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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.

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Stephen Selwood

Stephen Selwood

New York

Stephen Selwood, based in New York, is a core member of in Egon Zehnder’s Consumer and Financial Services Practices. He is a trusted advisor to large…

Tim McNicholas

Tim McNicholas

Boston

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

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…

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…

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…

Glenn Zweig

Glenn Zweig

Atlanta

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

Simmi Singh

Simmi Singh

Chicago, Washington, D.C.

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

Donald Chae

Donald Chae

Chicago

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

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…

Andrew Hwang

Andrew Hwang

Chicago

Andrew Hwang, based in Chicago, is an active member of Egon Zehnder’s Financial Services practice.

Jay Feinstein

Jay Feinstein

Dallas

Jay Feinstein, based in Dallas, is mainly active in Egon Zehnder’s Health Practice while also applying his deep expertise to support clients with…

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Private Equity

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