Jul 10,2018

B. Riley Financial Announces Executive Changes

  • Bryant Riley and Tom Kelleher to serve as Co-Chief Executive Officers
  • Kenny Young to serve as President

LOS ANGELES, July 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- B. Riley Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:RILY), a diversified provider of financial and business advisory services, announced that Bryant Riley and Tom Kelleher have been appointed Co-Chief Executive Officers of the Company effective July 10, 2018. Additionally, the Company announced that Kenny Young has been appointed President of B. Riley Financial.

This new leadership structure is reflective of the evolution and growth the Company has seen in recent years with the completion of several acquisitions and equity investments. Its unique platform offers a wide range of financial and business advisory services through its broker-dealer and advisory and disposition businesses, as well as several funds and portfolio companies.

“B. Riley Financial has enjoyed tremendous growth in recent years, becoming a diverse financial services platform where each entity can now leverage not only our balance sheet, but also the resources across the firm, to provide unique and collaborative solutions to better serve our clients’,” said Bryant Riley. “With Tom Kelleher acting as Co-CEO, and Kenny Young serving as President, I believe we will further grow and diversify our business, while staying true to our roots. Tom has been by my side for over 20 years and has been the visionary in many respects for intra-company collaboration. Kenny has done an incredible job with operating B. Riley Principal Investments, and with his past experience managing large corporations, he will be instrumental in scaling our businesses. I am proud of what we have collectively achieved and excited to see what the future holds.”

“Personally witnessing the growth of B. Riley from a one-office, research-focused firm to a diversified company, with over 50 offices around the globe and almost 900 professionals, has been rewarding and has surpassed our expectations. That said, I am also confident that we’re just getting started.  We’re now well positioned to strengthen our core businesses while expanding into new areas of opportunity, providing a level of unmatched depth and breadth. This is an exciting time for the firm and for me.  I am proud to stand alongside Bryant and for us to continue to move the Company forward,” said Tom Kelleher.

Kenny Young commented: “I’m thrilled to step into the role of President of B. Riley Financial. Since joining, I have witnessed the power of the firm and understand the value it offers current and prospective clients. I am honored to be given the opportunity to play a part in B. Riley Financial’s growing success. There are operating synergies still to be discovered and innovative strategies yet to be developed that will only continue to strengthen and grow the platform.”

About B. Riley Financial, Inc.
B. Riley Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:RILY), through its subsidiaries, provides collaborative financial services and solutions to the capital raising and financial advisory needs of public and private companies and high net worth individuals. The company operates through several wholly-owned subsidiaries, including B. Riley FBR, Inc.dba B. Riley Wealth Management, Inc., Great American Group, LLCB. Riley Capital Management, LLC (which includes B. Riley Asset Management, B. Riley Alternatives, and Great American Capital Partners, LLC) and B. Riley Principal Investments LLC, a group that makes proprietary investments in other businesses, such as the acquisition of United Online, Inc.

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