Introduction to BABC

The British-American Business Council (BABC) is the largest transatlantic business network, with 22 chapters and over 2,000 member companies based in major business centers throughout North America and the United Kingdom. Its membership includes many of the world's largest multinationals, as well as hundreds of middle market and smaller companies.

Contact Information
52 Vanderbilt Avenue, 20th Floor - New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 661-4060 - Email: teker@babinc.org

Member Benefits

The BABC's chapters participate in the BABC to gain access to a broader transatlantic business network and additional Member Benefits, including access to business development, networking and marketing opportunities and to valuable business insights and intelligence.

On behalf of its members, the BABC also actively engages with government on a broad range of policy issues and ensures that our actions take into account our members’ views and interests. We maintain an ongoing dialogue with Government on many of these issues and make direct, formal representations to Government on issues of particular concern. The BABC has designated BritishAmerican Business to take the lead for the BABC on policy issues; and its Transatlantic Steering Committee oversees BritishAmerican Business's and the BABC's policy program.

Member Opportunities

In addition to the benefits that regional BABC chapters offer their members, the BABC offers a variety of business opportunities and services to help their member companies build and manage their business, including exclusive access to:

  • The event programs offered by all the BABC's chapters throughout North America and the UK, providing opportunities to network and develop business with their members.
  • Opportunities to promote their company and its services/products to all the BABC's membership on a year-round basis through the home page of the BABC website, by becoming a BABC Patron; taking out a banner ad and/or by sponsoring the BABC website.
  • The BABC's J-1 Visa Program, enabling BABC member companies to bring qualified employees and interns from anywhere in the world into the United States for training and employment.
  • Opportunities to promote their services and products to other BABC member companies on the BABC website, at no cost, through our Member Discounts, as well as through advertising/sponsorships.

Meet the leadership team

President
Steve Allen
Partner – Head of Birmingham Office, Mills & Reeve LLP
Vice President
Kristen Verderame
Chairman
Simon Talling-Smith
CEO
Jeffries Briginshaw

Boards and Committees

About our board

The BABC is a not-for-profit membership organization, governed by its Board of Directors (which includes a representative from each of its chapters, as well as its elected officers and CEO)  and by its Executive Committee (which is elected by its Board). Its CEO also serves as CEO of BritishAmerican Business, and BritishAmerican Business provides the BABC’s Secretariat.

International Advisory Board

The BABC enjoys the support of an International Advisory Board (IAB), consisting principally of the chairmen and chief executives of leading US and British multinational companies. The IAB is chaired by Sir Martin Sorrell, Group Chief Executive, WPP.

BAGOL

BAGOL, the British-American Group of Lawyers, is a network of attorneys from the various BABC chapters. The group provides opportunities for making or receiving referrals and exchanging or disseminating information of common legal significance. A key function of BAGOL is its meeting and program at BABC conferences. Membership in BAGOL is attained via participation at meetings.

For more information on BAGOL, please contact Bruce Lowe, Esq., of TAFT, STETTINIUS & HOLLISTER LLP .

The most recent BAGOL meeting was held at the Offices of Debevoise & Plimpton in NYC with discussion leaders form firms such as Debevoise & Plimpton, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Matheson, McGladrey LLP, Pepper Hamilton , Pondera International LLC, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Stevens & Associates , Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP and Withers & Rogers. Topics included:

  • The TTIP: Latest Update
  • Cyber security and litigation – The latest legal practice explosion
  • IP developments in the UK and Europe
  • Big Ticket Litigation, UK & US
  • Inversion transactions and the Google tax. Is America next?

International Advisory Board

Group Chief Executive
* Sir Martin Sorrell
WPP
Chairman
Dame Helen Alexander
UBM plc
Deputy Chairman
Sir Martin Broughton
IAG
CEO
Richard Anderson
Delta Air Lines
COO
J. Frank Brown
General Atlantic
Managing Partner and Chairman
Johan C. Aurik
A.T. Kearney
CEO
Gary Burnison
Korn/Ferry International
Editor
Lionel Barber
Financial Times
Head of Operations and Technology
Don Callahan
Citigroup
Global Managing Director
Dominic Barton
McKinsey & Co
Vice Chairman and Managing Director, New York
Eric Cantor
Moelis & Company
American Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s

H.E. Matthew Barzun
Honorary Co-Patron of BritishAmerican Business
CEO
Dominic Casserley
Willis Group Holdings
CEO
Inga K Beale
Lloyd's
Executive Vice President and Chairman, EMEA
Michael Cole-Fontayn
BNY Mellon
Chairman
Jeremy Coller
Coller Capital
Editor-in-Chief
Zanny Minton Beddoes
The Economist
Chairman
Bal G. Das
BGD Holdings
Chairman
Sir Win Bischoff
JP Morgan Securities plc
Chairman
Lord Davies of Abersoch
Corsair Capital
Chairman & CEO

Robert J. Blanding

Loomis Sayles & Company
Chairman

Ian Davis
Rolls-Royce
Founder & Chairman
Sir Richard Branson
Virgin Group
Chairman
Pat Dewar

Lockheed Martin Global
General Manager, Global Consulting Services
Sarah Diamond
IBM
President & CEO
Dan Glaser
Marsh & McLennan
Group CEO
Michael Dobson
Schroders
Co-Chief Executive Officer

Richard J. Gnodde
Goldman Sachs International
CEO
Frank D’Souza
Cognizant
Vice Chairman
Michael Golden
New York Times
CEO
Robert Dudley
BP
Chairman & CEO

Lucian Grainge CBE

Universal Music Group
President & CEO
Duncan J. Edwards
Hearst Magazines International
Bloomberg
Peter Grauer
Chairman
CEO
Erik Engstrom
RELX Group
Chairman & CEO
Evan Greenberg
ACE Group
Director-General
Carolyn Fairbairn


CBI
Chairman
Jeffrey W. Greenberg
Aquiline Capital Partners LLC
CEO

John Fallon

Pearson
CEO

Robert Greifeld

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
CEO and President
Peter Hancock

AIG
President
Thomas Farley
NYSE Group
President
Robin Hayes
JetBlue Airways
Group Chairman
Douglas Flint
HSBC Holdings
Dean
Peter Blair Henry
NYU Stern School of Business
CEO
Dennis Friedrich
Brookfield Property Partners
Regional Chairman, Americas
Mr. Remi Hinduja
Hinduja Group of Companies
Chairman
Orit Gadiesh
Bain & Co.
Chairman
Gregory Hodkinson
Arup
Chief Executive
Martin Gilbert
Aberdeen Asset Management
CEO
John Holland-Kaye
Heathrow Airport Limited
Chief Executive
Mr. Mark Makepeace


FTSE Group

CEO
Steven Holliday
National Grid

Non-Executive Director
Sir David Manning GCMG, CVO

BG Group
Group Chief Executive

Antonio Horta-Osorio
Lloyds Banking Group
Vice Chairman
David Mayhew
J.P. Morgan

President
Ignacio Jayanti

Corsair Capital

Group President
Steve McGill
Aon
Chairman

Richard Jones
Proxima Group
Chairman
Harold McGraw III
McGraw Hill Financial
President, North America & Europe
Surya Kant
Tata Consultancy Services
CEO & Founder
Damian McKinney
McKinney Rogers
Chief Executive Officer
Ian King
BAE Systems Plc
Non-Executive Director

Sir Christopher Meyer KCMG

The Arbuthnot Banking Group
Senior Advisor
The Hon Philip Lader
Morgan Stanley International
Editor-in-Chief
John Micklethwait
Bloomberg News
President & CEO
Rich Lesser
The Boston Consulting Group
Dean
Ilian Mihov
INSEAD
Chief Executive Officer
William Lewis
Dow Jones
Chairman & CEO
Lakshmi Mittal
Arcelor Mittal
Dean
Sir Andrew Likierman
London Business School
Co-COO

James Murdoch
21st Century Fox
Founder & CEO
Eugene Ludwig
Promontory Financial Group, LLC
CEO
Clarke Murphy
Russell Reynolds Associates
Founder and Strategic Advisor Innovate Finance Chairman
Alastair Lukies CBE
Monitise
Chairman
Dennis M. Nally
PwC
CEO
Chris O’Kane
Aspen Insurance Holdings

Chairman

Andy Rubin
Pentland Brands
CEO
Lee Olesky
Tradeweb
President
Neeraj Sahai
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services
Chairman & Founder
Lord Paul of Marylebone
Caparo Group
President
Ann Sarnoff

BBC Worldwide North America
President & CEO
Douglas L. Peterson
McGraw Hill Financial
Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder
Stephen Schwarzman
The Blackstone Group
Executive Chairman
Mark Pigott KBE
PACCAR
President
John Sexton
New York University
Chairman & CEO
Bob Pittman

Clear Channel
Non-Executive Director
Sir Nigel Sheinwald GCMG
Royal Dutch Shell
Professor of Business Administration
Professor John A. Quelch CBE
Harvard Business School
President & CEO
James Smith
Thomson Reuters
Chairman
Sir Michael Rake
BT Group
CEO
Richard Solomons
InterContinental Hotels Group
Chairman & CEO
Ian Read
Pfizer
CEO

Dr Ralf Speth

Jaguar Land Rover
Chairman
Christopher Rodrigues CBE
VisitBritain
Chairman
Sir Howard Stringer
Saïd Business School
Chairman

Sir John Rose

Hakluyt & Company
CEO

Bob Sulentic

CBRE
Deputy Chairman
Jeffrey A. Rosen
Lazard
President & CEO
Joseph A. Sullivan

Legg Mason


Board of Directors

Ex Officio

Simon Talling-Smith
Steve Allen
Ven Kocaj
Jeffries Briginshaw

Chapter Representatives

Atlanta
Kacie Sizemore
Birmingham
Steve Allen
Boston
Urszula Wojciechowska
Charlotte
Jeffrey Hay
Chicago
Tom Stevens
Cleveland
Bruce Lowe
Glasgow
Iain McMillan CBE
Houston
Becci Himes
Los Angeles
Sarah Robarts
Manchester
Richard Northcote
New York/London
Wendy Mendenhall
Orange County
Joey Benadretti
Philadelphia
Howard Silverstone
San Francisco
Nicholas Unkovic
Seattle
Catherine Filippini
Tampa
Grant Petersen
Triangle NC
Steve Cain
Washington, DC
Christopher Nicholson

Chapter Representatives

IAB Representative
Richard Fursland CBE
Representative
Kristen Verderame
Associate Representative: Toronto
Dean Smith

Executive Committee

President
Steven Allen
Mills & Reeve LLP
Vice President
Kristen Verderame
Booz Allen Hamilton
Chairman
Simon Talling-Smith
Travelzoo
CEO
Jeffries Briginshaw
BritishAmerican Business, London
Treasurer
Tom Stevens
Stevens & Associates
Legal Councel
Kristen Verderame
Booz Allen Hamilton

Regional Representatives

Midwest
Tom Stevens
Stevens & Associates
Northeast
John Tunstall
Florin Pensions LLC
West
Kathleen Kimura MBE
Tokyo Express Co., Inc.
Southeast
Chris Nicholson
Geopay, Russez and Virginia Int’l University
United Kingdom
Iain McMillan
Scottish North American Business Council

Special Issues

Trade Policy
Jeffries Briginshaw
BritishAmerican Business, London
BAGOL
Bruce Lowe
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, LLP
Advisors
Colin Brown
Venturexcel
Advisors
Becci Himes
British American Business Council – Houston
Advisors
David Kay OBE
DrinkerBiddleGardnerCarton
Advisors
Wendy Mendenhall
BritishAmerican Business, NY
Advisors
Jane Rosenberg
British American Business Council – Philadelphia