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Board Effectiveness Review

Is your board as prepared as it needs to be, not just for today but for the next decade? More and more organizations are realizing that the only way to deal with the increasing pace of change is to have an effective board of directors that is flexible, creative, and open-minded to match.

This is a shift: Rather than focusing on avoiding risk, today’s best boards must see uncertainty as an inevitable part of both innovation and governance. However, an understanding that the ability to manage risk well can present its own opportunities and is another key marker of board effectiveness.

Egon Zehnder’s Approach To Board Effectiveness

With our Executive Assessment and Development Practice, we have created bespoke solutions to help give some of the most prestigious and complex organizations in the world a more effective board of directors. Our goal is to determine whether boards have the skill sets needed for the ever-evolving corporate landscape and, if they don’t, help them get there.

Sometimes that means working with existing candidates; sometimes it means recruiting new ones. Our work also applies to CEO succession planning, one of the most critical responsibilities a board has. Whatever the situation, we work with you to develop an outcome where your enterprise has the effective board it needs. We have been working closely with companies to improve board effectiveness for decades, helping them find the very best leaders for their most critical needs.


Board Effectiveness Review 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sanjay Gupta

Sanjay Gupta

Dallas

Recognized as leader within the Industrial Practice and a core member of the CEO Succession and Board Consulting practice… Read more

Patrick Mendenall

Patrick Mendenall

Seattle

Based in Seattle, Patrick Mendenall is an active member of Egon Zehnder’s Technology & Communications Practice focusing on the gaming industry. Read more

David Ain

David Ain

Toronto Office Leader, Montreal Office Leader

David Ain is the Managing Partner for Egon Zehnder in Canada and leads the firm's Private Capital Practice in the country. Read more


Thought Leadership | Board Effectiveness Review

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A Board Effectiveness Review: What Boards Can Learn from Looking in the Mirror

A Board Effectiveness Review: What Boards Can Learn from Looking in the Mirror

Discover the keys to navigating today's demanding business landscape through effective board evaluations. Learn how a comprehensive approach, combining online questionnaires and individual interviews,… Read more

Regulators' Perspective for Boards

Regulators' Perspective for Boards

One of the sessions of Egon Zehnder’s Directors Development Program looked at board governance from the perspective of the regulator, as well as how… Read more

Creating Efficient Board Processes, From Agendas to Action

Creating Efficient Board Processes, From Agendas to Action

In July, Egon Zehnder hosted a Directors Development Program session titled “Board Processes.” The event featured Sanjiv Sachar, an Independent Director & NRC Chair… Read more

Best Practices of High Performing Boards

Best Practices of High Performing Boards

In a recent session, Egon Zehnder explored “Best Practices of High-Performing Boards.” Led by Dinesh Khara, chairman of the State Bank of India, the… Read more

Enhancing Board Performance through Evaluations

Enhancing Board Performance through Evaluations

Explore best practices in board evaluation with Egon Zehnder’s Directors Development Program.” In this session, former Egon Zehnder Senior Partner Sanjiv Sachar shares insights… Read more

Building a High-Performing Board

Building a High-Performing Board

Boards hardly succeed by accident. In fact, it takes intentional efforts to construct a consistently high-performing board. This was one of the key takeaways… Read more

High Performing Boards Start with Effective Board Members

High Performing Boards Start with Effective Board Members

As part of the Directors Development Program, Ashley Summerfield, Vineet Hemrajani, and Darpan Kalra, shares what it takes to be an effective director and… Read more

Leading the Boardroom: Insights on Good Board Governance and Managing Dissent

Leading the Boardroom: Insights on Good Board Governance and Managing Dissent

In a recent session of Egon Zehnder’s Directors Development Program, the focus was on the nuanced role of the chair and the delicate art… Read more

Building a High-Performing Board

Building a High-Performing Board

How corporate directors can create a culture of collaboration in the boardroom that drives results company-wide. Read more

Designing Effective Board Processes

Designing Effective Board Processes

Corporate directors exchange on optimal processes for an effective board operation before, during, and after the meeting Read more

The Fundamentals of Corporate Governance

The Fundamentals of Corporate Governance

One of the sessions of Egon Zehnder’s Directors Program looked at the “Fundamentals of Corporate Governance,” examining a broad set of recommendations and challenges… 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

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