Damien O'Brien


Non-Executive Director
Ardagh Group and RedRock Leisure Group
Member of IMD Foundation Board and Supervisory Board


Damien O'Brien, an Australian, recently retired from Egon Zehnder. He joined the Firm in Sydney in 1988 and during his career, he was based in China, Sydney Paris, London, and Zurich. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Egon Zehnder in June 2008 and was elected Chairman in June 2010, a position he held until his retirement in 2018.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder International, Damien worked as an Associate with McKinsey in Australia and before that held various management positions in a family owned group of companies in Australia.

Damien has an MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales. He also has a Diploma in Theology and Philosophy from Saint Columban's College in Sydney which also entailed two years of study and community work in Mindanao, the Philippines.