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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.


CFO & Audit Chair Consultants

Arun Dhingra

Arun Dhingra

Dallas

Global Lead

As the Global Head of Egon Zehnder’s CFO & Audit Chair Practice, Arun enjoys working with Boards and CEOs to recruit, assess and integrate CFOs… Read more

Grant Clayton

Grant Clayton

Atlanta, Palo Alto

US Lead

Based in Atlanta, Grant Clayton leads the US CFO & Audit Chair Practice and previously served as the Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s Atlanta… Read more

Claude Shaw

Claude Shaw

New York Office Leader

Claude Shaw is the Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s New York office and a member of the firm’s global Executive Committee. Read more

Kenna Baudin

Kenna Baudin

New York

Based in New York, Kenna Wyllie Baudin serves as Global Head of Private Capital. She focuses on senior-level executives at private capital funds… 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

Beth McCarter

Beth McCarter

New York

Beth McCarter, based in New York City, draws on more than 20 years of experience in retail, business and commercial banking, and wealth management. 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

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

Smriti Vicari

Smriti Vicari

New York

Smriti Vicari leads Egon Zehnder’s North American fintech practice, and is also active in our broader financial services, Board and CFO 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 Energy and Industrial practices, and leads the North American Power, Utilities and Renewables… Read more

Lex McGraw

Lex McGraw

Atlanta Office Leader

Based in Atlanta, Lex McGraw is a trusted advisor and leads Egon Zehnder’s office in the city. He is also active in Egon Zehnder’s Consumer… 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

James Stark

James Stark

Atlanta

James Stark, based in Atlanta, is active in Egon Zehnder’s CFO and Audit Chair, Industrial, and Private Capital practices. He is passionate about… Read more

Naveed Bandukwala

Naveed Bandukwala

Chicago

Naveed Bandukwala, based in Chicago, leads Egon Zehnder’s North America Automotive and Mobility Practice. With experience across the automotive and… Read more

Isabel Linse

Isabel Linse

Miami

Isabel Linse, based in Miami, works closely with Egon Zehnder’s Private Capital and Financial Officers practices. Read more


Thought Leadership | CFO & Audit Chair

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New Global Survey from Egon Zehnder Reveals the CFO Role is Bigger Than Ever, “Super CFOs” Continue to Evolve Beyond Finance, Aspire to be CEO

Survey of nearly 600 CFOs shows a major shift in CFO perspectives on business priorities and leadership dynamics - and demonstrates aspirations to land… Read more

The Super CFO

The Super CFO

CFOs are taking on unprecedented responsibilities and evolving into “super CFOs.” In our global study, we surveyed 600 of them to unveil the future… Read more

Headhunters Point Out the Biggest Opportunities in 2024

Headhunters Point Out the Biggest Opportunities in 2024

For Angela Pegas, CFO searches could be on the rise in 2024 due to a potential rise in IPOs, which will demand increased expertise… Read more

Effective Teams Start with an Authentic Leader

Effective Teams Start with an Authentic Leader

Brandon Sink, CFO of Lowe's, values the interactions he has with employees across all levels of the company. His extensive career in home improvement… Read more

Unlocking Leadership at Scale for Israeli Startups

Unlocking Leadership at Scale for Israeli Startups

Our insights with Israeli firms show three key areas for startup success: IPO-ready board, global executive attraction, and culture for expansion. Read more

The CFO Effect

The CFO Effect

Strong finance leadership plays a key role, not just as a guardian of processes, but also a driver of strategy and influence on culture. Read more

How the CFO Position Continues to Evolve

How the CFO Position Continues to Evolve

Egon Zehnder consultants Ângela Pêgas and Bruno Carrasco believe considering potential is just as important as technical skills when hiring for a CFO. Read more

The New Playbook of CFOs: Competencies, Skills, and Potential

The New Playbook of CFOs: Competencies, Skills, and Potential

CFOs embrace multifunctional roles as new competencies in the CFO playbook and hiring demands more than technical expertise. Read more

Economic Uncertainty, Tighter Consumer Budgets and Labor Shortage

Economic Uncertainty, Tighter Consumer Budgets and Labor Shortage

Discover how CFOs and NEDs are planning for the end of this year into 2023 as they tackle inflation, a sporadic supply chain and… 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

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