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Accelerated Integration

The appointment of any leader to a new role is a watershed moment in both an executive’s life and the life of an organization. Yet while there is great energy and attention given to the selection of that leader, there is another part of the equation that is equally important: making sure that the leader is actually prepared to succeed in that role. The first 100 days are critical — so critical that a bad start can doom an executive, no matter how experienced and ready. We must focus on the transition of that new leader, regardless of whether he or she is an internal or external hire.  

This is where we come in. At Egon Zehnder, we have had a dedicated Accelerated Integration Practice — exclusively focused on helping new leaders adjust to their new roles — since 2009. Since then, we have been retained to support the transitions of more than 500 leaders, many of them CEOs, in more than 30 countries in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Our experience has shown that Accelerated Integration can as much as halve the time it takes new leaders to reach their full effectiveness — leading directly to bottom-line results.  

Our work begins the moment we enter a dialogue with an executive preparing for a transition, working with them to identify the opportunities and risks involved. We also help companies communicate and explain their choice and prepare leaders for their coming role. For more-senior leaders, we may recommend that they attend our Executive Breakthrough Program to help fill in gaps and build the personal awareness necessary for a top C-suite role. Then, long before the new executive’s first day, we work with them to make the strongest possible initial impact. We help them understand the current company culture. We run through the key stakeholders they will need to deal with, and their personalities. We also review the expectations placed on them by their line manager and/or the board. With them we think through the implications of those expectations and how they can best communicate what they are there to do. We also reflect with them on the potential pitfalls of the job and tactics to anticipate and prevent them. 

In the first 30 days, we work on “building momentum,” using personalized coaching to help the executive learn how to build trust in his or her team and to shape first impressions. We then focus on "accelerating impact," continuing to work closely on their transition well into the third month and often longer. This includes coaching, 360-degree evaluation, and targeted feedback, all focused on helping the leader make the strongest initial traction in the organization and ensuring that they course-correct quickly if needed. Above all, we seek to guard against the complacency we see in many organizations, where there is an assumption that the high caliber of talent they have chosen for a senior role will be sufficient to master any issues posed by what are often increasingly challenging transitions. Ensuring in this way that a senior appointment makes the best possible initial impact is seen as a wise investment by the more thoughtful and performance-oriented companies across a wide variety of sectors, sizes, and countries.   

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Lena Triantogiannis

Lena Triantogiannis

Athens

Global Lead

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

Mark Byford

Mark Byford

London

Global Lead

Mark Byford, based in London, guides global clients on board and CEO succession, C-suite coaching, and organizational development.

Salvatore De Rienzo

Salvatore De Rienzo

Rome, Milan

Salvatore De Rienzo, based in Milan and Rome, is a trusted advisor in Egon Zehnder’s CEO Succession and Board Consulting practices.

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.

Dimitris Psaltoulis

Dimitris Psaltoulis

Athens

Based in Athens, Dimitris Psaltoulis provides advice on senior executive appointment and development across a wide range of industries, including…

Francesco Buquicchio

Francesco Buquicchio

Milan, Rome

As Egon Zehnder’s Managing Partner in Milan and Rome, Francesco Buquicchio draws on his substantial advisory experience to guide technology, telecom,…

Alessandro Di Fusco

Alessandro Di Fusco

Milan

Alessandro Di Fusco, based in Milan, is a trusted advisor to successful chairs, CEOs, and board members across industries.

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…

Gaëlle Boix

Gaëlle Boix

Geneva

Gaëlle Boix is based in Geneva and coleads the firm’s European Health Practice. She focuses on health care and serves clients across pharma,…

Thomas Allgäuer

Thomas Allgäuer

Zurich

Thomas F. Allgäuer, Managing Partner of the firm’s Zurich office, is active in Egon Zehnder’s global Consumer, Industrial, and Board Consulting…

Frank Heckner

Frank Heckner

Zurich

Frank Nikolaus Heckner coleads Egon Zehnder’s Health Practice in Europe.

Tankut Sensurucu

Tankut Sensurucu

Istanbul

Tankut Sensurucu, based in Istanbul, leads Egon Zehnder’s Consumer Practice in Turkey and leads client engagements globally.

Evelyne Sevin

Evelyne Sevin

Paris

Evelyne Sevin, based in Paris, advises a wide range of clients in the media, consumer, industrial, and public sectors.

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…

Hélène Reltgen

Hélène Reltgen

Paris

Hélène Reltgen, a core member of Egon Zehnder’s global Board and CEO practices, led the firm’s global and European Technology &…

Tilman Gerhardt

Tilman Gerhardt

Munich

Local Lead

Tilman Gerhardt is active in Egon Zehnder’s global Technology and Communications Practice, with particular expertise in the software and services…

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