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Philippe Hertig, based in Zurich, advises chairmen and board directors, as well as CEOs and C-suite executives on corporate governance, board and executive-team effectiveness, succession planning, and talent management. Philippe is active in Egon Zehnder’s global Industrial Practice, where he was a cofounder, and has deep experience guiding chair, board director, CEO, and C-level searches for major international corporations and midsize companies. He is also a member of the firm’s Board Consulting and CEO practices.

I have the most interesting profession: advising top leaders on critical people decisions, which leads to stronger and more competitive companies.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Philippe served on the executive committee of Pilatus Aircraft, the world’s leader in single-engine turboprop aircrafts. Philippe began his career at Pilatus, where he was Marketing Assistant and Regional Sales Manager before being promoted to Division Head, assuming the global profit-and-loss responsibility for the company’s biggest division.

Philippe has a master’s in business administration from the University of Freiburg and a PhD in business administration from the University of Bern. He regularly participates in panel discussions and is frequently interviewed in the Swiss media. He has also written several articles on leadership. Philippe serves on the board of Schweizerische Management Gesellschaft, Switzerland’s largest management association, and on the board of the Swedish Swiss Chamber of Commerce, where he leads the nomination committee. He is an officer in the Swiss Air Force and still flies the F-5F jet fighter. He is also a member of the famous Swiss Air Force PC-7 Team. In his spare time, he enjoys boating on Lake Zurich.

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Neue Zürcher Zeitung – Swiss Firms Beef Up Boards With Financial Activist Experts

Neue Zürcher Zeitung – Swiss Firms Beef Up Boards With Financial Activist Experts

With attacks from financial activists on the rise, companies are starting to beef up their boards with experienced experts, reports the Swiss daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Both major concerns and smaller, family-run firms in Switzerland have launched board-level recruitment drives over the last 6 months, confirms Philippe Hertig, partner at Egon Zehnder in Zurich.

Handelszeitung – Choosing the Right Time to Step Down

Handelszeitung – Choosing the Right Time to Step Down

“The right timing” was the focus of the 54th forum organised by the Schweizerische Management Gesellschaft SMG, reports the Handelszeitung.

Neue Zürcher Zeitung – Switzerland Should Select Political Leaders More Professionally

Neue Zürcher Zeitung – Switzerland Should Select Political Leaders More Professionally

When it comes to choosing leaders politics could learn from business, according to Egon Zehnder’s Philippe Hertig quoted in the Swiss daily Neuer Zürcher Zeitung. Hertig criticises the way Switzerland elects its federal councilors as “unprofessional”.

Handelszeitung – Bold Companies Consider all CEO Options

Handelszeitung – Bold Companies Consider all CEO Options

Novartis recently appointed a comparatively young internal candidate with no previous corner office experience as its CEO, reports the Handelszeitung. “The choice is part of a trend,” according to Egon Zehnder consultant Philippe Hertig.

Finanz und Wirtschaft – Hiring Top Executive Team is Balancing Act for Board, not CEO

Finanz und Wirtschaft – Hiring Top Executive Team is Balancing Act for Board, not CEO

When CEOs start giving top management jobs to their buddies, investors need to sit up and pay attention, reports the Swiss financial bi-weekly Finanz und Wirtschaft.

Handelszeitung – Firms More Prone to Corporate Culture Crises

Handelszeitung – Firms More Prone to Corporate Culture Crises

“The extent to which top leaders can determine a company’s culture is incredible,” notes Egon Zehnder’s Philippe Hertig in an interview with the Swiss daily Handelszeitung.

Finanz und Wirtschaft – Firms Base Pay for Performance on New Benchmarks

Finanz und Wirtschaft – Firms Base Pay for Performance on New Benchmarks

Pay for Performance traditionally means that CEO compensation is tied to a company’s fortunes, reports the Swiss financial daily Finanz und Wirtschaft.

Handelszeitung – On-the-Job Expertise and Networks Needed More Than MBAs

Handelszeitung – On-the-Job Expertise and Networks Needed More Than MBAs

Professional experience, and especially specialist expertise, is now more important than theoretical knowledge, says Egon Zehnder’s Philippe Hertig.

“We see a strong parallel between company growth and personal growth.”

“We see a strong parallel between company growth and personal growth.”

Interview with Pius Baschera, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hilti Corporation.

On your marks

On your marks

In transition processes organizations have to handle more and more systemic challenges.

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 we interviewed a number of CHROs at some of the world's leading companies renowned for their best-in-class HR practices.

Handelszeitung – Philippe Hertig: Leadership Success Does Not Depend on Nationality

Handelszeitung – Philippe Hertig: Leadership Success Does Not Depend on Nationality

Swiss firms are increasingly opting for foreign leaders, reports the Handelszeitung. But the nationality of decision-makers in large Swiss companies has become largely irrelevant, notes Egon Zehnder’s Philippe Hertig.

Tagesschau – Direct Communication Is Better for Building Trust

Tagesschau – Direct Communication Is Better for Building Trust

Videoconferencing has boomed in recent years, with technological advances helping companies to cut their travel costs, reports Swiss broadcaster SRF in its Tagesschau.

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