Egon Zehnder

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Egon Zehnder
Industry Management consulting
Founded 1964
Headquarters Zurich, Switzerland
Number of locations
68 offices in 41 countries
Key people
Rajeev Vasudeva (CEO),[1] Damien O'Brien (Chairman)
Products Global executive searching
Revenue 2014: USD 692.1 million[2]
Number of employees
about 452 consultants
Slogan no official slogan

Egon Zehnder is a global executive search firm. It is the world’s largest privately held executive search and talent strategy firm.[3] With revenues of USD 663 million in 2013,[2] the firm ranks among the top three worldwide.[4][5]

The firm was founded in 1964 by Egon Zehnder (a 1956 Harvard Business School graduate) and operates in 41 countries with 68 offices.[6]

Currently Rajeev Vasudeva serves as CEO and Damien O'Brien as Chairman.[7] The firm has some 2000 employees, including 452 consultants.[8] In early 2013, the firm rebranded worldwide, dropping International from its name.

The firm offers services and expertise in the fields of Executive Search, Board Consulting and Leadership Strategy Services.

Academic research by the Harvard Business School has examined Egon Zehnder's history, reward culture and the creation of different practices in the mid-1990s.[9][10] One of the principles that the firm claims for itself - operating as a single profit center - was described in an article by Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow, Marty Linsky in the Harvard Business Review (July 2009).[11]

In his book "Working with Emotional Intelligence", US business author Daniel Goleman introduced his theory of emotional intelligence. In the chapter "The emotionally intelligent organization" he describes various firms, including Egon Zehnder.[12]


  1. ^ "Egon Zehnder Appoints Rajeev Vasudeva As CEO". Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Womens Forum for Economy and Society". Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  4. ^ "Executive Search Firms: "Big 5" Generalist Firms". Yale School of Management. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  5. ^ "New Data Show Gloomy Outlook for Executive Search Firms". FINS Sales & Marketing (The Wall Street Journal Digital Network). Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  6. ^ "Egon P.S. Zehnder (MBA '56)". Harvard Business School. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  7. ^ "Rajeev Vasudeva Appointed to Egon Zehnder CEO Role". Retrieved 2014-01-23. 
  8. ^ "Egon Zehnder International". Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  9. ^ Yoshino, Michael Y.; Knoop, Carin-Isabel; Reavis, Cate (March 27, 1998). "Egon Zehnder International: Implementing Practice Groups". Harvard Business School Publishing. 
  10. ^ Nanda, Ashish; Morrell, Kelley (March 26, 2004). "Strategic Review at Egon Zehnder International". Harvard Business School Publishing. 
  11. ^ Heifetz, Ronald; Grashow, Alexander; Linsky, Marty (July 1, 2009). "Leadership in a (Permanent) Crisis". Harvard Business Review. 
  12. ^ Goleman, Daniel (1998). Working with Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam Books. pp. 301–311. ISBN 0-553-37858-9. 

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