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CEO Successions

We recognize that the selection of a CEO is the midpoint of a process, not the end. 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.

You can count on our collaboration in all aspects of a CEO succession journey, which should be an ongoing planning process to deliver a comprehensive and effective CEO transition, succession and onboarding protocol. We also partner with you to ensure that you have developed the best possible internal options for potential CEO successors, and we can confidentially benchmark their readiness. This process builds a strong top team and creates support for the selected CEO. The CEO transition process also means working hand-in-hand with your board of directors to develop a clear, workable succession plan that aligns with their long-term goals and vision.


CEO Successions Consultants

Sergio Della Zassa

Sergio Della Zassa

New York

Sergio Della Zassa is active in Egon Zehnder’s Health Practice in New York. Read more

Erin Maier

Erin Maier

New York

Erin Maier, based in New York, is an active member of Egon Zehnder’s Digital and FinTech practices while also covering media and technology. Read more

Irina Wolpert

Irina Wolpert

New York

Based in New York, Irina Wolpert is a sought-after member of Egon Zehnder’s Technology & Communications, Financial Services, and FinTech practices. Read more

Twinkle Gupta

Twinkle Gupta

New York

Based in New York, Twinkle Gupta is active in Egon Zehnder’s Technology & Communications Practice, guiding clients in building high-performing… Read more

Sarah Adler

Sarah Adler

New York

Sarah Adler, based in New York City, supports companies in the global consumer products sector as an active member of Egon Zehnder. Read more

Manuel Waenke

Manuel Waenke

New York

Based in New York City, Manuel Waenke advises companies and organizations on key leadership challenges and executive recruitment. Read more

Marieke Witjes

Marieke Witjes

New York

Based in New York, Marieke Witjes is globally active across Egon Zehnder’s Services, Consumer, and Private Equity practice. Read more

Dan Phelan

Dan Phelan

New York

Dan Phelan is a Senior Advisor at Egon Zehnder. He draws on over 40 years’ experience as a senior executive and board director to counsel clients. Read more

Beth McCarter

Beth McCarter

New York

Beth McCarter, based in New York City, draws on more than 20 years of experience in retail, business and commercial banking, and wealth management. Read more

Edward Young

Edward Young

Boston

Based in Boston, Ed Young is active in Egon Zehnder’s Industrial practice with a special focus on utilities, power, and renewables. Read more

Sandeep Gupta

Sandeep Gupta

Boston

Based in Boston, Sandeep Gupta is an active member in Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services and Insurance practice. Read more

Niranjana Rajagopal

Niranjana Rajagopal

Chicago

Based in Chicago, Niranjana Rajagopal serves clients as an active member of Egon Zehnder’s Industrial Practice and Leadership Advisory. Read more

Maggie Steenland

Maggie Steenland

Dallas

Based in Dallas, Maggie Steenland is active in Egon Zehnder’s Services Practice leveraging experience in travel and transportation, media, and… Read more

Guhan Selva

Guhan Selva

Los Angeles Office Leader

Based in Los Angeles, Guhan leads Egon Zehnder’s US Digital practice. He draws on more than two decades of b2c and d2c operating experience growing… Read more

Wendi Zhang

Wendi Zhang

Palo Alto

Based in Palo Alto, Wendi Zhang is an active member of Egon Zehnder’s Technology & Communications and Consumer Products practices. Read more

Phyllis Campbell

Phyllis Campbell

Seattle

Based in Seattle, Phyllis Campbell is an active member of Egon Zehnder’s Board Advisory and Chief Executive Officers practices. Read more


Thought Leadership | CEO Successions

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The Super CFO

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