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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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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…

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…

Pablo Sagnier

Pablo Sagnier

Barcelona, Madrid

Pablo Sagnier, based in Madrid and Barcelona, has deep expertise in search and in assessment and development of boards and executive teams.

Andreas Gavrielides

Andreas Gavrielides

Athens

Andreas Gavrielides founded Egon Zehnder’s Athens office and helped to establish the firm’s presence in Turkey and Central Europe.

Lena Triantogiannis

Lena Triantogiannis

Athens

Lena Triantogiannis leads Egon Zehnder’s Accelerated Integration Practice and co-led the development of the firm’s proprietary approach to…

Rafaella Mazzoli

Rafaella Mazzoli

Milan

Rafaella Mazzoli works with consumer clients and has deep expertise in retail, fashion, and luxury.

Marc Erzberger

Marc Erzberger

Geneva

Marc Erzberger, Egon Zehnder’s office leader in Geneva, is a trusted advisor to companies in the consumer, commodities, and financial services…

Jean-Pierre Pedrazzini

Jean-Pierre Pedrazzini

Geneva

Jean-Pierre Pedrazzini, based in Geneva, leads Egon Zehnder’s Executive Assessment and Development Practice in Switzerland.

Dominik Schaller

Dominik Schaller

Zurich

Dominik Schaller, based in Zurich, focuses on senior executive and board searches in insurance and banking.

Peter Zehnder

Peter Zehnder

Zurich

Based in Zurich, Peter Zehnder is active in the Consumer, Health, and Industrial practices. He is a trusted advisor on entrepreneurship, CEO, and…

Lisa Barlow

Lisa Barlow

Paris

Lisa Barlow, a Franco-American based in Paris, co-leads Egon Zehnder’s Board Practice in France and is very active in the firm’s global Consumer…

Benoît Duthu

Benoît Duthu

Paris

Benoît Duthu recognizes that today’s global industrial leaders must find creative uses for complex and sensitive information.

Jens Stender

Jens Stender

Munich

Jens Stender, based in Munich, is a trusted advisor to leading technology and media companies as well as to global Private Equity Funds.

Clemens Fahrbach

Clemens Fahrbach

Munich

Clemens Fahrbach is active in Egon Zehnder’s Leadership Services Practice.

Gabriele Röhrl

Gabriele Röhrl

Munich

Gabriele Röhrl draws on trust and deep relationships to give her clients in the machinery, engineering, transportation, and process industries…

Heiko Wolters

Heiko Wolters

Stuttgart

Heiko Wolters leads Egon Zehnder’s office in Stuttgart. He mainly serves clients in the industrial sector with a particular focus on automotive and…

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