Karim Awad is group chief executive officer, chairman of the Executive Committee, and a member of the board of EFG Hermes Holding. Since assuming leadership of the firm in 2013, he has led EFG Hermes’ return to profitability by cutting unwarranted expenses, selling non-core assets, and distributing excess cash to shareholders. Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Awad was chief executive officer of the Investment Banking platform, with responsibility for managing the firm’s Investment Banking, Securities Brokerage, Research, Asset Management, and Private Equity divisions. Earlier, he was head of Investment Banking, having joined the division in 1998. Mr. Awad has a long track record advising major corporations on equity offerings and M&A transactions and was instrumental in the development of EFG Hermes’ debt advisory practice.