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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 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 CEO’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 68 offices in 40 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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Cagla Bekbolet

Cagla Bekbolet

London

Global Lead

Cagla Bekbolet, based in London, has spent much of her professional life at the intersection of finance and consumer products.

Xavier Leroy

Xavier Leroy

Johannesburg

Xavier Leroy, based in Johannesburg, advises on talent strategy, CEO succession, and board effectiveness for organizations in the natural resources,…

Luis Baon

Luis Baon

Madrid, Barcelona

Based in Madrid, Luis Baón is a trusted advisor on talent assessment, management appraisal, and leadership consulting.

Salvatore De Rienzo

Salvatore De Rienzo

Rome, Milan

Salvatore De Rienzo, based in Milan and Rome, is a trusted advisor in Egon Zehnder’s CEO Succession and Board Consulting practices.

Alessandra Tosi

Alessandra Tosi

Rome, Milan

Alessandra Tosi, based in Rome, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Industrial and Energy, CleanTech, and Executive Assessment and Development practices.

Tommaso Arenare

Tommaso Arenare

Milan

Based in Milan, Tommaso Arenare helps investment banking, retail banking, infrastructure, and financial services clients reshape their businesses.

Stefano Scarpa

Stefano Scarpa

Milan

Stefano Scarpa, based in Milan, has deep expertise in CEO and CFO searches for industrial clients. He also guides executive search for finance, human…

Marc Erzberger

Marc Erzberger

Geneva

Marc Erzberger, Egon Zehnder’s office leader in Geneva, is a trusted advisor to companies in the consumer, commodities, and financial services…

Frank Heckner

Frank Heckner

Zurich

Frank Nikolaus Heckner coleads Egon Zehnder’s Health Practice in Europe.

Clemens Hoegl

Clemens Hoegl

Zurich

Clemens Hoegl has global expertise in financial services at the board and top executive levels and is active in Egon Zehnder’s CEO, Board Consulting,…

Raymond Bassoulet

Raymond Bassoulet

Paris, Lyon

Raymond Bassoulet is Egon Zehnder’s office leader in Paris and led Egon Zehnder’s global Services Practice from 2004 to 2012. He has deep expertise…

Tristan de Silguy

Tristan de Silguy

Paris

Tristan de Silguy, based in Paris, is active in Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services Practice.

Benoît Duthu

Benoît Duthu

Paris

Benoît Duthu recognizes that today’s global industrial leaders must find creative uses for complex and sensitive information.

Caspar von Blomberg

Caspar von Blomberg

Munich

Local Lead

Caspar von Blomberg, based in Munich, leads Egon Zehnder’s Public and Social Sector Practice in Germany.

Leo Barth

Leo Barth

Munich

Leo Barth heads Egon Zehnder’s Munich office and is active in the firm’s Industrial, Financial Officers, and Executive Assessment and Development…

Ivana Majic

Ivana Majic

Munich

Ivana Majic, based in Munich, is an Associate Principal in Egon Zehnder’s global Financial Services Practice and is also active in the firm’s…

Insights on Financial Officers

How to Become an Audit Committee Chair and Then Succeed

How to Become an Audit Committee Chair and Then Succeed

This report is based on a survey of a 140 UK based respondents across Audit Committee Chairs, Board Chairs, CFOs and Audit Partners in the UK. The survey was supplemented with 21 interviews with UK Board Chairs, Audit Committee Chairs, CFOs and Audit Partners aimed at determining what characteristics are needed to lead this key Committee, what the job entails now, and crucially how an Audit Committee Chair can succeed.

Financier Worldwide Magazine – Fiduciary to Visionary: The Evolving Role of the PE-backed CFO

Financier Worldwide Magazine – Fiduciary to Visionary: The Evolving Role of the PE-backed CFO

Today, many private equity firms looking to grow their portfolios are running into new pressures in the form of expansion and investor demands.

What Makes an Ideal Private Equity CFO?

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.

Time for Audit Committees to Step Up

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.

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