Kenneth Moelis has served as the Chairman of our Board of Directors since inception and was our interim Chief Executive Officer from inception to the date of appointment of Mr. Spellacy as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Moelis is Chairman of the Board of Directors and has served as Chief Executive Officer of Moelis since 2007. Mr. Moelis has almost 40 years of investment banking and mergers and acquisitions experience. Prior to founding our Company, Mr. Moelis founded Moelis, a global independent investment bank, and its affiliate, Moelis Asset Management L.P., an alternative asset management firm with approximately $6 billion of assets under management across private equity, direct lending, credit funds, and structured products. Since its inception, Moelis has advised on approximately $3.5 trillion of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and recapitalizations. Mr. Moelis led Moelis’ initial public offering in 2014 while being named EuroMoney’s Banker of the Year. Since its IPO, Moelis has organically grown revenues by over 80% and has generated a total shareholder return of over 100%, including quarterly and special dividends.
Prior to founding Moelis, Mr. Moelis worked at UBS from 2001 to 2007, where he was most recently President of UBS Investment Bank and previously Joint Global Head of Investment Banking. Before joining UBS, Mr. Moelis was Head of Corporate Finance at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, where he worked from 1990 through 2000. Mr. Moelis began his career as an investment banker with Drexel Burnham Lambert in 1981. Mr. Moelis serves on the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees, the Wharton Board of Overseers, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Board of Advisors and was formerly Chair and Director on the Tourette Association of America Board. Mr. Moelis holds a B.S. and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Spellacy was appointed our Chief Executive Officer on October 2, 2020. Mr. Spellacy has extensive experience in technology, data and analytics, capital markets and private equity and has worked as an investor, investment banker and consultant. Most recently, Mr. Spellacy was a Senior Managing Director at Accenture plc and Global Industry Leader of Accenture Capital Markets while overseeing Accenture’s Asset Management, Wealth Management and Investment and Trading businesses. Accenture plc is a multinational Fortune Global 500 professional services firm with 2020 revenues of over $44 billion. Mr. Spellacy began his role at Accenture in 2017.
Mr. Spellacy is transitioning out of his role at Accenture during the fourth quarter of 2020 in order to pursue the Atlas Crest CEO role. During this period, Mr. Spellacy’s time will be primarily focused on his Atlas Crest related duties and ensuring a successful transition of Accenture client responsibilities. Prior to Accenture, Mr. Spellacy was a Senior Partner, Asset and Wealth Management, at PwC from 2015 to 2017 and prior to that role, Mr. Spellacy was a Partner at Broadhaven Capital, an industry leading independent investment bank and private equity investor servicing the financial services and technology sectors from 2013 to 2015. Prior to Broadhaven, Mr. Spellacy was a Senior Executive, Management Committee Advisor at Bridgewater, a widely recognized money manager from 2009 to 2013. Mr. Spellacy led Bridgewater’s $130bn AuM Transformation Program. Prior to Bridgewater, Mr. Spellacy was a Partner and Managing Director at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) from 2003 to 2009 where he helped guide the firm’s global Alternative Investments Practice providing strategic business advisory services to global asset managers, sovereign wealth funds and asset owners. He received his B.S. (Econ) from the London School of Economics, and MBA from the University of Hartford.
Christopher Callesano has served as our Chief Financial Officer since inception. Mr. Callesano is currently a Managing Director of Moelis and has served as its Principal Accounting Officer since 2016 and its Corporate Controller since 2010. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Callesano was Senior Managing Director of Financial Reporting and Accounting Policy at NASDAQ OMX where he was responsible for preparing the financial statements filed with the SEC. Previously, Mr. Callesano worked at Merrill Lynch from 2004 to 2008, most recently as Director of Corporate Reporting. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Callesano held various other accounting positions, including as an auditor with Ernst & Young. Mr. Callesano holds a B.S. in Accounting from Penn State University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in New York State.