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Financial Officers

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 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.

Financial Officer 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

Kenna Baudin

Kenna Baudin

New York

Based in New York, Kenna Wyllie Baudin leads Egon Zehnder’s Private Equity Practice in the U.S. She focuses on senior-level executives at private… 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

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

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

Timothy McNicholas, based in Boston, leads Egon Zehnder’s Human Resources Practice in North America. 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, and Financial Officers 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 active in Egon Zehnder’s Private Equity, Technology, Consumer and Financial Officers practices. 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

Based in Chicago, Donald Chae assists clients with executive search as well as management appraisal and development. 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

Andrew Hwang

Andrew Hwang

Chicago, New York

Andrew Hwang, based in Chicago and New York, is an active member of Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services practice. Read more

Thought Leadership on Financial Officers

Taking The Right Exit: Private Equity CFOs Share Their Wisdom

Taking The Right Exit: Private Equity CFOs Share Their Wisdom

Financial Officers

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

Board Advisory

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

Financial Officers

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

Financial Officers

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

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