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Martha Josephson, based in Palo Alto, is the founder and leader of the global Digital segment of Egon Zehnder’s Technology and Communications Practice. She advises digital media companies in Silicon Valley and has deep experience recruiting talent to develop the digital capabilities of consumer companies. She conducts both senior management and board director searches, and provides board effectiveness consulting.

My passion is finding new stars in Silicon Valley and helping them have fulfilling careers. As Confucius said: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

Before joining Egon Zehnder, Martha was a consultant for McKinsey & Company, based in New York, where she advised consumer companies on turn-around efforts and post-merger integration. She was also Managing Editor of the “Asian Venture Capital Journal,” a media and conference company based in Hong Kong, and Executive Director of Hong Kong Venture Capital Association, a business networking group.

Martha has an AB from Princeton University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, and an MBA from the Columbia Graduate School of Business. In 2011, she was a member of Fortune magazine’s Executive “Dream Team.” In “How Google Works,” by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, she is described as “not technically a Googler, but as true a partner as can be found.” Martha is also an official Commentator for The Information, an online publication about technology and media. She is involved in The Boardlist, which helps find opportunities for female board-ready talent. When not working, she is a voracious reader.

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The Path to the Boardroom

The Path to the Boardroom

Interviewing for First-Time Board Service: read successful strategies for meeting the unique challenges of interviewing for a directorship. Read more

The Wall Street Journal – MGM Bets on Departing Volvo Digital Chief to Boost Non-Casino Business

The Wall Street Journal – MGM Bets on Departing Volvo Digital Chief to Boost Non-Casino Business

Atif Rafiq, chief digital officer at Volvo, plans to join MGM Resorts International as president of commercial and growth, helping guide the casino and… Read more

Fortune - These Women Could Be the Tech Industry's Next Great CEOs - or Not

Fortune - These Women Could Be the Tech Industry's Next Great CEOs - or Not

To explore the “golden age” of the female COO, Fortune recently talked to 19 female current or former COOs and management experts, including Martha… Read more

The New York Times – Dissecting Marissa Mayer’s $900,000-a-Week Yahoo Paycheck

The New York Times – Dissecting Marissa Mayer’s $900,000-a-Week Yahoo Paycheck

When Yahoo is absorbed by Verizon Communications, it will be the end of an era for one of the pioneering names of the internet… Read more

The One Big Thing: Rethinking the CEO Search

The One Big Thing: Rethinking the CEO Search

Digital content enterprises are all about giving the market what it wants before the market knows it wants it. Quite simply, it’s a hits-driven… Read more

A company with no passport

A company with no passport

Putting a global mindset to work. Read more

Part I: Positioning Yourself for First-Time Board Service

Part I: Positioning Yourself for First-Time Board Service

The Path to the Boardroom is a three-part series of Executive Briefings designed to help first-time aspirants for a board seat negotiate the difficult… Read more

Part II: Interviewing for First-Time Board Service

Part II: Interviewing for First-Time Board Service

The Path to the Boardroom is a three-part series of Executive Briefings designed to help first-time aspirants for a board seat negotiate the difficult… Read more

Part III: Getting Off to a Good Start

Part III: Getting Off to a Good Start

The Path to the Boardroom is a three-part series of Executive Briefings designed to help first-time aspirants for a board seat negotiate the difficult… Read more

Dispatch from the Near Future: Thoughts on CES 2016

Dispatch from the Near Future: Thoughts on CES 2016

A good way to start debate in the consumer technology world is to ask if CES is still relevant. There is a vocal cohort… Read more

Why I am Grateful for Tech Media Today

Why I am Grateful for Tech Media Today

There is a ton of it. PR-driven; old line formal; deep analytics; thought-pieces; muck-raking; nearly hysterical witch hunts. The menu of what I get… Read more

“It was a case of getting focused on what we could do, and then instilling a sense of pride.”

“It was a case of getting focused on what we could do, and then instilling a sense of pride.”

Marissa Mayer describes her approach to leadership, including looking for talent, empowering teams and planning for the long term. Read more

Wall Street Executive Talent Part of Silicon Valley

Wall Street Executive Talent Part of Silicon Valley "Gold Rush"

Silicon Valley is becoming a more frequent destination for high-level banking executives from Wall Street, attracted by the technology industry's strength and opportunities to… Read more

Tech start-ups score low on board diversity

Tech start-ups score low on board diversity

Silicon Valley start-ups score disappointingly when it comes to board diversity, according to a recent survey by Reuters. Tech start-ups tend to make the… Read more

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