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Connections: In Conversation with Philip Keller - 15 March 2021

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King's Business School is delighted to welcome Philip Keller, the second speaker in our 2021 series of 'Connections'. Philip will present on the topic of 'From Investment Company to Asset Manager through turbulent times.'

Philip was the Chief Finance and Operating Officer of Intermediate Capital Group plc, now a FTSE 100 alternative investment company, for over a decade. He’ll share his experience of guiding the business through a period of rapid growth as the company redirected its strategy in the wake of the financial crisis. As investors flocked into alternative assets in the zero interest rate environment following the global financial crisis, the company had to build its product offering, along with a marketing and operational infrastructure to benefit from market tailwinds.

Prior to ICG, Philip was CFO of ERM Holdings Limited, one of the world’s largest environmental consultancies. Philip is also an amateur conductor and is currently studying for a Masters in Music at Durham University.

About the speaker

Philip was the Chief Finance and Operating Officer of Intermediate Capital Group plc, a FTSE 250 alternative investment company, until July 2019. He was responsible for finance, risk, operations, HR and compliance. Philip built up the finance, operational and governance infrastructure of ICG during a period of rapid growth since the GFC. He was part of a three person executive that delivered total shareholder return of 1,154% (vs FTSE All share 170%) from 2009 to 2019 and took ICG to the edge of the FTSE100. Prior to ICG, Philip was CFO of ERM Holdings Limited, one of the world’s largest environmental consultancies. He has also held senior management roles with Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline. Philip trained as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co.

Philip is a non-executive director of John Laing Plc (chair of Audit and Risk committee), the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Northern Ballet and London Music Masters. Philip is also a co-opted member of the KCL Finance committee.

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15 March 2021

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