Mark Abramson has spent over 20 years applying technology fundamentals to the successful implementation of business solutions working as a technology expert in the area of systems design, software architecture, and data analysis. His professional experience has led to a career of Investigative Data Mining, which includes activities for security and criminal detection, Patent and Claims Analysis, Prior Art Searches, and Expert Witness in computer litigation. Mark has participated in over 35 major cases including one of the largest and longest computer software action cases in the industry.
His skills and experience include:
- Working with Attorneys, Courts and Corporations across the country.
- Clients including major legal firms, governmental agencies as well as many smaller companies and the courts.
- Expert witness testimony in both state and federal courts.
- Data Recovery Services encompassing high-level electronic discovery and recovery for litigation and forensics, including computer forensics, expert testimony, email recovery and tape recovery.
Mr. Abramson holds an Associate Degree in Applied Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York.
Manuel Barroso has over 30 years of experience delivering significant business results through technology. He is a talented leader who guides companies to seamlessly integrate the entire value chain from customers to suppliers. Mr. Barroso delivers solid results, generating operation savings and increasing revenue by enabling the right Enterprise Solution for each company. Expert on end-to-end value chain optimization, business process management, and large-scale global projects spanning from intra to inter-companies. Some industries include Information Management, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, High Tech, Electronics, and Financial Institutions. Most importantly Mr. Barroso has been instrumental in transforming companies to continue to be relevant in the market, as well as defining and enabling business continuity strategies and actions.
Manuel’s skills and experience include:
- Large program and project planning and implementation – Agile & Waterfall
- Business continuity and digital transformation strategy and enablement
- Process improvement, service level design and management
- CRM and ERP end to end solutions (including OTC)
- Contract structure, negotiation, and delivery
- Data Governance
Mr. Barroso holds Professional Graduate Certificates in Project Management (ITAM & PMP), Manufacturing Management (ITESM), and BS Engineering in Computer Sciences from UDLAP. Most recently advanced studies in Strategy and Innovation, and Cybersecurity from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Martin Baumann most recently served as Chief Auditor and Director of Professional Standards at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. In this capacity he was responsible for establishing and interpreting auditing and related professional practice standards for audits of all companies that are registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Freddie Mac and as a Senior Partner and Global Banking Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Marty is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at The Washington Campus (washcampus.edu).
His skills and experience include:
- Establishing auditing standards and direction for all audits of public companies filing with the SEC, including US and Foreign Issuers.
- Providing timely guidance and alerts to the auditing profession on emerging practice issues.
- Driving change throughout Freddie Mac as CFO and developing the blueprint for transformation of the financial infrastructure and reporting.
- Serving as Global Client Service Partner for many of the largest banking and insurance companies in the world.
- Serving as the Chairman of the Audit Committee for a nationally recognized not-for-profit organization.
Mr. Baumann is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Queens College and holds an MBA in Finance from Baruch College. He also completed the Executive Program in Business Administration at Columbia University.
Steve Carr is a transformative business leader with experience in business operations management as well as data analytics. For over 30 years he has had success running his private Data Analytics company and running operations on a publicly held technology firm. He has been involved in all aspects of business management, but his primary talent is problem solving. His people skills combined with experience provided a platform for him to simplify both technical and non-technical concepts. He is a firm believer that technology supports operations.
Steve’s skills include:
- Project Management for both long and short-term projects
- Data Driven Analytics using both desktop and enterprise level tools
- Appending Spatial Data and Location Intelligence to core business data to provide additional insight
- Mapping, Site Selection, Territory Optimization, Demographics, and Modeling
- Managing Mobile and Enterprise Level Solution Development with a location and data concentration
- Managing and Supporting Subscription Model implementation
- Working with both startup and established organizations
- Communication with employees, executives, financial groups, and regulatory bodies
Steve holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Fort Schulyer Maritime College and had achieved the rank of Lieutenant in the USNR.
Yan Cheung has over 20 years of hands-on success in Banking Strategy, Transformation, Program and Project Management, Change Management, Performance Management and FP&A in major global financial institutions such as Bank of NY Mellon, Deutsche Bank and Citigroup. Miss Cheung delivers solid results, reducing costs while increasing revenue by enabling the Enterprise Transformation Strategies, formulating and executing change management and stakeholder management strategies. Adopted Critical Thinking, Design Thinking and Agile iterative process in end-to-end review of process deficiencies and optimization, turnaround strategy and solutioning. Adept in executing client-focused strategies to enhance customer satisfaction, quality, efficiency and financial outcome.
What Direct Managers and Clients say about Yan:
- “Solid program management and project management skills. Thorough understanding of financial implications for projects on P&L.” – Linda Derrick, Global Head of Client Service
- “Yan demonstrated exceptional change management and program management skills supported by a strong financial grounding in the business.” – Tim Keaney, Vice Chairman of BNY Mellon
- “Yan’s insightful analysis was key in decision-making within our business. She has an expert understanding of correlation between the capital markets, government regulations and economic indicators and how they will impact performance. Yan strived for excellence every day and had a tremendous impact in shaping our analysis and presentation” – Pete Rodriguez, CAO, COO, CFO of Asset Servicing
- “Yan’s work in supporting M&A activity and strategic initiatives was exemplary. She developed a process from the ground up that created full transparency allowing her business partners to hold our teams accountable to achieving the revenue and expense synergies. Yan’s exacting standards instilled upon all parties the importance of data integrity which provided an excellent outcome for our business.” – Dan Smith, Chairman of CIBC Mellon
- “Great insight as well as detailed focus. Always on point and prepared. Can’t ask for a better partner in finance.” – Paul Chi, Managing Director, JPM Chase
Yan earned a BBA degree in Finance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Certificates in Business Analytics (Wharton) & Digital Strategies (Columbia), PMP in process
Fred Cohen has over 40 years of treasury and financial risk management consulting experience with both large professional service firms and financial institutions. At PricewaterhouseCoopers, he held several practice leadership roles while continuing to consult to multinational clients on financial and treasury management issues. His industry experience includes Advisory Leader of the Energy, Utility and Mining sector, the Consumer and Industrial Products sector and Cross Line of Service leader for PwC’s sustainability and climate change practice. His functional experience spans several disciplines including: treasury and financial risk management, governance and compliance, enterprise risk management, financial and performance reporting and treasury technology.
Fred consults to global clients on both strategic and highly specialized treasury and financial risk management issues such as:
- Assessment of complex financial and enterprise-wide risk exposures, strategy definition to manage and/or reduce underlying risk and evaluation of value at risk techniques to measure exposure risk and hedge effectiveness
- Development of global business strategies, organizational structure and the design and implementation of performance based reporting
- Requirements definition, selection and implementation of treasury and risk management technology
Mr. Cohen earned his B.A. in political science from Rutgers University, an MBA in finance and accounting from Drexel University and participated in the Executive Education, International Program at the Wharton School. He is a frequent writer on financial risk management, treasury management and climate change issues. He has spoken at numerous conferences hosted by PwC, EEI and EuroFinance and appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box.
Peter Commons has over 30 years of hands-on experience driving design and development of customer-impacting and revenue-driving software from startups to multi-billion-dollar companies including Apple, Amazon, Groupon and Zendesk. He has led diverse, worldwide, product, engineering, and data teams from back end to front end for internal and external customers in CTO, CPO, CDO, and VP level roles.
His experience includes:
- Product & technical expert with 10+ years of hands-on development and 15+ years in leadership roles holding 12 patents.
- Experience in multiple business areas including eCommerce, fulfillment, vendor marketplaces, and maintenance for both tech-forward and non-tech forward companies in B2B and B2C environments
- Strong ability to translate between business, technical, and product
- Leader in agile, customer focused, metrics-driven product process & mindset for engineering & technical organizations — for both internal customers and external customers
- Driver of product, technological and cultural change as a leader, advisor, teacher, and conference host.
- Knowledge in creating, building, and managing remote sites worldwide (AMER, EMEA, APAC)
Peter has a BS (with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa) and MS in Computer Science from Stanford University
Stephen Davy is an accomplished Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer with extensive experience that spans multiple industries and companies. He has over 30 years of experience in financial services and consumer product goods.
Mr. Davy spent over 20 years collectively at Barclays Capital and Societe Generale in technology leadership positions. In these roles he led all facets of Information Technology including business process transformation, systems development, technology infrastructure, cybersecurity, and IT risk. He also spent over 10 years at Altria where he was Corporate CIO and Enterprise CTO.
Some of Stephen’s accomplishments include:
- Successfully led several merger integrations in financial services and consumer product goods. These included integration of key system platforms, decommissioning of hundred of applications, consolidation of data centers and new IT governance models. Large cost savings and enhanced business products were achieved.
- Led the transformation to an agile, cloud-enabled architecture that gains in efficiency and productivity. New technologies were implemented that served as key competitive differentiators, leading to business growth.
- Created a technology shared service organization for several operating companies that transformed regional platforms into global platforms with substantial cost savings and enhanced product support.
Mr. Davy earned a M.B.A at Adelphi University in New York. He has served as a mentor for Columbia University’s Executive M.S. Technology program as we well as member of the Technology Advisory Committee as Adelphi University. He also is Vice Chairman of the Board at a large human services non- profit.
Mr. Dillman is a strong business technologist who has over 40 years of banking experience coupled with strong technology implementation experience, especially in risk management. His risk management experience covers market risk, credit risk, operations risk, and cybersecurity risk management.
Scott spent 20 years working at HSBC and Bank of America where for both he led the Global Currency Trading Sales and Trading. In those roles, besides managing the global currency options risk, he also built and managed the supporting trading and back office systems.
Scott has always been on the leading edge as an innovator and market leader. Key leading-edge accomplishments include:
- Serving on the ISAO committee developing standards to share cybersecurity information, 2017
- Worked with Top 28 US banks to build technology to share cyber data, 2017
- Founded Credit Dimensions, a credit risk management aggregator, 2001
- Developed neural network models to trade futures markets, 1992
- Chaired the first Currency Options Committee at NY Fed, 1985
Scott received a B.A. degree in Economics from Gettysburg College. He also regularly teaches cybersecurity at Northwestern’s Kellogg Business School.
Daniel Doman has more than 30 years of technical and business leadership as both CTO and COO across a number of international business sectors including banking, pharmaceutical, media, advertising, Federal/DOD and travel.
Daniel has 13 years of cloud specific experience with diverse public cloud platforms, virtualization, hybrid and disconnected state cloud architecture and “born on the cloud” design. He has focused on:
- Business and cloud transformation,
- Creating reference architectures, governance, security standards and processes,
- Working for regulated and Federal industries.
- Delivering hands on as a practitioner building highly available global platforms for high-speed transactions, data reservoir, big data analytics, commerce, media and communications.
His clients have included Broadridge Financial, Morgan Stanley, JPMC, Millenium, AIG, Zoetis, Time Inc, IBM, Accenture, DoubleClick, Liberty Travel, OCLC, iStockphoto, WPP, Interpublic, Omnicom and Information Builders. Daniel has built a commercial database and two of the leading ad-serving platforms. 8 of his clients have gone to IPO or been acquired.
Dan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
Richard Filippi is a Senior Financial Services Professional with wide-ranging experience in managing large risk and regulatory IT projects, including Basel Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR), Dodd-Frank & CCAR. Extensive experience in Credit, Liquidity, in addition to Operational Risks. Richard also brings, significant knowledge of both capital markets and banking products, as well as risk policies and procedures.
- Served with several large global financial institutions including UBS, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and JP Morgan.
- Served as Director of Finance & Risk IT for multimillion-dollar transformational regulatory reporting projects within the Financial Services industry.
- Flexible self-starter with ability to combine industry and operational knowledge with IT project management.
- Extensive experience in Credit, Liquidity and Market Risk.
- Led the liquidation of a large portfolio in excess of $300 million resulting in minimum losses. The portfolio included loans, leases and direct investments in Structured Products (CDOs).
Mr. Filippi presented on Risk & Compliance at various events including SIFMA, Morrison Foerster and at the “Marcus Evans” Liquidity Risk conference in June 2020. Mr. Filippi earned a Bachelor of Science and Accounting degree from Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. He also has completed NY Credit Training at Manufacturers Bank and NY Derivatives Training at UBS.
Mr. Francis has over 35 years of consulting experience delivering significant business results and value through technology. He is adept in building sales and delivery organizations and capabilities, developing go-to-market business strategies, and cultivating high performing teams. He has led and managed a broad range of multi-million-dollar engagements focusing on business and workforce transformation, operations improvement and digital strategy with a proven track record growing business value through the design and implementation of complex change and business transformation programs. He has diverse industry experience including media and entertainment, retail, consumer and industrial products, electronics and high tech, aerospace and defense, oil and gas, and state and federal government. He has designed, led and managed diverse organizations including multiple global account teams, service lines and North American divisions. Brian’s skills and experience include:
Mr. Francis holds an MBA from the Hankamer Graduate School of Business, Baylor University and a BS degree in Industrial Distribution from the College of Engineering, Texas A&M University.
Christienne Genaro is a Payments subject matter expert with over 20 years’ experience. She has in-depth understanding of business models and stakeholder needs in the credit and debit card industry, encompassing the network, bank and merchant perspectives. Ms. Genaro brings a consultative approach to meeting client needs across a wide range of functions, including strategy, product development, marketing, risk management, collections, customer service, and processing.
Ms.Genaro consults to clients on both strategic and highly specialized credit card and related financial risk management issues:
- Market development for payments stakeholders, including banks, merchants, networks, processors and other 3rd party providers
- Business development, including sales/account management of issuing banks
- Strategy, product development and people management for market players
- Start-up payments services providers
- FinTech banks and service providers
- Emerging payments, including mobile, Faster Payments, and virtual currency
Ms. Genaro is a Board Member of NYPAY, NY’s leading payments industry organization, and a member of the Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force. Ms. Genaro earned a Masters of Business Administration, Marketing/International Business from New York University, Stern School and a Bachelor of Arts, International Relations from Brown University.
Aviva Halpert is a Healthcare Compliance Professional with over 35 years of hands-on success in health information management and Healthcare compliance . She has broad knowledge of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, HITECH, the 21st Century Cures Act, and related state regulations in both the Acute Care, Ambulatory and IT Support settings and has extensive experience in creating and presenting training modules, conducting HIPAA security risk assessments, creating and maintaining policies and procedures and conducting Notification of Breach investigations, including interrogation, mandatory reporting and implementing corrective action.
Her experience includes:
- Developing and implementing an integrated HIPAA Privacy and Security Program for a major healthcare system including acute care, the medical school, ambulatory care and faculty practice network (MSMC)
- Developing and implementing a comprehensive Notification of Breach program in compliance with both federal and state regulation including responsibility for identifying, tracking, investigating and implementing corrective action for all HIPAA –related privacy and security complaints and incidents across the health system. (MSMC)
- Developing and implementing a comprehensive, institution-wide training and education program for the HIPAA- related knowledge base (MSMC)
- Cochairing implementation of the Cerner MPI at major medical center. (MSMC)
- Serving as an internal consultant for institutional projects with health information components, including multiple Health Information Exchange initiatives, development of a Patient Access Portal, design of the Accountable Care Organization, development of work-at-home initiatives.
Aviva has been active in professional organizations, serving on the editorial board of the Journal of HIMANYC, as the legislative director of NYHIMA, on AHIMA’s HIE Practice Council, and on the Healthix Privacy/Security Committee. Recognition for her professional leadership, includes receipt of the Mount Sinai Presidential Service Award and the College of Health Related Professions, SUNY Downstate, Distinguished Alumnus Award. She has an MA in English from Queens College, a BA (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude) from Hunter College and a BS with honors from SUNY Downstate.
Dorothy Hill has over 25 years of expertise and program leadership in global financial services as well as the technology and governmental sectors. She has designed and supported the implementation of technology from Marketing Technology to US Department of Treasury FATCA solutions and futures trading interfaces with the Tokyo and Osaka Stock Exchanges in Japan. She has worked in the US, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Hong Kong with Goldman Sachs and McKinsey. She has led teams on Wall Street for ISDA contract negotiation across derivatives & futures trading desks/prime brokerage/funds management, compliance change management, controls frameworks and FINRA registration tracking and reporting. She is a subject matter expert in AML/KYC, OFAC, risk management & reporting (including CCAR, and counterparty due diligence), cybersecurity, data privacy, public company governance, investor activism, client services, and data management (including BCBS 239). Hill has held senior roles and served as a Board member for start-ups in technology (including SaaS) and leadership training.
Her experience includes:
- Change management and leadership of risk, compliance, and technology organizations on Wall Street (banks, broker-dealers, and asset management including hedge funds)
- Cloud business and marketing software, notably leadership and management of SaaS products, business & pricing models, client segmentation, and go-to-market.
- Client relationship management including organizational and technology design for shared services including business enterprise operations and resilience, and incident reporting
- National speaker on cybersecurity, global threat landscape and bad actor categories, data privacy regulations and cybercrime awareness / prevention
Dorothy is a member of the Risk Management Association (RMA), she has an MBA in Finance and Technology from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a BA from Dartmouth College.
Donna Marie Howe has over 25 years of hands-on success in identifying, assessing, mitigating and evaluating the impact of market, credit, operational. compliance and regulatory risks, with special expertise in the financial services industry, including banks, broker/dealers, hedge funds. asset managers, exchanges and insurance companies. She has worked with companies across the globe in choosing technology solutions and implementing the same, always using metric-based methods to sharpen design requirements and measure effectiveness. She has expertise in company governance, regulatory risk management, valuation, clearing and liquidity risk, capital optimization, stress-testing, model validation and metric-based innovation. Howe has held senior risk roles in major global banks such as UBS, Deutsche Bank, ABN-Amro, and Santander as well as insurance and asset management firms.
Her experience includes:
- Design and implementation of both global and US stress-testing platforms (CCAR, DFAST, ECB, etc.)
- Executed plan for data legacy compliance and plan for meta-data enhancements to move stress-test and regulatory capital calculations from one-off to BAU.
- Led cross-functional team of Risk, Audit and Compliance to redress issues from Mortgage Commitment Letter issued by FRB.
- Creation of practical, visionary strategy and management of complex technology implementations in Clearing, CDS, and Anti-Money Laundering.
- Designed methodology for measuring effectiveness of business changes to enhance bank culture; including marketing messages, employee incentives and fraud.
- Implemented a series of training seminars on Basle III, Stress-testing, Cyber risk, Blockchain and other technology risk drivers.
Donna has worked with industry groups to broaden access to risk management methods both as a member of ISDA’s collateral management committee and being on the Board of the Global Association of Risk Professionals for 10 years. She has a BA from the University of Michigan, attended New York University’s Graduate School of Economics, and is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts from Harvard University’s Extension School in Mathematics Education.
Jeremy Kahn is an innovative technology consultant, CIO and attorney with over 25 years of experience. His leadership and consulting experience has crossed the private, public and government sectors. Jeremy has spent the past few years building a consulting organization focused on cybersecurity focusing on the financial, healthcare and hospitality vertical markets.
Jeremy’s areas of expertise include:
- Creating, staffing and managing technology business units.
- Corporate governance, data privacy and cybersecurity.
- Management of enterprise architecture, cybersecurity and application development projects.
- Implementing new technology to achieve core business goals, while maintaining a focus on financial impact on business.
Jeremy is an attorney and member of the NY State Bar Association. He has spoken at a numerous industry events on cybersecurity, disaster recovery and enterprise architecture and conducted CLE classes on cybersecurity. He earned his JD from Brooklyn Law School and he earned his BS in Policy Analysis from Cornell University. Jeremy currently lives outside of New York City with his wife and children where he serves on the school board as their “technology consultant” for the past 15 years.
Michael Katz has over 35 years experience in technology management, systems development, and helping companies achieve business value through technology innovation.
Michael’s skills and experience include:
- Analysis and presentations to executive teams of broad technology trends, typically as part of an overall analysis of technology in the enterprise
- Marketing and customer evaluations of specific projects with the objective of better understanding how to penetrate and grow market share
- Due diligence technical analysis of high tech companies being considered as acquisition targets, partners, or vendors for private equity firms, VCs, and companies
- Project management for IT programs
Michael has worked for a variety of technology companies, assisting them with product definition and product management. He began his career with vendors including IBM, Rolm, and Tandem Computers before becoming the COO and Managing Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ World Technology Centre. He has served as a CTO for several early stage companies helping them deploy technology for business advantage. As a consultant, Michael provides his expertise to many large and small companies as well as NGO including the World Trade Organization and various non-profits.
Michael holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
John Kneiling has served as a Consultant, CTO, and executive for 30 years. John has served the Financial Services, Software, and related industries in organizations as diverse as Citibank, PwC Consulting, MetLife, and a major health services provider and insurer.
Mr. Kneiling’s skills and experience include:
- Information systems strategic planning and design
- Enterprise, Application, and Data Architecture
- Business Intelligence analysis and design
- Customer Relationship Management
Mr. Kneiling holds graduate and post-graduate Liberal Arts degrees. He obtained a Computer Science Diploma from New York University, where he was subsequently retained as Adjunct Faculty to teach Applied Business Computer Science seminars.
Alex Kramer has over 35 years of experience serving clients through a range of positions in consulting and IT management. Recent engagements have ranged from IT strategy to global sales force systems deployment to Cybersecurity and large-scale data analytics. Previously, as a Partner at PwC and IBM’s Global Business Services, Mr. Kramer focused on CRM, sales and service systems and the customer experience – helping CIO’s and senior IT management cope with the accelerating demands of value creation in this era of connected, mobile and social computing.
Mr. Kramer’s skills and experience include:
- CRM – customer facing processes and systems
- Business Development; strategy and implementation
- Market insight and development
- Data Analytics; products and markets
- Applications Outsourcing
Mr. Kramer has been a frequent speaker at CIO conferences, applications symposia and software vendor forums and has written several papers on the subjects referenced. He holds a Masters in Talmudic Law with undergraduate work in Mathematics and MBA work at Washington University, St. Louis.
Hank Leingang is a highly experienced executive and consultant. He drives business improvement, technology innovation, organization development and process change. Hank serves in full time CIO, interim CIO, consulting, executive advisory and coaching roles. He is passionate about business impact and solving complex problems through vision/strategy, technology, architecture, organization and accelerated execution.
Hank has 20 plus years experience leading IT in $100 million to Fortune 100 companies. As a transformational CIO at Bechtel Group, Viacom Inc. and Triangle Industries, Hank led strategic change in operating capability leveraging innovative use of new technologies, process re-engineering and organizational development. Hank also has served as an independent consultant for more than fifteen years.
Hank’s skills and experience include:
- Interim IT leadership
- IT strategy
- Data strategy
- Crisis management
- Operations improvement
- IT process improvement
Hank earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Anna Lekht is an experienced Internal Auditor with over 20 years of significant investment sector experience in the financial services and technology industries. Her expertise is in operational, SOX, compliance, and regulatory auditing. Anna is skilled in performing risk and control assessments and building strategic audit plans that ensure effective control structures.
Her skills and experience include:
- Led multiple audits to provide reasonable assurance as to the adequacy of systems of internal control covering relevant governance, risk management and control processes.
- Represented AXA Equitable Internal Audit Investment team to address the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act on the Company.
- Managed external Quality Assurance reviews that identified opportunities to improve internal audit performance and services.
- Managed and coordinated SAP application development projects utilizing Scrum (Agile) and waterfall methodologies.
Anna is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and New Jersey and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Baruch College, Summa Cum Laude.
Bertrand Leroux is an accomplished Fortune 500 technology and C-suite leader with over 30 years of experience leading successful large-scale transformation initiatives including technology innovation and digital transformations. Bertrand has global expertise in world class brands (Activision Blizzard, Vivendi, and Disney) in the media / entertainment, video games and consumer products business in Europe & the US. His career reflects a demonstrated track record in building strong business partnerships, leading high-performing teams, operationalizing strategy in line with the business, and executing M&A transactions across the deal lifecycle. Bertrand is a hands-on leader who instills confidence, drives financial results and customer value, and is a trusted advisor to executive leaders.
His experience includes:
- Defining and executing IT strategy , managing complex technology implementations in line with business strategy and vision
- Digital transformation of company through innovation, technology and new business models
- Implementing standardized flexible technology stack, scaling global IT platforms to support revenue growth, reduce costs and increase business value.
- Enabling scalability of systems through consolidation of multiple ERP systems into one single global ERP
- Delivering significant savings by consolidating overall spend across all company and across multiple categories and managing vendor portfolio
Bertrand is an ambassador of the French Tech in Los Angeles (to promote the emergence of successful start-ups in France), a foreign trade advisor for France (CCEF). Bertrand received both his bachelor’s (Finance) and master’s degrees (Logistics, and IT Organization) from the University of Paris IX Dauphine in France.
Bart Lewin has more than thirty years’ experience in the Engineering and Information Technology fields, specializing in the Health Care, Retail, Gaming, and Hospitality Industries. He has expertise in marketing technology; IT infrastructure design; IT compliance (SOX, PCI, HIPPA); intellectual property development and management; product development (software/hardware engineering and manufacturing); organizational management; and IT systems selection and implementation. He has held technical and executive management positions for companies including Chevron Chemical Company, International Game Technology, Inc., and Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc.
His skills include:
- Developing custom software on most popular platforms
- Serving as an expert witness in patent and software contract litigation
- Designing and implementing compliant and secure data and telecommunications networks
- Performing system selection and implementation processes
- Performing the day-to-day functions of a CTO.
Mr. Lewin has published numerous articles in industry trade magazines, has won several industry awards, and is a named inventor on multiple patents. Mr. Lewin holds a BA in Economics from Reed College.
Shuet Loke’s strong foundation in IT Risk Management and Data Governance resulted in consistently delivering strategic software solutions or business outcomes to customers or business under aggressive timelines or challenging environments. Shuet performs well both as an individual contributor and a lead in complex, large or enterprise-wide initiatives with a cross-functional / geographical / cultural team located onshore and offshore. Shuet excels not only in project delivery but also in transformation initiatives such as building or re-engineering PMO, Professional Services, and IT Audit functions.
Her skills and experience include:
- Owns client / business relationship management from product ideation, business case, project execution to customer launch.
- Presentation of program status and risks to Steering Committees and Operating Committees.
- Technology expertise in Big Data, Advanced Analytics, and Digital Transformation including IoT.
- Adept at working in fast-paced and ambiguous environments.
- Governance and risk management mindset on security, privacy and business continuity in speed-to-market.
- Expert in Agile and/or Waterfall methodologies, Certified Scrum Master, Certified SAFe5.
Ms. Loke holds an MBA from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University, Canada.
Kent Lorentzen has over 30 years of Financial Services Industry hands-on success with a proven track record of creating, transforming and managing significant operations. Kent is a senior business professional with a unique blend of business and technology experiences, effective at liaising between business and IT as well as communicating with integrity to all levels of an organization. He has expertise in the areas of Business Analysis, Financial and Strategic Planning, Project Management and Governance, Risk and Compliance.
Kent’s experience includes:
- Successfully created Wealth Management businesses in both the US and the UK through Business Development, Recruiting Sales Professionals and Compliance SMEs. Built client-facing technology applications and leveraged surveillance applications to create compliant sales and marketing practices and mitigate suitability risk.
- Deployed Project Management, Change Management and Governance, Risk and Compliance Strategies to transform a loss-making Wealth Management franchise into a profitable enterprise. Extensive Business Process Management, Business Requirements gathering, Due Diligence, Workflow Design and Business analysis were required to complete this effort.
- Managed a global bulge-bracket Institutional Equities Division into profitability by deploying aggressive expense management strategies and created geographically oriented Metrics Reporting groups to monitor global support function KPIs for the business. Worked extensively with Compliance and Regulatory Reporting to enhance monitoring of Business adherence to the rules and regulations in NAM, EMEA and APAC regions
Mr. Lorentzen is the Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors of the NY Pops Orchestra and former Chairman of the Finance Committee and member of the Board of Governors of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway, NJ.
Michael Maffattone is an Information Technology (IT) leader with over 30 years of experience in systems development, integration and operations in the trading, investment, banking and asset management businesses. During his career, he has worked at the U.S. central bank, a top macro hedge fund, the largest endowment and a leading mortgage Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). His leadership approach over the years has been to work closely with business stakeholders to identify technology options, as well as process and personnel enhancements, and then use disciplined project, data and vendor management practices to implement solutions that meet company goals. Demonstrated leadership abilities include:
- Creating & aligning IT strategic plans to business goals
- Attracting, developing & retaining talented staff
- Implementing innovative technology to increase alpha
- Completing projects on-time and on-budget
- Reducing automation and operating costs
- Providing excellent customer service
Michael has a a B.S. degree in Computer Science, City University of New York and he is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Georgetown University (Thesis: Project Portfolio Mgmt.).
Sal Magnone has 30 years of experience building, reenvisaging, and transforming technology centric products, services, teams, and companies. He’s been a successful cofounder, CEO, turnaround CEO, CTO, and Chief Engineer; is very technical, and is very hands on in the data, machine learning, and the distributed computing & high-performance computing (HPC) spaces. Sal is x-PwC, where he was part of the Financial Services CIO Advisory Practice and x-Army, where he enjoyed 12 years of active and active-reserve duty as a United States Field Artillery Officer in both training and combat units.
Sal’s skills and experience include:
- Designing and delivering mission critical, high-complexity enterprise platforms
- Managing high-risk technology projects
- Bringing and keeping business and technology programs in alignment
- Strategic information technology planning
- Organizational change management
Mr. Magnone holds a degree in Computer Science and Operations Research from Saint John’s University in New York City, NY.
Larry started his career at a global consulting firm specializing in financial management, operations improvements, and IT business management and systems. An experienced business advisor with over 30 years of experience, with proven leadership skills and expertise to drive efficiency and control through improving financial and performance management practices including management reporting, controllership and financial reporting, cost analysis, and operating process redesign. Extensive industry experiences with global organizations including F.1000 industrial and bio-pharmaceutical, financial services, and insurance companies. He is an excellent communicator and team player in working with colleagues at all organizational levels.
Larry’s areas of expertise include:
- Implementation of streamlined reporting practices and key performance measures.
- Business management process and systems redesign for shared service organizations including analysis of benchmarks and best practices.
- Information Architecture and systems roadmaps for Finance and Corporate Services.
- Design and implementation of financial management and accounting systems.
- Quality and cycle time improvement programs using Six Sigma methods and tools.
Larry is a CPA, a CGMA, and has held managerial positions including CFO and VP of Business Strategy for software (Oracle/PeopleSoft), and Senior Partner / Managing Director consulting firms. He was an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate Business School, and has authored numerous books and articles, served as editor-in-chief of several periodicals, regularly conducted educational training and webinars, and has served as chairperson of several professional societies and civic committees. His educational background includes a BA Economics and MBA Corporate Financial Management.
Bob Mankin possesses a business-tested, strategic and operational understanding of what it takes to build and/or transform financial institutions. Bob has successfully built and managed both income and staff organizations as a senior executive in commercial and investment banks. He has also served as an advisor to financial institutions and IT firms.
His skills and experience include:
- Financial institution business and staff management.
- Strategic planning, organization, business development and risk management.
- Subject matter expertise in a wide range of banking businesses including: fixed income, capital markets, mortgages, corporate, commercial, consumer and private banking, and corporate finance.
Dr. Mankin holds a BA degree in Mathematics from Brooklyn College, an MBA in Administration and Policy from City University’s Bernard Baruch Graduate School of Business and a DPS in Finance and Management from Pace University (doctoral thesis: A Comparison of Two Country Risk Assessment Approaches). Bob is a Trustee of the Hudson Institute and a member of the New York Chapter of the Risk Management Association.
Dan Nellius offers clients the benefit of 35 years of experience as a Partner at PwC Consulting, an executive at IBM Global Business Services and a CEO of a private equity portfolio company.
Dan’s skills and experience include:
- Business model transformation and new market entry;
- Software as a Service (SaaS) and Amazon Web Services (AWS);
- Business Process Optimization and Operations;
- Customer Relationship Management (CRM) – Sales, Services, Marketing, & Partnerships
- Information Technology Strategy and Planning;
- Resolving Complex turn-arounds for Projects, Programs and Businesses.
Dan earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Sciences at University of Delaware – 1982.
Rick Pfeiffer is a business leader with a 28-year track record of accelerating growth, restoring profitability, leading innovation, and managing disruptive change in the financial services industry. He also has provided his expertise in the Energy sector. He successfully led start-up ventures (GE Capital, India) and corporate turnarounds (AIG’s Global Consumer Finance Group) by developing high performance and collaborative teams from strategy development to execution.
His skills include:
|• Management Transformation||• Cultural Change||• Driving innovation|
|• Operational Expertise||• Team Building||• Change Management|
|• Relationship Management||• Cross-Divisional Initiatives||• Government Affairs / Liaison|
|• Corporate Integrations||• System Implementation||• Process Optimization|
|• Customer Product Segmentation||• Cost Analysis and Reduction||• Negotiating|
Rick received his BA in Biology from Amherst College and his MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. He has filled board and senior executive roles.
Shelley Pittman is a digital transformation senior executive providing companies a competitive edge by incorporating strategy, modern technologies, and methodologies and specializing in the digital transformation with retail and commercial banking and FinTech. She is focused on the latest implementation strategies and technology innovations for the digital world. She has been a Partner at Accenture, IBM, KPMG, and recently, Practice Leader for Slalom’s Financial Service Strategy Practice.
Shelley’s skills and experience include:
- Specializes in retail and commercial banking, FinTech, automotive financing, equipment leasing and asset management industry
- Product focused Agile digital design, architecture, and governance including Robotics Process Automation (RPA).
- Core banking transformation and digital transformation
Shelley has a B.S. in Accounting from Syracuse University and is prior licensed C.P.A. in New York and Florida.
André Politzer has over 30 years experience as an executive and consultant applying a combination of entrepreneurial, marketing, consumer data and digital expertise across industries such as Finance, Hospitality and Travel, High-Tech and Telecom, Energy, Real Estate, Transportation, Luxury Retail and Healthcare. He speaks fluently English and French. He creatively connects the dots between traditional and new digital multi-dimensional and multi-cultural environments with a focus on:
- Emergence and evolution of customer segments with a vertical approach
- Intersection of human behavior, data analytics, with hyper-personalization and related technologies
- Transformation of strategies to ensure sustainable client acquisition, loyalty and revenue growth
- Innovation of best practices and new ways to think about loyalty, financial and risk trends
- Training and coaching stakeholders designing and delivering programs adapted to cultural transformations
- Cross-departmental and Cross-Enterprise communication during transitions such as post-merger alignment strategies
- Challenging “shiny object” trends and syndromes in Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, FinTech and InsurTech
André is universally recognized by his clients, colleagues and peers as one of the most specialized and influential customer engagement consultant & mentor. He has a diverse background spanning both EMEA and North America working for 25 years as a senior executive in several companies forming new divisions or start-ups. He worked with prominent organizations such as THF Hotels, ADP Networks, Merrill Lynch Capital, Air France, Marvin Davis Entertainment (21st Century Fox), IDT Telecom and Johns Hopkins Health.
André holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in Economics from Université Paris IX Dauphine (France); a Hospitality Management Masters’ Degree from the Swiss International Institute of Management of Glion (CH) (a Cornell University affiliate); and a Graduate Certificate of Coaching from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).
Tammy Prizant brings over 19 years of Risk & Compliance and Transaction Advisory/Valuation experience. Her Risk and Compliance areas of experience include: Regulatory Risk and Compliance, CCAR, MRM, Model Validation, AML Transaction Monitoring, AML Validation, Loan Reviews and other compliance matters
Prior to her transition to the Risk and Compliance area, Tammy was a Senior Manager at KPMG specializing in valuation/transaction advisory, including: valuation of businesses, equity interests, intangible assets and intellectual property for strategic planning, pre- and post-merger due diligence, financial reporting (US GAAP & IFRS), restructuring and litigation, tax planning, fresh-start accounting and other purposes. Additional relevant project experience includes:
- CCAR IA: Led and executed CCAR IA efforts related to PPNR work stream (Model Risk) for two consecutive CCAR submissions. Work performed included (but was not limited to) IA Model Risk portfolio sampling, MRA/MRIA CAP review and documentation, IA BAU audits: Model Governance, Policies and Procedures and other related matters.
- CCAR IA: Led and executed CCAR IA efforts, responsible for Finance work stream and related Integrated Audit reviews. Work performed included: PPNR model risk, alternative forecasting, RWA, data completeness and accuracy, aggregation, overlays/overrides, tactical vs. strategic processes and testing, material processes, issue validations, other.
- CCAR IA Issue Validations: Led and executed CCAR IA remediation case (MRIA/MRA issue validations) encompassing Model Risk, Credit Risk & Credit Review, Market Risk, EMEA and other work streams.
- AML Compliance: Developed and led (OCC) consent driven multi-phased transformation initiatives aligning Broker Dealer and Private Banking entities to AML TM Global Standards (leading global financial institution)
- Valuation / Due Diligence / Compliance / Audit SME services: Extensive experience leading and executing valuation, due diligence, compliance and audit SME services for large global corporations.
Tammy earned her MBA in Finance and B.S. in Finance and International Business from NYU, Stern School of Business.
Philip Pyburn has more than 25 years of professional experience as a business strategy and technology consultant with extensive experience delivering transformative change in finance, operations and technology management. His work focuses on the creation and adoption of strategies and management disciplines needed to leverage technology innovation to reduce cost, enhance collaboration and reduce risk.
Previously Phil was a Global Practice Area Director with Slalom Consulting and a Partner at the Ernst & Young Center for Business Innovation. He was also a professor at Boston University and the University of South Florida, as well as the founder of three software and insurance services companies.
Phil’s current interests include the impact of technology disruption on legacy organizations and strategies for exploiting artificial intelligence and blockchain to increase agility and reduce risk. Phil has written two white papers on Blockchain and Business Process Robotics that can be found at https://www.techpargroup.com/wordpress/wp-content/themes/techpar/whitepapers.php .
Phil’s experience includes:
- Managing technology innovation and process improvement
- Scrum project management and Scrum-at-Scale program management
- Redesigning processes to leverage technology and improve performance
- Risk management & regulatory compliance
- Business process robotics and artificial intelligence
- Blockchain and distributed ledger technology
Phil holds a master’s degree in Finance and IT from the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management and a Doctorate in IT and Operations from the Harvard Business School. He has also completed several certificate programs at M.I.T. in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and e-Commerce. In addition, Phil holds several recognized professional certifications spanning information privacy (GDPR), project management (Scrum), financial crimes compliance and Lean Six Sigma.
Jim Ranton is a results driven advisor. He has a successful track record improving sales and profit performance, for both emerging and established companies, in diverse industries. He advises organizations in developing and implementing talent strategies that align with desired outcomes. His areas of expertise include organization performance planning, talent management, compensation design, labor relations strategy and acquisition integration. He is recognized for his ability to partner with the CEO and his or her executive team to support major growth initiatives and develop a high performance, metrics-based system and culture. He has worked for large (PepsiCo, United Technologies), mid-size (Citizens Utilities, New York Racing Association) and small growth companies (Surescripts).
Jim’s skills and experience include:
- Human resources strategy
- Culture change
- Executive coaching
- Organization performance planning
- Reward system evaluation and design
- Talent management
Mr. Ranton received a BS degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. In addition, he holds an MBA from the International Management Center at ESC Rouen in France, and a MS degree from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University.
Patricia L. Raufer is a senior business executive with a passion for making ideas real. She has led game-changing initiatives in consumer networks and built foundational digital transformation initiatives in payments, digital media and travel industries. Patricia is skilled at negotiating in complex environments to drive both strategy and execution to deliver results. She combines expertise in business, technology and design to conceptualize, develop and launch products and services. Patricia is comfortable with ambiguity to define and deliver digital transformation initiatives. She is customer and client focused, known for getting things done, and skilled at engaging, enrolling and collaborating with team members, colleagues, partners, vendors and stakeholders in executing the vision.
Patricia’s areas of expertise include:
- End-to-end design, development and execution of large-scale digital initiatives.
- Design Thinking / Human Centered Design including ideation, personas, ethnographic research, and affinity clustering.
- Business Models including value propositions, key stakeholder assessments and partner relationship management.
- Platform Integration including multi-sided platforms in payments (merchants + consumers) and travel (providers + passengers).
- Customer Experience Design including innovations in products and customer loyalty rewards programs.
- Commercialization Processes addressing speed-to-market, launch campaigns, marketing and ongoing product and program management.
- Iterative Development including Minimum Viable Product prototyping, pilot test development and results tracking.
- Product Management including all phases of prioritization, design and development in waterfall and agile environments.
Patricia holds an MBA from University of Southern California, a BA in Economics from Rutgers University and a Certificate in Design from Parsons, The New School. Patricia also teaches the Innovation Essentials course (Design Thinking and Business Models) at Jefferson University Kanbar College of Design, Engineering & Commerce.
Mr. Sakamaki has a 30 year career in Information Technology supporting project management, supply chain business design and processes, system design and development, software evaluations and marketing primarily in the Japanese market. Harry also has experience helping place private equity investments.
Harry’s skills and experience include:
- Supply chain management and customer relationship management
- IT strategic planning and blueprinting
- Supply chain solutions evaluation and process design
- Corporate strategy and products evaluations for private equity investments
Mr. Sakamaki holds a MS in Operations Research from Stanford University.
Sachin Sangtani has over two decades of experience in consulting and information management. He has led large, transformational development teams as Chief Business Technologist for Client Intelligence (IBIE) at J.P. Morgan and as Program Manager at several other organizations, including Dairy Farm Group, the third largest FMCG retailer in Asia. Sachin has also led regional presales and professional services teams within product companies in the Business Intelligence space. Sachin has deep technical skills in the entire Business Intelligence stack, including the Hadoop ecosystem, columnar databases and BI front end tools. With diverse experience in a variety of verticals like Retail, Financial Services, Hospitality and Technology, Sachin is able to lead and drive complex projects to deliver value from and transparency of data to executives and key stakeholders across large organizations.
Sachin’s experience and skills include:
- Architecting and building the Client Intelligence platform (IBIE) within J.P. Morgan’s wholesale bank, providing a 360 view of a client’s profitability across all lines of business
- Designing and building a reference architecture and governance for Dairy Farm Group on BW for HANA as part of a five-year SAP transformation
- Managing the deployment of a large reengineering effort for Prime Services at Credit Suisse, with a focus on migrating the Prime Services Data Warehouse (PSDW) from Sybase to Oracle
Sachin Sangtani holds a Bachelor of Science (Magna Cum Laude) from Bentley University.
Andrew Sawyer has over 30 years of experience as an IT business professional with diversified experience focusing on IT effectiveness and solving the business challenges by carefully aligning requirements and goals with the power of technology. Mr. Sawyer has a clear understanding that business needs should dictate decisions regarding IT. He excels at bridging “the gap” between IT and business organizations, helping them to be successful in meeting their strategic goals, as well as communicating with integrity to all levels of an organization. Mr. Sawyer’s career includes the following experiences and skills:
- Created a long-term sourcing strategy and developed IT (ITO and ADM) sourcing transactions that delivered over 32% savings over five years with $4.5M savings in the first year, with improved Service Levels and other key transaction terms.
- Led renegotiation of existing IT managed services (ITO and ADM) vendor yielding a 12% reduction in costs, while significantly improving SLAs and enhanced the ability to manage vendor by improving the vendor management process (SMO)
- Managed several IT Effectiveness projects, advising CIOs and leading to improved performance of the IT organizations in the area of Governance, Financial management, and better alignment with their stakeholders.
- Interim IT Director/CIO that led an IT stabilization effort in a crisis management situation: resolved security vulnerability, secured business-critical applications, initiated PMO standards, created detailed IT cost analysis, established Vendor management and governance practices, and supported the new CIO transition.
Mr. Sawyer holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Delaware, an MSE in the Management of Technology from the University of Pennsylvania/The Wharton School of Business, and is PMP certified.
Stefanie Shelley is a long time Chief Marketing Officer and Operating Executive in financial services and tech-driven business solutions. Stefanie works with CEOs and C-Suite leaders on strategies to drive growth, transformation and value creation. Ms. Shelley has a unique blend of marketing and general management experience with the ability to see the “big picture” and align for growth. She helps clients see their vision and opportunities in a different way and find the best solution to build a path forward and deliver success. Ms. Shelley has extensive experience in marketing, product, strategy, client experience, sales and human capital management.
Stefanie’s skills include:
- Extensive experience in the financial services and tech-driven business solutions industries.
- Wide range of experience with large global companies, middle market companies and start-ups
- Marketing and growth strategies; branding, repositioning, go to market strategies, digital marketing and marketing automation.
- PR and communications skills; building thought leadership and expanding media presence
- 20 years of experience in digital transformation since the launch of the internet in the year 2000
- Strong skills in human capital management; organization, talent development and team building
- In addition to functional skills, adept at change management, group facilitation and coaching
- Acts with a broad strategic perspective, structured thinking and a sense of urgency
- Strong executive presence, emotional intelligence and communication skills
Stefanie holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA, Cum Laude with Honors in Economics from Colgate University. Stefanie also holds a Brain Based coaching certificate from the Neurological Leadership Institute.
Adam Steinberg is a collaborative and innovative Business Consulting and Go-To-Market Executive known for building, growing, and managing high performance consultative-led businesses at enterprise scale. With more than 35 years of business change experience, he has demonstrated success in creating top performing domestic and global market-facing direct sales and partnerships and alliances organizations from scratch and scaling faltering organizations by assessing people, process, and offerings. He is a hands-on strategic account and portfolio leader accountable for sales, revenue, and profit attainment, often along industry dimensions.
Adam’s experience includes:
- Led dozens of enterprise-level strategic business change programs, primarily in the front office.
- Established trusted advisory relationships with client C-Suite and senior leaders engaging in reimagining business processes user experience design, solution ideation, and delivery of business outcomes
- Functional areas of expertise include: Cognitive/AI and digital solutions, advanced analytics, IoT, and development of industry-specific repeatable solutions.
- Significant cross-industry consulting and IT services experience with depth in Media & Entertainment, Telecommunications, High Technology, Retail/CPG, Hospitality, Financial Services, Automotive and Manufacturing.
Adam holds a BS degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Trojan is an international business lending and technology expert, thought leader and speaker. He specializes advising/consulting on:
- Global Strategy
- Banking/Bank Partnerships
- Technology, including Blockchain
- Credit Risk Management
- Regulatory/Legislative Affairs
From 2012-2017, Mr. Trojan was the CEO of the Commercial Finance Association (CFA), the global trade organization representing the asset based lending, supply chain finance, trade finance, and factoring industry.
Mr. Trojan earned a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance, a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering, all from Washington University in St. Louis.