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Board Consulting

Having an effective board means ensuring that internal practices run at the level they should and is the basis of a successful business. At Egon Zehnder, we offer a range of board consulting services, from compensation analysis to talent development strategy.

Our advisory board consulting team are available to not only enhance your board, but also to make sure its members use best industry practices, as well as prioritize diversity and inclusion solutions

Egon Zehnder’s Approach to Board Consulting

Our vast global network of consultants allows us to offer your business access to events and workshops around the world. This will give your team the chance to meet and talk to like-minded leaders, gather insight and share intelligence. Egon Zehnder’s aim is to help you develop the best board leadership possible for your business.


Board Consulting 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

Thorsten Gerhard

Thorsten Gerhard

Stuttgart

Local Lead

Based in Stuttgart, Thorsten Gerhard leads Egon Zehnder’s CEO and Board Consulting Practice in Germany. He advises on CEO succession and executive… Read more

Elke Hofmann

Elke Hofmann

Munich Office Leader

Local Lead

Based in Munich, Elke Hofmann heads Egon Zehnder’s Munich office and leads the CEO & Board Advisory Practice in Germany. Read more

Charles Gray

Charles Gray

New York

US Lead

Charles “Chuck” Gray, based in New York, is co-Head of our North American Board and CEO Practice. Read more

Lisa Blais

Lisa Blais

Boston

US Lead

Lisa Blais recently led Egon Zehnder’s North American Board and CEO practice and serves on the firm’s global Board of Directors. Read more

Kim Henderson

Kim Henderson

Washington, D.C. Office Leader

Kim Henderson, Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s Washington, D.C. office, previously led the firm’s Consumer Practice for the Americas. Read more

Olli Laurén

Olli Laurén

Washington, D.C.

Olli Lauren serves as a senior adviser in Washington DC. He is also a member of Egon Zehnder’s Global Machinery & Industrial Technology practice. Read more

Calvin Yee

Calvin Yee

New York, Los Angeles

Calvin Yee, based in New York and Los Angeles, is the Head, Global Media, & Entertainment, a leader in the Sports & Digital Practice and serves… 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

Ian Bolin

Ian Bolin

Atlanta, Detroit

Ian Bolin, based in Atlanta and Detroit, leads Egon Zehnder’s Global Automotive and Mobility Practice. Read more

Karl Alleman

Karl Alleman

Chicago

Karl Alleman has a long track record of helping large multinationals, family-owned enterprises, and private equity firms solve their most important… Read more

Alex Santos

Alex Santos

Chicago

Based in Chicago, Alex Santos focuses on helping clients recruit general managers and functional leaders as well as assess their internal talent. Read more

Michael Portland

Michael Portland

Chicago

Michael Portland is a member of Egon Zehnder’s CEO and Board Consulting practices and has deep expertise in CEO and C-suite succession, executive… Read more

Bernhard Scholl

Bernhard Scholl

Miami Office Leader

Bernhard Scholl, Egon Zehnder’s office leader in Miami, leads the Global Chemical and Process Industries Practice. Read more

Ed Camara

Ed Camara

Miami, Toronto

Based in Miami, Edilson Camara is Egon Zehnder’s Chief Executive Officer. Drawing on his deep experience in natural resources and heavy industry… Read more

Gabi Carvalho

Gabi Carvalho

Miami

Gabi Carvalho co-leads Egon Zehnder’s Global Financial Services Practice focusing on Payments, Retail Banking, FinTech and Insurance. Read more


Thought Leadership | Board Consulting

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When to Trigger a CEO Succession

When to Trigger a CEO Succession

Highly effective boards ensure that succession planning never stops being a priority. It isn’t personal, it’s simply best practice. Read more

Demystifying the Path to Board Service

Demystifying the Path to Board Service

Joining a board is pinnacle in many leaders' careers, but there is no one way to get there. Egon Zehnder's Chuck Gray shares some… Read more

Distilling ESG drivers of enterprise value and the role of corporate boards

Distilling ESG drivers of enterprise value and the role of corporate boards

Corporate boards significantly influence the perceptions through their oversight duties of how much enterprise value creation comes from non-financial resources - many of which… Read more

Defining the Board’s Role in Embedding Shared Purpose

Defining the Board’s Role in Embedding Shared Purpose

To learn more about the growing importance of shared purpose in today’s environment, Egon Zehnder’ Directors Development Program held a session on the topic… Read more

The Board’s Role in Developing Leadership, Talent and Culture

The Board’s Role in Developing Leadership, Talent and Culture

As part of the Directors Development Program, a session centered on the role boards play in developing leadership, talent and culture, was led by… Read more

Embracing Market Challenges and Uncertainties: PE Insights

Embracing Market Challenges and Uncertainties: PE Insights

Insights from 20 experienced operating partners and buy-out investors from various private equity funds from Shanghai and Hong Kong. Read more

Rethinking Board Motivation — Future

Rethinking Board Motivation — Future

In light of the increased pressure on chairs to ensure engagement and contribution of board directors, we asked survey participants about the best way… Read more

Rethinking Board Motivation — Compensation

Rethinking Board Motivation — Compensation

Directors want to simplify compensation and raise fixed retainer fees to attractive yet sufficient levels. Read more

Rethinking Board Motivation — Time Commitment

Rethinking Board Motivation — Time Commitment

The time commitment board directors and chairs need to invest in their board work has increased significantly, and we expect this trend will continue.… Read more

Rethinking Board Motivation — Committees

Rethinking Board Motivation — Committees

An essential part of board work is done in its committees, making it necessary to understand the types of committees that have been established… Read more

Rethinking Board Motivation — Composition

Rethinking Board Motivation — Composition

There are indications that the composition of boards is changing due to the increasing complexity of board work. To meet the new challenges that… Read more

Rethinking Board Motivation — Motivation

Rethinking Board Motivation — Motivation

The motivations to join boards are shifting toward impact and purpose over monetary rewards or prestige.​ Read more

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