Weighing The Risks

John O'Connor and Allen Parker of J.H. Whitney - Trade Wars and What That Means for the Global Economy

Episode Summary

This week, Rusty Vanneman and Nick Codola talk with John O’Connor and Allen Parker, the CEO and President of J.H. Whitney respectively. In this episode, we discuss Trade Wars and their potential implications for the Global Economy. In particular, we take a closer look at whether or not US Industry is protected, and in great shape, or does it look like there is trouble ahead? Learn more at orion.com.

Episode Notes

This week on Weighing the Risks we are joined by John O’Connor and Allen Parker, the CEO and President of J.H. Whitney respectively.

John O’Connor has served as Chairman of J.H. Whitney Investment Management, LLC since January 2005. From January 2009 through March 2011, he served as CEO of Tactronics Holdings, LLC, a Whitney Capital Partners portfolio holding company that provided tactical integrated electronic systems to US and foreign military customers as well as composite armor solutions for military vehicles through its Armostruxx division. Previously, John was Chairman of JP Morgan Alternative Asset Management, Inc. and an Executive Partner of JP Morgan Partners. He was also a member of the Risk Management Committee of JP Morgan Chase, which was responsible for policy formulation and oversight of all market and credit risk-taking activities globally. John has extensive experience in transaction leadership, structuring and portfolio management and is a member of J.H. Whitney’s Investment Committee, contributing significant global renewable and energy investment, regulatory, and operational expertise to the Investment Manager’s team. John earned a B.A. in economics from Tulane University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Allen Parker became a Senior Advisor to J.H. Whitney Investment Management and its affiliates after most recently serving for three years as an executive at Wells Fargo & Company, where he was Interim Chief Executive Officer for seven months and General Counsel for the remainder of his tenure.  Throughout his time at Wells Fargo, he was also a member of the Wells Fargo Operating Committee, which is the company’s senior-most business committee responsible for considering and deciding on key strategic, business, and operational matters.  Prior to his work at Wells Fargo, Allen was a partner for 27 years at the New York law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where he was a member of the firm’s corporate governance and board advisory practice and held a variety of leadership roles, including as Cravath’s Presiding Partner, the firm’s chief executive officer.  Allen has extensive experience in matters relating to corporate governance, crisis management, financial institution regulation, financing, mergers and acquisitions, and derivative transactions in the United States and over 20 foreign countries.  Allen earned an undergraduate degree from Duke University, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law.

Key Takeaways


[08:05] ~ “For me, and this is really what we are going to talk about today, I think the primary shortcoming in risk management, at the corporate level today, is in risk identification. ” ~ Allen Parker 

[18:19] ~ “The SEC has begun to become much more aggressive in terms of disclosure, with respect to IP on the one hand, and…with respect to cyber penetration on the other. So if it’s worth a lot of money, and it is at risk from Cyber, you as an issuer really need to talk about it now.” ~ John O’Connor


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