Egon Zehnder Names New York Office Leader

May 16, 2016 – Egon Zehnder has appointed Al Prieto to lead the firm’s New York office. He succeeds Patrick O’Brien, who will now focus on executive and board search in financial services. In addition, Mr. Prieto continues as co-leader of the firm’s global health practice, which serves a comprehensive range of enterprises spanning the health sector.

Mr. Prieto leads CEO executive search and succession, board advisory, and leadership team assessment and development engagements for clients building health and wellness businesses spanning the healthcare, consumer, industrial, and technology sectors. In his role as New York office leader, he will now support the coordination of client teams serving leading companies and private capital investors based in the New York metro area across a variety of industry sectors.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Mr. Prieto enjoyed a career as an operating executive in the health sector. He founded InSite Clinical Trials, a biopharmaceutical clinical product development services firm later sold to United Healthcare. Mr. Prieto then launched a series of healthcare delivery ventures, including retail pharmacy-based health clinics, disease management services, and ancillary healthcare facilities. Previously, he served as regional business director in Europe for AstraZeneca, and in this role was responsible for leading commercial operations across a 14-country territory spanning Central and Eastern Europe.


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“A remarkably diverse range of organizations call New York home, and they all face increasingly complex talent and leadership challenges,” said Karl Alleman, Egon Zehnder’s U.S. managing partner. “Al will draw on his deep executive experience to lead our efforts in support of our many New York area clients across financial services, private equity, health, digital, media and other industries, as he continues his distinguished career advising the health sector.”

Mr. Alleman recently assumed his new role as head of U.S. operations at Egon Zehnder. Greig T. Schneider, who had been in charge of American operations since 2011, was elected to Zehnder’s board of directors. Mr. Schneider continues his work in C-suite succession planning and talent consulting, a practice which he has led globally. Mr. Alleman led the firm’s Chicago office and launched its industrial practice, which has grown to serve an extensive portfolio of multinational companies, private equity firms and family-owned businesses.

Just recently, Egon Zehnder named Arun Dhingra as head of the firm’s Dallas office. He assumes the role from Christopher Pfeiffer, who led the office over the past five years. Mr. Dhingra also serves as head of the firm’s U.S. financial officers practice.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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