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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.

Arun Dhingra

Arun Dhingra

Dallas

US Lead

As the Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s Dallas office and the North American Head of Egon Zehnder’s Financial Officers practice, Arun Dhingra…

Claude Shaw

Claude Shaw

New York

Claude Shaw, based in New York, leads Egon Zehnder’s global Private Equity Practice.

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…

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…

Tim McNicholas

Tim McNicholas

Boston

Timothy McNicholas, based in Boston, leads Egon Zehnder’s Human Resources Practice in North America.

Grant Clayton

Grant Clayton

Atlanta

Grant Clayton is the Managing Partner of Egon Zehnder’s Atlanta office and a leader in the firm’s Financial Officer Practice.

Lex McGraw

Lex McGraw

Atlanta

Based in Atlanta, Lex McGraw is active in Egon Zehnder’s Consumer, Private Equity, and Financial Officers practices.

Glenn Zweig

Glenn Zweig

Atlanta

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

Donald Chae

Donald Chae

Chicago

Donald Chae possesses deep expertise across financial services, especially in wealth management, asset management, retail banking, and investment…

Simmi Singh

Simmi Singh

Chicago, Washington DC

Simmi Singh is an expert on governance and leadership development, counseling investors, founders, and boards on governance matters, board…

Naveed Bandukwala

Naveed Bandukwala

Chicago

Based in Chicago, Naveed Bandukwala is active in Egon Zehnder’s Technology and Communications and Industrial practices.

Todd Auwarter

Todd Auwarter

Houston

Todd Auwarter is a leader at the intersection of energy and private equity in Egon Zehnder’s Energy Practice and is active in the firm’s Industrial…

Todd Hutchings

Todd Hutchings

Los Angeles, Palo Alto

Todd Hutchings, Egon Zehnder’s Managing Partner in Los Angeles and Palo Alto, has deep expertise in talent assessment and recruiting across the…

Isabel Linse

Isabel Linse

Palo Alto

Isabel Linse, based in Palo Alto, works closely with Egon Zehnder’s Private Equity and Financial Officers practices.

David Ain

David Ain

Toronto, Calgary, Montreal

David Ain, based in Toronto, focuses on C-suite and board succession, search, and assessment.

Insights on Financial Officers

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.

Chemistry, Balance and Intuition

Chemistry, Balance and Intuition

Within the executive committee, there is no relationship more important than that between the chief executive officer and the chief financial officer. Because of this, when hiring a CFO, particular attention must be paid to the fit between the candidate and the chief executive. In our experience working with boards and CEOs making CFO appointments, strong CEO-CFO relationships exhibit three qualities.

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