Van Der Zon

Vice Chair, Board Succession and CEO Advisory

Kim Van Der Zon is Vice Chair, Board Succession & CEO Advisory. She is a results-driven global advisor recognized for CEO, C-suite and Boardroom influence, with a track record as a trusted advisor across global industries, geographies and business models.

Kim advises CEOs, C-suites and Boards to accelerate performance in alignment with their broader strategic and business goals.  She brings deep expertise, spearheading large-cap CEO and C-suite searches and leadership succession planning, as well as board succession, board effectiveness, diversity, and other critical governance matters such as shaping new boards in preparation for IPOs and spin-outs, and activist defense.  

In recognition of her boardroom expertise and influence, Kim has been named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Governance by NACD/Directorship for multiple years.  She also sat on the Advisory Committee of the 30% Club, which is focused on improving boardroom diversity.

Kim has been a contributor to, and featured in, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Directorship, and other major publications, and has been a featured speaker and authored articles on a range of CEO and governance matters.

As a former Board Director of Barnes & Noble (NYSE), Kim deepened her public company board governance expertise.  

Previously, Kim was Head of the Global Board practice at one of the leading search & advisory firms. 

Kim earned an M.B.A. in finance and marketing from the University of Toronto.