Brian Barnier

Director, ValueBridge Advisors

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New York, NY


Risk Management, Cyber Security, Growth, Investment, Board Governance, Change Management, Principled Performance; GRC, Data Analytics 

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. Brian brings a unique synthesis on change ranging from global economics to technology that is reshaping time-space. This synthesis stems from his experience in both business model investing, and general and product management. These perspectives are why his accomplishments have tended to be in initiatives requiring foresight and thoughtful execution in complex and dynamic environments. Internationally, he maintains relationships in more than thirty countries and has a passion for economic development.

At IBM, Nokia and AT&T, Brian led teams to nine patents – six of which were heavily used during COVID-19. At AT&T he led a groundbreaking internal security initiative to enable new product sales. At IBM he launched the first secure distributed messaging software, created the security as a process solution team, GRC community of practice, and is a #1 FinTech blogger.

Brian is the author of more than 200 articles. He is the author of The Operational Handbook for Financial Companies, and a contributor to Risk Management in Finance and Risk and Performance Management: A Guide for Government Decision Makers. He is a founder and editor of Fed Dashboard and Fundamentals, where economic and market risk myths are busted. He serves on the editorial panel for EDPACS, ISACA Journal.

Brian is active in professional and industry circles. He serves as a senior advisor and advisory board member on a wide range of organizations, including serving as co-chair of the Corporate Risk Oversight Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network from 2014 - 2017. He co-chaired and was an advisory board member of the World Conference on Disaster Management, the leading forum for coordinating across emergency response, crisis communication, business continuity, disaster management and broader management of risk. Brian served on the teams that created Risk IT and COBIT 5 for ISACA (the Information Systems Audit and Control Association), and was co-chair of the Steering Committee of OCEG, was a committee member and Board Advisor of the Retirement Income Industry Association from 2013-2017 before its merger into the Investments & Wealth Institute®.

Brian has taught operations, finance and economics at the graduate level in the U.S. and guest lectured in Russia and Mexico. He has guest lectured at the City University of New York and served on the faculty of the Wharton / ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking.