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Frank Heckner

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Frank Heckner is a core member of the Firm’s Health, CEO and Board Practices. He has extensive international CEO succession and Board Advisory expertise in Health Care and beyond. Together with the University of St.Gallen Frank co-hosts the St.Gallen Board Retreat, a platform to engage Europe’s leading chairs and non-executive directors in discussions to advance boardroom excellence. Frank is also co-host of the St.Gallen Board Academy, a board school for future board members. Further, Frank acts as a coach to unlock senior executives’ potential, namely in the context of CEO and C-suite successions. Frank joined Egon Zehnder in 2006, he was the Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder Switzerland from 2012 to 2017 and led the Firm’s EMEA Health Practice from 2017 to 2021.

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

Before Egon 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 worked as Associate and as 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 with Novartis from the University of Fribourg. Frank is passionate about history and politics and is a big fan of the ICRC and Swiss academic institutions. Having been born and raised in the Swiss Alps in Davos, Frank likes mountain outdoor sports. He is married and has a 16 year-old daughter.

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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

Annual Health Industry Leaders Dinner

Annual Health Industry Leaders Dinner

The first 18 months after taking the role of CEO in a PE-owned company is critical to the company’s future success and growth. 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

Board Retreat 2020

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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