Birmingham, Alabama, and Toronto Ontario, 16 June, 2016 – Kirchner Group, a leading North American traditional merchant bank, today announced that Sean Holt has joined the firm. His work spans two decades of leadership, transaction and advisory roles with some of world’s most innovative private sector companies and investment firms, enterprising non-profits and government agencies.
Kirchner Group was founded in 1985 on two fundamental premises: all businesses should contribute to a positive human future and that every business, and portfolio of businesses, can be made more valuable. Like Kirchner Group, Sean has dedicated his career to aligning these principles in mainstream financial, business and civil operating environments to create significant value for institutions, companies, investors, and related stakeholders.
Sean’s addition to Kirchner Group signals the firm’s dedication to taking a more visible leadership role within a highly respected and rapidly growing international community of business and financial institutions who view alignment of financial returns with social impact as a fundamental and sustainable competitive advantage.
“Kirchner Group’s fidelity to earning and returning provides a tangible example of the values and outcomes sought after by a worldwide movement toward conscientious capitalism,” commented Sean. “It is exceedingly rare to find an organization that is founded on these operating principles with such a long and distinguished track record of generating blended value as Kirchner Group. I am thrilled to join the firm, and to work with Kirchner Group’s clients and partners to co-create value and impact.”
Prior to joining Kirchner Group, Sean co-founded Grand Basin Capital, which works to enhance and increase investment in regenerative farms, fisheries, forests and Aboriginal communities across Canada. In addition to his ongoing work with Grand Basin, Sean serves as the founding Executive Director of the Impact Angel Alliance, a non-profit collective of financial and strategic investors seeking to co-invest in high potential impact ventures across North America. Sean also previously co-founded Purpose Capital, an impact investment advisory firm that mobilizes all forms of capital to accelerate social progress globally.
Sean has been directly involved in $10 billion in mergers, acquisitions, financings and restructuring transactions, as well as $100 million in direct venture investments. He began his career in investment banking with Goldman Sachs in New York and private equity investing with Emerging Markets Partnership in Washington DC, where he supported $1.5 billion in infrastructure investments across Asia and Africa, before launching a series of successful technology, financial advisory and investment companies.
Sean’s background also includes serving as a member of the Advisory Council on Social Innovation to the Government of Canada, and serving as a Skoll Scholar at Oxford University’s Said Business School to reinforce the Skoll Foundation’s mission to tackle global challenges by advancing social enterprise and investment.
He currently serves as a Canadian liaison to Ask the Circle, a global peer-to-peer network that supports healthy investing practices of family offices. He continues to support Canadian Aboriginal economic development and investment through Grand Basin Capital, and to support Canadian impact venturing and investment through Impact Angel Alliance. He serves as an advisor or board director to numerous corporations, investment firms and non-profits, including the Buckminster Fuller Institute, which oversees the annual Buckminster Fuller Challenge, socially responsible design’s highest honour.
“The addition of Sean is one more significant indicator of our fundamental principles and commitment towards impact activities,” added W.B. (Bud) Kirchner, Founder and CEO of Kirchner Group. “We are proud to work with someone who has devoted his career to focusing on the same unwavering values that we as a firm have stood by for over 30 years.”
Kirchner Group was founded in 1985 on two fundamental premises: all businesses should contribute to a positive human future and that every business, and portfolio of businesses, can be made more valuable. Today, the firm is a values-based corporate ecosystem, committed to the integration of “earning and returning”.
The firm provides advisory and operational services, enterprise development and transactional support to companies, investors and institutions through a proprietary approach that dovetails domain and process expertise. Kirchner Group also manages assets for family offices and some of the world’s largest insurance companies, commercial banks and institutional investors. www.kirchnergroup.com
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