Grant Clayton

Atlanta

consultant name

Grant Clayton Egon Zehnder, Atlanta

About

Grant Clayton is the Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder's Atlanta office and a leader in the firm's Financial Officer Practice. Grant specializes in placing CFOs and financial leaders across industries in companies that range from Fortune 50 to small, private-equity-backed businesses. Grant also advises clients on a variety of board and C-level positions.

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The strength of Grant's partnerships and connections comes from years of global experience in numerous industries. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Grant served as a partner and member of the investment committee of CHB Capital Partners, a private equity firm specializing in investments in middle-market technology, manufacturing, and service businesses. Earlier in his career, Grant was a Consultant at McKinsey & Company, based in Atlanta and Johannesburg. At McKinsey, he focused on strategy, operations improvement, and business development initiatives. Grant also worked at CS First Boston in Los Angeles, analyzing and structuring private and public security transactions, divestitures, and mergers and acquisitions.

Grant earned a BA, summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has served on the Board of Directors of a number of companies, including CanGen, CT Systems, Valent Aerostructures and HiRel Systems. When not at work, Grant can usually be found at a swim meet, soccer game, or lacrosse practice with his wife and three children.


News and Publications

Time for Audit Committees to Step Up

The days when the main function of Audit Committees was to put a “stamp of approval” on companies’ financials are long gone. Heightened risk awareness and increased regulation means that Audit Committees must now take on a much more proactive role in detecting, understanding and acting on risk – be it financial, macroeconomic, regulatory, legal or cybersecurity-related.

Comfort with Paradox

Most CEOs and boards name succession, both for the CEO and for business unit leaders, as their biggest strategic challenge. While this leadership challenge exists for every industry, it is particularly acute in the consumer sector, where many of the successive waves of disruption first hit.

The Wall Street Journal – Grant Clayton – Short CFO Tenures Send Bad Signals

High CFO turnover can cause major damage to companies and finance executives’ careers, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Semiconductor Leadership Imperatives

The semiconductor industry, a prime driver of the global economy for more than five decades, may be entering a period of significant transition. The path forward promises plenty of twists and turns, confronting senior leaders with fresh challenges and complex choices.

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.

consultant name

Grant Clayton Egon Zehnder, Atlanta