Ulrika Ekman, 58, is an experienced board member with a background in financial and professional services, including mergers and acquisitions, governance, and strategic planning. Ms. Ekman currently serves as an independent member of the Board of Directors of Greenhill & Co. (NYSE: GHL), where she chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee and serves on the Compensation Committee.
Until her retirement in 2012, Ms. Ekman was a member of the management committee of Greenhill & Co., a leading independent investment bank which provides financial advisory services for mergers, acquisition, restructurings, financings and capital raising to corporations, institutions and governments from its multiple offices across five continents.
Ms. Ekman’s tenure at Greenhill coincided with the firm’s rapid growth and initial expansion. Ms. Ekman focused on establishing Greenhill’s premier brand as a trusted advisor in a highly competitive international market and was intimately involved in various strategic initiatives to build the firm, including financings in both public and private equity markets, acquisitions, and international expansion. Ms. Ekman also advised the Greenhill Board of Directors on governance and strategic issues. Ms. Ekman served as general counsel and as co-head of North American M&A.
Prior to joining Greenhill, Ms. Ekman was a partner in the M&A Group of Davis Polk LLP, a premier Wall Street law firm, where she represented clients in complex domestic and cross-border transactions across a broad range of industries, including mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, divestitures, and reorganizations.
Following her retirement from Greenhill, Ms. Ekman founded Embla Advisors, which provides advisory services to start-up, small and midsized companies that lack the internal infrastructure and expertise to manage complex transactions and special situations, such as acquisitions or joint ventures and provides governance advice to not-for-profits. In addition, Ms. Ekman serves as a managing member of Riga Property LLC, a private investment firm in the agricultural sector.
Ms. Ekman’s charitable activities include serving on the Board of Trustees of The Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, Connecticut (where she also serves on the Strategic Planning, Diversity and Inclusion and the Finance Committees) and previously, on the Board of Trustees of St. Luke’s School in New York City (where she also served as Treasurer and was a member of the Executive and Finance Committees, overseeing a pivotal strategic study).
Ms. Ekman received her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she was awarded the Order of the Coif. Ms. Ekman also holds an M.A. in history from New York University and a B.S. of Foreign Service from Georgetown University, cum laude. Ms. Ekman, a native of Sweden, speaks five languages and resides in Connecticut with her family.