Brian Barnier is focused on growing companies, investments and countries, bringing practical insight to investors, boards and management to help them bridge from strategy to execution. He accelerates improvement in business results through a "risk lens" that incorporates both growth and turnaround lessons learned across industries, professional disciplines and countries.


Director/principal at ValueBridge Advisors (U.S.) and Head of Research at Burnt Oak Capital (UK), he brings a unique synthesis on change ranging from global economics to technology that is reshaping time-space. This synthesis stems from his perspectives on both business model investing and operating/general management. These perspectives are why his accomplishments have tended to be in initiatives requiring foresight in dynamic environments, alignment and implementing through change, complexity and fatigue.


Internationally, he maintains relationships in over thirty countries and has a passion for economic development. Technologically, he has led teams to nine U.S. patents and developed one of the first text-searchable business databases available globally on the internet. He has worked across several industries and served on boards of several private companies and non-profit organizations. Previously, he led initiatives at Ameritech (now AT&T), Lucent (now Nokia) and IBM.

Active in professional and industry circles, he:

  • Serves as a committee member and Board Advisor of the Retirement Income Industry Association
  • Co-chair of the Steering Committee of OCEG, past chair of OCEG's Achievement Awards judging panel, and one of the first three Fellows named by this 40,000+ member cross-discipline professional organization focused on more easily achieving principled performance
  • Served as 2016 Co-chair, Board, World Conference on Disaster Management (leading forum for coordinating across emergency response, crisis communication, business continuity, disaster management and broader management of risk)
  • Past co-chair of the Corporate Risk Oversight Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network (about 500 members with about USD26T under management)
  • Served on the teams that created Risk IT and COBIT 5 for ISACA (100,000+ member IT professional organization)

Mr. Barnier is the author of The Operational Handbook for Financial Companies (Harriman House, Great Britain, 2011), and a contributor to Risk Management in Finance (Wiley, 2009) and Risk and Performance Management: A Guide for Government Decision Makers (Wiley, 2014).

He is a founder and editor of Fed Dashboard and Fundamentals, where economic and market risk myths are busted.

He has been quoted widely (including in The Wall Street Journal, and interviewed from the NYSE, NASDAQ Market Site, Yahoo! Finance and with translation into at least 4 languages) and penned over 100 articles. He serves on the editorial panels for EDPACS, ISACA Journal and Association for Financial Professionals Risk! newsletter.

He has taught operations, finance and economics at the graduate level in the U.S., and guest lectured in Russia and Mexico.  In 2014, served on the faculty of the Wharton / ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He earned a MBA and BBA both with Distinction and other honors (including Beta Gamma Sigma and Financial Management Honor Society) from The University of Michigan Ross School of Business Administration.

Good risk management is...

Building value


Always having a Plan B (and C, D and ...)


The laser eye surgery of business -- it sharpens focus.

Improving agility to more safely seize opportunity.


Managing change, complexity and fatigue.


Systems, dependencies and root causes


Cascading and unfolding situations, not "events"


Powered by the "invite" and "flashlight"


Being humble


Fighting bias to overcome blind spots


Knowing limitations


Creating options to overcome limitations


Knowing the business value of your options


Knowing now, rather than later


Having more time to act


Simple for any kid who loves role-playing computer games


More easily achieving performance objectives





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