Allan Starkie is a Partner at Knightsbridge Advisors, Inc. specializing in executive recruiting in wealth management. He also provides management consulting and merger and acquisition support for many of the company’s major clients.
A 1979 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Allan served as a Green Beret, Airborne, Ranger and Army Intelligence Captain before joining the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he was decorated for his covert collection operations in the Grenada, Korean and Chad/Libyan crises. While assigned to the Pentagon working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Allan was selected as an aide to President Reagan and served in that capacity until leaving government service in 1985 to pursue a business career.
Allan served as CEO and managing partner for Oceonics, an international construction, property development and financial services company, where his partners included former U.S. Treasury Secretary William E. Simon. He also worked as General Manager for Miller Druck International, an international contractor in London, after spending five years as Project Manager for Turner Construction in New York.
Through personal associations, Allan served as business advisor to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of York from 1991 to 1995, overseeing her family office and working with her to establish a Children’s Foundation with Princess Esmeralda of Belgium.
A graduate of Harvard Business School, Allan also earned a Masters degree in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College in 1985, and a Ph.D. in Business from American World University in conjunction with Templeton College, Oxford University in 1993. He is fluent in German and French.
An international bestselling author, Allan has penned three biographies, including Jet Set: Memoir of an International Playboy; Fergie: Her Secret Life and, most recently, A Date with Death. Allan has also authored numerous articles on wealth management trends for major industry publications.
Allan is a member of the Harvard Business School Club of New York, Harvard Club of New York, Harvard Club of Boston, New York Society of Security Analysts, West Point Society of New York, Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), Microsoft’s Capital Market’s Advisory Board, and New York Fencers Club. Allan is an Adjunct Professor at LIU Post, and the President of the Board at the Village of Camelback.