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Today’s Financial Officers must shoulder a seemingly endless range of responsibilities. They must fend off activist investors, ensure compliance, and manage global capital flows. The Chief Financial Officer (CFO), in particular, is often tasked with the oversight of transformation, innovation, and other far-reaching initiatives. And the financial function itself is undergoing significant change, becoming more automated and capable of providing rich analytic insights for those who can harness them.

All of this change requires a new type of Financial Officer. These leaders must be adaptable, innovative, and fast. The CFO must not only lead this group but agitate for better performance, generate insights for the rest of the C-suite, and stand as the Chief Executive Officer's closest advisor. At Egon Zehnder, our Financial Officers Practice works hand-in-hand with the board and chief executives of all ownership structures — publicly and privately held companies, private equity portfolio companies, and family-owned businesses — to help them identify, develop, and recruit the financial leaders of the future. Because we come directly from industry, we are able to leverage our experience and networks to help build entire finance leadership teams — including Controllers, Treasurers, and Heads of Tax, Investor Relations, Corporate Development, and Internal Audit. We also design succession plans and build a pipeline of internal CFO candidates.

With 63 offices in 37 countries, we have the global reach to help you find the right finance leadership team and create a finance function that serves as a key strategic resource to both the CEO and the board.

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CFO & Audit Chair Consultants

Arun Dhingra

Arun Dhingra

Dallas

Global Lead

As the Global Head of Egon Zehnder’s Financial Officers practice, Arun Dhingra enjoys working with Boards and CEOs to recruit… Read more

Grant Clayton

Grant Clayton

Atlanta Office Leader, Palo Alto

US Lead

Grant Clayton is the Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s Atlanta office and Head of Egon Zehnder’s Financial Officers practice in the U.S. Grant… Read more

Jhaymee Tynan

Jhaymee Tynan

Washington, D.C.

Jhaymee Tynan, based in Washington, D.C., is an active member of Egon Zehnder’s global Health Practice, with specialization in Finance and Human… Read more

Claude Shaw

Claude Shaw

New York Office Leader

Claude Shaw, based in New York, leads Egon Zehnder’s global Private Equity Practice. In addition, Claude serves as a member of the firm’s Consumer… Read more

Justin Zale

Justin Zale

New York

Based in New York, Justin Zale co-leads Egon Zehnder’s real estate practice globally, and previously led the effort in North America. Read more

Kenna Baudin

Kenna Baudin

New York

Based in New York, Kenna Wyllie Baudin serves as Global Co-Head of Private Equity. She focuses on senior-level executives at private equity funds… Read more

Steve Selwood

Steve Selwood

New York

Stephen Selwood, based in New York, is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Consumer and Financial Services Practices. He is a trusted advisor to large… Read more

Jennifer Power

Jennifer Power

New York

Based in New York, Jennifer Power is active in Egon Zehnder’s Healthcare Practice. Read more

Ashley Ma

Ashley Ma

New York

Based in New York, Ashley Ma is a core member of Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services and Technology and Communications Practices. Read more

Tim McNicholas

Tim McNicholas

Boston Office Leader

Tim McNicholas is the Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s Boston office and leads our Human Resource practice in the United States. Read more

Alex Payne

Alex Payne

Boston

Based in Boston, Alex Payne is active in Egon Zehnder’s Industrial, Energy, and Private Equity practices with particular focuses on strategy… Read more

Lex McGraw

Lex McGraw

Atlanta

Based in Atlanta, Lex McGraw is active in Egon Zehnder’s Consumer, Private Equity, Financial Officers and Sports practices. He is a trusted advisor in… Read more

James Stark

James Stark

Atlanta

James Stark, based in Atlanta, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Financial Officers, Industrial, and Board Consulting practices. He is passionate about… Read more

Glenn Zweig

Glenn Zweig

Atlanta

Based in Atlanta, Glenn Zweig is a leader in the Firm’s CFO and Tech practices with a specialization in Software, Digital, and Tech-Enabled Services. Read more

Naveed Bandukwala

Naveed Bandukwala

Chicago

Based in Chicago, Naveed Bandukwala is active in Egon Zehnder’s Technology and Communications and Industrial practices. He has deep expertise in the… Read more

Simmi Singh

Simmi Singh

Chicago, Washington, D.C.

Simmi Singh is based in Egon Zehnder’s Chicago office, and in her decade with the Firm, has played a founding and leadership role in the Firm’s… Read more


Thought Leadership | CFO & Audit Chair

Economic Uncertainty, Tighter Consumer Budgets and Labor Shortage

Economic Uncertainty, Tighter Consumer Budgets and Labor Shortage

Egon Zehnder gathered a group of eight CFOs and NEDs from public retail companies to share how they are planning for the end of… Read more

Motherhood Shaped Me into the Best Leader I Could Be

Motherhood Shaped Me into the Best Leader I Could Be

For me, motherhood has been about acknowledging my previous life while embracing a new one—as a human and as a leader. Read more

The Future of Retail

The Future of Retail

Retail companies have been permanently changed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Consumer behaviors have shifted, employees have embraced different ways of working and investors continue… Read more

The Unspoken Rules of Expatriation: Lessons from France and Italy

The Unspoken Rules of Expatriation: Lessons from France and Italy

Embarking on the expatriation journey is both challenging and rewarding, but it requires high doses of self-awareness, communication, and compassion. Read more

Leading Through the Unexpected

Leading Through the Unexpected

The chief financial officer position was already being recalibrated before COVID-19 struck, however, the global pandemic demonstrated in real time how the CFO’s role… Read more

A View Like No Other

A View Like No Other

Retail CFOs share how their roles are evolving, what they learned from the pandemic, and the broader influence CFOs can have both inside and… Read more

Four CFO Trends to Watch

Four CFO Trends to Watch

Over the past year, colleagues and I have had dozens of discussions with CFOs to understand how they have been navigating the pandemic and… Read more

The Hybrid Organisation: riflessioni su bisogni delle organizzazioni e prospettive future

The Hybrid Organisation: riflessioni su bisogni delle organizzazioni e prospettive future

Un anno all’insegna di resilienza, flessibilità, sperimentazione e “umanesimo” Read more

Ethnic Diversity: From Rapid Response to Lasting Impact

Ethnic Diversity: From Rapid Response to Lasting Impact

How to handle difficult and sensitive topics in the workplace and drive progress that will move us to a more equitable world. Read more

Taking The Right Exit: Private Equity CFOs Share Their Wisdom

Taking The Right Exit: Private Equity CFOs Share Their Wisdom

Before the pandemic, Egon Zehnder had planned a dinner for private equity CFOs on the topic “How to make a good exit.” Instead, the… Read more

Audit Committee Report: Danger Ahead

Audit Committee Report: Danger Ahead

Audit committees exist to flag dangers. And they are seeing a new series of threats to enterprise looming ahead in the next year. Read more

After Lockdown: European CFOs on Reopening and Beyond

After Lockdown: European CFOs on Reopening and Beyond

On 12th and 16th June 2020, Egon Zehnder brought together more than 20 CFOs from large European companies to exchange their views on leading… Read more

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