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Olli Laurén

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Olli Laurén serves as Managing Partner in Washington D.C. He also leads Egon Zehnder’s Global Machinery & Industrial Technology practice. Olli also works extensively with the forest value chain and packaging industries. Olli advises the leading public and family held companies on their top leadership issues. His focus is on boards, CEO succession and C-suite appointments. Olli is a core member of the firm’s CEO and Board Consulting practices.

When the status quo gets in the way of progress, I enjoy challenging perceived wisdom to create high-performing cultures.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Olli managed his family owned franchise chain in Scandinavia. Previously, he was Sales & Marketing Director, Country President, and Regional President at Coats Viyella Plc. He began his career in the packaging industry.

Olli has a BA in economics from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. He is a classically trained violinist who serves on a Canadian boarding school board and also enjoys boating.

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The Amazon Effect

The Amazon Effect

Egon Zehnder hosted an intimate roundtable discussion on the impact of Amazon’s second headquarters, with a focus on the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region… Read more

Digital Disruption In Agriculture, Construction and Mining Equipment

Digital Disruption In Agriculture, Construction and Mining Equipment

Given the growing danger of being left behind and commoditized by advancing technology, we asked ten senior leaders in Construction, Agriculture and Mining Equipment… Read more

CEO Net Present Value

CEO Net Present Value

Before a company acquires an expensive new piece of capital equipment, the board will vigorously scrutinize assumptions, payback times and contribution to enterprise value… Read more

Interview with Matti Alahuhta, CEO KONE Corporation

Interview with Matti Alahuhta, CEO KONE Corporation

"The continuity coming from the family ownership history is an asset for us in developing a strong performance culture." Read more

Leading Chinese Cross-Cultural Acquisitions

Leading Chinese Cross-Cultural Acquisitions

The marked increase in Chinese acquisitions of Western industrial firms is a natural consequence of China’s emergence onto the global economic stage. Read more

Do the Right Thing and Do It Well

Do the Right Thing and Do It Well

What can CHROs do to enhance their HR function and take it to the next level? In a bid to answer this tough question… Read more

Getting the Leaders You Need to Build the Systems of the Future

Getting the Leaders You Need to Build the Systems of the Future

Disruption has a way of sneaking up on industries even when they know it is coming. This is because the shift takes place at… Read more

Industry Today – How Industrial Leaders Can Navigate Digital Disruption

Industry Today – How Industrial Leaders Can Navigate Digital Disruption

The machinery industry is seeing exciting changes in the form of smart machineries such as vehicles predicting destinations to economical 3-D printing. Olli Laurén… Read more

Creating a Sustainable Culture to Drive Company Performance

Creating a Sustainable Culture to Drive Company Performance

With businesses increasingly realizing how company culture can directly impact and ultimately drive revenues and performance, many companies are embracing the importance of fostering… Read more

How Exceptional Companies Create a High-Performance Culture

How Exceptional Companies Create a High-Performance Culture

A handful of companies deliver high profits and grow above their industry average. These high-performance companies got where they are not by chance but… Read more

Smart Machinery, Smarter Leadership – Talent Strategies for the Digital Age

Smart Machinery, Smarter Leadership – Talent Strategies for the Digital Age

A recent report in The Economist called the digitization of manufacturing the "Third Industrial Revolution." In the Machinery sector, software advances have brought only… Read more

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