Professor Gregory Brown Named Director of Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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Brown will build on the Kenan Institute’s legacy of economic development, global competitiveness and entrepreneurship.

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Gregory W. Brown has been named director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Brown is a professor of finance and a Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Scholar at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

“Greg Brown is an academic entrepreneur and leader, as well as an accomplished researcher and educator who is deeply interested in applying scholarship to address real-world problems and has long had ties with the business community,” said Douglas Shackelford, dean and Meade H. Willis Distinguished Professor of Taxation at UNC Kenan-Flagler. “His track record of successful initiatives at the intersection of research and practice will be an asset to the Kenan Institute.”

Brown is the founder and research director of the Institute for Private Capital and previously served as director of the Center for Excellence in Investment Management and the Capital Markets Lab at UNC Kenan-Flagler. His research centers on financial risk, the use of financial derivative contracts as risk management tools and private investment strategies. His research has been published in leading academic and practitioner finance journals.

He also is managing director and director of research for Amundi Smith Breeden Associates, a global asset management firm specializing in fixed income investments.

“I am honored to build on the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise’s legacy of economic development, global competitiveness and entrepreneurship,” said Brown. “I’m enormously excited about continuing to realize Frank Kenan‘s vision to promote collaboration among business, government and academic leaders – and to explore new opportunities.”

Brown joined the UNC Kenan-Flagler faculty in 1998 after he received his PhD in finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He received his bachelor’s degree with honors in physics and economics from Duke University.

Prior to joining UNC Kenan-Flagler, he worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in the division of research and statistics. He also worked in artist relations for a subsidiary of Capitol Records in Hollywood.


About the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School
Consistently ranked one of the world's best business schools, UNC Kenan-Flagler is known for its collaborative culture that stems from its core values: excellence, leadership, integrity, community and teamwork. Professors excel at both teaching and research, and demonstrate unparalleled dedication to students. Graduates are effective, principled leaders who have the technical and managerial skills to deliver results in the global business environment. UNC Kenan-Flagler offers a rich portfolio of programs and extraordinary, real-life learning experiences: Undergraduate Business, full-time MBA, Executive MBA Programs (Evening, Weekend and global OneMBA®), online MBA@UNC, UNC-Tsinghua Dual-Degree EMBA, Master of Accounting, PhD, Executive Development, and UNC Business Essentials programs. It is home to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

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