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Is your board as prepared as it needs to be, not just for today but for the next decade? More and more organizations realize that the only way to deal with the increasing pace of change is to have a board that is flexible, creative, and open to new ways of thinking. This is a shift: Rather than focusing on avoiding risk, for example, today’s best boards must see risk as an inevitable part of both innovation and governance, and also understand that effective risk management presents opportunities.

With our Executive Assessment and Development Practice, we have created many bespoke solutions for some of the most prestigious and complex organizations in the world. Our goal is to help boards determine whether they have the skill sets needed for this new environment — and if they don’t, how to get there. Sometimes that means working with existing candidates; sometimes it means recruiting new ones. Whatever the situation, we work with you to develop the best leadership outcome. Our work also applies to CEO succession planning, one of the board’s most critical responsibilities. We have been working closely with boards in this area for decades to help them find the very best leaders for their most critical needs.

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Ashley Summerfield

Ashley Summerfield

London

Global Lead

Ashley Summerfield leads Egon Zehnder’s global Board Consulting Practice. He is a trusted advisor to scores of prestigious clients around the world…

Al Prieto

Al Prieto

New York

US Lead

Al Prieto leads Egon Zehnder’s New York office, coordinating the engagements of a consulting team that serves clients throughout New York.

Lisa Blais

Lisa Blais

Boston

US Lead

Lisa Blais is Managing Partner of the Boston office and Co-leader of the US Board Practice. She also recently led the North American Industrial…

Olli Laurén

Olli Laurén

Washington DC, Chicago

Olli Laurén serves as Office Leader in Washington D.C. where he leads the global Machinery & Industrial Technology segment of Egon Zehnder’s…

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.

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…

Minh-Ha Nguyen

Minh-Ha Nguyen

New York

Minh-Ha Nguyen, based in New York, is active in the Consumer Practice and the Digital segment of the firm’s Technology and Communications Practice.

Claudia Pici-Morris

Claudia Pici-Morris

New York

Based in New York, Claudia Pici-Morris is active in Egon Zehnder’s CEO and Board Consulting practices.

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.

Dick Patton

Dick Patton

Boston

Dick Patton leads Egon Zehnder’s global CEO Practice. He partners with clients on CEO succession, advisory, and search, in addition to providing…

James Satterthwaite

James Satterthwaite

Boston

Based in Boston, Jamie Satterthwaite focuses on technology, with a particular focus on software companies, as well as other sectors in the midst of…

Gilbert Forest

Gilbert Forest

Boston

Gilbert E. Forest is a founding partner of Egon Zehnder’s Boston office and active in the firm’s Health and Board Consulting practices.

Ian Bolin

Ian Bolin

Atlanta

Ian Bolin, based in Atlanta, leads Egon Zehnder’s North American Automotive and Mobility Practice.

Douglas Kush

Douglas Kush

Chicago

Douglas Kush, Egon Zehnder’s office leader in Chicago, advises medical technology and health-care services. He has particular expertise with…

Simmi Singh

Simmi Singh

Chicago, Washington DC

Simmi Singh is an expert on governance and leadership development, counseling investors, founders, and boards on governance matters, board…

A. Rory Finlay

A. Rory Finlay

Chicago

Angus (Rory) Finlay, based in Chicago, leads Egon Zehnder’s global Consumer Practice.

Insights on Board Effectiveness

Investors Turn Up the Heat on Boardroom Gender Diversity

Investors Turn Up the Heat on Boardroom Gender Diversity

Over the past year, several sizable pension funds and proxy advisory firms have taken a more aggressive stance on gender diversity in the boardroom, threatening to withhold votes or even mount an opposition slate at companies thought to be making insufficient progress on this issue.

General Counsel Roundtable – Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing

General Counsel Roundtable – Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing

In April 2017 Egon Zehnder brought together a notable group of General Counsels and Legal/ Compliance Heads in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing GCs in Greater China. Several themes emerged during the roundtable events—themes that are relevant to any GCs in the region.

Building Highly Effective Teams

Building Highly Effective Teams

Egon Zehnder’s Istanbul office recently convened a group of Turkey-based HR leaders from various sectors for a series of breakfast discussions focused on the importance of team building. Accompanied by the Office Leader Murat Yesildere’s presentation on “Building Highly Effective Leadership Teams”, the participants were very forthcoming creating an open dialogue where they shared their experiences and perspectives on team effectiveness.

Looking Beyond Shareholder Approval

Looking Beyond Shareholder Approval

Proxy season, with its voting on director slates, shines a bright light on board composition—an aspect of governance that has come under increasing scrutiny from investors, directors and other observers. But the slate is only the end result of a director succession process that has become more and more complex and competitive.

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