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Charles “Chuck” Gray, based in New York, co-leads Egon Zehnder’s U.S. CEO and Board Practice. He advises clients on CEO Succession, board recruitment, board effectiveness, and other board related projects. His works spans all sectors including financial services, technology, consumer, industrial, and health care. Previously Chuck led the U.S. Technology Officers practice where he worked with clients on CIO, CTO, CDO and other technical leadership roles. Chuck also co-led the North America Diversity Practice.

I love the adrenaline rush that comes from solving a search. Finding the right candidate at the right time for a client never gets old.

Before joining Egon Zehnder, Chuck was a New York-based Executive Director at J.P. Morgan Chase, where he served as the Chief of Staff for the global head of Treasury Services Operations. Previously, he was based in Boston as a Director in the M&A and strategy departments of Liberty Mutual Group. Earlier in his career, Chuck was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in Dallas and an Associate at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York.

Chuck earned a BA from Morehouse College in Atlanta and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an enthusiastic sports fan and loves watching football and cheering on his son’s soccer team.

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CEO Insights — Volume 41: Reaffirming the Business Case for DEI in a Post-Affirmative Action World

CEO Insights — Volume 41: Reaffirming the Business Case for DEI in a Post-Affirmative Action World

The commitment to inclusion, equity and diversity in businesses can – and should – stay on course. Read more

Unveiling the Business Risk: Why Board and Executive Engagement in DE&I Matters

Unveiling the Business Risk: Why Board and Executive Engagement in DE&I Matters

The absence of well-run DE&I efforts is a business risk that boards should strongly consider. Read more

Board Oversight of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Board Oversight of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Well-run diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives can yield many benefits, but on the other hand, poorly resourced DE&I efforts can put a business… Read more

Unveiling the Business Risk: Why Board and Executive Engagement in DE&I Matters

Unveiling the Business Risk: Why Board and Executive Engagement in DE&I Matters

Chuck Gray and Cynthia Soledad share strategies for boards and executive teams to avoid and overcome common pitfalls in DEI efforts. Read more

Egon Zehnder Names Co-Leader of U.S. CEO and Board Practice

Egon Zehnder Names Co-Leader of U.S. CEO and Board Practice

Egon Zehnder appoints Charles Gray as Co-Leader of U.S. CEO & Board Practice with Lisa Blais to leverage global best practices, perspectives, & tools. Read more

Egon Zehnder’s Newly Combined US CEO and Board Practice Announces New Leadership

Egon Zehnder’s Newly Combined US CEO and Board Practice Announces New Leadership

Egon Zehnder's Charles “Chuck” Gray will join Lisa Blais in co-leading the newly combined CEO and Board Practice, effective immediately. Read more

Do Boards Need a Qualified Tech Expert? (Part 2)

Do Boards Need a Qualified Tech Expert? (Part 2)

Six things CTOs and CIOs can do to prepare for board service. Read more

The Next Frontier of Board Diversity

The Next Frontier of Board Diversity

Progress has been made on getting more underrepresented minorities onto corporate boards, but this same level of progress hasn’t translated to committee chair and… Read more

Do Boards Need a Qualified Tech Expert? (Part 1)

Do Boards Need a Qualified Tech Expert? (Part 1)

While tech has become the operating system of today’s companies, less attention has been paid to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) or Chief Technology… Read more

Moving from Board Member to Board Leader

Moving from Board Member to Board Leader

We believe diversifying board leadership is a critical next step for boards to ensure a pipeline of diverse representation at the board level. Read more

Transitioning from Board Member to Board Leader

Transitioning from Board Member to Board Leader

Board leaders share their insights on how to move from board member to board leader and create more inclusive succession and development plans. Read more

CIO – IT navigates the ‘Great Resignation’

CIO – IT navigates the ‘Great Resignation’

With the pandemic causing many to reevaluate lives and career, IT organizations must embrace creative work models and source from new venues to stem… Read more

CIO – Hispanic IT leaders pioneer new paths to the top

CIO – Hispanic IT leaders pioneer new paths to the top

Despite increased focus on diversity in today’s IT, Hispanics are still grappling with how to stand out, yet blend in, in what remains a… Read more

The New Pipeline: CPO to CEO

The New Pipeline: CPO to CEO

Where will the next generation of CEOs come from? Your mind may go to the more traditional pathways of COOs and CFOs, but what… Read more

CIO – 5 Compelling Reasons Why CIOs Should Pursue Board Seats Now

CIO – 5 Compelling Reasons Why CIOs Should Pursue Board Seats Now

Even CEOs who aren’t enthusiastic about loaning out their top execs for external board service will support the idea as long as it doesn’t… Read more

The Wall Street Journal – A Unilever Exec's Personal Board of Directors

The Wall Street Journal – A Unilever Exec's Personal Board of Directors

In Personal Board of Directors, top business leaders talk about the people they turn to for advice, and how those people have shaped their… Read more

The Great Digital Opportunity: Technology Officers in the Age of COVID-19

The Great Digital Opportunity: Technology Officers in the Age of COVID-19

As businesses rapidly embraced technology to enable remote work and preserve business continuity, technology officers see a new task for the weeks and months… Read more

Forbes – Private Equity Has Something To Add To The Diversity Discussion. Yes, Really

Forbes – Private Equity Has Something To Add To The Diversity Discussion. Yes, Really

At the Forbes Leadership Forum on Private Equity, Charles Gray, co-leader of Egon Zehnder’s US Diversity Practice with a special focus on Private Equity,… Read more

Making Gender Diversity a Reality

Making Gender Diversity a Reality

In the last several years, most industrial companies, like most companies in other sectors, have openly embraced gender diversity as both a policy and… Read more

European Boards Make Gender Equity Gains

European Boards Make Gender Equity Gains

Germany's new law mandating gender quotas on corporate boards makes it the latest European country attempting to force change, an approach contrasted with U.S.… Read more

Diversity: Getting To Grips With Greater D&I Transparency

Diversity: Getting To Grips With Greater D&I Transparency

Speculation is mounting that US regulators are about to introduce new diversity reporting guidelines for companies. What steps can senior executives take to ensure… Read more

Perspectives from Egon Zehnder’s Fall Diversity Council Dinner

Perspectives from Egon Zehnder’s Fall Diversity Council Dinner

The Egon Zehnder Fall 2014 Diversity Council Dinner assembled a group of diversity leaders from the world’s largest and most important companies. Read more

2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis With Global Perspective

2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis With Global Perspective

The findings of the 2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis reveal that women's share of European board seats increased more than 20 percent,… Read more

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