John Petzold
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John Petzold

Head, CXO Optimization
New York

John Petzold is a Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry’s New York office where he leads the CXO Optimization Practice, an assessment & development solution that leverages the firm’s 40 years of executive search experience and best-in-class leadership competency IP to help organizations transform their core functions into competitive advantages.

In this role, he guides Boards, CEOs, and senior management in aligning their interests and optimizing their talent through assessment, development, org design, succession, and retention programs. His clients include a variety of organizations across multiple industries, including the Fortune 100.

Most recently, Mr. Petzold served as a core member of Korn Ferry’s Global Financial Markets practice as Co-Head of FinTech and member of the Financial Officers Center of Expertise. In this role, he conducted C-Suite search assignments for Fortune 500, as well as mid- to small-cap public and private companies.

In addition to his consultancy & search work, Mr. Petzold has published thought leadership for the use of Boards of Directors examining the changing nature of the finance and risk functions, and the talent therein. He was also asked to lead a Leadership Assessment conference on behalf of The Risk Management Association, and has been published in CFO Magazine.

Mr. Petzold joined Korn Ferry in 2009 from another leading global executive search firm. He started his career with a privately held boutique focused on the financial services industry.

He graduated from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service with a bachelor of science degree in international politics, law and ethics and completed extensive coursework at L’Universitá di Firenze in Italy, the University of Dar-Es-Salaam in Tanzania, and SYA in Zaragoza, Spain – in Italian, Swahili and Spanish language.

In his free time, he enjoys endurance sports competition, including Ironman triathlon and marathon, and has summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro.