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Robert Stefanowski

CEO, DFC Global

Cambridge affiliations

  • Fellow of Cambridge Judge Business School

Professional history

Bob Stefanowski has 25 years' experience in the global financial services sector including strategic and operational leadership, business turnaround, direct investing, board governance and regulatory compliance. Bob is currently the Chief Executive Officer of a $1 billion consumer finance company, DFC Global, that is fully owned by Private Equity firm Lone Star Funds. DFC has over 1,400 branch locations throughout nine countries with over 7,500 employees.

Bob's previous roles included Chief Financial Officer of UBS Investment Bank where has was instrumental in restructuring the bank to a smaller, more capital efficient, economically profitable organisation. As Chairman and Managing Partner, International of 3i Private Equity, a FTSE 100 Company, Bob managed a global portfolio in the wealth management, banking, financial services technology, insurance, asset management and SME finance sectors.

Before 3i, Bob was CEO of GE Corporate Finance EMEA for General Electric Capital. Bob held various M&A, Finance and Sales roles in his 14-year career with GE and was appointed a company officer by the GE Board of Directors in April, 2006.

Bob earned an MBA from Cornell University, is a UPENN/Wharton Fellow and has served as an adjunct faculty to NYU Stern, Oxford University, the London Business School and the University of Cambridge with a research focus on Corporate Strategy, Leadership and Private Equity. He is a past participant in the Financial Services Industry Partnership at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. His first book, Making M&A Deals Happen, was published by McGraw Hill Publishing in February 2007.

Society & charity work

Bob was appointed as a trustee to the Victoria and Albert Museum by then Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009.

Robert Stefanowski