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James Stark, based in Atlanta, is active in Egon Zehnder’s CFO and Audit Chair, Industrial, and Private Capital practices. He is passionate about helping clients solve problems, identify, and develop talent, grow strategically, and take advantage of opportunities to generate new value.

Many functional roles are evolving as businesses expect new capabilities and impact from senior executives. I love helping companies find the right individuals for creating lasting value.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, James was a Managing Director at World 50 in Atlanta, leading a private community of CFOs from Fortune 500 companies. In that role, he built relationships with executives to learn and collaborate through peer-to-peer learning, moderated conversations with world-class leaders, and best practice sharing. Before that, James served as the Director for Global Strategy and Corporate Development at IHG. Earlier in his career, he spent eight years at the Boston Consulting Group as a global expert on innovation and organic growth.

James earned a BA in economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. Outside of work, he enjoys economics, literature, music, and hiking in the north Georgia mountains with his wife, daughter, and two dogs.

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The Super CFO: Regional Report

The Super CFO: Regional Report

A closer look at the trends around the CFO role by different regions, Asia and Asian Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Africa… Read more

CEO Insights — Volume 44: Leaping Over Tall Expectations Together: The Super CEO Meets the Super CFO

CEO Insights — Volume 44: Leaping Over Tall Expectations Together: The Super CEO Meets the Super CFO

It turns out it is not just CEOs who are the superheroes of business today. Our new survey, “The Super CFO,” explains how CFOs… Read more

Landing the CEO seat has become a lot harder for CFOs

Landing the CEO seat has become a lot harder for CFOs

In a conversation with Egon Zehnder consultant James Stark, Fortune delved into the obstacles that financial chiefs encounter on their journey to the top… Read more

New Global Survey from Egon Zehnder Reveals the CFO Role is Bigger Than Ever, “Super CFOs” Continue to Evolve Beyond Finance, Aspire to be CEO

New Global Survey from Egon Zehnder Reveals the CFO Role is Bigger Than Ever, “Super CFOs” Continue to Evolve Beyond Finance, Aspire to be CEO

Survey of nearly 600 CFOs shows a major shift in CFO perspectives on business priorities and leadership dynamics - and demonstrates aspirations to land… Read more

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

Leading Through the Unexpected

Leading Through the Unexpected

The chief financial officer position was already being recalibrated before COVID-19 struck, however, the global pandemic demonstrated in real time how the CFO’s role… Read more

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