Media Enquiries

For media inquiries contact:

Associate Manager, Strategic Communications Group
+44 207 838 7200
Media Inquiries


August 1, 2017

Press Release

London, August 1, 2017 – Arcanum, a strategic global intelligence company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Magellan Investment Holdings, announced today that Field Marshal Charles Ronald Llewelyn Guthrie, Baron Guthrie of Craigiebank, GCB, LVO, OBE, DL, former Chief of the Defence Staff, will be joining Arcanum as Senior Advisor to the Chairman effective August 1, 2017.

As the leading figure in the UK’s military, Field Marshal Guthrie provided leadership and direction to the UK’s Armed Forces over his long and distinguished career, first with the Welsh Guards in Germany and Northern Ireland, and then with the SAS in the Middle East, Malaysia, and East Africa. He was also involved in the NATO Partnership for Peace after the fall of the Berlin Wall, which advised former Soviet satellites such as Poland, Hungary and the Baltic States how to restructure their forces to cooperate with NATO. This culminated in his appointment as Chief of General Staff, and later, his appointment as Chief of Defence Staff.

“Lord Guthrie’s decades of military leadership and expertise in the service of international security and the protection of our global community has made him one of the foremost strategic thinkers in our industry. He will be an invaluable asset to Arcanum’s leadership, and we look forward to working alongside him in continued service to the promotion of international security,” said Ron Wahid, Chairman of Arcanum.

“I am impressed by the reach and capacity of Arcanum in a global context. I look forward to working with the Chairman and the excellent management team to deliver considered insight to the strategically important client base,” said Lord Guthrie.

Lord Guthrie has held a number of senior staff appointments in the army, including as Commander of the 1st British Corps, the Northern Army Group, and the British Army of the Rhine (from 1992 to 1994), before becoming the Chief of the General Staff (from 1994 to 1997), and as Chief of the Defence Staff, (from 1997 to 2001). He served for ten years as Colonel Commandant of the Intelligence Corps and he was Colonel Commandant of the SAS from 2001 to 2010. He is currently Colonel of the Life Guards, Gold Stick to Her Majesty the Queen.

Since he left the Active List, he has been a Director of NM Rothschild and Sons from 2001 to 2011 and a Director of Sciens Capital, Colt Defense, Petropavlovsk and Gulf Keystone Petroleum in Kurdistan; a Council Member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies; a Visiting Professor and Honorary Fellow of King’s College London University; and Chairman of the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives at King’s College London. He is Chairman of the Hospital of St. John and St. Elizabeth and St. John’s Hospice, Action Medical Research and the Federation of London Youth Clubs. He is Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University.

Lord Guthrie is a Crossbench Peer.


About Magellan Investment Holdings

Magellan Investment Holdings (Magellan) is a holding company with a diversified portfolio of investments. Magellan is the parent company of its operating subsidiaries – RJI Capital, a merchant banking and strategic advisory firm, and Arcanum, an intelligence company.

About Arcanum

Arcanum, a wholly owned subsidiary of Magellan Investment Holdings, is a global intelligence company that provides a host of bespoke strategic intelligence services to government entities and the private sector across a range of industries.

Arcanum’s team includes experts from intelligence, law enforcement, military, diplomacy, and legal backgrounds, with in-depth knowledge required to operate globally and discreetly on the largest multi-jurisdictional cases. In addition, Arcanum has exceptional intellectual resources with an executive leadership team that consists of senior leaders from the world’s most powerful intelligence and government agencies, including the U.S., U.K. and France.

By maintaining a highly diversified intelligence and business network around the globe, Arcanum’s industry-leading global resources and technical expertise are delivered from its offices in Washington, DC, London, Paris, Zurich, and Hong Kong. For further information, go to


Anna Popova: