Director, Makinson Cowell (US) Ltd
Bill is head of the US office of KPMG Makinson Cowell, a global investor relations consultancy that was acquired by KPMG’s UK member firm in 2013. He has over 25 years’ experience advising US, European and Asian clients on their relations with institutional fund managers and their positioning in the global capital markets. He presents regularly to company CEOs, CFOs, and boards of directors the results of research on how the capital markets view the company’s strategy, finances, operations, capital allocation, disclosure and quality of management.
Bill has led the firm’s advisory on investor activism since 2004. In addition to advising clients during activist engagements, he has been a featured speaker on activism trends at numerous forums of corporates, IR societies and independent directors.
Bill was founder and President of the New York-based international investor relations advisory business Broadgate Consultants in 1987 that in 2001 merged with Makinson Cowell. Previously, he had 13 years’ experience on the corporate side with International Paper in a variety of assignments in M&A, strategic planning, and international line management. Bill received a Master of Business Administration in finance from New York University.