Annie Simonds helps organizations across all industries assess CEOs and build boards committed to the highest levels of impact. With more than 25 years of experience in leadership consulting and drawing from her cross-industry knowledge and deep understanding of the current geopolitical landscape, she counsels towards systems-level change to help organizations and their leaders translate emerging trends into opportunities that can transform their businesses, their communities — and the world.

Annie is an impartial adviser to the CEOs and boards of some of the world’s most high-profile organizations. She guides her clients through substantive change, innovation and social entrepreneurship, often by bringing together private, public and third sector leaders. She has significant expertise helping rapidly evolving organizations grow where existing models may not exist. She recruits leaders who align not only with the role, but also will succeed within the broader context of the operating environment. Annie also advises on organizational restructuring, organizational culture and critical board/governance issues, including succession. She is passionate about diversity and equality, and serves on the boards of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and Project HOPE.

Recent work

  • Leading more than 250 CEO and board transitions
  • Advising a board and leading the CEO search of a biotech company, with C-suite build-out, resulting in almost $1 billion in growth
  • Advising a group of chairs and CEOs from multinational conglomerates to recruit a CEO for a global organization that brings together global leaders from business and civil society to advance sustainability and human rights in business
  • Leading multiple clients through the transitions of founder-led to next-generation CEO, including organizational assessment, team effectiveness and culture evolution

Previous Experience

  • Managing director and founder of the global development practice for another global leadership advisory firm
  • Various roles in research environments, including the Department of Neuropathology and Neurobiology at Johns Hopkins University Hospital and the Department of Neurosurgery/Cerebrovascular Disease at the University of Virginia Medical Center


  • B.A. in biology from the University of Virginia
  • Post-graduate business program at the McIntire Business Institute, University of Virginia
  • Executive Education Leadership Program at Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

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