Professor David Marsh CBE
David Marsh is Chairman and Co-Founder of OMFIF. Before starting at OMFIF in late 2009,
he worked for City merchant bank Robert Fleming, corporate finance boutique Hawkpoint,
German management consultancy Droege and London investment firm London & Oxford.
Marsh took over the chairmanship from John Plender on 1 January 2018 having been
Managing Director since 2014. He moved to a non-executive role following John Orchard’s
appointment as Chief Executive effective 1 January 2020.
Marsh is a Board Member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany and visiting
Professor at Sheffield University and King’s College London. He is former co-founder,
chairman and deputy chairman of the German-British Forum. He was made Commander of
the British Empire in 2000 and was awarded the German Order of Merit
(Bundesverdienstkreuz) in 2003.
He started his career at Reuters in 1973 having graduated with a BA in chemistry from The
Queen’s College Oxford. Between 1978 and 1995 he worked for the Financial Times in
France and Germany, latterly as European Editor in London. Marsh has written six books: Six
Days in in September – Black Wednesday, Brexit and the Making of Europe (2017, with
William Keegan and Richard Roberts); Europe’s Deadlock: How the Crisis Could Be Solved
– And Why It Won’t Happen (2013); The Euro – The Politics of the New Global
Currency (2009 – re-released in 2011 as The Battle for the New Global Currency); Germany
and Europe – The Crisis of Unity (1994); The Bundesbank – The Bank that Rules
Europe (1992); and Germany – Rich, Bothered and Divided (1989 – re-released in 1990
as The New Germany.
Firm: OMFIF Ltd Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum