Egon Zehnder’s Sneak Peek: The Path to Corporate Boards
Boardroom diversity continues to be a struggle for most public companies, with Black directors making up only 4% of the total U.S. corporate directors and Black women representing just 1.5% of the total. The business case for board diversity is clear, but the path to get there can often be challenging and uncertain. In the first webinar of our Corporate Board series, we will be joined by Egon Zehnder’s Kenna Wyllie Baudin (MBA ’04) and Lisa Blais (MBA ’91). Kenna is a Partner and the Head of Egon Zehnder’s U.S. Private Equity practice. She is also a Board and CFO Specialist. Lisa is a Managing Partner and Egon Zehnder’s U.S. Board Practice Leader. Kenna and Lisa will give us a sneak peek into the path to corporate board service and ways to best position ourselves for the role.
Partner, Head of US Private Equity, Board and CFO Specialist at Egon Zehnder
Kenna Wyllie Baudin serves as Head of Egon Zehnder’s Private Equity Practice in the U.S. She focuses on placing senior-level executives at private equity funds and in PE-backed portfolio companies. She is also one of the leaders in the Board Practice and the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.
Before joining Egon Zehnder, Kenna served as Head of Private Equity at J. Safra Asset Management. That was preceded by the role of Director of 3i Plc, an international investment firm. Earlier, Kenna was a Principal at Solera Capital. She began her career at The Boston Consulting Group.
Kenna earned a BS in economics, cum laude, from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar, and an MBA with Second Year Honors from Harvard Business School.
Married with two children, she believes in giving back to the community and has served as an alumni interviewer for Sponsors for Educational Opportunities, as vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the University Heights Charter School, and as an active member of the parents’ association of The Pingry School. She currently serves as Chaplain for the Greater Essex County Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. and is a lifetime member of the Harvard Business School African-American Alumni Association (HBAAA). Kenna is also a yoga enthusiast.
Head of US Board Practice, Egon Zehnder
Lisa Blais serves on Egon Zehnder’s Board of Directors and leads the firm’s US Board Practice. She also recently served as Managing Partner of the firm’s Boston Office, led the North American Industrial Practice and co-founded the US Diversity Council. She advises boards and CEOs on their most critical leadership challenges, including board & CEO succession, recruitment, assessment and development. Lisa also co-founded the firm’s Corporate Governance Exchange.
Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Lisa spent over twenty years with global industrial manufacturing companies, including roles in engineering, sales & marketing and general management. Most recently, Lisa was President of the Flow Control Division within ITT, a global pump business that served the marine, industrial and beverage markets. Prior to that, she served as President of the global Commercial Electronics Division that produced switch and connector products sold into the automotive, telecommunications, industrial, computer and consumer markets. Lisa previously ran a significant portion of this business, C&K Switch Products, as General Manager. Prior to her general management roles, Lisa held several sales & marketing leadership positions and began her career on the factory floor as a manufacturing engineer.
Lisa earned a BS in mechanical engineering from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Lisa currently serves on the board of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and was named a 2019 NACD Board Leadership Fellow and to the 2018 NACD Directorship 100. She is passionate about helping female leaders advance in their careers and is a devoted wife and mother of three.
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