Patrick M. O'Brien

New York

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Patrick M. O'Brien Egon Zehnder, New York


Patrick O'Brien, based in New York, is passionate about serving clients across financial services. He is deeply experienced in insurance and often leads executive and board search for clients in banking. Patrick is active in Egon Zehnder’s Private Equity, Board Consulting, Financial Services and Financial Officers Practices.


Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Patrick held a number of insurance leadership positions with General Electric and Allstate, gaining experience in both the property & casualty and life & health markets. Most recently, Patrick was a Divisional President with Allstate and a member of Allstate’s executive committee for Emerging Businesses.

Patrick earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MS in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from Columbia 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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Patrick M. O'Brien Egon Zehnder, New York