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Building leadership

Egon Zehnder chairman Damien O'Brien explains how his firm is leading the search for leadership talent in a changed world as a 'global, equal partnership'.


IN JUNE 1964, a 34-year-old Swiss named Egon Zehnder founded Europe's first executive search firm. Named after him, the firm went on to redefine its industry by challenging the pre-existing rules of the game. For a start, it refused to define itself as a "headhunter" - a common term for those in