FNZ Group Board
FNZ is governed by a Board that brings together a wealth of knowledge and experience from across the global financial industry. In addition to the Group Board we operate a number of subsidiary boards led by Independent Non Executive Directors. As part of our strategy, we recently implemented a Board Diversity Policy and are working towards more equal representation across all the markets within which we operate. Two of our Boards created in 2020 (US and Ireland) are led by female Non Executive Directors and all of our subsidiary Boards have a minimum of 20% female Board members. Click on the photos below for more information on each Group Board member and the expertise they bring to FNZ.
Lord Leitch was appointed as Chairman of the FNZ Group Board in July 2013. With a deep and broad knowledge of insurance and financial services gained over 50 years as a senior executive in a number of major international businesses, Lord Leitch is also a Life Peer and has been a Member of the House of Lords since 2004.
Growing up in Dunfermline, Scotland, Lord Leitch began his career in London as a computer programmer, creating the first ever life assurance search engine programme in 1967. He remained in the insurance industry throughout his career, becoming Chief Executive of Allied Dunbar before it merged with Zurich Financial Services in 1998.
Lord Leitch has an unrivalled breadth of experience as a leader in business with wide-ranging interest across societal issues. Among other roles, he has held positions including; Chairman of Bupa, Chairman of Intrinsic Financial Services, Chairman and Chief Executive of Zurich Financial Services UK, Ireland, South Africa and Asia Pacific, Deputy Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group plc, Chairman of Scottish Widows plc, Deputy Chairman of the Commonwealth Education Fund and Chairman of the Association of British Insurers. He has also served on a number of plc Boards and in various Non-Executive Director roles.
In 2006, he undertook the Leitch Review of Skills and Productivity, advising the UK government on how to define the UK’s optimum skills mix in order to maximise economic growth and productivity. The recommendations became public policy.
A firm campaigner and champion for workplace diversity and passionate supporter of organisations that aim to make a positive difference across a wide range of areas. Lord Leitch has received the Prince of Wales Ambassador award for charity work. In 2017, he created the What Is More? Foundation, encouraging spiritual and multi-faith debate, while he remains a patron of the Stroke Association and the Medical Aid Films Charity where he was formerly founding Chairman.
Adrian is the founder and Group CEO of FNZ and has overseen the development of the company since it started in 2004. He is currently based in the company’s London office.
Prior to founding FNZ, he worked as an equity analyst for what at the time was Credit Suisse NZ now First NZ Capital.
Adrian has a BSc (Hons 1st Class) in physics and mathematics, and a BMus in performance piano, both from Victoria University Wellington.
John Bernstein joined the FNZ Group Board in March 2012 and is a partner of Generation Investment Management, the sustainable investment firm. Within this role, he Chairs the Investment Committee of growth equity and leads the long term equity investment business.
John also Chairs the Africa Council of The Nature Conservancy and works to support conservation projects across Africa.
From 2008 to 2017, John was head of General Atlantic in Europe Middle East and Africa. He was also on the global Investment Committee and Executive Committee.
Before joining GA, John was a partner at Advent International, where he led the European telecom and technology investment practice.
John holds an M.A. in economics and law from Downing College, Cambridge University, and qualified as a barrister. He is a board member of the NamibRand Nature Reserve in Namibia.
Antoine Bleton joined the Group Board in January 2020. He is an Associate in CDPQ’s Direct Private Equity team in London where his team is responsible for targeting direct private equity investment opportunities in Europe. Prior to joining the organization, he worked in the Investment Banking Division of Citigroup in London.
Antoine holds a MSc in Finance from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.
Ms Connie Chan is Managing Director, Investment at Temasek, responsible for investments and portfoliomanagement globally for Financial Services.
Prior to joining Temasek in 2013, Ms Chan was in the Investment Banking division of JPMorgan in HongKong and New York, covering financial institutions.
Ms Chan graduated from the University of Chicago with honours in Economics and also studiedEconomics at Trinity College, Cambridge University.
Alain Cianchini joined the FNZ Group Board in September 2019 and is a Director in CDPQ’s Direct Private Equity team in London. His team at CDPQ is responsible for targeting direct private equity investment opportunities in Europe.
Prior to joining the organization in 2017, Alain worked for Sun Capital Partners, a US-based private equity firm, in London for over six years.
He began his career at Citigroup where he specialised in mergers and acquisitions.
He holds a MSc degree in Finance from HEC Grande École in Paris and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan. He is fluent in English, Italian and French.
Andrew Given joined the FNZ Group Board in July 2019 and is an Operating Partner at Generation Investment Management, the sustainable investment firm which invested in FNZ in 2018.
Prior to joining Generation, Andrew worked at General Atlantic and, during his time there, he served on the board of FNZ and chaired the audit and risk committees whilst General Atlantic was an investor in FNZ.
Before joining General Atlantic, Andrew was a partner in the deals consulting business of PwC. During his time with the firm he worked in the London, New York and Zurich offices. He holds an MA in Engineering from Cambridge University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Tom Hodges joined the FNZ Group Board in October 2019. He is a Director at Generation Investment Management, the sustainable investment firm which invested in FNZ in 2018.
Prior to joining Generation, Tom spent approximately 11 years at Providence Equity Partners in their New York and London offices focused on investments in the media, communications and technology sectors.
Before joining Providence, Tom was an analyst in the M&A group at Citi in their New York office. He holds in BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Benoit Raillard joined the FNZ Group Board in July 2019, and has been Vice President and Operating Partner, Private Equity for Europe at CDPQ since November 2017. In this role, he oversees part of the direct private equity investment portfolio in the region. Based in London, he is also involved in conducting operational due diligence on new investment opportunities. He sits on the International Private Equity Investment Committee.
Mr. Raillard has over 25 years of experience in private equity, general management roles and strategy consulting. Before joining CDPQ, he was Managing Director and Operating Partner at the pan European fund Gimv, Senior Director at Alix Partners, specialized in turnaround for private equity funds. For 15 years, he has held general management positions in private equity-backed service companies (Elis, 5àSec). Prior to that, he worked in strategy consulting with Bain & Company (private equity practice), in sales and marketing management at Eli Lilly, in operations management at BNPP in New York.
He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a MSc in aeronautic engineering from Ecole Centrale de Paris and a MSc in finance from Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (JD). He presently sits on the Board of Directors of FNZ, Suez Water Technology & Solutions, Alvest, Avison Young, Biogroup, Sebia, TVS and Dalcor. He was previously a Board Member at Foncia and Datamars.
Gregor Stewart was appointed to the FNZ Group Board in August 2015 and the UK Board in January 2016.
He is Chairman of Alliance Trust PLC and is also a Non-Executive Director of Direct Line Insurance Group Plc.
Previously, he was Chairman of Quilter Financial Planning, Finance Director for the Insurance Division of Lloyds Banking Group PLC and a member of Lloyds Banking Group's Finance Board and Senior Asset & Liability Committee.
He joined Ernst & Young in 1985, where he qualified as a chartered accountant in 1988, and became a partner in 1999. His career at Ernst & Young spanned 23 years with a principal focus on investment management and insurance through audit, advisory and M&A transactions.
Gregor has a B.Acc. from the University of Glasgow.
Frank Strauss has specialised in fintech and start-up investments through Venture Capital and Private Equity since 2019. He’s a member of several boards in Europe and the US, including being the Chairman of European Bank for Financial Services, Chairman of Precis Capital Partners and Zeal Network AG.
Before this, he was a Member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank AG for three years. As global CEO of the Private & Commercial Banking division, he was responsible for €900bn, 24 million private and corporate clients, 45,000 employees and the digital agenda.
He has significant international management experience in Europe, the Americas and Asia and he has held a variety of senior management positions outside of Germany including CEO of the Private & Commercial Banking division in Asia.
From 2011 to 2017 Frank was CEO of Deutsche Postbank AG. During this period, he transformed the business into the leading Private and Corporate Client Bank in Germany leveraging the advantages of digitalization.
Furthermore, he has significant M&A and investment experience across a variety of deal structures, for example acquisition of minority stakes, merger of banks and sale of business. Over the years he has sponsored several investments in FinTech and Near banking ventures.
Before joining Deutsche Bank, Frank was a professional ice hockey player. He is married and has two children.