Robert “Rab” Ker
Mr. Ker brings nearly twenty-five years of investment banking and capital markets and business development experience to Westwood Capital where he is a consultant to select private placement sales devoted to capital raising in both the debt and equity markets.
Prior to joining Westwood, Mr. Ker served as Managing Director of North American new business development for Parker Global Strategies (“PGS”) and Director of Marketing and an Investment Committee member at Ferrell Capital Management (“FCM”) both alternative asset management firms based in Connecticut.
Immediately preceding FCM, Mr. Ker served in a wide range of capital markets managerial, client coverage, transaction management and product development roles for Credit Suisse First Boston in both New York and London which included heading CSFB’s Short and Medium-Term Trading Group, establishment of CSFB’s euro-commercial paper trading business, expansion of it’s global asset-backed CP and conduit financing operations and launch of CSFB’s electronic trading platform, CPTrade™. Additionally, Mr. Ker spearheaded the development of CSFB’s alternative liquidity/bridge financing business with the creation of Money Market Note and CP Liquidity Put products. Client coverage activities featured a wide variety of structured, secured and liability management transactions for Oil & Gas and large cap, independent power sector accounts in the US and extended to acquisition finance, large-scale recapitalizations, and debut Euro market financings for Scandinavian and targeted telecom and pharmaceutical accounts in Europe.
Mr. Ker commenced his investment banking career at Lehman Brothers in Corporate Bond Sales (Chicago) and later as the Medium-term Note Product Manager within the Capital Markets Group in New York.
Mr. Ker received his B.A. from the University of Vermont in Political Science with minors in Economics and History, studied Medieval History at the University of St. Andrew’s, Scotland (where he also served on the University’s US Advisory Board) and earned his MBA at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Finance and Marketing). Beginning in 2004, Mr. Ker began serving on the Board of Managers of the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York – the second oldest charitable organization in the US – most recently as its 97th President.