strategic Information and Technology Rules in Life Sciences Companies”, confirms this trend.

Egon Zehnder Study Finds Significant Shifts in Skill Sets for Top IT Roles in Life Sciences

Egon Zehnder Study Finds Significant Shifts in Skill Sets for Top IT Roles in Life Sciences

More than 80 percent of leading life sciences companies have created new digital and innovation leadership roles to capitalize on the information technology transformation in healthcare, with nearly half hiring new chief information officers during the past three years, according to new research issued today by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.

New Strategic Information and Technology Roles in Life Sciences Companies

New Strategic Information and Technology Roles in Life Sciences Companies

Fundamental changes in the marketplace for medicines, as well as the rapid and continuing evolution of technology are bringing new challenges and opportunities for life sciences companies and their contribution to healthcare systems.

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