Ashok Kolady


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Ashok Kolady Egon Zehnder, Dallas


Ash Kolady, based in Dallas, is a core member of Egon Zehnder’ s Industrial Practice with deep experience in automotive and commercial vehicles, utilities and electrical equipment, distribution, building materials and industrial services. He works across functions, with a particular emphasis on placing executives into general management, strategy and commercial leadership roles. In addition to executive search, Ash has extensive expertise in leadership assessment and development, including C-level succession, management appraisal and executive development.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Ash was Chief Operating Officer of AZZ incorporated, a publicly traded Energy and Infrastructure company, where he led a global portfolio of product and service businesses serving the power generation, nuclear, and refining markets. While Vice President of Corporate Development for AZZ, Ash was responsible for corporate strategy and led multiple successful acquisitions. Earlier, Ash served in a range of Operations, Marketing, and Business Development roles at Eaton Corporation. He started his career as an Engineer at General Motors.

Ash earned a BTech in Mechanical Engineering at University of Kerala, in India; an MEng in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering from Cornell University; and an MBA from Michigan State University.

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What Makes an Ideal Private Equity CFO?

As private equity firms look to maximize value from their investments, it is critical to ensure that portfolio company management teams have the right capabilities to execute against their investment theses. Though in many cases the underlying premise will lie in backing an existing management team, it is increasingly common for private equity firms to bring in a new CFO early in the lifespan of an investment.

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Ashok Kolady Egon Zehnder, Dallas