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Frank Heckner

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Frank Nikolaus Heckner leads Egon Zehnder’s Health Practice in Europe. He conducts non-executive and executive director and C-suite successions with a particular focus on CEOs, CFOs, COOs, and innovation leaders at global, European, and national biopharmaceutical, medical device, medical instruments, and diagnostics companies. Frank also supports Swiss fine chemical and industrial companies with senior leadership successions. In his mandates, he combines thorough assessment with leadership development and adult learning to maximize executives’ potential.

I’m inspired by supporting purposeful, transformational senior leaders and helping them and their teams reach their full potential.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Frank was a Divisional General Manager at Gurit, a global leader in composite material solutions. He began his career at McKinsey & Company in Zurich, where he was an Associate and then an Engagement Manager, advising international medical device, chemicals, and industrial companies on corporate strategy and organizational design.

Frank earned a Master of Science in chemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, in Zurich, a Master of Arts in business administration from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, and a PhD in pharmaceuticals marketing from Novartis at the University of Fribourg. He is passionate about history, politics, and ethics and about contributing to a liberal, responsible society in which any hardworking individual can succeed regardless of their background, nationality, ethnicity, or gender.

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Financials, Clinical Trials, Supply Chain: What Health Care CEOs are Focused on Now

Financials, Clinical Trials, Supply Chain: What Health Care CEOs are Focused on Now

On March 28, our global health care practice convened a virtual meeting with 15 CEOs around the world to discuss how to ensure financial… Read more

COVID-19: Healthcare Leaders Respond

COVID-19: Healthcare Leaders Respond

We convened global health care CEOs on March 21 and 22 to discuss what’s needed now and how best to lead in this crisis. Read more

Annual Health Industry Leaders Dinner

Annual Health Industry Leaders Dinner

Egon Zehnder's 2019 Health Industry Leaders Dinner had an enriching discussion with commercial leaders representing best-in-class and global health companies including Novartis, Roche, and… Read more

St.Gallen Board Retreat 2020

St.Gallen Board Retreat 2020

A joint initiative by the University of St.Gallen and Egon Zehnder, the Retreat has been designed for Europe’s leading Chairpersons and Non-Executive Directors to… Read more

finanzen.ch – Egon Zehnder's Turnover Stays Stable in 2015

finanzen.ch – Egon Zehnder's Turnover Stays Stable in 2015

Egon Zehnder’s turnover remained stable at 622.3 million Swiss francs in FY 2015 (-0.3% versus 2014), despite challenging framework conditions and negative currency effects. Read more

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