He has placed nearly 1,000 CEOs and Chairpersons around the world throughout his 40-year career

Bjørn Johansson

Chairman & CEO, Dr. Bjørn Johansson Associates, Zurich, Switzerland

Why you should listen

Bjørn Johansson can spot an excellent leader from miles away. He has been named by BusinessWeek as one of the World’s 50 Most Influential Headhunters. As head of his self-named boutique executive-search firm, he has placed nearly 1,000 CEOs and Chairpersons around the world.

For decades, his Firm Dr. Bjørn Johansson Associates AG has successfully been consulting select top-tier corporations and institutions on Non-Executive as well as on Executive Board searches globally.

He invests a high amount of time and resources in developing a comprehensive knowledge base covering the needs, culture and objectives of his clients. He is known for his Individualized service that is founded on trust and confidentiality.

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Dr. Bjørn Johansson Associates

Dr. Bjørn Johansson Associates was founded in February 1993 by Bjørn Johansson in Zurich, Switzerland. Previously, he held prominent roles with three well-known global Executive Search companies. The Firm is today recognized as one of the world’s leading Board Advisory boutiques providing the highest quality of service to both Swiss and international corporations and institutions.

Dr. Bjørn Johansson Associates focuses exclusively on top level executive and non-executive searches. The clients range from large multinational corporations to medium-sized businesses, from start-up companies to non-profit organizations.

Operating globally from one office in Zurich the qualified and experienced team conducts tailor-made, thorough and efficient searches to find the very best top candidates worldwide.

The Firm’s is the highest quality, service and speed in everything they do.



Dr. Bjørn Johansson was born on October 15, 1947 in Kristiansand, Norway. He studied at the University of St. Gall, Switzerland and graduated in 1973 with an MBA degree (lic. oec. HSG). Following postgraduate studies in the United States (including Harvard Business School, University of California, Berkeley, and the Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.), he was awarded his Ph.D. (Dr. oec. HSG) from the University of St. Gall in 1978. The topic of his doctoral thesis was “Creativity and Marketing”. In 1999, he completed the Harvard Business School Owner/President Management Program (OPM).

During and after completion of his studies, Bjørn Johansson held management functions with leading companies in the consumer goods, textile and service industries in Austria, England, Germany, Scandinavia and Switzerland. He began his career in the executive search field in early 1980 as Vice President with Spencer Stuart, Zurich. In 1985, he moved to Korn/Ferry International and started their Swiss operations in Zurich and Geneva; the company became the second largest executive search firm in Switzerland under his leadership. He was promoted to Senior Officer of the parent company in Los Angeles, California, and was subsequently appointed Managing Director International Board Services. From 1991 to 1993, he was President International of Paul Ray & Carré Orban International.

On February 1, 1993, he founded Dr. Bjørn Johansson Associates Inc., a leading, globally operating Board Advisory Firm, based in Zurich, Switzerland, exclusively focusing on Non-Executive and Executive Board appointments.

Bjørn Johansson can draw from a wide range of entrepreneurial and multicultural experience; in the course of his over 40 years Board Advisor career, he has placed more than 900 highly qualified top executives with leading profit and non-profit corporations and institutions in over 40 countries worldwide.

In addition to his professional activities, he has also assumed leading functions in a number of business, social and cultural organisations. Bjørn Johansson speaks Danish, English, German, Norwegian and Swedish.