Executive search firm Egon Zehnder appoints Rajeev Vasudeva as global CEO

Zurich-based executive search and talent management firm Egon Zehnder has named Rajeev Vasudeva as its global chief executive officer. Vasudeva will take over the firm's baton from Damien O'Brien who would remain as chairman.

Vasudeva, who is currently serving the company as managing partner and also co-leads the firm’s global Family Business Advisory, will be the first Indian to head one of the largest global search firms.

“Rajeev’s appointment reflects our firm’s commitment to continuity of leadership and affirms our pre-eminent global positioning in the executive search and talent consulting profession as we continue to grow in key markets around the world,” O'Brien said.

“I am extremely honoured to assume the CEO role, and in partnership with Damien look forward to strengthening our distinctive positioning as a trusted advisor to CEOs and boards in solving their critical leadership challenges,” Vasudeva commented.

Vasudeva had joined Egon in 1995 after his consultancy Sachar Vasudeva & Associates merged with Egon Zehnder, and is currently based out of New Delhi. He also played a key role in the firm’s expansion into Africa and across the Middle East opening both the Johannesburg and Dubai offices.

He started his career with Egon Zehnder in London, having previously worked as a management consultant in the US and India. He has served as a member of Egon Zehnder’s executive committee for the last 10 years and serves on the firm’s board.

Vasudeva has done MBA, LLB and is also a Chartered Accountant.

Founded in 1964, Egon Zehnder is one of the top privately-owned executive search and talent management consulting firms with more than 420 consultants in 68 offices across 41 countries. It provides senior-level executive search, director search, board consulting, management appraisal, executive talent development and executive leadership strategy services.

In its 50-year history, there have been only four CEOs; Vasudeva will be the firm’s fifth chief executive.

(Edited by Joby Puthuparampil Johnson)

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