Global Advisory for the Chief Operating Officer
Armstrong Wolfe is a global advisory firm which brings together the financial services COO community to address market wide, non-proprietary challenges. We manage this connectivity through the International COO Community (iCOOC), our corporate membership programme.
We provide industry expertise through our advisory practice (AWA), education and training through our institute (AWi), industry leading events through iCOOC and extensive content (Magazines, Podcasts, Point of Views and White Papers).
Through Women in the COO Community (WCOOC) we have a network of over 2,500 women in executive business management roles, committed to inspiring tomorrow’s leaders and addressing DNl challenges.
The International COO Community (iCOOC)
Bringing together the worldwide business management community to share ideas, expertise and thought. To collaborate and develop solutions and common approaches to produce efficiencies and better outcomes, helping to shape the industry of the future.
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What Our Members Say About Us
“Armstrong Wolfe provide a fantastic forum for COOs – and other C-suite roles – to share, learn, debate, and develop as a community. Their intellectual promptings, with which the AW team seed debates and discussions, have helped me to develop and grow and to make connections with peers across my industry.”
Iain Heeps – UK COO & Deputy UK CEO, BNP Paribas Asset Management
“The ICOOC is beneficial to my role as a COO; it leads on the issues that matter most, scans the horizon to help COOs plan their responses to emerging topics and enables peer-led learning and problem solving.”
Marc Berryman, Chief Operating Officer, Credit Suisse Asset Management Limited
“I am not an easy convert when it comes to communities of this nature. My departure point is always skepticism. From our first meeting, the enthusiasm with which Maurice spoke of the initiative together will his experience piqued my interest. The depth of immersion in the topic and importance of connectivity doesn’t stop with Maurice – Gwen, Hollie and Wade are all a pleasure to deal with.
The value I see in Armstrong Wolfe’s iCOOC is the commitment of the team to foster genuine, collaborative engagements. Throughout the duration of COVID, spontaneous relationship building had to be replaced by engineered and structured encounters. This format runs the risk of meeting fatigue and superficial connections – but the team ensured the topics were relevant and kept the groups accountable for tangible outputs which demanded a degree of rigour of the conversation.
In addition, I was fortunate to be part of a recent face to face in London which was an absolute pleasure and bore testimony to the rapport that had built up amongst a number of us over the preceding year. Finally, the team is always striving to broaden the circle vertically within organisations (with events pitched at different levels) and across the industry (maintaining appropriate representation). Thank you to the team for your continued efforts and I look forward to the next 12 months.”
Khadeeja Bassier, Global COO, Ninety One
“Armstrong Wolfe’s knowledge and understanding of the asset management industry and the issues it faces is impressive, along with their ability to mobilize speakers to address topics of interest, create conversations and provide actionable advice. This has been particularly helpful during Covid, when understanding what the industry is doing is critical to operating a business during a crisis.”
Cynthia Nestle – Americas COO and Global CAO, DWS
“The discussion of how to use behavioural science to build a culture that motivates everyone in the organisation and then protect it from bad actors was a real eye-opener”.
David Lean, Chair of the Association of Online Due Diligence
“A really useful summit, which allowed representatives of many of the financial world’s great firms to come together on a global stage and share interesting views and insights into risk management and governance. – Well done Armstrong Wolfe!”
Jason Hope, General Manager, Business Controls, Monitoring and Remediation, Westpac Institutional Bank
Global COO, MD
“Maurice and team, congratulations on a very successful event marking not only a high point of your many years of bringing value to the FS COO community, but also to an intense year of launching the community programs and of accelerating AW’s transition into a purpose-focused enterprise. Well done!”
David Ornstein, Former MD, COO, Barclays Investment Bank USA
“As usual the Armstrong Wolfe team pulled together a splendid event. Unscripted and with the right participants, discourse was open, transparent, topical and punchy. Right context at the right time and unlike many events recently, the openness and participation within the COO community ensured this was a valuable and worthwhile use of time. Well done and looking very much forward to future events”
David Sharratt, China COO, Commerzbank AG Shanghai Branch
“It’s always a pleasure and enriching to participate in the events organized by Maurice and his team. There is always something to share with and to learn from others participants.”
Eric Rabin, Chief Operating Officer, Societe Generale
“The summit catalysed real insight and collaboration on a spectrum of thorny problems, which we all need to solve and not merely for the sake of our organisations or industry, but for society at large.”
Sam McGrath, Managing Director, Corporate & Institutional Banking, Standard Chartered Bank
“It’s great to see the industry being less fearful of sharing problems and issues – it has been a difficult few years and many banks have attempted to innovate looking inward rather than collaboratively in the industry. Forums such as these are crucial to allow thought leadership to be shared where there is little company IP advantage at stake – this will in turn lead to far more collaborative solutions, saving cost, creating efficiency and ultimately benefitting the customer, investor, shareholder, employee and other stakeholders.”
Rich Evans, Global Solutions Lead, Regulation and Compliance, DXC Luxoft
“A great opportunity to contribute and learn across a range of relevant topics which cut to the heart of applying innovation and creativity in the FS context. Illuminating the mutually beneficial relationship between the FS industry and human evolution. Many thanks to Maurice, Gwen and the whole Armstrong & Wolfe team for putting together such a great line-up.”
Christine Moran Currently studying Corporate Sustainability at Oxford Said Business School, former EMEA Head of Culture and Conduct, State Street
“Armstrong Wolfe provide a fantastic forum for COOs – and other C-suite roles – to share, learn, debate and develop as a community. Their intellectual promptings, with which the AW team seed debates and discussions, have helped me to develop and grow and to make connections with peers across my industry”.
Iain Heeps, Executive Director, UK COO & Deputy UK CEO, BNP Paribas Asset Management
“What I liked [about the summit] was that in almost every session the discussion was taken to the “how do you operationalise this [solution/other]?”
Virginia Laird, MD, CAO, EMEA Markets & Securities Services, Citigroup
“Through its impressively diverse panel, the summit provided a unique opportunity to gain practical insight towards the evolving role of the COO in guiding organisational transformation and providing purpose driven leadership in relatively unique circumstances.”
Ashwin Chak, MD, COO, Markets and Investment Banking, Asia ex Japan, Mizuho Securities
“Armstrong Wolfe continues to deliver high-value and provide deep insights, covering our current environment and providing a future-focused outlook on tomorrow’s opportunities. Our membership has been a powerful benefit that has enriched our entire team.”
Summer Hinton, Chief Operating Officer, BMO Capital Markets
“I love Armstrong Wolfe’s purpose. It’s such an important platform to help spread cutting edge ideas that can really transform and shape the corporate culture through multiple industries.”
Mizuho, Business Manager
“Our partnership with Armstrong Wolfe is seen as a gateway to access network intelligence to improve our business decisions.”
Sanjeev Verma, Global FM Sales COO and Head of Conduct and Control, Financial Markets
Gift Aid for Ukraine
GCF Bosnia, the charitable foundation of Armstrong Wolfe (www.gcfbosnia.org), has established a means to directly support the mothers and children of the Ukraine escaping the ravages of war, this effort will come under the name Korczowa Children’s Foundation (KCF), Poland (For the children of Ukraine).
Our diversity, equity and inclusion programme strives to support the underrepresented by leveraging the influence and good will of the female global COO community.
We are committed to protecting the reputation of Armstrong Wolfe as the trusted partner to the COO community and the individual reputations of our alumni members.
Raise the profile and impact of the COO and CCO functions in Finance by driving innovation, while redefining and enhancing their roles and capabilities.
The collaborations encompass the Armstrong Wolfe’s quarterly COO forums across several regions.
Listen to content on demand from our most recent events and Mental Health Awareness Week.
Conduct & Culture Summit
Watch the entire Conduct & Culture Summit on Demand or register your interest for our next event.
Our membership is one degree of separation from the executive. They are the ambassadors of conduct and the ‘COO’ a trademark for innovation, execution and ethical behaviour. They are uniquely positioned to transform financial services, add value to the society of nations and support the global economy.
iCOOC’s mission is to help them meet this challenge by working better together to build a brighter future for all.