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Pallavi Kathuria is the Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s India offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore and is active in the firm’s global Technology & Communications Practice. She is a trusted advisor on leadership succession and talent management for clients in the IT products and services, software, consumer Internet, and digital sectors. She is also active in the firm’s Executive Assessment and Development Practice and co-leads the Diversity and Inclusion Practice in India.

Great leadership will drive growth and socioeconomic progress in India. Through leadership hiring and development, diversity and inclusion, and board consulting, I enable transformative journeys for my clients.

Before joining Egon Zehnder, Pallavi worked at Microsoft in the U.S. and India for 15 years. Previously, she was a Product Manager at Nokia in Finland.

Pallavi has a Bachelor of Engineering in electronics and communications from the Delhi Institute of Technology and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where she was a Fuqua scholar. She is also on the India Regional Advisory Board of Duke University, Fuqua School of Business. Pallavi works to address inequality in India through volunteer work and diversity initiatives. She is married with two sons and loves travel and world history.

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Leading in These Uncertain Times

Leading in These Uncertain Times

Top IBM executives in China share lessons from the COVID-19 crisis with Indian counterparts. Read more

Economic Times India – Main challenge is retaining high-potential women at work

Economic Times India – Main challenge is retaining high-potential women at work

Women and men define great leadership similarly, but there are distinct differences across generations, according to a recent survey by Egon Zehnder. Read more

Companies Hunt for CEOs with High EQ and Humility

Companies Hunt for CEOs with High EQ and Humility

Egon Zehnder's Pallavi Kathuria discusses the shift in why organizations are looking for ethical and humble leaders. Read more

The Economic Times – Corporate India Tweaks Variables for Solving Gender Diversity Equation

The Economic Times – Corporate India Tweaks Variables for Solving Gender Diversity Equation

India Inc is working hard to improve the gender diversity equation, especially at the top deck. Read more

The Hindu – Making 'Lateral Entry' Work

The Hindu – Making 'Lateral Entry' Work

Most CEOs are grappling with one particular challenge, irrespective of industry or geography: getting the right leadership talent. Governments face this challenge too. The… Read more

The Times of India – Why Search Firms Are Expanding Their Services

The Times of India – Why Search Firms Are Expanding Their Services

For decades, search firms in India and around the world have built their businesses on C-suite placements. But with the industry being disrupted by… Read more

Quartz India – Coding Requires Constant Curiosity

Quartz India – Coding Requires Constant Curiosity

As emerging technologies are set to take over IT jobs in India and around the world, candidates need to show more than just an… Read more

The Economic Times – Women in India Inc Enjoy Strong Mid-Level Mentorship

The Economic Times – Women in India Inc Enjoy Strong Mid-Level Mentorship

Women at Indian companies have plenty of career ambition and enjoy ample development opportunities, but struggle to overcome gender bias at the leadership level. Read more

Leading in the Connected Age

Leading in the Connected Age

Technological transformation continues to unfold at a relentless pace. To effectively adapt to this new era, companies must recruit and develop a different kind… Read more

Livemint – Start-Ups Line Up for Young Leaders

Livemint – Start-Ups Line Up for Young Leaders

With start-ups increasingly seeking leaders who have relevant experience and can fit into an unstructured environment, age is becoming a key factor, reports LiveMint. Read more

Business Today – Tackling the Talent Drain

Business Today – Tackling the Talent Drain

Traditional India Inc is currently experiencing a talent drain as thousands of bright young leaders flock to join e-commerce companies and other start-ups. Read more

The Times of India – E-Commerce Calls For Strong Digital Talent Pipeline

The Times of India – E-Commerce Calls For Strong Digital Talent Pipeline

The boom in e-commerce has led to a dearth of digital talent, reports The Times of India. What kind of leader should companies now… Read more

Business Today – Startups in India Seek Tenured Talent

Business Today – Startups in India Seek Tenured Talent

The young world of start-ups in India is realizing the need for management strength and throwing open its doors to experienced seniors. Pallavi Kathuria… Read more

Indian Boards Embrace Gender Diversity, But Only on Paper

Indian Boards Embrace Gender Diversity, But Only on Paper

Gender diversity in India’s boardrooms remains a distant reality, despite a recent rush to comply – on paper at least – with new gender… Read more

Board Diversity – How to Get There?

Board Diversity – How to Get There?

Board diversity is much more than simply a question of fairness. Lack of diversity represents a missed opportunity to bring in new thinking, insights,… Read more

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