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January 25, 2016

Stephens Investment Banking Hires Christopher Gidden as Head of Aerospace & Defense 

(LITTLE ROCK, AR: January 25, 2016) – Stephens Inc., an independent, full service investment banking firm, today announced the hiring of Christopher Gidden as Managing Director and the Head of Aerospace and Defense within its Investment Banking Division. Mr. Gidden’s significant expertise in the sector is critical to the firm’s increasing aerospace and defense client portfolio in the U.S. and abroad.

Mr. Gidden joins Stephens from Moelis & Company where he served as Investment Banking Executive Director and Head of EMEA Aerospace & Defense. In this role, he was a key member of the firm’s global Aerospace & Defense team, and led several high profile transactions on behalf of leading European sector clients. Prior to Moelis & Company, he held a similar position with J.P. Morgan, and was a decorated U.S. Navy Commander and NCIS Special Agent with more than 20 years of Active Duty and Reserve Military service.

“Chris joins Stephens with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the aerospace and defense sector. From his years in the U.S. Navy to working with U.S. and European sector clients, he is uniquely positioned to provide Stephens’ existing and potential clients with objective, expert advice and counsel to achieve their strategic goals,” said Brad Eichler, Executive Vice President, Head of Investment Banking. “We’re glad to have Chris leading our Aerospace & Defense team, and believe that with his leadership and guidance we will continue to see growth in this important sector.”

Mr. Gidden commented, “I’m thrilled to be a part of the Stephens team. With its strong history and commitment to best-in-class advice and flawless execution, Stephens is the perfect organization for my next endeavor. I look forward to helping the team build our presence in the industry and partnering with clients to achieve their business goals.”

Mr. Gidden will be based in Washington, D.C.

About Stephens Inc. 
Stephens Inc. is a full service investment banking firm headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. Since its inception in 1933, privately held Stephens Inc. has served a broad client base which includes corporations, state and local governments, financial institutions, institutional investors and individual investors throughout the United States and overseas. The firm is a member of the New York Stock Exchange and SIPC. Stephens’ services include investment banking, money management, wealth management, securities underwriting, equity research and general securities brokerage and trading. Today, Stephens Inc. maintains 24 offices in the United States. For more information, visit

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