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Culture of Diversity & Inclusion

Two criteria are critical for organizations to win in today’s competitive, fast-moving environment: First, build agile, high-performing teams; and second, create a culture of innovation in which these teams can operate.  

We believe that both goals require diverse corporate cultures. Innovation happens by bringing together individuals who share a common purpose but who have diverse outlooks and approaches. When employees feel their contributions are valued, they feel confident presenting their ideas, no matter how radical.  

At Egon Zehnder, our Diversity and Inclusion Practice works with clients across industries and regions to build diverse leadership teams in inclusive cultures by addressing recruitment, integration, and development practices for diverse talent. We believe inclusive organizations with diverse leadership at the top get more out of their talent and therefore deliver better performance. 

Recruitment: We help clients consider what types of diverse talent would add to their cultures. We help them map diverse talent, create bespoke strategic introduction programs, and build diverse candidate slates. 

Integration: Our accelerated integration and team effectiveness tools are uniquely helpful when integrating diverse talent into a new organization or a new role. Investing time identifying and working through gaps between a new leader’s approach and that of the team or culture she joins is critical to help ensure successful onboarding for both the leader and the team.  

Development: Our proprietary Potential Model helps identify diverse talent with the essential attributes needed to advance into leadership roles of greater scope and complexity. We help our clients build succession plans that are inclusive of diverse candidates using Potential Assessments as well as leadership development plans and talent management systems.  

As leadership advisors, we take our role in helping guide and craft diverse, inclusive cultures with our clients very seriously, and we have made bold and public commitments to that end. Our Leaders and Daughters Initiative is an annual global forum inviting today’s leaders to create a more inclusive environment for the next generation of female leaders — their daughters and mentees. Our 25 by 25 Initiative partners with clients and candidates to reach the goal of 25 female CEOs of FTSE 100 companies by 2025. We have established partnerships with diversity and inclusion practitioners around the globe — Catalyst, Paradigm for Parity, the 30% Club, and the Executive Leadership Council, to name a few. Together with our clients and our partners, we are changing the face of global corporate leadership — for the better. You can view Egon Zehnder's commitment to diversity and diversity initiatives here.

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Karoline Vinsrygg

Karoline Vinsrygg

London

Global Lead

Karoline Vinsrygg, based in London, is active across Egon Zehnder’s CEO, Board, Industrial, and Services practices. She also works for private equity…

Edwin Smelt

Edwin Smelt

Amsterdam

Global Lead

Edwin Smelt, based in Amsterdam, is a advisor to large multinationals, private equity clients, family-owned companies, and public enterprises.

Luis Carvajal

Luis Carvajal

Madrid, Barcelona

Luis Carvajal, based in Madrid and Barcelona, is Egon Zehnder’s office leader in Spain.

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.

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Lena Triantogiannis

Athens

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Paul Fakhri

Paul Fakhri

Lyon, Paris

Paul Fakhri, based in Paris and Lyon, has deep expertise in manufacturing, process industries, agro-industry, and building products.

Tommaso Arenare

Tommaso Arenare

Milan

Based in Milan, Tommaso Arenare helps investment banking, retail banking, infrastructure, and financial services clients reshape their businesses.

Marc Erzberger

Marc Erzberger

Geneva

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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,…

Simone Stebler

Simone Stebler

Zurich

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Ayse Güclü Onur

Ayse Güclü Onur

Istanbul

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Evelyne Sevin

Evelyne Sevin

Paris

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Clarisse Toutée

Clarisse Toutée

Paris

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Kiné Seck Mercier

Paris, Johannesburg

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Meriem Ould-Rouis

Paris

Meriem Ould-Rouis, based in Paris, leads Egon Zehnder’s Industrial, Services, and Human Resources practices in France.

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…

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