Karen joined Verno Capital as Partner and CEO in 2010 and has over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector in London and Europe, including 35 years in financial markets and 25 years focused on emerging markets. Prior to Verno, she served as CEO at Kazimir Partners (UK) from 2004-2009 and held the same position at Brunswick Asset Management from 2003-2004 before it was acquired by Kazimir. Before joining Brunswick, Karen held various roles at F&C Group between 1995-2003, including: CEO and COO of F&C Emerging Markets, Head of Group Product Development, Director of Alternative Investments, and Member of the Group Risk Committee.
From 1992-1995, Karen was an Assistant Director at ING Baring Securities in Business Development and Emerging Markets and was responsible for establishing their equity research office in Moscow in 1993. Between 1987-1992, she was a Vice President at Citigroup’s capital markets division, and prior to that, worked in the Financial Services and Oil & Gas Audit division at Arthur Young from 1981-1987.
Karen holds a BA Hons from the University of East Anglia and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She is a British citizen.