Jonathan O’Brien


Exeter Life

Jonathan studied for a BA in Economic & Political Development, graduating in 1989, and a MA in Finance & Investment. He was a member of Guild Council, a student member of the Senate, and Facilities Officer of the Guild. Subsequent to graduation, he was a member of the Court of the University prior to the statute change, and also a member of the University Council. He served for 10 years as Secretary of Convocation, the body that used to represent university graduates. He also founded and ran for a number of years the annual Graduation Ball. Jonathan was also a member of the University Campaign Board.
Jonathan O’Brien

Personal Life

Jonathan is married to Vanessa, and currently resides in New York City. He has lived and worked in a number of countries aside from the UK over the last 10 years, including Japan, Hong Kong and Australia, as well as America.

Professional Life

Jonathan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and worked in public practice for KPMG in Exeter, and then Coopers & Lybrand in London. He spent a number of years working for Fidelity Investments in different roles, ending as the Chief Operating Officer for Asia-Pacific. He moved to Boston in the US to be the Global Finance Director for the Boston Consulting Group, and is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Proskauer Rose, one of the global Top 20 law firms.