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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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CEO Search & Succession Consultants

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… Read more

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… Read more

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. Read more

Al Prieto

Al Prieto

New York, Miami

Al is based in our New York and Miami offices and leads CEO succession and board advisory engagements for companies across a broad range of industry… 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

Kal Bittianda

Kal Bittianda

New York

Based in New York and the Leader of Egon Zehnder’s Technology & Communications Americas Practice, Kal Bittianda is passionate about disruptive… Read more

Lena Triantogiannis

Lena Triantogiannis

New York

Lena Triantogiannis co-leads Egon Zehnder’s partnership with Mobius Executive Leadership as well as its global Accelerated Integration practice. Read more

Peter Gallagher

Peter Gallagher

New York

Peter Gallagher, based in New York, is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Health Practice. Drawing on diverse biopharma industry experience in… Read more

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… Read more

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. Read more

David Noble

David Noble

New York

David Noble, based in New York and Miami Beach, works across industries globally. He coaches CEO’s and their teams to help them crack high stakes… Read more

Anna Auerbach

Anna Auerbach

New York

Anna Auerbach, based in New York, is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Technology and Digital practice. Anna is an experienced advisor, founder, and… Read more

James Satterthwaite

James Satterthwaite

Boston

Jamie Satterthwaite is the Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s Boston office and leads the firm North American Software practice.  He is a trusted… Read more

Lisa Blais

Lisa Blais

Boston

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

Carol Kauffman

Carol Kauffman

Boston

Carol Kauffman works with leaders across the globe to help them close the gap between their intent and their impact. A lateral… Read more

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. Read more

The CEO: A Personal Reflection

Egon Zehnder asked over 400 of the world’s top CEOs what it means to be an effective leader today

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Thought Leadership | CEO Search & Succession

Hum Work. How We Work and Lead <i>Now</i>.

Hum Work. How We Work and Lead Now.

There is no downplaying the damage wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic on lives, livelihoods, and mental health. Read more

Why Succession Planning Begins on Day One

Why Succession Planning Begins on Day One

At India's first Corporate Governance Exchange event, Douglas Baillie, former CEO of Hindustan Unilever and currently a director at Huhtamaki and Airtel Africa, shares… Read more

Adapting to a Changing World

Adapting to a Changing World

Some of the greatest challenges companies face today have already been addressed effectively within the co-op/mutual model. From creating values and purpose-driven cultures, to… Read more

Recruiting A New Class of Exceptional Managers

Recruiting A New Class of Exceptional Managers

Even as economies are battered by COVID-19, telecommunications are booming, offering a critical lifeline for an anxious world on lockdown. Read more

CEO Succession Planned Well in Advance: The Perspective of The Board

CEO Succession Planned Well in Advance: The Perspective of The Board

CEOs are the mainstay of their companies – both externally and internally. They hold primary responsibility for developing and implementing forward-looking strategies and evolving… Read more

Harvard Business Review - The Former and Current Chairs of Mastercard on Executing a Strategic CEO Succession

Harvard Business Review - The Former and Current Chairs of Mastercard on Executing a Strategic CEO Succession

Our work with the former and current Chairs of Mastercard on a strategic CEO Succession Read more

The Adaptive CEO

The Adaptive CEO

As part of Egon Zehnder's series featuring six exceptional CEOs, meet "Raj", CEO of a major multinational pharmaceuticals company. Read more

Reconnecting with Our Humanity

Reconnecting with Our Humanity

As part of Egon Zehnder's six-part CEO profile series, Meet "Beth", CEO of a global software business. Read more

The Power of Relationships

The Power of Relationships

As part of Egon Zehnder's six-part series profiling exceptional CEOs, meet "Lukas", CEO of a multinational fashion conglomerate. Read more

Perform <i>and</i> Transform

Perform and Transform

Meet "Jan," an ambitious young executive who was handed the top job at a major global retailer—when he least expected it Read more

Time to Open the Doors

Time to Open the Doors

As part of Egon Zehnder's six-part series profiling exceptional CEOs, meet "Daniel", CEO of a global financial services firm. Read more

EU Biotech CEOs and Board Members Reflect on a Turbulent 2020

EU Biotech CEOs and Board Members Reflect on a Turbulent 2020

Egon Zehnder rounded off 2020 with a final gathering of biotech CEOs and board members, who shared their reflections on a turbulent year. Read more

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