Admiral William A. Owens, Former US Vice-Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, NYSE Asia Chairman and former Nortel CEO joins Goldstein Roth & Co.

New Delhi: Goldstein Roth & Co., the noted investment banking and financial services major, announced today that the former US Vice-Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff and ex-Nortel CEO Admiral William Owen has joined as Senior Advisor to the Chairman, Sharik Currimbhoy Ebrahim, and President of International Relationships and Investor Relations at the Group level which consists of investment banking, domestic debt and fund management.

Description automatically generated with medium confidenceAdmiral Owens was the Vice-Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff of the United States of America. Post his career in government, he was then CEO of Nortel Telecommunications, one of the world’s largest telecom companies. He was also Vice-Chairman for NYSE Asia. From 2007 to 2015, Owens was the Chairman and Senior Partner of AEA Investors Asia, a private equity firm located in Hong Kong. Admiral Owens also served as the Chairman of Eastern Airlines. He has served on over 25 public boards including Daimler, British American Tobacco, Telstra, Nortel Networks, and Polycom.


Admiral Owens serves on the board of directors at Wipro Technologies and is a director of several private companies. Owens was the chairman of the board of CenturyLink Telecom (now Lumen), the third-largest telecommunications company in the United States, and was on the advisory board of SAP USA.


Admiral Owens has received the “Légion d’Honneur” by France, and the highest awards given to foreigners by the countries of Indonesia and Sweden, amongst others.

Mr Sharik Currimbhoy Ebrahim, founder of Goldstein Roth & Co., said: “Admiral Owens brings to Goldstein Roth an international perspective that is available to very few. He has strategized with Presidents on extremely long-term issues and understands our philosophy of building institutions that lasts centuries, not one focused on quarterly results and a narrow focus on commerce. Having run a private equity fund out of Hong Kong for many years, Admiral Owens has the ability to reach out to investors around the world, but the biggest advantage he brings to us is his wisdom and experience, and the discipline, loyalty and ethical standards that he represents. These are the most powerful and important pieces of building a strong organization.”


Admiral Owen said: “I’m looking forward to working alongside the team at Goldstein Roth & Co. The company occupies a unique space in between India and international investors, and I’m here to strengthen that presence. I’m also looking forward to my role as an advisor to the founder, Sharik Currimbhoy, who has grown this group of companies from scratch. However, I see this as only a first step in a much larger journey for him and the organization and look forward to being a catalyst in its growth to the next level which is a natural next step in its evolution.”

Goldstein, Roth & Co. is a high-end global financial services group.


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