Eric Barnett was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kleinwort Benson following the acquisition of Kleinwort Benson by Societe Generale in May 2016. Eric is also Societe Generale Private Banking Hambros (SGPB Hambros) Chief Executive.
As CEO of Kleinwort Benson, he steers the organisation, and has overall responsibility for implementing the strategic ambitions of the business at the highest level. As part of his new responsibilities as CEO of both companies, his key objective is to develop cooperation between the two entities as they are set out to become one of the leading private banks in the UK and the Channel Islands.
Eric became Societe Generale Private Banking Hambros (SGPB Hambros) Chief Executive in September 2007. Since then he has focused on the development of the firm’s onshore business in the UK and on key strategic international segments such as the French, Indian, Russian, Middle East and Greek markets. He also oversees the SGPB Hambros’ offshore business. Eric is also a member of the Societe Generale Private Banking Exco, with supervisory responsibility for Monaco.
Eric has an MBA from the Cass Business School in London and likes playing and watching a variety of sports and listening to music. He has a keen interest in the Arts and History and occasionally plays the guitar. He is also a Council Member of the Royal Veterinary College, London and a Trustee of The Big Issue.
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3207 7643
Mouhammed heads up the investment management unit at Kleinwort Benson and is responsible for all aspects of Kleinwort Benson’s investment proposition, leading a team of experienced investment strategists and portfolio managers. Mouhammed is a member of Kleinwort Benson’s Management Committee reporting to the Chief Executive, and chairs the Investment Policy Committee and Investment Oversight Committee. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and events, and a regular contributor to the media. In the past few years, Kleinwort Benson’s investment team has secured a number of industry awards and accolades for excellence and investment performance.
Previously, Mouhammed was Head of Multi-Asset Class investing at Morgan Stanley for Europe, Middle East and Asia, where he was responsible for managing portfolios for private (UHNW individuals and family offices) and institutional (endowments, charities) clients. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2002, Mouhammed spent his early career in the fixed income division of Citigroup’s investment bank in New York, London and Madrid.
Mouhammed has a Masters in Finance with distinction from London Business School, and a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours from the University of London, King’s College. He is also a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Institute.
Mouhammed is a board member and trustee for a number of educational charities, and serves as a school governor at a local secondary school. His personal interests include long distance triathlons, hiking and dance theatre.
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3207 7149
Nigel Spray joined Kleinwort Benson at the beginning of 2011 as Managing Director of the Principal Investments and Advisory team.
Prior to rejoining Kleinwort Benson, Nigel founded Frontiers Capital in 2001 where he was managing partner. Frontiers Capital was a principal investor in and adviser to high growth businesses in the telecommunications and consumer sectors. Frontiers Capital invested in some 20 companies and all were exited through trade sales or listings.
Prior to establishing Frontiers, Nigel was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, jointly running its European Consumer Group. His clients included Carrefour, Carphone Warehouse, Castorama and Tesco. He acted on a range of transactions including listings and M&A. Prior to Credit Suisse, Nigel was a Managing Director of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson where he ran the corporate finance department in Paris for four years and also headed its Consumer Group in Europe.
Nigel qualified as a corporate lawyer at Cameron Mckenna. He has a BA in Law from Bristol University.
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3207 7465
Paul Kearney is a Managing Director of Kleinwort Benson and Head of Private Banking. Prior to joining the bank in April 2011, Paul was a founder and managing partner of Karrig Strategic Capital, a family office established for a European technology entrepreneur. Together with his team and clients Paul joined Kleinwort Benson to establish the Private Investment Office.
Paul has a 25-year career in finance, initially qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen, where he specialised in the taxation of international transactions and structured investment products. He subsequently joined the start up investment banking and capital markets business of the Zurich Financial Services group, Zurich Capital Markets, where he became Chief Executive Offcer of the European activities of the group and global co-head of the structured finance activities. Paul was instrumental in building the business over five years to over 400 people in seven offices with a USD 15 billion asset base.
Paul has particular expertise in delivering solutions to enable the management and control of substantial investment portfolios, including structuring international asset holding and acquisition structures. He holds an honours degree in Economics and is a board member and trustee of The Opera Group, an award-winning, nationally and internationally renowned opera company, specialising in commissioning and producing new operas.
Telephone: +44 (0) 15 3461 3187
Sean started his career at Lloyds Bank Trust Company, Jersey in 1985 and joined Kleinwort Benson as a Trust Officer in 1989. He subsequently moved up through the ranks of the Trust Company and was appointed as a Director onto the board in 1998. Sean was appointed to the role of Senior Officer of the Jersey Office and Head of Private Fiduciary Services, spanning operations out of Guernsey, Jersey and London, in July 2011. He is now Group Head of Private Client Trust and Deputy CEO Channel Islands Trust Company at Kleinwort Hambros Trust Company.
Sean is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, having passed the Diploma for International Trust Management with distinctions in all subjects.