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Ralph Tobias Freiherr von Pallandt
Managing Director
Head of the Munich Office
Munich, Germany


Ralph “Rato” von Pallandt is a Managing Director for ZRG within the Global Financial Services and Industrial practices. Due to his prior experience as CHRO at companies like Allianz and General Motors, he also functionally focuses on CHRO searches. He is based in Munich, Germany, further expanding ZRG’s reach in Europe.

Previous Experience

Bringing a lengthy background of search experience, Ralph most recently served as a Managing Director for Pallandt & CIE – Holding, a self-founded boutique executive search company. Prior to this, he held roles including Executive Director for Russell Reynolds Associates, and Senior Vice President at Allianz SE and C-level roles for General Motors and Allianz Real Estate in Germany, the UK, and the US.

Areas of Expertise

Ralph’s areas of expertise include Operations, Management, Sales, Human Resources, Real Estate, and Government Relations & External Affairs.


Ralph earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Administration from Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich and a Master of Business Administration in International Business & Relations from the European School of Management & Technology in Berlin.

Hobbies and Interests

In his free time, Ralph enjoys, tennis, skiing, historic cars, and the arts. He speaks English and German.

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