Duncan O’Brien is senior vice president and general manager of corporate strategy and investments for Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company. He leads Cox’s corporate strategy and a team that focuses on diversification and long-term growth outside of the company’s core businesses. He also serves as an advisor to Cox’s existing portfolio of companies as they explore growth opportunities.
O’Brien has three decades of experience in corporate mergers, acquisitions and investments. He served as senior managing director of M&A transitions for TIAA-CREF in New York City, with responsibility for leading the integration of TIAA-CREF’s $6.25 billion acquisition of Nuveen Investments. Prior to TIAA-CREF, he was general manager of global business development at General Electric Company, where he focused on GE’s Aviation and Transportation businesses, GE Capital, the Global Research Center, GE Ventures, the Software Center of Excellence, Acquisition Integration, and the company’s operations in China and sub-Saharan Africa. He also led training courses on M&A, negotiations, acquisition integration, and joint ventures and other partnerships.
Prior to GE, he formed his own company, Crescendo Capital Partners, LLC, an investment banking and private investment boutique in Kansas City, served as vice chairman and director of investment banking for George K. Baum and Company, a regional investment banking firm headquartered in Kansas City, and held a number of different positions at Goldman, Sachs and Co., where he provided financial advisory, capital raising, and M&A advisory services and led the company’s Australasian business from 1993 to 1995.
O’Brien received a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s of business administration degree from Stanford University.