Paul Browne combines a wealth of experience in international M&A and post merger integration with an intellectual drive and curiosity that he can now focus on executive education and research.
He has the credibility of a highly successful international career in both banking and professional services and brings strong intellectual rigour combined with an infectious enthusiasm to both his research and teaching.
On culture change in banking, he designed, led and implemented a culture change in Barclays UK covering 43,000 people that was singled out by the Group Barclays CEO as a global highlight of the year. Managing culture change is an often over-looked aspect of post merger integration where the theory and practice has tended to focus on governance, positions of power, and operational platforms. It is however vital to the success of the merger.
On M&A, Paul has been involved with over twenty acquisitions and personally led the post merger integration work at both Standard Chartered Bank and Pinsent Masons.
On strategy, Paul’s early training was at Bain & Company and he has also delivered successful firm-wide strategies at Barclays, Standard Chartered, Abbey National as in house strategy. As a strategy consultant, his clients have included Diageo, Pinsent Masons, Skipton Building Society, American Express and many others.
Paul has also advised and led international expansion- for example credit card entry into South Korea (a joint McKinsey / Standard Chartered Bank team); entry into Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire; evaluating a potential bank privatization in Tanzania; and a law firm evaluating Asian expansion options, culminating in a new Singapore office.
Academically, Paul completed his MBA jointly from Manchester Business School and HEC, Paris, also attending an executive programme at Harvard Business School which entailed study at Harvard, in China, and in Singapore as well as analyzing opportunities in India. His undergraduate degree was in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Trinity College, Oxford, Churchill College’s sister college.
Paul takes a data-driven approach to solving problems, informed by his wide experience and a strong thirst for new insights and approaches to analysing and solving problems.