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Jill Ader is the Chairwoman of Egon Zehnder, where she has held several global leadership roles over the past decade. She set up the Firm’s CEO Practice and led its London office and Global Consumer Practice. More recently, Jill founded our global Executive Breakthrough Program and the Discovery Program for CEOs focused on transformation and development that we run in partnership with Mobius. Previously based in London, she has recently moved to our Zurich office. Jill is passionate about unlocking the potential of serving and aspiring CEOs and advises clients worldwide on CEO and board succession.

The world needs more great leadership, which is what Egon Zehnder is all about. We not only find but also develop top leaders and teams. That inspires me.

As Chairwoman, Jill is committed to driving our Firm’s evolution as we spark a global movement of leadership as a force for good in the world.

Before joining Egon Zehnder, Jill focused on retail, strategy consulting and venture capital. She earned an MBA from London Business School. Jill and her husband Roger have three adult children. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, in the countryside, walking their dogs and playing tennis.

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 Financial Times – Why a Leader’s Past Record is No Guide To Future Success

Financial Times – Why a Leader’s Past Record is No Guide To Future Success

Economist, politician and corporate lawyer Christine Lagarde’s extensive resume indicates a fitting suit in the role of running the European Central Bank— regardless of critics who note her lack of experience in academic training and monetary policy.

Financial Times - Egon Zehnder's Jill Ader: Challenging Partnership Traditions

Financial Times - Egon Zehnder's Jill Ader: Challenging Partnership Traditions

In an exclusive interview with the Financial Times, Egon Zehnder Chairwoman Jill Ader discusses Egon Zehnder's commitment to diversity, the changing state of leadership, and being the first woman Chair of any executive search firm.

Egon Zehnder + SQN: A Revolution of Human Possibility and Productivity

Egon Zehnder + SQN: A Revolution of Human Possibility and Productivity

Today we announce a strategic partnership with SQN, founded on the shared belief that culture change is key to helping organizations adapt and thrive in today’s complex world.

Handelsblatt - The Chief Huntress

Handelsblatt - The Chief Huntress

For the first time ever, there’s a woman at the helm of Egon Zehnder. Ader, who hails from the UK, is out to reform the firm.

Leadership for a Better World

Leadership for a Better World

Egon Zehnder is committed to transforming the leaders of today into the great leaders of tomorrow.

Chairwoman Jill Ader On the Impact of Leaders & Daughters

Chairwoman Jill Ader On the Impact of Leaders & Daughters

This International Women's Day, I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Egon Zehnder’s 5th annual Leaders & Daughters event series, Power Moves: A New Generation of Women Transforms Leadership.

The Biggest Missed Opportunity at Davos: Forging Real Connections

The Biggest Missed Opportunity at Davos: Forging Real Connections

As a second-time invitee to the World Economic Forum in Davos and the new Chair of Egon Zehnder, Jill Ader discusses an overlooked opportunity at the world's most exclusive event.

Talouselämä –  The end result of gender equality research: At current pace, equality will never happen -

Talouselämä – The end result of gender equality research: At current pace, equality will never happen - "If the pace is so slow, something is wrong"

An international study of management teams from the leadership consultancy Egon Zehnder paints an unhappy picture of equality progress. Although the proportion of women in corporate leadership has increased over time, the pace is so slow that equality will never be achieved at this rate. In their 2018 Global Board Diversity Tracker, Egon Zehnder examined the composition of management teams of 1,610 publicly listed companies in 44 countries.

Egon Zehnder's First Lady

Egon Zehnder's First Lady

Chairwoman Jill Ader discusses the future of leadership in a feature with Wirtschaft Magazine.

Edilson Camara Appointed as Egon Zehnder Chief Executive Officer

Edilson Camara Appointed as Egon Zehnder Chief Executive Officer

Edilson Camara has been appointed as Egon Zehnder Chief Executive Officer. He will work with Chairwoman Jill Ader to drive growth.

Fortune — How Companies like Intuit, TD Securities, and Egon Zehnder Are Striving For Gender Equality

Fortune — How Companies like Intuit, TD Securities, and Egon Zehnder Are Striving For Gender Equality

Egon Zehnder chairwoman Jill Ader discusses gender equality in her panel session at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit

Congratulations to Jill Ader as She Assumes her Role as Firm Chairwoman

Congratulations to Jill Ader as She Assumes her Role as Firm Chairwoman

Jill Ader officially assumes the role of Chairwoman of Egon Zehnder, the world’s leadership advisory firm, following her election by the firm’s partnership earlier this year.

Manager Magazin – Less Isolated

Manager Magazin – Less Isolated

In an exclusive interview, chair-elect Jill Ader talks about the new challenges that CEOs are facing today.

Jill Ader to Chair Egon Zehnder

Jill Ader to Chair Egon Zehnder

Jill Ader elected Chair of Egon Zehnder by the partnership of the world’s leadership advisory firm. Appointment marks first female leader of a global top five executive search and leadership advisory firm.

Financial Times – How Can Women Leaders Craft a C-Suite Career

Financial Times – How Can Women Leaders Craft a C-Suite Career

What is the right route to the top for ambitious women leaders? Female executives are usually told that P&L, with its implied responsibility for monitoring resources and costs, is the fast track to the C-Suite, reports the Financial Times.

Goodbye to groupthink

Goodbye to groupthink

Diversified perspectives make for better solutions.

Board Diversity: Time to Pick up the Pace

Board Diversity: Time to Pick up the Pace

The number of women in top management roles is rising, but the pace of change remains painfully slow, reports Andrew Hill in the Financial Times.

CEO Succession Study “We should have started earlier”

CEO Succession Study “We should have started earlier”

Everyone agrees that CEO succession planning is critical. Yet many Chairmen are concerned that their own companies are underprepared for a change of CEO – and are exposed to the risk of a damaging leadership vacuum. This is the finding of an Egon Zehnder study in which more than 50 Chairmen and CEOs of major companies headquartered in France, Germany, the UK, and the US were interviewed.

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