Catherine Brown

Partner, Financial Services
Catherine studied mathematics and economics at university, with a focus on applied mathematics and operational research. As a Partner at Oliver Wyman, Catherine is accountable for delivering major strategic advisory and consultancy assignments to the world's top financial institutions. Her recent work focuses on banking conduct, compliance, governance and accountability as well as regulatory response.
In 2010 investment banks faced the daunting task of responding to thousands of pages of post-crisis regulatory reforms – some final some yet uncertain, overlapping, conflicting, and impacting virtually every part of the investment bank’s business and operating model front to back. My work focuses on making order out of this type of chaos by helping my clients find pragmatic solutions to complex, multi-dimensional or unstructured problems. Over the past five years I’ve led much of our work on conduct in financial services – different in nature, but just as challenging with a significant downside to getting it wrong.

Catherine is an active participant in industry-wide organisations including initiatives to establish market standards for good conduct. She chairs various industry initiatives and is associate board member of the FICC Market Standards Board.

Prior to joining the firm, Catherine spent many years in investment banking and fixed income at Salomon Smith Barney / Citi, before moving on to Lehman Brothers. She holds a BA in Mathematics magna cum laude, an MSc in Operations Research and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Catherine grew up in six different countries, has lived and worked in London and New York and travelled far beyond. She is a proud supporter and participant in Oliver Wyman's WOW, GLOW and EMPOWERED groups, as well as industry initiatives like the 30% club.

I grew up in very different countries moving every one to two years. My diverse upbringing is a huge part of who I am and what I love. It’s made me bold, resilient, optimistic, and curious.

She lives in London with her family.