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Rafael Altavini

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Rafael Altavini draws on his passion for helping leaders, teams and organizations to define and live their purpose, and to become better. He has specialized expertise in helping executives transform, and to become change agents within their organizations. Rafael leads Egon Zehnder’s Leadership Advisory and Human Resources Practices in Switzerland and is also active in the firm’s Industrial Practice Group.

I love creating reflective spaces where ‘a-ha’ moments can arise—nudging leaders to see things from a new angle and learning and growing as a result of a new perspective.

Most recently, Rafael was the head of Talent Management and Organizational Development at Schindler Group, where he held a variety of management roles over his 12 years with the company. Prior to that, he worked for MANN+HUMMEL Group and Editora Abril. Rafael is Brazilian and has had an international career, having lived and worked in six different countries over the course of the last 20+ years.

Rafael holds an Executive Master’s degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from INSEAD, an MBA from IMD Business School, and a BS in mechanical engineering from Universidade Estadual de Campinas. He is a guest lecturer for the MBA programs at the University of St. Gallen. Outside of work, Rafael enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and he is an avid cyclist and hiker.

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Time to Transform the “Traditional” HR Operating Model?

Time to Transform the “Traditional” HR Operating Model?

With curiosity piquing as HR begins to reset, we lay out some possible alternatives leaders have when setting up or revisiting the HR operating… Read more

HR Leader: Transform Yourself to Transform the Function

HR Leader: Transform Yourself to Transform the Function

Resorting to the traditional modus operandi is no longer an option for HR leaders given the increasingly complex demands of the job. What will… Read more

Together, Alone: Defining the Right Social Distance for Family and Teams in the New Normal

Together, Alone: Defining the Right Social Distance for Family and Teams in the New Normal

How much time together is healthy as we negotiate the framework of the new normal? Read more

Starting a New Job During a Global Pandemic

Starting a New Job During a Global Pandemic

Tips to manage the anxiety of a fresh start in times of uncertainty and social distancing. Read more

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