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Brien Smith
Brien Smith
Chief Operating Officer
Managing Director


36 Years of industry experience
18 Years with Neuberger Berman
Brien Smith is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman and the Chief Operating Officer of the Neuberger Berman Private Equity Division. He is a member of the investment committees for the Private Investment Portfolios, CoInvestment and Private Debt programs. Mr. Smith is a member of Neuberger Berman’s Operating Committee. Mr. Smith is also a member of the firm’s Investment Risk and Operational Risk Committees. Prior to joining Neuberger Berman in 2001, Mr. Smith worked in the middle market private equity firm Mason Best Company, L.P., and its affiliates. Mr. Smith began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Smith is a life member of the Red McCombs School of Business Advisory Council at the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Smith also currently serves on the board of the Texas Exes Alumni Association and chairs its Investment Committee. He serves and has served on a number of other boards of directors. Mr. Smith received a Master’s in Professional Accounting and a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.