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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…

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.

Aurelio Regina

Aurelio Regina

Rome

Aurelio Regina has spent much of his career advising senior leaders in communications, public affairs, and investor relations.

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.

Lena Triantogiannis

Lena Triantogiannis

Athens

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

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…

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

Marc Erzberger, Egon Zehnder’s office leader in Geneva, is a trusted advisor to companies in the consumer, commodities, and financial services…

Jean-Pierre Pedrazzini

Jean-Pierre Pedrazzini

Geneva

Jean-Pierre Pedrazzini, based in Geneva, leads Egon Zehnder’s Executive Assessment and Development Practice in Switzerland.

Peter Zehnder

Peter Zehnder

Zurich

Based in Zurich, Peter Zehnder is active in the Consumer, Health, and Industrial practices. He is a trusted advisor on entrepreneurship, CEO, and…

Simone Stebler

Simone Stebler

Zurich

Based in Zurich, Simone Stebler is active in Egon Zehnder’s Legal, Regulatory & Compliance Professionals, and Financial Services practices.

Dominik Schaller

Dominik Schaller

Zurich

Dominik Schaller, based in Zurich, focuses on senior executive and board searches in insurance and banking.

Raymond Bassoulet

Raymond Bassoulet

Paris, Lyon

Raymond Bassoulet is Egon Zehnder’s office leader in Paris and led Egon Zehnder’s global Services Practice from 2004 to 2012. He has deep expertise…

Clarisse Toutée

Clarisse Toutée

Paris

Clarisse Toutée has spent her career building long-term relationships with financial services (banking, asset management, insurance), real estate,…

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 &…

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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