CEO and Group Head, RBC Capital Markets
Derek Neldner is CEO and Group Head of RBC Capital Markets and is a member of RBC’s Group Executive. Derek has global oversight of the firm and together with the Capital Markets Operating Committee, he sets the overall strategy for RBC’s Corporate & Investment Banking and Global Markets activities conducted by its employees worldwide.
Prior to his current role, Derek was Global Head of Investment Banking. He has been with RBC since 1995 and has worked across all aspects of investment banking, including leading RBC’s energy investment banking practice for several years.
He is a board member of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) Foundation and is a member of the Major Individual Giving campaign cabinet for the United Way of Toronto & York Region.
Derek holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from the University of Alberta and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Chairman, RBC Capital Markets
Doug McGregor is Chairman, RBC Capital Markets. Prior to this role Doug was Group Head, RBC Capital Markets and RBC Investor & Treasury Services and CEO of RBC Capital Markets.
Doug holds an Honours BA (Business) and an MBA from Western University. While at university, his accomplishments as an athlete earned him an induction into the “W” Club Hall of Fame. In 2016, Doug was recognized by Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia with an Honorary Doctor of Commerce degree for his accomplishments in the financial services industry, contributions to the community and support for advanced learning.
An involved community member, Doug serves on the University Health Network’s Board of Trustees in Toronto and is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada. He is an active fundraiser for The United Way and for Ingles House, a home for young women recovering from addiction, and its parent organization, LOFT Community Services.
President, RBC Capital Markets and Head, Global Markets
Mike Bowick is President of RBC Capital Markets and is a member of the Capital Markets Operating Committee. Additionally, he is head of its Global Markets Division which encompasses the Trading and Sales activities of Global Equities, Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities (FICC) and Central Funding. He is also responsible for the Funding and Liquidity and Market Services groups within the Investor & Treasury Services division.
Since joining RBC in 1986, Mike has assumed increasingly senior roles managing businesses across all asset classes inclusive of derivative and cash products. An active community member, Mike has been involved with a number of charitable initiatives, including as past chair of the United Way Leadership Giving Campaign for RBC. In 2018, under Mike’s leadership, RBC launched the first-ever global RBC Trade for the Kids initiative, which to-date has donated more than $5 million to local children’s charities around the world. Mike was also named a Champion of Change by the Women in Capital Markets organization in 2019 for his continued advocacy of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Mike holds an undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Prince Edward Island and an MBA from Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Chief Operating Officer
Troy Maxwell is Chief Operating Officer of RBC Capital Markets with global responsibility for all operational and administrative matters of the firm, including optimizing cost base management and financial resources, and leading the response to regulatory change. Previously, Troy was Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of RBC Capital Markets and Technology & Operations, where he oversaw all finance services to RBC’s wholesale business and technology and operations platform.
Troy is a champion for diversity-related initiatives at RBC and an active member of the community. Since 2009, he has served as the executive sponsor of RBC’s Advancement of Women in Leadership committee, a global leadership forum responsible for driving actions to improve representation of senior women at the bank. Additionally, Troy is a senior advisor for RWomen, RBC Capital Markets’ internal forum dedicated to fostering the development and career aspirations of women. Troy has played a key role in RBC’s annual United Way campaign for several years and acts as Co-Chair of RBC’s national Major Individual Gifts Committee. He is also a member of the United Way Toronto & York Region’s Major Individual Giving Cabinet.
Prior to joining RBC, Troy was Chief Financial Officer of CIBC World Markets and a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he led the financial institutions and corporate treasury risk management consulting and advisory business.
Troy is a Chartered Professional Accountant, and holds an Honours BA and a Master's Degree in Accounting from the University of Waterloo.
Senior Vice-President, Capital Markets Finance
Nadine Ahn is Senior Vice-President of RBC Capital Markets Finance. She has overall global accountability for Capital Markets Finance, providing financial governance and value-added financial advice to support RBC Capital Markets, including financial control, product control, valuations and performance management. Nadine is a member of the CAO & CFO Operating Committee and the Capital Markets Operating Committee.
Nadine joined RBC 17 years ago and has held various senior roles in Corporate Treasury and Finance, most recently as VP & Controller, Global Head of Financial Control, Capital Markets Finance.
She is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto.
Head, European Investment Banking
Josh Critchley is Head of European Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets. He is a member of the RBC Capital Markets Operating Committee and the European Operating Committee, and sits on RBC’s European Executive Committee. Josh joined RBC Capital Markets in September 2009 to help lead the build-out of our European investment banking and equities platforms within Capital Markets.
Josh has 24 years of investment banking experience, most recently at Goldman Sachs from 2004 to 2009 and before that at Merrill Lynch from 1993 to 2004. He has been responsible for the origination and execution of a significant number of transactions in a variety of industries, including for financial, consumer, telecommunication, healthcare and industrial companies.
Josh holds a BSc from City University Business School, London.
Executive Vice President, Wholesale Credit Risk, RBC
Cam DesBrisay is EVP, Wholesale Credit Risk within Group Risk Management. Cam is responsible for the bank’s credit risk management interface with RBC Capital Markets, as well as the credit risk regulatory contact for Capital Markets. As the senior risk officer for Capital Markets, Cam and his team are responsible for aligning the business segment’s risk management processes with those of the RBC enterprise. He also has responsibility for wholesale credit risk in other business segments, including the National Clients Group in Personal and Commercial Banking. Cam is a member of the Global Risk Management Operating Committee.
Cam joined RBC in 1992, and spent five years working in Corporate Treasury and Market Risk Management. He joined Global Credit in 1998, where he held progressively senior positions including Head of Loan Portfolio Management and Credit Exposure Management, a role he held for several years prior to being appointed Head of Global Credit in 2014.
Cam is on the board of the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of British Columbia.
Head, Canadian Investment Banking
Trevor Gardner is Head of Canadian Investment Banking and is a member of the Capital Markets Operating Committee. He has been with RBC since 1998 and was previously Co-Head of Canadian Energy Investment Banking.
Trevor is involved in several community initiatives, including Chair of the Board of Directors for YMCA Calgary and serving as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Trevor graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University with Honours, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Co-Head of Global Equities
Bobby Grubert is Co-Head of Global Equities. In this role, Bobby has global accountability for all equity related product capabilities including sales and trading, origination, new issue distribution, risk management, electronic trading and research. He is a member of the firm's operating committee as well as its U.S. operating committee.
Bobby began his career as an energy trader with Rauscher Pierce Refsnes, based in Dallas in 1996. Following the merger with Dain Rauscher, Bobby moved to Minneapolis to grow the NYSE Listed business. After RBC acquired Dain Rauscher Wessels 2001, Bobby transferred to New York, and was appointed Head of U.S. trading in 2007. He became Head of U.S. Equities in 2008, adding responsibility for global electronic trading in 2009 and he assumed responsibility of Cash Equities in Europe in 2014. In 2018 he was appointed Co-Head of Global Equities.
Bobby is an Executive Member on the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House of New York, Inc., a member of the Borealis AI Advisory Council and is a founding member of the RBC U.S. Capital Markets Diversity Leadership Council.
Global Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities
Jonathan Hunter has served as Global Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities (FICC) at RBC Capital Markets since 2011, and is a member of the RBC Capital Markets Operating Committee.
Jonathan has been with RBC for more than 25 years, joining the Dealer Trainee Program in 1991. Since then, he has held progressively senior roles within Capital Markets, including Global Co-Head, Fixed Income and Currencies (2006-2011), based in New York, and Global Head of Liquid Products (2002-2006), based in London. Today, Jonathan leads a team of more than 700 professionals globally and is responsible for growing the FICC business into a significant contributor to RBC Capital Markets’ earnings.
Jonathan recently served an eight-year term as a Director of the Board of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA).He is actively involved in the firm’s various diversity, mentorship and recruitment initiatives, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees, and sits on the Board of Governors, for The Bishop Strachan School in Toronto. Jonathan is a key participant in RBC’s many community and charitable initiatives, including the RBC Race for the Kids, and he serves as a member of the United Way’s Major Individual Gifts cabinet as part of RBC’s annual Employee Giving Campaign.
Jonathan earned his Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Finance) from Queen's University in 1991, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Co-Head, Global Equities
Ahmed Kachenoura is Co-Head of Global Equities at RBC Capital Markets. In this role, Ahmed has global oversight of all aspects of client coverage for traditional cash equities and equity derivatives including sales and trading, origination, new issue distribution, risk management and research, as well as electronic trading. He is a member of both the firm's operating committee and the U.S. Operating Committee.
Ahmed joined RBC Capital Markets in August 2012 as Head of EMEA Trading based in London. In August 2013, he moved to New York to become Head of Trading for GELPAmericas and Local Head of the U.S. business before being promoted to Head of Global Equity-Linked Products. In 2018, he was appointed Co-Head of Global Equities. Ahmed has a proven track record in building and managing businesses and has held various senior roles over the past two decades within Equity Derivatives in trading, sales, research and risk management.
Ahmed is actively engaged in promoting culture and diversity and in giving back to the community. He is a member of the RBC U.S. Diversity Leadership Committee. Ahmed is actively involved in supporting RBC’s charities and has participated in RBC events for the Ronald McDonald House New York, including Skate with the Greats. He has also been a huge supporter of RBC Race for the Kids, where he has served as a team co-captain the past two consecutive years.
Ahmed holds an engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE), and a Masters from Paris IX-Dauphine University in Cognitive Science. Prior to joining RBC, he spent 17 years at Credit Agricole CIB where he started his career as a Quant and held several Front Office leadership positions in Equity Derivatives. Ahmed and his wife with their two daughters live in New York City.
Head, Central Funding
Daniel Rosenbaum is a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets, Head of the Central Funding (CFG) business division and Chairman of the RBC (Barbados) Trading Bank Corporation and RBC CMA LLC subsidiaries. As the Head of CFG, Daniel is responsible for overseeing a global secured financing business which delivers balance sheet solutions to its clients as well as managing investment and market making strategies.
Daniel joined RBC Capital Markets in 1999 in New York as member of the firm's Global Arbitrage and Trading business. He was transferred to London in 2000 where he developed a European trading business as well as co-founded the CFG business. In 2005 he relocated to the Bahamas to develop the firm's Caribbean platform before being transferred back to New York in 2010.
Daniel holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a MS in Operations Research from Princeton University.
Managing Director and Head, Global Corporate Banking
Patti Shugart is Managing Director and Head, Global Corporate Banking and a member of the Operating Committee at RBC Capital Markets. In her role, Ms. Shugart oversees a client-facing team of more than 500 professionals globally who specialize in lending, trading credit and loan portfolio management for our corporate and institutional clients. She also chairs the Loan Portfolio Review Committee and the Commitments Committee which determines the firm’s global lending decisions.
Patti is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. She sits on the bank-wide RBC Diversity Leadership Council, is a co-founder of RWomen, a global internal forum dedicated to fostering and developing female talent, and she chairs the Women in Capital Markets’ Advisory Council. She is RBC’s Executive Sponsor for the United Way’s Women United group, is a past United Way Cabinet Member, and for the past 3 years has been the Executive Champion for the Toronto RBC Race for the Kids. Patti has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to the industry through the Champion of Change award from Women in Capital Markets in 2016. She was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Women's Executive Network in 2015 and 2017, and received the Women in Capital Markets Award for Leadership in 2010.
Patti also sits on the Advisory Board for the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University. She has an MBA from the University of Toronto (Rotman) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Queen’s University.
Matthew R. Stopnik
Managing Director and Co-Head of U.S. Investment Banking
Matthew Stopnik is a Managing Director and Co-Head of U.S. Investment Banking. He joined RBC Capital Markets in January 2015 as the Co-Head of Financial Sponsors. Prior to joining RBC, Matthew spent 20 years at UBS Investment Bank where his most recent role was serving as its U.S. Head of Financial Sponsors.
At RBC, Matthew is responsible for U.S. Investment Banking. He shares responsibility for coverage of banking clients and prospects, including corporate finance industry groups, mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, leveraged finance, and loan and high-yield capital markets teams. Matthew is also responsible for managing RBC’s relationships with some of the largest and most active private equity firms in the world. He serves on the firm’s Global Capital Markets and U.S. Regional Operating Committees and he is a member of the firm’s Commitments Committee.
Matthew is Vice Chair and a member of the Board of Trustees of the TEAK Fellowship, a member of the Board of Youth, INC. and a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Partnership for New York City. He received a B.A from the University of Michigan. Matthew and his wife live in New York City with their two children.
CEO Europe, RBC Capital Markets and Head of Wealth Management – International (WM-I)
David Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of RBC Capital Markets Europe and Head of Wealth Management – International (WM-I), with responsibility for leading all aspects of RBC’s Capital Markets and Wealth Management businesses in the UK, Channel Islands and Europe, including strategy execution and effective governance. He is a member of the global RBC Capital Markets Operating Committee, the global RBC Wealth Management Operating Committee and the European Executive Committee. He chairs the Capital Markets Europe and WMI-I Operating Committees. Mr. Thomas also holds a number of UK board roles including Executive Director of RBC Europe Limited and Chairman of RBC Global Asset Management (UK) Limited.
Mr. Thomas holds a BSc (Hons) degree from Loughborough University in the UK and joined RBC Capital Markets in 1992 following periods at a UK domestic bank and a technology company. Since joining RBC, Mr. Thomas has held a number of both global and regional mandates in business, technology and functional areas across the firm. Outside work, Mr. Thomas is an avid fundraiser and supporter of charitable causes. He is a member of the Corporate Partnerships Board for Great Ormond Street Hospital and is active in fundraising for the charity and SportsAid through the RBC Race for the Kids, RBC Ride for the Kids and other activities.
Head of Human Resources, RBC Capital Markets and RBC Investor & Treasury Services
Susan Uchida is the Head of Human Resources for RBC Capital Markets and RBC Investor & Treasury Services. She leads the HR function by working with a talented global team to deliver a range of HR services and programs that enable business strategies. Susan partners with the business to place, develop, reward, and retain top talent to drive the organization's success.
Susan previously served as Vice-President, Learning for RBC where she and her team were responsible for learning and development strategies, programs, technology and innovative approaches across the enterprise.
Since joining RBC Financial Group in 2002, Susan has served in a variety of business and HR leadership roles in Canadian and American retail banking divisions, insurance, and capital markets. She has more than 16 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Susan holds an MBA from Dalhousie University and is a Board member and HR Committee Chair at The Learning Partnership.
Managing Director and Co-Head of U.S. Investment Banking
Jim Wolfe is the Co-Head of U.S. Investment Banking. He joined RBC in June 2008 after spending 15 years at Bear Stearns where he served as Senior Managing Director in the Leveraged Finance Group.
Jim became Co-Head of U.S. Investment Banking in June 2018. He shares responsibility for coverage of banking clients and prospects, including corporate finance industry groups, mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, leveraged finance, and loan and high-yield capital markets teams. He also serves on the Global Capital Markets and U.S. Regional Operating Committees and he is a member of the firm’s Commitments Committee.
Over the past 26 years, Jim has completed transactions of all sizes across the full spectrum of industry sectors. In his previous role, Jim was responsible for the firm’s leveraged finance business in the U.S and Europe, leading an experienced team of specialized professionals to help clients raise the capital in connection with corporate acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, and refinancings.
Jim received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California and MBA from Wharton. He served on the Board of Trustees at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, CT from 2012 to 2018 and he and his wife served as chairs of the Parents Executive Committee of Bowdoin College from 2014-2019.
Gordon Bell is Vice Chairman for RBC Capital Markets’ Global Mining and Metals Group. In this role, he is responsible for senior client relationships for the firm’s North American and international mining and metals clients, providing advice and execution on mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, and debt and equity financing. From 2001 to 2016, Gord was the Global Head of RBC’s Mining & Metals group, leading the expansion and growth of the firm’s practice domestically as well as in London, Australia and Asia, establishing RBC as a leader in the sector globally.
Prior to joining RBC in 1989, Gord worked as a consulting mining engineer and in mine development. From 1995 to 1999, he took a leave from RBC Capital Markets for a position as Chief Financial Officer of a Denver-based precious metals company, where he was responsible for that firm’s financial, M&A and external reporting activities. Gord received a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Gord is an ardent advocate for mental health, having served on the board of trustees of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and as Chair of CAMH’s Transforming Lives gala. He also served on the advisory board for Literature for Life and is a member of the Campaign Cabinet for the Queen’s University Engineering capital campaign.
Stewart Burton is Vice Chairman and member of the Global Banking Operating Committee. He is responsible for senior client coverage and has extensive experience in investment banking, providing both financing and merger and acquisition advice across a broad range of industries. Stewart joined the Corporate Finance Department of RBC Capital Markets in 1986 after earning his MBA degree from the Harvard Business School. Stewart also holds an HBA from the University of Western Ontario.
Prior to completing his MBA, Stewart earned his Chartered Accountants designation after spending three years with Ernst and Young. He is a Director of the Canadian Opera Company.
Michael Cook is Vice Chairman of Global Investment Banking, RBC Capital Markets Australia. Michael serves as a senior ambassador of RBC Capital Markets, working closely with the investment banking team to build relationships with clients in Australia.
Michael brings considerable experience and an extensive network to RBC. He spent 19 years with Macquarie in a number of senior roles and 15 years with Bankers Trust, which Macquarie acquired in 1999.
During his time at Macquarie, Michael was appointed Head of Corporate Advisory and Co-Head of Corporate Finance, which ultimately became Macquarie Capital. He also spent seven years with Macquarie in New York with a focus on building the firm's private equity buy-side and infrastructure businesses. On his return to Australia in 2014, Michael chaired Macquarie’s Client Coverage Group with a broad sector focus and responsibility. His recent experience covers the Industrials, Healthcare, Technology, Real Estate, Infrastructure and FIG sectors.
Joe Cunningham is Vice Chairman, Global Investment Banking, and provides senior coverage of clients in the pipeline and midstream sectors of the US energy industry. He previously served as Managing Director and Co-Head, US Energy Group from 2006-2016. Joe has 35 years of energy industry investment banking experience, including 25 years with RBC Capital Markets and predecessor companies.
Joe received a BA degree from Georgetown University and an MBA degree, with distinction, from Harvard Business School.
Andrew Federer is Vice Chairman, RBC Capital Markets and is a member of the Global Investment Banking Management Committee, the Equity Commitments Committee and the Mezzanine Finance Committee. He is responsible for senior client relationships and for providing advisory and deal execution services for the firm’s global clients, including: mergers and acquisitions, leveraged loan and high yield financings, bond issuance, and IPOs and secondary offerings.
Andrew has an extensive and broad range of transactional experience having advised a number of North America's largest corporate issuers and private equity firms. He also previously served as Head of Corporate Finance in Canada with responsibility for the management and direction of a number of teams, including: Communications, Media & Telecom, Financial Institutions, Consumer and Industrial Products, Financial Sponsors, Infrastructure Coverage, and Infrastructure (PPP) Project Finance.
Andrew is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Art Gallery of Ontario, Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Bishops Strachan School and Co-Chairman of the RBC Capital Markets Foundation.
Since October 2010, Michael Fortier is Vice Chairman, RBC Capital Markets. Prior to joining the Royal Bank of Canada, he had been active principally in the fields of banking, politics and law.
Over the past 25 years, Michael has worked as a senior relationship banker for several Wall Street (Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse) and Canadian (TD Securities) investment banking firms and worked in Canada and the UK for one of the leading Canadian law firms (Norton Rose).
Between January 2006 and November 2008, Michael served as Canada's Minister of Public Works and Minister of International Trade. Throughout this period, he also acted as the Minister responsible for Greater Montreal. Michael also chaired Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative Party leadership campaign in 2004 and the Party's 2004 and 2006 federal election campaigns.
Michael sits on the boards of CAE and Pomerleau. He also served from 2012 to 2015 as a member of United Technologies’ International Advisory Council. He is active with many philanthropic organizations, including as Chairman of Ste Justine Hospital’s Foundation since 2012. He has also accepted numerous pro bono assignments from municipal, provincial and federal governments, notably negotiating the return of Formula One racing to Canada.
Michael lives in Montreal with his wife Michelle and his six children.
Global Co-Head, Equity Capital Markets
Kirby Gavelin is Vice Chairman and Global Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets. He chairs the Canadian Equity Commitment Committee. Kirby holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary, an MBA from the Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago, and is a Chartered Accountant.
Kirby has been directly involved in many of the largest and most complex equity financings for Canadian issuers. He has led the firm’s execution team in the IPOs for Hydro One, Canada Goose, Jamieson Wellness, Spinmaster, Tim Horton’s, TeraNet, SunLife, Keyera, Aeroplan, Air Canada, Auto Canada, Dollarama, Hudson’s Bay and BRP as well as significant follow-on offerings for Enbridge, Trans Canada, Hydro One, Barrick Gold, Petro Canada, Telus and numerous others.
Kirby has been a member of the Listings Advisory Committee of the Toronto Stock Exchange, Board of Governors of The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall and The Board of Directors of The Learning Partnership. He is a past Chairman of the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC). Kirby coached minor hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League for six years and is a member of the Board of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation.
Larry Grafstein has been Deputy Chairman of Global Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets since September of 2018. In his 30 years on Wall Street, he has advised clients on nearly $1 trillion of completed transactions. His experience spans all industries and geographies and includes some of the largest and most complex M&A, restructuring, equity and privatization deals.
His clients over the years have included AerCap, AT&T, BAT, Charter Communications, Creative Artists Agency, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Hutchison Whampoa, Intel, Jabil, Juniper, Leucadia, Level 3, Microsoft, Mosaic, Sprint, Time Warner, TPG, Visteon and Vodafone. Recently he advised CSX on its response to activist investor Mantle Ridge, IBM on its acquisition of Truven, and Molson Coors on its acquisition of its Miller Coors JV. He advised on the restructurings of WorldCom and Nortel, two of the largest done to date.
He has worked on behalf of the Governments of Canada and Ontario regarding their investments in Chrysler and General Motors after the financial crisis and advised on the landmark privatizations of Telefonos de Mexico and Telstra of Australia. He recently represented Statewide Mobility Partners, a consortium of investment funds, on the divestiture of Indiana Toll Roads, one of the largest infrastructure sales in US history. In 2014 he helped settle the strike and consumer boycott at Market Basket Supermarkets in New England through the sale by certain members of the Demoulas family of their ownership stake and resolution of their 20-year control dispute.
Larry is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A.), Oxford University (M.Phil, Balliol College, Rhodes Scholar), and the University of Toronto (J.D.). He is co-chair of his Harvard class and has served on the board of a number of public companies and philanthropic institutions, including the US board of Upper Canada College and the board of trustees of Horace Mann School in New York.
Kent Savagian is a Vice Chairman in the Global Investment Banking Group and Head of the Los Angeles Office. Kent is a widely recognized expert in complex advisory, financing and out-of-court restructuring transactions with almost 30 years of experience. Kent has spent much of his career advising media clients as well as West Coast based private equity clients. To date, Kent has worked on over $250 billion of financing assignments across a broad range of products including leverage finance, equity, investment grade and film/content financing, and in excess of $150 billion of advisory work for clients in his career.
Kent previously served as a Managing Director at Moelis & Company and Credit Suisse where he advised corporate clients including the Walt Disney Company, Euro Disney SCA, Sony Entertainment, Penton Media, Media Rights Capital, Pixar Entertainment and Scripps Networks. He has also worked with most West Coast private equity clients including Oaktree Capital, Ares Capital, Leonard Green Partners and Aurora Capital. Prior to Moelis & Company, Kent ran the highly successful Los Angeles Office at Credit Suisse from 2005 through 2011, and prior to Credit Suisse worked in the Los Angeles Office of Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette.
Kent holds a BS in Economics from Brigham Young University and an MBA in Finance from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. He is on the board of the California Chamber of Commerce and served on the Executive Board in 2013, Chairs the Audit and Finance Committee at St James’ Episcopal School and is currently involved in the Los Angeles Area Council for the Boy Scouts of America.
CEO, RBC Capital Markets, Europe
David Thomas is the Chief Executive Officer of RBC Capital Markets Europe, responsible for leading all aspects of the business in the region, including strategy execution and effective governance. This includes all areas of the UK business and the branch operations of RBC Europe Ltd., in Germany and France. He is a member of the RBC Capital Markets global Operating Committee and the European Executive Committee, and chairs the European Operating Committee. David also holds a number of UK board roles including Executive Director of RBC Europe Limited and Chairman of RBC Global Asset Management (UK) Limited.
David holds a BSc (Hons) degree from Loughborough University in the UK and joined RBC Capital Markets in 1992 following periods at a UK domestic bank and a technology company. Since joining RBC, David has held a number of both global and regional mandates in Technology, Operations, Risk Management and Compliance. He is a member of the Corporate Partnerships Board for Great Ormond Street Hospital and is active in fundraising for the charity.
Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Capital Markets and U.S. Intermediary Holding Company
John Thurlow is the U.S. COO of RBC Capital Markets. Based in Jersey City, New Jersey, John is responsible for all operational, control and administrative aspects of RBC’s U.S. Capital Markets businesses and has local management responsibility for all Technology, Operations and Functions groups. John is also the Chief Operating Officer for RBC U.S. Holdings LLC, RBC’s U.S. Intermediate Holding Company (IHC) in which he works closely with the IHC CEO and all U.S. business leaders in driving collaboration opportunities across our U.S. operations.
John joined RBC in May of 2015 from Credit Suisse, where he held dual roles as the COO for Credit Suisse’s Americas Equities businesses and the Head of Front Office Controls for Credit Suisse’s Global Equities business. Prior to Credit Suisse, John spent 16 years at Merrill Lynch, where he held various Financing, Operational and COO positions within Merrill’s Treasury, Equity Derivatives and Prime Brokerage divisions in New York, Hong Kong and Australia. He began his career in commercial banking during which he held a variety of Credit and Operations roles.
John is active in RBC’s Employee Resource Groups (ERG) and in the Jersey City community. He is the Executive Sponsor OF RBC’s Vets Network ERG working closely with select veteran organizations in both New York and New Jersey. John serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the New Jersey City University School of Business, and actively supports The Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County and The All-Stars Project Development School for Youth.
John received his B.A. in Finance and International Business from Pace University in New York, and his M.B.A in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Additionally, he holds Series 7, 24 and 63 licenses.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO), RBC, Asia-Pacific & Chief Operating Officer (COO), RBC Capital Markets, Asia-Pacific
Blair Wark is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for RBC in Asia-Pacific and Chief Operating Officer (COO), RBC Capital Markets Asia-Pacific. As CFO he leads the Asia-Pacific finance team and oversees all finance services to the Asia-Pacific business platforms, including valuations, financial and product control, and performance management. As COO, he oversees the regulatory obligations and business operations, and leads the functional, operational, and financial aspects of Capital Markets in the region. Blair is actively involved in regional diversity initiatives and is Chair of the Australia Diversity Council.
Blair joined RBC in 2010 as a Director, Head of Finance. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in banking in London, New York, and Australia, having held roles with Price Waterhouse, Halifax plc, Banco Santander, and Lloyds International. Blair studied at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia with B Bus. Major and Law sub-Major.