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CEO Search & Succession

At Egon Zehnder, we have spent more than 50 years advising clients on chief executive leadership succession, recruitment, and professional development all over the world. We recognize that the selection of a CEO is the midpoint of a process, not the end. And for everyone involved, from the executive to the board of directors, to employees and key stakeholders, the appointment is merely a moment in a multidimensional transition. Therefore, we believe it is important to partner with our clients to deliver a comprehensive and effective CEO transition, succession, and onboarding protocol.

Over the past five years, we have applied our own future-oriented, proprietary approach to more than 1,800 CEO mandates. We understand that the Chief Executive role is unique, particularly in the current atmosphere of complexity and volatility. These uncertainties require a pragmatic and aligned view on the business and leadership requirements of the CEO, one that must be reviewed regularly over the course of a transition.

For maximum impact, we aim to partner with our clients in all aspects of the CEO leadership journey. That journey begins by aligning with your board regarding the company's future transformational needs and CEO requirements. We then help you build a compelling internal pipeline of senior leaders with CEO potential by identifying, assessing, and advising them on their development journey. This process builds a strong top team and helps create support for the selected CEO. Working with our own global industry practices, we have access to the best external candidates. We assess them based on the same robust and comprehensive methodology that we use with internal candidates.

The CEO transition process also means working hand-in-hand with your board of directors to develop a clear, workable succession plan — one that enables executives to transform their leadership strengths through our heralded Executive Breakthrough Program, developed and facilitated in tandem with Mobius Executive Leadership. Once you’ve chosen your leader, our “Accelerated CEO Impact” service supports the executive onboarding. This bespoke program begins before the CEO’s first day and helps make their first 100 days and beyond a success.

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Dick Patton

Dick Patton

Boston

Global Lead

Dick Patton leads Egon Zehnder’s global CEO Practice. He partners with clients on CEO succession, advisory, and search, in addition to providing board…

Kati Najipoor-Schütte

Kati Najipoor-Schütte

Frankfurt

Global Lead

Kati Najipoor-Schütte, based in Frankfurt, leads Egon Zehnder’s global CEO Practice and is also deeply involved in the firm’s Board Consulting…

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.

Al Prieto

Al Prieto

New York

Al Prieto leads Egon Zehnder’s New York office, coordinating the engagements of a consulting team that serves clients throughout New York.

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.

Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher

New York

Peter Gallagher is an active member of Egon Zehnder’s Health Practice, providing executive search, assessment and development services to CEOs and…

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…

Justin Zale

Justin Zale

New York

Based in New York, Justin Zale is the firm’s U.S. Real Estate practice lead and an active member of the Financial Services and Private Equity…

James Satterthwaite

James Satterthwaite

Boston

Jamie Satterthwaite is a Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s Boston office, focusing on tech and software companies as well as other sectors undergoing…

Lisa Blais

Lisa Blais

Boston

Lisa Blais leads Egon Zehnder’s US Board Practice. She also recently served as Managing Partner of the firm’s Boston Office…

Arnaud Tesson

Arnaud Tesson

Boston, New York

Arnaud Tesson, based in Boston, leads Egon Zehnder’s U.S. Asset Management Practice and helps clients navigate that industry’s ongoing transformation.

Gregg LeStage

Gregg LeStage

Boston

Based in Boston, Gregg LeStage is the Director in Egon Zehnder’s Leadership Advisory Practice.

Dan Petrossi

Dan Petrossi

Boston

Dan Petrossi, based in Boston, is active across Egon Zehnder’s Technology & Communications, Media, Entertainment & Sports practices. A seasoned…

Alison Lohr

Alison Lohr

Atlanta

Alison Lohr, based in Atlanta, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Consumer Products Practice.

Glenn Zweig

Glenn Zweig

Atlanta

Based in Atlanta, Glenn Zweig is active in Egon Zehnder’s Private Equity, Technology, Consumer and Financial Officers practices.

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…

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