Elizabeth O’Connell is Chief Strategy Officer of Burford.
Ms. O’Connell, one of Burford’s founders, assumed the role of Chief Strategy Officer in August 2019, having previously served as its Chief Financial Officer and as a Managing Director responsible for overseeing the company’s finance function and investor relations. Prior to Burford’s founding she was a Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Glenavy Capital LLC, an international investment firm and one of the founding shareholders of Burford. Ms. O’Connell was also the Chief Financial Officer of Churchill Ventures Limited, a technology and media company listed on the American Stock Exchange.
Previously, Ms. O’Connell was a senior investment banker with extensive transactional activity all over the world. She was a senior Equity Syndicate Director at Credit Suisse, where she focused on technology equity offerings. Before that, she spent the bulk of her investment banking career at Salomon Brothers (later Citigroup), with broad experience in M&A and equity activity focused on telecom and media. She began her finance career in foreign exchange sales at Bank of America. Ms. O’Connell has raised more than $11 billion for clients.
Ms. O’Connell is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She earned her MBA in finance from The University of Western Ontario Richard Ivey School of Business, and a BA from The University of Western Ontario. Ms. O’Connell has been a director and treasurer of the Danspace Project in New York City and a director of the Far and Wide Collective in Toronto. She has been married to Christopher Bogart, Burford’s Chief Executive Officer, since 1992 and has fulfilled senior leadership and CFO roles in their various business ventures since 2003.