Chief Executive Officer
Brian became the CEO of Laird Norton Company in January 2023. He joined LNC in 2012 as Manager of Corporate Investments to build the company’s corporate development function. He went on to serve LNC in roles of growing responsibility over the course of the next decade, culminating in his promotion to CEO.
Brian is a director of Laird Norton Company and Laird Norton Properties. He also serves on the boards of LNC portfolio companies Laird Norton Wetherby (LNW), a wealth management firm, and Heartland LLC, a real estate advisory firm.
Prior to joining LNC, Brian was President and Chief Compliance Officer of Stonnington Group, a wealth management firm in Los Angeles. At Stonnington, Brian combined operational responsibilities with investment responsibilities that included origination, execution, and oversight of a range of private markets investments including direct investments in early-stage technology and consumer companies. Earlier in his career, he worked in technology consulting in the UK and Europe.
Brian was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South Africa before starting his working life in the UK. He now calls Seattle, where he lives with his wife and two sons, home.
Brian received a BSc in chemical engineering from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business. He is a CAIA Charter Holder.