As the global head of investment banking for William Blair & Company, Brent Gledhill leads a business that comprises more than 300 bankers on five continents in 17 cities; he has successfully served more than 150 clients in both merger-and-acquisition advisory and growth financing assignments. Since joining William Blair in 1997, Brent has led the firm’s successful growth and reputation surge in the global investment banking marketplace by delivering execution excellence for clients across more than 30 countries. Brent also serves on William Blair’s executive committee and co-chairs the firm’s Women’s Advisory Council.
Brent played a vital role on the U.S. Treasury’s Small Cap Task Force in 2012 that informed legislators of an action plan for stimulating capital formation and access for emerging businesses in the United States. The task force led to the enactment of the JOBS Act (“Jump-Start Our Business Start-Ups”), which has made an IPO a more viable alternative for emerging growth companies to fund their innovation and investment plans.
Before returning to the United States to become William Blair & Company’s global head of investment banking, Brent lived in London and served as head of the firm’s European and Asian banking from 2003 to 2009. Before joining William Blair, Brent, who is a certified public accountant, worked for Pricewaterhouse, Andersen Consulting, and the U.S. Congress, where he worked with Congressman Michael Oxley.
Brent earned a B.S. in business administration from Miami University in 1991 and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1997. He is the Treasurer and a Trustee for The Francis W. Parker School, and a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Board of Directors, Miami University Business Advisory Council and Miami University Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) Advisory Board in Luxembourg. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Brent is a Patron of Harvard University iLab, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and The American School in London.