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Board Recruitment

Boards today face more complex challenges than ever. They must balance many issues, from shareholder activism to cybersecurity, and compliance issues to diversity and innovation. As such, finding the appropriate candidates with the right qualifications who represent your company’s values is essential to the wellbeing of any business.

Egon Zehnder’s Approach to Board Recruitment

With more than 50 years of experience in executive search, Egon Zehnder’s team knows what it takes to put together an effective board director hiring strategy. We also know that no one person has all the different types of expertise a modern business needs, which is why recruiting a board which represents a diverse set of perspectives and backgrounds is more critical than ever.

Our clients—who include many of the most prestigious and innovative organizations in the world—trust us to find the right fit, wherever that search may take us. Egon Zehnder’s board recruitment process is also deeply committed to diversity and inclusion and feel passionate about bringing the value of multiple views and differences into the boardroom. Our global network of consultants is committed to finding not just the obvious candidates but those who are less known. As a result, we can match your business to deeply qualified leaders who are armed with the skills to handle today’s biggest business issues.


Board Director Hiring 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, co-leads Egon Zehnder's newly formed US CEO and Board Practice. Read more

Lisa Blais

Lisa Blais

Boston

US Lead

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

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

Angus Finlay

Angus Finlay

Chicago

Angus (Rory) Finlay is a Senior Advisor in Egon Zehnder’s global Consumer Practice. He draws on his deep industry and consulting experience to advise… 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

German Herrera

German Herrera

Miami

Based in Miami, German Herrera leads Egon Zehnder in the United States, the Firm’s largest and most dynamic market. 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

Ed Camara

Ed Camara

Miami, Toronto

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


Thought Leadership | Board Director Hiring

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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

Rethinking Board Motivation

An in-depth look at the landscape, trends and compensation of board directors. Read more

The Great Board Refresh

The Great Board Refresh

Egon Zehnder hosted board roundtables in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore to discuss the significant transformation being faced by boardrooms today. Read more

How to Create an Inclusive Executive Search Process that Promotes Diversity in the Boardroom

How to Create an Inclusive Executive Search Process that Promotes Diversity in the Boardroom

Making leadership appointment processes more inclusive starts with the role of the people involved in the search process, Silvia Wiesner explores, drawing from "Search… Read more

The Board Interview, Explained

The Board Interview, Explained

Delve into the unique nuances that come with board interviews and explore how the board interviews are different from C-suite interviews. Read more

CISO to Board Member: Enhancing your readiness to serve

CISO to Board Member: Enhancing your readiness to serve

Drawing from experience working with boards and cybersecurity executives, explore insights to enhance your readiness to land your first board seat. Read more

Are You Building a Cabinet or Building a Board?

Are You Building a Cabinet or Building a Board?

President Lincoln appointed three of his rivals to his cabinet. To outsiders, this seemed like a dangerous move, and that’s a profile in courageous… Read more

Bringing Action to Numbers: Turning Diverse Boards Into Inclusive Ones

Bringing Action to Numbers: Turning Diverse Boards Into Inclusive Ones

Since the turbulent summer of 2020, significant strides have been made across the world to diversify boards. The next level of the work is… Read more

Hiring Right: A Guide for Founders and High-Growth Companies

Hiring Right: A Guide for Founders and High-Growth Companies

Having the right people in key positions can make or break a startup or any fast-growing company. So, how can a founder hire well? Read more

The Path to the Boardroom

The Path to the Boardroom

A practical guide to landing your first corporate board seat. Interviewing for First-Time Board Service: read successful strategies for meeting the unique challenges of… Read more

Italian NEDs Need to Focus Boards on Medium-Term Strategies, Despite COVID-19

Italian NEDs Need to Focus Boards on Medium-Term Strategies, Despite COVID-19

Highlights from a digital gathering for Non-Executive Directors in Italy, hosted by Egon Zehnder. Read more

Accelerating Focus on Culture and Talent in the Boardroom - Part Two

Accelerating Focus on Culture and Talent in the Boardroom - Part Two

Egon Zehnder's Greig Schneider and Lisa Blais share their unique perspective on culture and talent and how they are impacting the boardroom in an… Read more

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