Emrie Brown is a seasoned investment banker whose career in Investment Banking started 21 years ago in Structured Finance. Today she is the Co-Head of Investment Banking (IBD) at RMB.
During Emrie’s tenure, IBD has won the 'Best Investment Bank in Africa' award in the African Banker Awards in 2016 and 2017, and has been ranked by its peers as the pre-eminent adviser in all the main Investment Banking categories of the 'PwC South African Banking Survey'. IBD has also been awarded the top M&A Investment Adviser by value in the '2017 DealMakers Awards' and Euromony has recognised RMB as 'Africa’s Best Investment Bank' in 2016 and 'Africa’s Best Bank for Advisory' in 2017.
Emrie obtained a B.Com Accounting degree in 1990 at the University of Pretoria and completed her Honours degree the following year at what used to be called Rand Afrikaans University. Emrie qualified Cum Laude as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 1994.
She started her working career at RMB in 2001 and specialised in various lending businesses including Property, cross-border finance and Leveraged Finance, culminating in her being appointed as Head of Acquisition and Leveraged Finance in 2006 when RMB formed the Investment Banking Division. In 2009 she relocated to Cape Town and filled various positions within the Cape Town office, including Business Development Director, before she was promoted to Co-Head of Investment Banking in 2015.
Emrie is one of only three females who currently serves on the RMB Management Board. She also sits on the RMB Financial Resource Management Board and RMB Platform and Conduct Board.
Diversity in financial services and growing the number of females in managerial positions in the bank are two of Emrie’s many passions. When she is not hard at work growing RMB’s Investment Banking business, she enjoys cycling, Pilates and good food and wine.
She is married and has two young boys.
"Your career can be much more like a jungle gym than the traditional career ladder in your journey to achieve success. How you define success and the sacrifices that you are prepared to make, are decisions that will be required along the way and will be different for each person. As women we don’t have to “man up” to be successful in financial services."