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Cagla Bekbolet, based in London, has spent much of her professional life at the intersection of finance and consumer products. She leads Egon Zehnder’s London Office and is a trusted advisor to CFOs and some of the largest fast-moving consumer goods companies around the world. Cagla is also active in the firm’s Board Consulting Practice and has worked on many global searches for chairmen and non-executive directors, in particular audit committee chairs, in numerous industries.

We often underestimate the power of a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of kindness to leave an imprint on people’s lives.

Before joining Egon Zehnder, Cagla was an Engagement Manager with Monitor, where she advised clients in the US and Europe on corporate strategy and transactions. She began her career in equity research and covered the Turkish market as part of the Emerging Markets team at BT Alex Brown in London and at FinansBank in Turkey. This is when she developed an interest in people and great leadership. Cagla has always had a passion for travel and new experiences. Proud of her Turkish heritage, she has enjoyed the opportunity to work across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia throughout her career.

Cagla earned a master’s in finance from London Business School and a BA in business from Bosphorus University in Istanbul.

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Fluid Boundaries, New Challenges

Fluid Boundaries, New Challenges

Legacy organizations must respond – or risk their survival. While each organization will transform itself in a different way, each transformation is certain to have digital at its core, because digital is driving the changes in consumer expectations, markets and products.

WOMEN-20 Summit in Istanbul – Cagla Bekbolet Calls For Aspirational Targets

WOMEN-20 Summit in Istanbul – Cagla Bekbolet Calls For Aspirational Targets

Representatives of the Women-20 (W20) convened in Istanbul on 17-18 October to finalize a communique for G20 leaders ahead of their next meeting in Turkey in November. Formed under the Turkish term presidency of the G20, the W20 was set up as a G20 engagement group to promote global gender-inclusive economic growth.

How to Redefine Leadership and Achieve Gender Balance

How to Redefine Leadership and Achieve Gender Balance

Egon Zehnder’s Head of the Financial Officers Practice, Cagla Bekbolet provides a perspective on what leadership requires in this new changing world order.

Cagla Bekbolet’s columns in FinancialDirector

Cagla Bekbolet’s columns in FinancialDirector

Cagla Bekbolet’s columns in FinancialDirector, offering insights and stirring discussions on the evolving role and challenges of the Chief Financial Officers role.

Financial Director – How Outsourcing Can Drain Your CFO Talent Pool

Financial Director – How Outsourcing Can Drain Your CFO Talent Pool

US firms are increasingly outsourcing traditional finance functions roles like day-to-day accounting. But how will this impact the CFO talent pool in the future?

FinancialDirector – Leading Change Can Help CFOs to Fast-Track Their Careers

FinancialDirector – Leading Change Can Help CFOs to Fast-Track Their Careers

Restructuring, cost-cutting and digitization are all radically accelerating the pace of change in many global companies.

WOMEN-20 Summit in Istanbul – Cagla Bekbolet Calls For Aspirational Targets

WOMEN-20 Summit in Istanbul – Cagla Bekbolet Calls For Aspirational Targets

Representatives of the Women-20 (W20) convened in Istanbul on 17-18 October to finalize a communique for G20 leaders ahead of their next meeting in Turkey in November. Formed under the Turkish term presidency of the G20, the W20 was set up as a G20 engagement group to promote global gender-inclusive economic growth.

FinancialDirector –  Mergers: a Career-Learning Opportunity for CFOs

FinancialDirector – Mergers: a Career-Learning Opportunity for CFOs

When two companies merge, the choice of CFO can hinge on politics, luck and timing, reports FinancialDirector. But regardless who comes out on top, mergers can have a silver lining for all of the executives involved if they adopt an upbeat approach, argues Egon Zehnder consultant Çağla Bekbolet.

CFOs: Leaving a Talent Diversity Legacy

CFOs: Leaving a Talent Diversity Legacy

When Egon Zehnder launched the 25 by 25 initiative last September, aiming to quintuple the number of female CEOs in UK FTSE 100 companies within a decade, we committed to the same target in finance. Given that men and women now enter the profession in almost equal numbers, this should be an achievable goal but, critically, it depends on overcoming obstacles which confront many women mid-career.

CFOs: Leaving a Talent Diversity Legacy

CFOs: Leaving a Talent Diversity Legacy

A new benchmark for a CFO’s achievements, especially in the key area of diversity, is who steps into their shoes. “Increasingly a measure of success we apply to the CFO is the legacy he or she leaves behind, and a key part of that is to have at least one successor.

Diversity Brief: Women at the Top ‒ International Insights on Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity Brief: Women at the Top ‒ International Insights on Diversity and Inclusion

Egon Zehnder has been partnering with the Financial Times' “Women at the Top” initiative ever since its inception three years ago. In 2011, the FT Global Conference was staged for the first time in Shanghai.

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