Kenny Young

Kenny Young

President of B. Riley Financial
Chief Executive Officer of
B. Riley Principal Investments

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Development
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Go-to-market Strategy 
  • Mergers & Acquisitions 
  • Product Development
  • Product Marketing


  • Financial Services
  • Principal Investments
  • Technology


  • Graceland University
  • Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Kenneth "Kenny" Young has served as B. Riley Financial's President since July 2018, and previously served as a director of the Company from May 2015 to October 2016, during which he was chair of the Board's Audit Committee and on the Board's Compensation and Corporate Governance committees. Young also has served as Chief Executive Officer of B. Riley Principal Investments, LLC since October 2016. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of B. Riley Principal Merger Corp., from October 2018 to February 2020, at which time it completed its business combination with Alta Equipment Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALTG). Young previously served on the board of Charah Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:CHRA) from August 2021 to September 2022. He serves as Chairman and is a member of the board at Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE:BW) since September 2020; he also has served as Chief Executive Officer since November 2018. Young has served as a member of the board of Sonim Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SONM) from 2018 to February 2022. He also served on the board of bebe stores, inc. (OTC:BEBE) from January 2018 to April 2019, Standard Diversified (NYSE:SDI) from 2015 to 2017, Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE: GSAT) from November 2015 to December 2018, Orion Energy Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: OESX), from August 2017 to May 2020, and Franchise Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FRG) (fka Liberty Tax, Inc.), from 2018 to 2020.

From August 2008 to March 2016, Young served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lightbridge Communications Corporation. He holds a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Southern Illinois and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences from Graceland University.