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Shareholders and society as a whole now expect much more from boards of directors, as part of increased scrutiny of our institutions. In addition, there is a growing demand from senior executives for their boards to provide judgment and wisdom on how to “do things better,” taking advantage of global and technological opportunities while avoiding traps and ensuring growth and sustainability.

At Egon Zehnder, we welcome this higher level of scrutiny and stand ready to work with you as partners in building the best boards of directors possible. Through more than 3,600 international board-consulting assignments in the past five years, we have accumulated insight on a broad range of topics that boards will encounter. Our experience goes well beyond executive search to build on nearly 50 years of learning how board directors can have the greatest impact, both individually and collectively.

We take particular pride in our deep experience helping boards of directors source and develop leadership talent, both on the board and in CEO succession projects. With 63 global offices in 36 countries, we are able to identify, assess, and develop director candidates all over the world. The collective expertise of our consultants — all of whom had significant careers in business before coming to our firm — allows us to better understand and anticipate your talent requirements in this area. Our wide reach also enables us to be creative when it comes to talent solutions; you can expect to meet candidates who don’t show up in traditional databases and who bring diversity of all kinds.

Our board work has three main components. With each of them, we leverage our unique global reach and equal partnership compensation model to make sure that everything we do has a singular focus: bringing better leadership to the boardroom. We invite you to experience true partnership as you build a more effective board.

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Board Advisory Consultants

Ashley Summerfield

Ashley Summerfield

London

Global Lead

Ashley Summerfield leads Egon Zehnder’s global CEO and Board Consulting Practice. He is a trusted advisor to scores of prestigious clients around the… Read more

Lisa Blais

Lisa Blais

Boston

US Lead

Lisa Blais serves on Egon Zehnder’s Board of Directors and leads the firm’s US Board Practice. She also recently served as Managing Partner of the… Read more

Olli Laurén

Olli Laurén

Washington, D.C.

Olli Laurén serves as Managing Partner in Washington D.C. He also leads Egon Zehnder’s Global Machinery & Industrial Technology practice. Read more

Anne-Claire Monod

Anne-Claire Monod

New York

Anne-Claire Monod is a sought-out advisor to industrial businesses who has developed trusted relationships with Fortune 500 corporations as well as… Read more

Alan Hilliker

Alan Hilliker

New York

Alan Hilliker, based in New York, is a member of Egon Zehnder’s U.S. Board Consulting and CEO practices. Read more

Alyse Forcellina

Alyse Forcellina

New York

Alyse Forcellina is an experienced partner who has led Egon Zehnder’s US Health and Leadership Advisory Practices, and is also active in the firm’s… Read more

Lena Triantogiannis

Lena Triantogiannis

New York

Lena Triantogiannis co-leads Egon Zehnder’s partnership with Mobius Executive Leadership as well as its global Accelerated Integration practice. Read more

Kal Bittianda

Kal Bittianda

New York

Based in New York and the Leader of Egon Zehnder’s Technology & Communications Americas Practice, Kal Bittianda is passionate about disruptive… Read more

Steve Selwood

Steve Selwood

New York

Stephen Selwood, based in New York, is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Consumer and Financial Services Practices. He is a trusted advisor to large… Read more

James Satterthwaite

James Satterthwaite

Boston

Jamie Satterthwaite, based in Boston, leads the Firm’s North America Software practice. Read more

Dick Patton

Dick Patton

Boston

Dick Patton partners with clients on CEO succession, advisory, and search, in addition to providing board consulting and search, talent assessment… Read more

Ian Bolin

Ian Bolin

Atlanta

Ian Bolin, based in Atlanta, leads Egon Zehnder’s Global Automotive and Mobility Practice. He is a trusted advisor to clients across the globe and has… Read more

James Stark

James Stark

Atlanta

James Stark, based in Atlanta, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Financial Officers, Industrial, and Board Consulting practices. He is passionate about… Read more

A. Rory Finlay

A. Rory Finlay

Chicago

Angus (Rory) Finlay, based in Chicago, leads Egon Zehnder’s global Consumer Practice. In these times of dynamic industry change and disruption… Read more

Karl Alleman

Karl Alleman

Chicago

Based in Chicago, Karl Alleman is a member of Egon Zehnder’s Global Executive Committee and recently led the firm’s US Practice. Read more

Simmi Singh

Simmi Singh

Chicago, Washington, D.C.

Simmi Singh is based in Egon Zehnder’s Chicago office, and in her decade with the Firm, has played a founding and leadership role in the Firm’s… Read more


Thought Leadership | Board Advisory

Trusting the Process: The Rewards of Early Succession Planning

Trusting the Process: The Rewards of Early Succession Planning

The importance of succession planning has rarely been more important. From 2022 and on, it is widely predicted that the frequency of CEO successions… Read more

CEOs at the Vanguard of Sustainable Growth

CEOs at the Vanguard of Sustainable Growth

A sizeable minority of CEOs—one in four of those who participated in our survey—say that sustainability is already a major driver of their decisions.… Read more

Corporate Governance Exchange: Former President of PepsiCo Inc, Zein Abdalla, on the Nominations Committee and Leadership Transition

Corporate Governance Exchange: Former President of PepsiCo Inc, Zein Abdalla, on the Nominations Committee and Leadership Transition

Read on for the key takeaways from an engaging discussion on the future of cultivating and transitioning leaders, from CEOs to board members. Read more

How COVID-19 Impacted Board Governance

How COVID-19 Impacted Board Governance

The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented turmoil around the world. For companies and their boards, it meant reacting quickly and decisively in a gloomy landscape.… Read more

Ethical Boardroom - How a pandemic and societal pressures are altering Latin American boardrooms

Ethical Boardroom - How a pandemic and societal pressures are altering Latin American boardrooms

Egon Zehnder’s 2020 Global Board Diversity Tracker, which analyses companies with a market cap of €6billion, put the number of board seats held by… Read more

The Path to the Boardroom

The Path to the Boardroom

Interviewing for First-Time Board Service: read successful strategies for meeting the unique challenges of interviewing for a directorship. Read more

Why Succession Planning Begins on Day One

Why Succession Planning Begins on Day One

At India's first Corporate Governance Exchange event, Douglas Baillie, former CEO of Hindustan Unilever and currently a director at Huhtamaki and Airtel Africa, shares… Read more

CEO Succession Planned Well in Advance: The Perspective of The Board

CEO Succession Planned Well in Advance: The Perspective of The Board

CEOs are the mainstay of their companies – both externally and internally. They hold primary responsibility for developing and implementing forward-looking strategies and evolving… Read more

Chairwoman Jill Ader at Out Leadership's 2021 Quorum Summit

Chairwoman Jill Ader at Out Leadership's 2021 Quorum Summit

Chairwoman Jill Ader joined a panel with Out Leadership CEO & Founder Todd Sears and former EY partner Beth Brooke to discuss the importance… Read more

EU Biotech CEOs and Board Members Reflect on a Turbulent 2020

EU Biotech CEOs and Board Members Reflect on a Turbulent 2020

Egon Zehnder rounded off 2020 with a final gathering of biotech CEOs and board members, who shared their reflections on a turbulent year. Read more

CEOs: The Architects of Prosperity

CEOs: The Architects of Prosperity

As CEOs lead us through complexity into a better future, they must maintain strong values—recognizing their responsibility to use unwavering humanity as their compass… Read more

What to Expect When You’re SPAC-ing

What to Expect When You’re SPAC-ing

Board assembly is no game. What Sponsors and Targets should know about assembling a Board under SPAC deadlines: Read more

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