Brian is an experienced non-executive outside Board Director, Qualified Financial Expert, Chief Audit Executive (CAE), and Senior Advisor with over 30 years of commercial experience leading financial, operational and information technology risk management. He served in these capacities for some of the largest multi-national and U.S. companies including KKR, Lazard, Morgan Stanley, D&T, and Grant Thornton, encompassing all ownership structures, from public, private, private equity, and non-profits, as well as start-ups. Brian currently serves as a Senior Advisor for Grant Thornton supporting their Private Equity Advisory and Execution Practices, and as an Operating Partner for Cadiz Capital. Brian has a great ability to advise, coach and shape strategic agendas, with a real passion for driving change and an imaginative approach to creating transformative outcomes. He is recognized for his skills in building effective relations, supporting investors and Boards of Directors, and rallying teams to achieve results materially beyond what would ever be expected. He places an ethos of fairness and integrity of all corporate, colleague and client-facing activity to enhance performance, engender mutual collaboration, and enable solutions that meet a need. Lastly, Brian is known for being adept at collaborating with boards of directors and executive teams to evaluate internal controls over operational, technological, financial, regulatory compliance and corporate governance and creating a culture of willingness to change.
Prior to his current roles referred to above, Brian was the CAE for KKR, accountable to
the Audit Committee and the Firm’s Board of Directors. This position worked closely with
all levels of executive senior management, providing strategic direction, leadership and
management of the Internal Audit, Enterprise Risk and SOX functions. Such role was
responsible for developing, coaching, and leading teams, and developing best practices
and nurturing a culture of commitment, with the highest order of integrity.
At KKR, Brian resided on various firm leadership committees: Operating Risk Committee,
Global Valuation Committee, Portfolio Management Committee, Information Security
Committee, Innovation Committee, and Business Approval Group Committees (Private
Equity and Credit), and an active member of domestic and international subsidiary
boards (AIFM [Dublin], UK [PE, Credit, Capital Markets], MENA, Asia). Brian has a great
ability to advise, coach and shape strategic agendas, and to rally teams to achieve results
materially beyond what would ever be expected. He has a real passion for driving change
and an imaginative approach to creating transformative outcomes.
Prior to KKR, Brian held executive senior leadership positions at Lazard Freres & Co. and
Morgan Stanley, with selected impactful achievements that included global SOX IPO
readiness; top rated regulatory audit ratings; best in class audit functions that achieved
firm-wide distinction; and a differentiated bench for which front office would tap as part
of their hiring programs. Brian began his career at D&T where he secured his CPA license.
Brian holds an MBA in Finance from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science in
Accounting and Finance with Honors distinction from New York University. He received
his certifications as a CISA and CFE, and is Series 7, 63 and 27 registered. Brian frequently
speaks in public forums, serves as a part-time adjunct professor for Fordham University,
and provides strategic advice to business leaders about governance and private equity.
Brian lives in Summit, New Jersey with his wife of 30 years, and has two sons. He is an
active participant and avid fan of sports, loves to travel and is committed to health and