Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown has 33 years of corporate finance experience in both the United States and Europe and has been CFO of both privately held and publicly traded companies. He has extensive restructuring and turnaround experience across a number of industries, has served on several boards and has consulted for a number of companies. 
Kevin started his career at Ford Motor Company, where he spent 16 years in corporate finance positions, including three years as CFO of AutoEuropa, a Ford and Volkswagen joint venture in Lisbon, Portugal, and several years in Cologne, Germany, as the Ford of Europe manufacturing controller working on the European restructuring. 
After leaving Ford, Kevin was named EVP and CFO of Donnelly Corporation, an NYSE-listed automotive supplier. After two years of restructuring during which the stock price almost tripled, Donnelly was acquired by Magna Corporation. 
Kevin then joined Harman International, an NYSE Fortune 500 company, where he was CFO for three years. He left Harman to join Aleris International, a TPG-owned private equity company, and participated in its restructuring and trip through bankruptcy. 
In 2010, Kevin became EVP and CFO of Ports America, the United States’ largest seaport operator, which is private equity owned. After extensive restructuring and refinancing in the first few years, Ports America was returned to profitability, and Kevin and the CEO then rebuilt and professionalized the organization. It is now widely recognized as the best in the industry. Kevin retired from Ports America in 2018. 
Kevin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Bellarmine in 1984. He went on to earn his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. Kevin’s father, Adron Brown, graduated from Bellarmine in 1960 and played on the men’s basketball team. Kevin’s mother is Virginia Karem, whose parents, Edmund and Mary Jane Karem, were active in the Archdiocese of Louisville and Bellarmine’s founding. Kevin has four siblings: Kathleen, Kurt and Theresa (Bellarmine Class of 1985), and Chris (Bellarmine Class of 1987). He and his wife of 30 years, Marcella, have a daughter, Gabrielle. In retirement, Kevin splits his time between Louisville and Delray Beach, Fla. 


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