Marc Lamy

Managing director, partner, Boyden

Company Info: Boyden

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Address: 1 Rond Point des Champs Elysées, , 75008 Paris, France

Phone: 33 1441 36 700


Advice: Be humble and accept making mistakes. Leaders are neither heroes nor supermen, and they don't walk on water. Their job is to lead others and make risky decisions to achieve results and grow profits. This is part of the job and not all can do it or have to do it. The reward goes with the risk.

Qualities sought in emerging leaders: Courage and humility, because without courage you cannot have a vision, lead, and create consensus; without humility you are not open to others and get away from the realities of life in your decision-making process.

Sector specialization: Financial services (banks, insurance, financial intermediaries); all sectors for board, CEO, and CFO searches

Job function specialization: Private equity, investment management, private banking, risk management, board members, CEOs, CFOs

Geographical Focus: Europe and particularly France

Companies I often recruit for: Société Générale; Credit Agricole ; Caisse Nationale des Caisses d’Epargne; Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild; Suez Group

Favorite historical figure: Charles de Gaulle

Education: ESC Rouen, DECSAEF, 1970; Columbia Univ., MBA, 1973

Languages: French, English, Italian, basic Spanish

Employment history: Boyden, Managing Director and Partner, 1993 to present; Heidrick & Struggles, Partner, Head of European Financial Services Practice, 1987-93; Korn/Ferry, Vice-President and Partner, Head of French Financial Services Practice, 1983-87; Credit Agricole USA, Senior Vice-President, 1979-83; Credit Industriel et Commercial USA, Vice-President, 1975-79, Banking Officer, 1973-75

Other interests: Family, travel

Professional/Membership Affiliations: Treasurer and Member, World Board of AESC; Founding Member and Member of the Board of IFA, Institut Français des Administrateurs (French Institute of Corporate Directors), Associate Professor at Dauphine Univ. (Master course on Financial Futures and Derivatives Markets)

Experience in executive search consulting: 25 years

High Profile Placement: Accor Group CEO, 1997; Suez Group Deputy CEO, 2004

Other paths I might have pursued: Banking

The global business trend that will most influence corporate performance in the future: The ability to expand in new markets (China and India) and the capacity to reposition your business in new lines of activity while your core business or expertise is either disappearing or becoming a commodity.

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