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Grant Clayton

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Based in Atlanta, Grant Clayton leads Egon Zehnder’s CFO and Audit Chair practice in the U.S. Previously, he served as the Managing Partner of the Firm’s Atlanta office. Drawing on extensive experience in executive search and talent management, Grant specializes in placing CFOs and financial leaders with organizations ranging from small private-equity-backed businesses to Fortune 50 companies. He also advises clients on filling a variety of board and C-level positions.

As someone who is passionate about personal connectivity, I challenge clients to transform and think differently.

The strength of Grant’s partnerships and connections comes from years of global experience in numerous industries. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Grant served as a partner and member of the investment committee of CHB Capital Partners, a private equity firm specializing in investments in middle-market technology, manufacturing, and service businesses. Earlier in his career, Grant was a Consultant at McKinsey & Company, based in Atlanta and Johannesburg. At McKinsey, he focused on strategy, operations improvement, and business development initiatives. Grant also worked at CS First Boston in Los Angeles, analyzing and structuring private and public security transactions, divestitures, and mergers and acquisitions.

Grant earned a BA, summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has served on the Board of Directors of a number of companies, including CanGen, CT Systems, Valent Aerostructures and HiRel Systems. When not at work, Grant can usually be found at a swim meet, soccer game, or lacrosse practice with his wife and three children.

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The Super CFO

The Super CFO

CFOs are taking on unprecedented responsibilities and evolving into “super CFOs.” In our global study, we surveyed 600 of them to unveil the future… Read more

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 that their portfolio teams have the right capabilities to execute… Read more

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… Read more

The Wall Street Journal – Grant Clayton – Short CFO Tenures Send Bad Signals

The Wall Street Journal – Grant Clayton – Short CFO Tenures Send Bad Signals

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Semiconductor Leadership Imperatives

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