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Leadership Advisory

The questions posed to leaders have never been more difficult. Globalization, convergence, disruption, and uncertainty pose increasingly challenge demands on leadership. This is why companies today want more than a consultant; they want to co-create customized leadership solutions in true partnership with trusted, long-term advisors.

At Egon Zehnder, we are built on a foundation that supports partnership in the truest sense of the word and aligns our interests with the interests of our clients. Our 525+ consultants across 63 offices and 36 countries are former industry and functional leaders who collaborate seamlessly across geographies, industries and functions to deliver the full power of the Firm to every client, every time. 

Our leadership solutions cover individual, team and organizational effectiveness, development and cultural transformation. These include executive and CEO search; board advisory; CEO succession; and individual, team, and organizational assessment to unlock potential at all levels. We focus on your specific leadership needs, whether facing disruption, building a culture of innovation, managing talent in mergers and acquisitions, expanding globally, driving growth, or supporting a generational shift in a family business. 

We have extensive expertise working closely with operating partners, CEOs, and governing boards of many of the world’s most successful companies. We provide the leadership solutions that will ensure your organization’s success — for today and for the future.

Together, we can transform people, organizations and the world through leadership.

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In Executive Search, we have assisted in the appointment of more than 1,200 CEOs in the past five years, advising boards through a robust and future-oriented process. Our global Board Practice, with a unique reach and deep network, has performed more than 3,600 assignments and placements in the past five years alone. And our Executive Assessment and Development team has partnered with more than 30 percent of the world’s top 1,000 organizations, assessing more than 10,000 executives over the past three years.

Whether we are identifying, assessing, or developing your organization’s leadership, we have proprietary tools to support your goals. These include our Potential Model, which helps clients understand how to identify and unlock their executives’ full capabilities, our Transformative Leadership Framework, a blueprint for leaders to trigger disruptive change, and iQ, our “Innovation Quotient” approach, which helps organizations build a culture of successful innovation. We have also partnered with Mobius Executive Leadership to create our acclaimed invitation-only Executive Breakthrough Program — a unique and powerful approach to developing your most senior leaders.
 

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Leadership Advisory Capabilities

Culture

Leaders set the tone within an organization. In finding great leaders and helping them become the best possible version of themselves Egon Zehnder has always worked at the very heart…

Executive Assessment

We conduct more detailed assessments of senior executives around the world each year than anyone else in the marketplace. Over the past three years alone, we have assessed over 10,000…

Team Effectiveness

Egon Zehnder understands that the team is both a unit and a collection of individuals; this means that we work both with the team as a whole and by understanding…

Development Planning

At Egon Zehnder, we believe that every executive can benefit from a development plan.

Coaching

At Egon Zehnder, our approach to coaching differs from that of standard executive-coaching firms in both breadth and depth.

Executive Development

You have the potential to be a great leader. But how do you unlock that potential?

Organizational Transformation

“Leadership in action” means helping an entire organization embrace a new direction and embark on a new journey. At Egon Zehnder, we have developed solutions to support our clients on…

Accelerated Integration

At Egon Zehnder, we have had a dedicated Accelerated Integration Practice — exclusively focused on helping new leaders adjust to their new roles — since 2009.

Leadership Programs

Now more than ever, the world needs great leaders. But in order for leaders to transform their organizations, they must first embrace their own transformation and continually grow themselves to…


Leadership Advisory Consultants

Francesco Buquicchio

Francesco Buquicchio

Milan, Rome

Global Lead

Francesco Buquicchio, based in Milan, is the global leader of the Leadership Advisory practice and is a trusted advisor to CEOs and family… 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

Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson

Washington, D.C.

Jessica Watson is one of the co-founders of Egon Zehnder’s Washington, DC office and currently leads the firm’s Health Practice for the Americas… Read more

Kim Henderson

Kim Henderson

Washington, D.C.

Kim Henderson is a founding member of Egon Zehnder’s Washington, D.C. office and leads the Firm’s Consumer Practice Group for the Americas in addition… Read more

Christina Ng

Christina Ng

Washington, D.C.

Based in Washington, D.C., Christina Ng is active in Egon Zehnder’s Health Practice and Public & Social Sector Practice. A seasoned senior leader and… Read more

YaoSong Chen

YaoSong Chen

Washington, D.C.

Yao Chen, based in Washington DC, advises automotive and machinery companies on C-suite succession and board consulting. Read more

William Houston

William Houston

Washington, D.C.

Will Houston, based in Washington, D.C., has more than 20 years of experience in the industrial and technology sectors, the military, and federal… Read more

Claude Shaw

Claude Shaw

New York

Claude Shaw, based in New York, leads Egon Zehnder’s global Private Equity Practice. In addition, Claude serves as a member of the firm’s Consumer… Read more

Andrea Kilpatrick

Andrea Kilpatrick

New York

Andrea is a leader in Egon Zehnder’s Media, Entertainment and Sports Practice where she leads the firm’s work with “creators”. Partnering with the… Read more

Albert Laverge

Albert Laverge

New York

Albert Laverge, based in New York, leads Egon Zehnder’s Investment Banking, Corporate Banking & Markets Practice worldwide. His consulting work… Read more

Francisco Paret

Francisco Paret

New York

Francisco Paret, based in New York, is a member of the Financial Services, Private Equity, CEO and Board Consulting Practices. Read more

Anja Herrmann

Anja Herrmann

New York

Anja Herrmann leads the firm’s US Retail, Apparel & Luxury Practice and is a core member of the Consumer and Digital practices. Read more

Alyse Forcellina

Alyse Forcellina

New York

Alyse Forcellina is an experienced partner who has led Egon Zehnder’s US Health and Leadership Advisory Practices, and is also active in the firm’s… Read more

Patrick O’Brien

Patrick O’Brien

New York

Patrick O’Brien, based in New York, has deep expertise in insurance and consumer finance. He is a trusted advisor on executive and board recruitment… Read more

Neil Hindle

Neil Hindle

New York, Washington, D.C.

Neil Hindle, based in New York, was the former Lead for Egon Zehnder’s Public and Social Sector Practice globally and has deep expertise appointing… Read more

Justine Gordon

Justine Gordon

New York, Houston, Johannesburg

Justine Gordon, based in New York, leads Egon Zehnder’s North American Real Assets franchise, which includes infrastructure, energy & renewables… Read more


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CEO Insights

CEO Insights

The CEO Insights Series shares our latest and best thinking on the most definitive topics affecting CEO leadership and performance today. Read more

Four Ways to Move Your Sustainability Agenda Forward

Four Ways to Move Your Sustainability Agenda Forward

As companies gear up to incorporate sustainability more holistically, we outline practical actions leaders can take to make progress on sustainability goals. Read more

Hacking Leadership in the Tech Industry

Hacking Leadership in the Tech Industry

The tech industry is under the regulatory spotlight in the United States. Can leaders strike the right balance between compliance and growth as challenges… Read more

Empowerment and Simplicity

Empowerment and Simplicity

It was a sunny afternoon in the office of Niels B. Christiansen, CEO of the LEGO Group. From where we sat with Niels and… Read more

Striking Out on C-Suite Candidates?

Striking Out on C-Suite Candidates?

Adult Development Theory is a key way to reduce employee turnover, improve interactions between CEOs and boards and integrate new employees. Read more

Trusting the Process: The Rewards of Early Succession Planning

Trusting the Process: The Rewards of Early Succession Planning

The importance of succession planning has rarely been more important. From 2022 and on, it is widely predicted that the frequency of CEO successions… Read more

The Human Power of the Energy Transition

The Human Power of the Energy Transition

There are fundamental challenges in the energy industry today on all fronts, which require new approaches and awareness for winners to identify and unlock… Read more

FUTURE OF LEADERSHIP

FUTURE OF LEADERSHIP

What consequences does the "VUCA world" have on the way in which leadership can be mapped out in future? What are the consequences for… Read more

We Need Leaders, Not Just Lawyers

We Need Leaders, Not Just Lawyers

Lawyers have traditionally been hired for their legal expertise – their knowledge of rules, governance and regulations, their negotiating skills, their ability to navigate… Read more

Setting a New Direction for HR

Setting a New Direction for HR

HR was never easy. But the sudden changes that the pandemic generated require great determination to rewrite the rules of the function and truly… Read more

Corporate Governance Exchange: Former President of PepsiCo Inc, Zein Abdalla, on the Nominations Committee and Leadership Transition

Corporate Governance Exchange: Former President of PepsiCo Inc, Zein Abdalla, on the Nominations Committee and Leadership Transition

Read on for the key takeaways from an engaging discussion on the future of cultivating and transitioning leaders, from CEOs to board members. Read more

Guts & Data: The Talent Retail Needs to Serve the Post-Pandemic Consumer

Guts & Data: The Talent Retail Needs to Serve the Post-Pandemic Consumer

Post-pandemic Retail is emerging to be a noisy place, and product relevancy has never been more critical, or more difficult, to achieve. Is your… Read more

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