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Alain Serhan

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Alain advises public and privately held organizations on their CEO succession and Board member transitions. Leadership selection, development and team dynamics are his areas of focus, which he applies mostly in the Technology and the Financial Services sectors.

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

Earlier in his career, Alain launched and built IQVIA’s Canadian consulting and services group in advanced data analytic solutions and led the sales team to deliver more than $90 million in annual revenues. Before that, Alain co-built two start-ups: one for distributed data that was later acquired by Sybase, and the other a pioneer in the digital health sector. Prior to that, Alain was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, advising executives across the tech. and consumer goods sectors. Earlier, he worked as an engineer and developer for Nortel Networks, IBM, and Omron in 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 children and enjoys activities such as skiing and sailing that the family can do together.

Alain Serhan joue un rôle clé au sein des pratiques en capital d’investissement, des technologies et des télécommunications d’Egon Zehnder. Il dirige également la pratique internationale de la firme sur la santé numérique. Alain est un conseiller de confiance auprès de nombreux clients en technologie, en technologie de la santé et en analytique avancée, auxquels il offre des services de développement de cadres supérieurs et de recrutement.

Avant de se joindre à Egon Zehnder, Alain était vice-président, ventes et services de consultation chez IMS Health Canada où il a dirigé la création du groupe de consultation et de services. La société, devenue chef de file en services de consultation, assurait à la fois l’encadrement de ses clients au niveau de l’efficacité commerciale et des stratégies liées aux portefeuilles d’investissements. Il a par ailleurs dirigé l’ensemble des ventes en solutions d’information jusqu’à l’acquisition de la firme par TPG Capital. Il décida ensuite de joindre l’équipe d’Egon Zehnder.

Avec la création de deux entreprises, Alain a œuvré dans les domaines du positionnement stratégique, du financement de technologies de l’information et du marketing en ligne. Alain a débuté sa carrière de consultant chez McKinsey & Co., où il a avisé plusieurs entreprises issues des secteurs des biens de consommation, et des technologies.

Alain détient un baccalauréat en génie électrique de l’École Polytechnique de Montréal et une maîtrise en administration des affaires l’INSEAD de Fontainebleau, en France.

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Interview with UN High Commissioner Mary Robinson

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