Clearwater International, the global mid-market finance company, has announced the appointment of Julian Brown as CEO, as well as his addition to the company’s international board of directors.
The appointment follows a period of record growth which has seen the company close more than 90 deals worth £ 7.6bn and grow by more than 20% in the past six months. Julian Brown succeeds Michael Reeves, who, after leading Clearwater International as CEO since its inception almost seven years ago, has decided to focus on his role as UK Managing Partner and Board Member of the British company.
New CEO of Clearwater International arrives with nearly 30 years of experience in international corporate finance in Europe and North America and will work in all regions and with the company’s 55 partners to execute a growth strategy overall business.
Brown spent 15 years at PwC building and managing their corporate finance businesses in Spain, Canada and most recently the United States, as well as serving on their global corporate finance board of directors with responsibility from North and South America.
His background ideally positions him to move Clearwater International forward with its ambitious growth plans as well as to deepen the recently announced relationship with KeyBanc Capital Markets.
Commenting on his appointment, Julian Brown, CEO of Clearwater International, said: “Clearwater International is a company that has grown into an established, trusted and well-known brand across Europe in a relatively short period of time. I am both honored and touched that the partners have entrusted me with the exciting role of moving the company forward.
“The partners of this company are exceptional entrepreneurs and business people in their own right, and this resonates strongly with our clients. My role as CEO is to work with this incredible talent pool to help them realize their combined full potential as a business.
“I spent the summer months traveling to meet partners and staff around the company and I am excited not only by the quality, energy, dedication and professionalism of our employees, but also by the firm’s client-centric culture. “
UK Managing Partner and International Board Member Phil Burns, who led the research, said: “We are delighted that Julian has chosen to join Clearwater International and lead the future growth of our independent business. Julian has a proven track record and we are confident that with his leadership we will achieve our ambitious growth plans.
“He will also foster the development of our teams with an energy focused on our culture and values that make Clearwater the trusted advisor to help our clients and our relationships achieve their goals. “
Michael Reeves, UK Managing Partner and Former CEO of Clearwater International, said: “Now is the right time to hand over to a new leader of this incredible company. Over the past seven years the company has experienced phenomenal growth which has consistently placed us in the top 10 financial advisory firms in Europe.
“I am proud of what we have accomplished over the past seven years and I am confident in the solid foundation that has been laid for Julian to lead the future growth of our business. “