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Based in New York, Claudia Pici-Morris is active in Egon Zehnder’s CEO and Board Consulting practices. Her more than 20 years of consulting experience have made her a trusted advisor to large and small clients on CEO and board director recruitment, succession planning, and governance best practices, including board effectiveness reviews, board composition matrices, and risk assessments. Working across multiple industries with a particular focus on the consumer sector, Claudia also counsels clients on leadership and talent issues in activist, spinout, and IPO situations.

I am particularly interested in partnering with clients in long-term strategy and succession planning, or overcoming obstacles or crisis situations. Challenges make us rise to the occasion.

Before assuming a consultant role at Egon Zehnder, Claudia served as its Head of Research in the United States, coordinating the work of more than a hundred research analysts and associates. She has also been a contributing author to numerous studies, including the Egon Zehnder Global Board Index and the landmark paper “Gender Diversity on Boards: Breaking the Impasse.” Prior to joining the firm, Claudia held senior leadership and execution roles at a different executive search firm and at AT Kearney. She began her career in consulting and knowledge management at Booz Allen Hamilton, working with clients in the consumer, pharmaceutical, and chemical sectors.

Claudia earned a BA in philosophy from Fordham University and an MSc from Columbia University. In her private life, she enjoys boating and sailing, spending quality time with her adult children, and doing volunteer work on the board of the St. Elizabeth Pediatric Center. Claudia is an active member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Society of Corporate Secretaries.

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Investors Turn Up the Heat on Boardroom Gender Diversity

Investors Turn Up the Heat on Boardroom Gender Diversity

Over the past year, several sizable pension funds and proxy advisory firms have taken a more aggressive stance on gender diversity in the boardroom, threatening to withhold votes or even mount an opposition slate at companies thought to be making insufficient progress on this issue.

Looking Beyond Shareholder Approval

Looking Beyond Shareholder Approval

Proxy season, with its voting on director slates, shines a bright light on board composition—an aspect of governance that has come under increasing scrutiny from investors, directors and other observers. But the slate is only the end result of a director succession process that has become more and more complex and competitive.

Board Effectiveness Reviews: What the Board Can Learn from Looking in the Mirror

Board Effectiveness Reviews: What the Board Can Learn from Looking in the Mirror

In the last decade, the oversight responsibilities of the board have taken on a new level of complexity. Disruptive business models can come from any direction, and the types of risks the board must monitor have multiplied.

Evergreen Board Succession Planning

Evergreen Board Succession Planning

Quite often, board succession planning consists of a member announcing to the board that he or she plans to retire next year, and the board then gearing up to find a replacement (who typically differs from the retiring director only in being a few years younger).

Evergreen Board Succession Planning

Evergreen Board Succession Planning

Quite often, board succession planning consists of a member announcing to the board that he or she plans to retire next year, and the board then gearing up to find a replacement (who typically differs from the retiring director only in being a few years younger).

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.

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