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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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Financial Officers Consultants

Arun Dhingra

Arun Dhingra

Dallas

Global Lead

As the Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s Dallas office and the Global Head of Egon Zehnder’s Financial Officers practice… Read more

Grant Clayton

Grant Clayton

Atlanta, 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 Services, Public and Social Sector, and Diversity… Read more

Claude Shaw

Claude Shaw

New York

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 is the firm’s U.S. Real Estate practice lead and an active member of the Financial Services and Private Equity… 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

Patrick O’Brien

Patrick O’Brien

New York

Patrick O’Brien, based in New York, has deep expertise in insurance and consumer finance. He is a trusted advisor on executive and board recruitment… 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

Tim McNicholas

Tim McNicholas

Boston

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

Glenn Zweig

Glenn Zweig

Atlanta

Based in Atlanta, Glenn Zweig is active in Egon Zehnder’s Private Equity, Technology, Consumer and Financial Officers practices. 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

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

Donald Chae

Donald Chae

Chicago

At Egon Zehnder, Donald serves clients primarily in the Financial Services and CFO practices. Within Financial Services, he works across sectors… 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


Thought Leadership | Financial Officers

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

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

German CFOs to Focus on Performance and Strategic Flexibility after COVID-19

German CFOs to Focus on Performance and Strategic Flexibility after COVID-19

Highlights from 12 digital gatherings with over 250 Chief Financial Officers in Germany. Read more

Asset Management in Asia

Asset Management in Asia

16 asset management CEOs in Asia discuss leading the way – into and out of the crisis. Read more

“Humbled by the Inability to Forecast”

“Humbled by the Inability to Forecast”

CFOs of the world’s largest companies tackle reopening, fair compensation, and how to forecast following a black swan event. Read more

Asset Management: “All Firms Will be Remembered by How They Treat Employees and Clients”

Asset Management: “All Firms Will be Remembered by How They Treat Employees and Clients”

On April 7, Egon Zehnder and CFA Institute virtually convened 24 CEOs from asset management firms for a candid discussion of the impact that… Read more

Sharing Circle with Leading Turkish CFOs

Sharing Circle with Leading Turkish CFOs

Economist and financial columnist Uğur Gürses spoke with Turkey's leading CFOs on the impact of the virus and how Turkey must respond in the… Read more

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