FIMA US 2019

April 01 - 03, 2019

Westin Copley Place, Boston MA

Contact Us: 1-888-482-6012

Our Speakers


Clay McBride
Global Head of Data Management

Clay is the Global Head of Data Governance for Aegon Asset Management, responsible for deploying and maturing a data governance framework. Ensuring proper governance is in place and effective at the firm-wide level and driving consistent mastering of data across the estate are foundational components of AAM’s data strategy.

Clay has been a leader in data quality/management since 2006. Prior to working with data, Clay worked in IT where he obtained many software and hardware certifications. He earned a BS in Information Technology and a MBA. Clay has been with Aegon since 2000.

Brian Buzzelli
Senior Vice President, Head of Data Governance
Acadian Asset Management

Mr. Buzzelli is Senior Vice President and Head of Data Governance for Acadian, a quantitative institutional asset management firm specializing in active global, emerging and frontier investments utilizing sophisticated analytical models and specialized research expertise. He has primary responsibility for data governance policies, standards, data quality measurement, and alignment of data taxonomy, dictionary and meta-data management. With more than 20 years of leadership experience in prior roles including: Executive Director, Head of Enterprise Data Management, Americas responsible for Nomura’s client reference and product data as well as market data commercial vendor management supporting the U.S. and global broker dealer operations. Vice President, Americas Head for Thomson Reuters Enterprise Pricing and Reference Data business and strategic roles as Business Architect and Cross-Segment Product Manager for Mellon’s Global Asset Services division. He began his financial career at Federated Investors and is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information and Decision Systems and holds two Master degrees; Management of Information Systems and an MBA in Finance from the Katz Business School at the University of Pittsburgh.

Richard Goldberg
Managing Director and Chief Data Officer
Bank of China, USA

Richard Goldberg is the Managing Director and Chief Data Officer at the Bank of China. His responsibilities include driving the data governance, data quality and information security management strategy for the Bank. He has over 25 years executive data management and technology experience, primarily in large global financial services organizations.

Over his career, Mr. Goldberg has held various senior data leadership positions for many Organizations including GE Capital, Citibank, Hewlett Packard and IBM. As the Chief Data Governance Officer for Citibank, Mr. Goldberg successfully led the effort to establish a bank-wide data governance and data quality program for the Global Consumer Bank. Prior to Citibank, Mr. Goldberg worked for Hewlett Packard Consulting, where he was a Senior Principal Consultant on Data Management and Data Governance. Prior to joining Hewlett Packard, Mr. Goldberg spent considerable time in his career with IBM corporate, leading the global data management and data governance program.

Alex Golbin
Global Head of Data Services

Alex Golbin, CFA,  Managing Director, is the Global Head of BlackRock Data Services. This group provides centralized data support for the Firm, and serves the dual mission of supporting BlackRock and BlackRock Solutions (BRS) clients through overseeing Security Master, Client, Portfolio and Retail Flows Data, as well as Pricing, Index, Risk and Analytics Reporting, Performance and Attribution. BDS teams ensure comprehensive Quality Assurance and timely delivery of all information relevant to investment and risk professionals while running a scalable and efficient operational process on over $17T of BlackRock and BRS assets. Mr. Golbin is a member of the Business Operations Leadership Committee.

 Prior to joining BlackRock in 2005, Mr. Golbin was a Principal in Banc of America Securities' Fixed Income Credit Strategy group. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers Fixed Income Research department. Mr. Golbin joined Lehman Brothers in 1994, and became responsible for producing Global Family of Fixed Income Indices. Previously, Mr. Golbin spent three years as a systems analyst with Siemens Corporation.

 In 2005 he was elected to the Board of Directors of FIASI, the Fixed Income Analysts Society, and as the President in 2008/2009. Mr. Golbin earned a MS degree, with distinction, in computer science from Hofstra University in 1996

Jean-Christophe Lionti
Managing Director, Chief Data Officer, CIB North America
BNP Paribas

JC Lionti is the Americas Chief Data Officer for BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking division. He is responsible for defining and implementing an effective and efficient enterprise data management function that curates and develops BNP Paribas data assets, while satisfying both local and global requirements. 

JC was previously BNP Paribas Deputy CFO for North America and has over twenty five years of experience serving financial services firms across Paris and New York.

A native of France, JC has been living in Westchester, NY for almost 20 years.

Gary Barr
Managing Director, Group Chief Data Officer Digital
BNY Mellon

Gary Barr is Managing Director, Digital.  He is the Chief Data Officer, and is a member of the BNY Mellon Senior Leadership Team. Digital sets the strategic direction for the firm’s digital future and invests in digital client and internal capabilities, including data management, analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics.  

Gary joined BNY Mellon in January 2018. Between 2009 and 2013, Gary ran the Research Data organization at the world’s biggest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, with responsibility for overall data strategy, business / process architecture, data technology, and vendor relationships across the span of data assets needed to enable Bridgewater to identify alpha in the markets. Before that, Gary held a variety of high profile executive roles within the Thomson Reuters organization (2002-2009) including as CEO of the Loans Pricing Corporation, Head of the Pricing & Reference Data business unit globally, and as Head of TRGR Markets based in Zurich.

Gary has over 25 years of experience in the Capital Markets industry, having also held various executive Operational positions with HSBC (2016-2017), SG Warburg (1987-1994), Goldman Sachs (1994-1995), and Credit Suisse First Boston (1995-2001). He also co-founded a niche Investment Banking Data management consultancy practice in London in early 2001, and was the COO for two start-up Data Analytic companies in NY between 2013 and 2016.

From a military family, Gary attended the Royal Hospital School naval school / academy in the United Kingdom where in addition to his military education, he studied Industrial Economics, Applied & Pure Mathematics, and Computing Analysis. He is a British & American Citizen who currently resides in Connecticut and New York City. 

René Kim
SVP, Global Data Office
Charles Schwab

René Kim is senior vice president at Charles Schwab and leads the Global Data Office and is the Charles Schwab & Co liaison to Schwab Charitable Donor Advised Fund.  

René joined Schwab in April 1999, and in her tenure has led teams responsible for driving profitable innovation at Schwab Bank and Charles Schwab & Co across the deposits, lending, payments, retirement product and planning, client reporting and infrastructure areas.  She has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services business.  She began her career in consumer banking where she worked in almost all aspects of retail banking and marketing from branch work, to incentive programs, to new product development.  She then spent five years managing product development and marketing for small business banking products.  

She displays her passion for advancement of women in the workforce through her recent service as a two term president and board chair of the Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC), and her current service as a director and executive committee member for Jewish Vocational Services of San Francisco.  

Her educational background includes bachelor degrees in English and Italian and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Davis. She is a long distance runner and in 2017 completed her goal of running a marathon in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Vinay Jha
Executive Vice President and Chief Data Officer
Citizens Bank

Vinay Jha serves as senior vice president and chief data officer. In his role, Vinay oversees Fifth Third’s Data Management including Data Governance, Data Quality, Master Data Management, Data Architecture, Data Solutions, Information delivery and managing various data related applications (Data warehouse, data lake and data science toolkits). Vinay joined as chief data officer in 2016.

Before joining Fifth Third Bank in 2016, Vinay was Managing Director – Enterprise Data Leader for GE Capital. His previous experience also includes Staff Executive where he led Financial Planning & Analysis for GE Consumer Finance and GE Commercial Finance. He also led implementation of financial forecast model across GE Consumer business across ~45+ countries. He has a vast background in Finance (accounting, financial planning, business development etc.), Data management and Technology implementation.

Vinay is a graduate from Delhi University, Delhi, India. He has also attended Institute of Chartered Accountant of India and completed his post graduate education as Chartered Accountant. He also attended Institute of Cost and Works Accountant of India.

Martin M. Hosseini
Senior Vice President, CNB Data Office
City National Bank

Martin Hosseini is the Head of Data Office for City National Bank (a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)). In his role at the City National Bank, Martin is responsible for building out the data governance, data quality and data management capabilities to effectively address data-related demands; prepare the bank to comply with various regulations; and contribute to bank’s objectives as well as strategic business priorities. Additionally, he is responsible for harmonizing the second line of defense across the Risk Management functions.

Prior to joining City National Bank, Martin spent 20+years helping financial services and manufacturing companies including the Capital Group, Bank of America, and GE. Martin holds a doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership and a master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from California State University.

Mark Braley
Global Head of Data and Reporting
Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Srinivas Bangarbale
Chief Data Officer
Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Srini Bangarbale is the Chief Data Officer for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).  In this role, he is responsible for Data Strategy, Architecture, Standards and Analytics at the Commission. He has set up the Data Management organization and has led its evolution from a startup organization to a change agent ushering in a data-centric culture at the Commission. Srini co-chairs the CFTC’s Data Steering Committee and has served as the official data representative of the CFTC in many international and federal forums, including the Regulatory Oversight Committee for the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI ROC), international work on regulatory swaps data standards development, the data committee of the Financial Stability Oversight Committee (FSOC) among other organizations. Under his leadership, the CFTC data management organization has rolled out an enterprise-wide data strategy, has incorporated the development of data standards into the Commission’s rulemaking, rolled out the first Commission-wide catalog of mission data,  and has stood up an analytics group which is putting together a data analytics platform for the Agency.  Srini has taken an active interest in the evolution of FinTech and has made several presentations to regulatory and data groups related to the impact of FinTech on financial regulation. Prior to coming to the CFTC, Srini was the director for Application Development at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and was the SEC’s Chief Enterprise Architect.

Srini has an MBA from Columbia Business School, an MS in Computer Science from Villanova University and a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University, India.

Michael Manbeck
Vice President, Enterprise Data Management
Fidelity Investments

Michael Manbeck is the Vice President and Data Officer for Reference and End of Day Pricing, Institutional and Retail, Data Management Services for Fidelity Investments.   

Fidelity Investments has a rich and proud history. From our roots as a small mutual fund company, Fidelity has grown to become a leading provider of a wide range of services, including investment management, retirement planning, brokerage, and human resources and benefits services.  

Michael’s current role is focused on Data Strategy, Enterprise Governance, Industry and Regulatory matters, Vendor Licensing and Stewardship of the firm’s large scale enterprise wide investments in the evolution of data management practices and the employment of new supporting technologies.

Michael has more than 20 years of financial services experience working for both Fidelity and Thomson Reuters.  He has broad global operations, business product and IT experience with a strong background in leading complex transformations.  

He has led the creation of client facing applications, internal software development programs, the alignment of multiple related businesses into one technology and business operation, the establishment of enterprise-wide data practices, and the creation of a centralized reference and pricing related master data set focused on supporting institutional correspondent clearing, financial advisory, capital market, family office and retail investors.

Jodi Morton
VP, Single Family Chief Data Officer
Freddie Mac

Jodi Morton is Vice President, Single-Family Chief Data Officer for Freddie Mac. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the Single-Family data strategy, which includes:

Data governance, policies, standards and practices,

Data quality transparency and reporting,

Advancement of data acquisition strategies and analytic capabilities.

Morton began her Freddie Mac career in 2004. Since then, she has served in a variety of roles within the finance division, most recently as chief financial officer of the Single-Family Business.

Morton earned a Master’s degree in finance from American University, a B.S. in accounting and business administration from the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.  

Freddie Mac makes home possible for millions of families and individuals by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Since our creation by Congress in 1970, we’ve made housing more accessible and affordable for homebuyers and renters in communities nationwide. We are building a better housing finance system for homebuyers, renters, lenders and taxpayers. Learn more at, Twitter @FreddieMac and Freddie Mac's blog.

Rakshit Kapoor
Group Chief Data Officer
Rakshit is responsible for continuing the development and implementation of HSBC’s Data & Analytics strategy, focusing on all aspects of the way we gather, manage, analyse and use the Group’s data as a key competitive advantage for the Bank and its customers. He will be a key player on defining and executing our journey to the cloud in support the data and analytics needs for HSBC. Rakshit joined HSBC from Travelers group in the US where he had group responsibility for Data Strategy and Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Cognitive/Robotic Process Automation. Prior to his time at Travelers, he held a senior role at JPMorgan Chase in New York, where he worked on the development of a world-class capability for data analytics across all the lines of business in the US consumer bank. He has also spent time in senior IT/Data roles over a 20+ year period with TIAA-CREF, Avaya, and Oracle. Rakshit is known in the industry for his leadership and delivery of large-scale strategic IT transformation projects in the data space. Rakshit received his Bachelors in Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, India, and graduate degrees in Masters in Information Systems from George Washington University and Masters of Business Administration from University of Maryland.
Jacklyn Osborne
GBM Global Chief Data Officer
Jacklyn Osborne is the GBM Global Chief Data Officer for HSBC. She is responsible for the design, execution and governance of a cohesive enterprise data strategy including the development and implementation of data policies & standards ensuring complete, accurate, timely and consistent data across the Firm. She serves as a liaison between business and technology to ensure that data related business requirements are clearly defined and understood as part of the project prioritization, planning, and execution process. Prior to joining HSBC, Ms. Osborne spent ten years in client data management, change delivery, vendor governance and information security in the public and government sectors, including eight years at UBS Financial Services and two years at the National Cyber Security Division of the Department of Homeland Security. 

Ms. Osborne holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and a Master in Engineering Management from George Washington University. She is a member of the American Society of Management Engineers, the National Association of Female Executives, and National Association of Professional Women.

Allison Sagraves
Chief Data Officer
M&T Bank

Allison Sagraves is Chief Data Officer of M&T Bank, and has more than 25 years of experience in financial services and consulting. Ms. Sagraves has held leadership positions in many areas including risk, technology, finance, and operations and has led many enterprise change initiatives. Prior to joining M&T, she worked for Barclays Bank, American Express, Deloitte, and served as a member of The White House staff. Ms. Sagraves has an MBA from Harvard and a B.A. cum laude from Smith College. She has been featured on Tedx, and is a frequent speaker on a range of business topics. Her talk Gravitas: The Leader’s Edge was named Best of 2014 by Ellevate Network. Ms. Sagraves serves on several non-profit boards in education and the arts.

Stan O'Marra
Chief Data Officer, Investments and Managing Director

Stan O’Marra is CDO, Investments at MassMutual.  Since joining MassMutual in 2013, Stan’s focus has been on the creation of a Data Management practice and Governance framework focused on the firm’s General Investment Account (GIA).  This transformational effort included implementation of an integrated accounting, data management and BI ecosystem delivering consistent, governed data across the enterprise.  Prior to joining MassMutual, Stan worked with a variety of financial institutions delivering and optimizing a wide range of financial solutions.  Among these was Artio Global Investors, where he created the firm’s Data Management and Governance practice as the firm’s inaugural CDO.

JoAnn Stonier
Chief Data Officer

JoAnn C. Stonier is EVP/Chief Data Officer for Mastercard.  In this role, she is responsible for enterprise-wide data strategy and management to ensure the organization maximizes the value of its information assets. Ms. Stonier and her team of global professionals identify the opportunities associated with Mastercard’s information assets and assist in the development of the tools, processes, policies and standards necessary to enable their use.

Previously, Ms. Stonier was EVP Chief Information Governance & Privacy Officer for the organization.  In that role she was responsible for worldwide privacy and information governance, leading those teams as well as leading regulatory engagement in this area.  Prior to joining Mastercard in 2008, Ms. Stonier was the Chief Privacy Officer for American Express Company.  She also held various roles of increasing responsibility at American Express, including Chief Operating Officer, American Express Tax & Business Services; Vice President, Acquisition Integration; and Vice President & Assistant to the Chairman.  Ms. Stonier has worked at Waldenbooks, Inc., PepsiCo and started her career as an auditor for PriceWaterhouse Coopers.  

In addition to her work at Mastercard, Ms. Stonier is an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute where she teaches business strategy and international business, in the Design Management Master’s program.

Ms. Stonier received her Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University in Queens, and her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Francis College.  She holds memberships in the Bar of the State of New York and the Bar of the State of New Jersey.  Ms. Stonier has been recognized as a leader in data and privacy by a number of organizations including the Aspen Institute, the United Nations, and the Information Governance Initiative and has served on the board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the Center for Information Policy Leadership and the Information Accountability Foundation. , She is a well-regarded speaker at industry events and often addresses the need for balancing data innovation and privacy.  JoAnn is based in Purchase, NY.

Jenny Tsouvalis
SVP and Enterprise Head, Investment Reporting, Operations & Applications
Jenny Tsouvalis is Senior Vice-President, Investment Operations and Applications for OMERS, one of Canada’s larger pension plans. She manages OMERS investment operations, reporting and analytics and investment systems.
Denise Letcher
Executive Vice President & Chief Data Officer
PNC Financial Services Group
Denise M. Letcher is Executive Vice President, Chief Data Officer within Independent Risk Management (IRM) for PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. In this role, she leads Enterprise Data Management, which includes Data Strategy, Data Risk Framework, and Risk Information. She is also the Director of Corporate Insurance and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for IRM.

Ms. Letcher’s primary responsibilities include overseeing the data warehouse, analytics infrastructure investment and delivery, data quality and remediation, data governance, which includes data risk metrics and aggregation, as well as regulatory information and reporting. As Director of Corporate Insurance, she ensures the group provides risk balanced insurance solutions. In her role as COO for IRM, Ms. Letcher is responsible for business continuity, talent management and communications.

Ms. Letcher has over 25 years of experience in the financial sector. Prior to rejoining PNC in 2010, she was the Director of Risk Management Technology for both Wachovia and Wells Fargo. In those positions, she was responsible for compliance and operational risk, technology and information strategy.

Ms. Letcher is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in business economics, with a concentration in accounting.
Adam Preston
Global Chief Data Officer
Santander Global Corporate Banking
Currently leading the data organisation at Santander GCB, Adam’s previous role at Lloyds was head of client and regulatory data. Adam leads his team in developing models to support projects, regulations and BAU with a key focus on creating full transparency across data models. With 20 years of working in Finance across America, Europe and the Far East, Adam is well placed to offer insight into building the right data culture for the organisation.
Peter Serenita
U.S. Chief Data Officer

Peter Serenita is the US Chief Data Officer for Scotiabank, responsible for defining and implementing a data management capability to improve data quality and leverage data for business enablement. He is the Chairman of the Enterprise Data Management Council, a trade organization advancing data management in the financial services industry.

Prior to joining the Scotiabank, Peter was the Group Chief Data Officer and was responsible for building the data management and analytics practices across all businesses and global functions at HSBC, focusing on improving data consistency across the firm. Previously, Peter was a 28-year veteran of JPMorgan having held several key positions in business and information technology including the role of Chief Data Officer of the Worldwide Securities division.

Mr. Serenita holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from New York University.

Cara Dailey
Chief Data Officer
Silicon Valley Bank

Cara Dailey serves as Chief Data Officer for Silicon Valley Bank, a global financial services company helping innovators, enterprises and their investors move bold ideas forward fast. In her role she reports directly to the CFO and is accountable for SVB's enterprise data strategy and implementation of foundational data capabilities.

As a seasoned financial services executive she has extensive experience working closely with business teams to use data as a key unlock in their business and digital transformation journeys.  In addition she is a subject matter expert in risk and regulatory activities such as CCAR, stress testing, and regulatory and financial reporting.

Prior to her role at SVB she has held various leadership roles across business and technology, concentrating in data strategy, governance, master data management and analytics.

Bala Ayyar
Managing Director, Chief Data Officer, Americas
Société Générale

Since joining SG in 2009, he has held a range of positions.  Currently, he is the Chief Data Officer, SG Americas, with responsibility for data management and governance within the Region.  This function is responsible for implementing the requirements of BCBS 239, establishing sound data governance framework that meets Group needs and local supervisory expectations and creating a solid platform for the data to be leveraged for strategic business decisions. Prior to that, he headed up the Project Management Office for the SG US Transformation project.  Roles before that included Head of Finance Offshoring in SG Bangalore and Deputy CFO of the Americas Region of their Corporate & Investment Bank. 

Prior to joining SG, Bala was with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) for fourteen years in a range of positions in Toronto and New York.  As Senior Vice President of the Wholesale North America Finance, he headed up the controllership function for CIBC’s World Markets and Treasury & Risk Management Strategic Business Units within North America. With a global team across Toronto and New York, he was responsible for establishing a SOX-compliant industry-leading Finance control environment as well as supporting the efficient execution of business initiatives and managing the Finance related US regulatory relationships during a very demanding period. Prior to that, he also had stints as the business-line controller for the Bank's US origination businesses (Corporate Lending, Investment Banking, Merchant Banking, Structured Finance and High Yield), as well as the 2/ic to the Chief Accountant, with responsibility for consolidated financial, management and regulatory reporting at the corporate level. 

Born and brought up in Mumbai India, Bala has an degree in mathematics from the University of Mumbai and holds professional accounting qualifications from both India and the United States.  He lives in Montclair, New Jersey, is married with two children and enjoys long-distance running.

Rise Zaiser
Chief Data Officer, Americas Division

Risë has over 25 years of experience in financial services. She has worked in a various roles from HR to Back office Operations to IT Application Support and even has spend some time working with external customers. Throughout her career she has constantly found innovative ways to resolve issues. Currently she is responsible for envisioning and enacting the Data Governance Program for the combined US Operations at SMBC.

Vijay Akella
Chief Data Officer
U.S. Bank

Vijay Akella is the Chief Data Officer at U.S. Bank. His responsibilities include driving the data governance, data quality and data strategy for the bank. He has over 25 years data management and technology experience, primarily in large global financial services organizations. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, he worked for Bank of America and Capgemini. Vijay has an MBA from Duke University and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science.

Julia Bardmesser
SVP, Head of Data, Architecture and Analytics
Voya Financial

Julia Bardmesser has recently joined Voya as Senior Vice President, Head of Data, Architecture and Analytics. In her role Julia is leading the transformation of Voya's enterprise data, architecture and analytics operating model to enable contemporary practices and robust discipline. 

Prior to joining Voya Julia was a Global Head of Data Integration at Deutsche Bank, where she led the implementation of global metadata management platform that enabled data lineage and robust front to back data quality measurement. 

Julia has over twenty years of experience in data management, data governance, data architecture and cross-platform solution delivery in the financial industry. She also worked at Citi, FINRA, Freddie Mac, Thomson Financial Services, Bear Stearns and Bloomberg L.P.

Julia has a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the New York University.   

BJ Fesq
Chief Data Officer, Wholesale Data Office
Wells Fargo

As Chief Data Officer for Wells Fargo’s Wholesale bank, BJ is accountable for data management and data governance across all Wholesale lines of business, including the execution and evolution of the Wholesale Data Strategy. BJ’s Wholesale Data Office organization delivers trusted, reliable data which drives strategic decisions, enables business growth, and facilitates a strong risk discipline. BJ is accountable for product management, data governance and business support services for Wholesale’s strategic data platform, including the Wholesale customer master, authorized data provisioning points, data lake and data marts.

BJ was previously CDO and Chief Architect at CIT Group, with responsibility for the firm’s enterprise data management, technology strategy, enterprise architecture, and digital transformation efforts. As CDO for the banking industry's first voluntary “Systematically Important Financial Institution” (SIFI), he led the firm's efforts to significantly enhance management of critical data, modernize financial and regulatory reporting, and create a leading class controlled data environment.

Prior to CIT, BJ was Chief Architect and one of the first Technology Fellows at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He has also worked at JP Morgan Chase, Standard & Poor’s, and Credit Suisse.

As a technology leader, BJ has introduced innovative capabilities in areas including data virtualization, master data management, and agile delivery. He holds several patents and has garnered industry recognition, including the CIO 100 and Computerworld’s Premiere 100. BJ graduated from the University of Rochester where his honors thesis studied the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to the robotics domain.

Brandon Thomas
Chief Data Officer
Zions Bancorporation

Brandon Thomas is serving as the Chief Data Officer and Director of Information Management for Zions Bancorporation.  In this newly created role, he is charged with developing an enterprise data strategy, data governance framework, uniting business intelligence, and continuing to build the enterprise information management strategy.  

Prior to this role, Thomas was Director of Financial Operations and Systems for Zions. As Director, he played a lead role in the successful implementation of Phase I of the Financial Accounting Big 5 project.  Thomas started at Zions Bancorp in 2005 and has served in senior positions within Corporate Finance and was a key contributor to the development of stress testing within the Corporation.  

Thomas began his career with Barclays Global Investors (now BlackRock) and Investors Bank & Trust from 2000-2003 in Walnut Creek, California.   Brandon graduated Cum Laude from the University of Utah and has an M.B.A. from Brigham Young University where he was recognized as 1 of 10 Hawes Scholars, the highest distinction given to BYU M.B.A. students. 

Natalie Sendele
Director, Data Governance
Artisan Partners
Natalie Sendele is the data governance director at Artisan Partners. The data governance team is responsible for the evolution of enterprise data and establishing data quality standards for the firm. Ms. Sendele holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Marquette University.
Brian Diener
Global Head of Core Enterprise Data

H. Brian Diener, Managing Director, is a member of BlackRock's Aladdin Portfolio Services Team within Business Operations and is responsible for managing, improving, and expanding global operations for the Investment Services area which includes Data Integrity, Pricing, Index, Analytics, and Reporting.  Mr. Diener has direct responsibility for the global security data integrity group 'DIG', and serves as the business manager for Investment Services.  Mr. Diener is also a member of the Valuation Oversight Committee, and co-chairs the Data Governance Committee.
Mr. Diener's service with the firm dates back to 2005. Prior to joining BlackRock, Mr. Diener was an Information Technology Leader at GE Private Asset Management responsible for developing, maintaining, and executing technology strategy for an asset management provider of separate accounts, mutual funds and annuities.  Previously, he was a Black Belt and Master Black Belt working within the Six Sigma Quality Group to improve technical processes across various GE business units including Genworth (GE Insurance), GE Appliances, GE Capital, GE Corporate, and NBC Universal.  Mr. Diener joined GE in 1997 and spent two years in the Information Management Leadership Program.  In 2004 Mr. Diener completed General Electric's Executive Information Management Program.
Mr. Diener earned a BS degree in Management Information Systems from Drexel University in 1997.

Jimmy Yang
Managing Director, Credit & Operational Risk Analytics
BMO Financial Group

Jimmy Yang is currently Managing Director, Global head of Credit and Operational Risk Analytics at Bank of Montreal. He is in charge of the analytical decision center which covers all credit and operational risk related analytics for BMO globally. 

Before Jimmy joined BMO, he is managing director at MUFG Union Bank. He is in charge of: Basel II/ III, Retail, Small Business, Wholesale, investment portfolios, PD/LGD/EAD scorecards, Loss forecasting, Stress testing, Economic Capital, Acquired portfolio valuation, Dynamic Dashboard reporting and Risk infrastructure (analytical data mart, wholesale spreading system, scorecard system and CRE property management system etc.).  

Before that, he was Executive Vice President for First Horizon National Corporation. He was responsible for the center of Analytics and Strategy. 

Before that he was with Wachovia bank in Charlotte, NC as Senior Vice President in charge of Basel II and credit risk analytics. 

He also had prior experience managing Model validation, Operational risk and Enterprise risk management.

Jimmy was a Peking University graduate in computational mathematics and he also has a PhD in applied mathematics and an honor graduate of Southwestern Graduate School of Banking.

Ryan Wilder
Director, Business Integration, Chief Data Office, Digital
BNY Mellon
Ryan Wilder leads efforts to help BNY Mellon lines of business to better understand their data and is responsible for the adoption and use of the BNY Mellon Data Governance Policy. He has more than 16 years of experience in business management, anti-money laundering, sanctions, operations quality testing, data domain management (customer/client), and data management. 

Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Wilder was the acting U.S. Chief Data Officer and Head of U.S. Data Quality program at HSBC North American Holding Inc. (HSBC), where he oversaw and ensured data quality for all U.S. lines of business. Prior to HSBC, he was Vice President, Global Client Reference Data Domain Manager at J.P. Morgan Chase, and he began his career at Johnson & Johnson.  

Wilder is based in New York and holds dual bachelor degrees in Business Information Technology and Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech). 

Jason Sabino
VP and Principal Architect, Data & Analytics
Capital Group

Jason Sabino is VP, Senior Manager in Architecture & Strategy where he serves as Principal Architect for Information & Analytics for Capital Group.  He has over 25 years of broad IT experience spanning from infrastructure & integration to business solutions, but the majority of his career has been focused on Data including data warehousing, data modeling, data governance, and analytics.  His current responsibilities at Capital Group including advancing data management and analytical capabilities (data quality, Big Data, machine learning, cloud) and supporting the development of data analytic products and solutions.  Prior to joining Capital Group, Jason was Director of Data Architecture at USAA in San Antonio, TX where he lead architecture efforts to introduce Big Data and advanced analytics as well as held accountability for Customer data architecture, data warehousing and ETL.  Jason currently resides in Orange County, CA. 

Brian Keil
Vice President, Data Management
Charles Schwab & Co.
Brian Keil is Charles Schwab's Vice President of Global Data Management Reporting to the firm’s Global Data Officer, Brian is responsible for overseeing the strategy and implementation of the firm’s Data Management activities, including the Enterprise Data Governance Program, Data Integration and Communications. Brian is also the lead contact for all Data Governance related regulatory and engagements and initiatives. During his 21+ year tenure with Schwab, he has held a variety of leadership positions spanning operations, sales and marketing and has led several large-scale, strategic implementation efforts.
Jessica Chen
Senior Vice President, Compliance

Jessica Chen is a Senior Vice President in Independent Compliance Risk Management at Citi Group, responsible for BCBS 239 compliance testing in data management and IT infrastructure.

Prior to joining the compliance group, Jessica was an audit manager at Citi Internal Audit, leading audits and risk assessments in Citi’s enterprise data governance and quality management. Before joining Citi, Jessica spent 8 years working in data and technology audit in the financial and pharmaceutical industries. She also led a technology team at Merrill Lynch providing IT support for the firm’s Global Custody business through developing and maintaining IT applications across a diverse domain of system architectures and technology platforms.

Bill Pryor
Global Head of Data and Analytics, Custody and Funds Services
Bill joined Citi in 2015 and is responsible for the overall data strategy of the Custody and Fund Services business including client-facing online tools, performance measurement, risk analytics and investment compliance. Prior to Citi, Bill was with J.P. Morgan as Managing Director and Global Head of Investment Information Services. From 2006–2013, Bill was with State Street Financial where he was Senior Vice President and global head of State Street Investment Analytics (SSIA). During Bill’s tenure with State Street he led the growth of the analytics business from $5 to $11 trillion in assets under measurement. In 1997 Bill was tapped as CEO and President for Russell/Mellon Analytical Services, a position he held from startup through to full acquisition by Mellon Financial in 2005. Prior to the formation of Russell/Mellon, Bill was with Mellon Trust (and The Boston Company) organization for 18 years were he had various management roles in the performance and analytics business including IT, client service, sales, product management and group head. On three separate occasions, with three different organizations, Bill has had the privilege to lead the effort to become world’s largest provider of performance analytics services, as defined by assets under measurement. During his career, Bill has held numerous board of director positions including Russell/Mellon Analytical Services LLC in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia (as chairman), Elkins McSherry Inc. (as chairman), Complement AG (as vice chairman) and Allocare AG. Bill graduated with a B.A. in economics and a minor in computer science from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.
Ari Marcus
Managing Director, Information Services Group

Ari Marcus is a Managing Director in Citigroup’s Information Services Group responsible for Entity Data Strategy and Operations  and Institutional Client and Account Technology with 20 years of experience in Finance.  He runs Citi’s Regulatory Reform reference data program and led the implementation of Citi’s LEI infrastructure.  Ari also serves as the Chairman of the CUSIP Board of Trustees.  Prior to joining Citigroup, Ari held senior reference data and program management positions at Credit Suisse, Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers.  Before entering industry, Ari led BearingPoint’s US Capital Markets Reference Data practice and served as the consultancy’s representative to the EDM Council’s Board of Directors.  Ari earned an MBA in Finance & Accounting from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a BA in International Relations from Colgate University.  He lives on Long Island with his wife Kim and three children: Madeline, Charlie and Andrew.

Mark Fontana
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Data and Analytics
Comerica Bank

Mark Fontana is a Senior Vice President in the Technology department at Comerica Bank, where he is responsible for enterprise data and analytics.  In this role, Mark leads strategy and execution in data governance, data centralization, enterprise reporting, as well as revenue generating analytics.  Prior to his current role, Mark worked in the Enterprise Risk department of Comerica Bank, where he was responsible for successful data collection and submission of loan regulatory reporting data. 

Prior to joining Comerica, Mark ran a number of consulting practices focused on financial services, and worked for a number of years with Ford Motor Credit. He earned a BS in Computer Science from the Michigan State University and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  Mark is an active participant in raising the literacy rate in the communities that Comerica serves, and is a member of the Board of Directors at Innovations for Learning, a non-profit focused on helping in this cause.  

Einat Burshtine
Head of Data, Reporting and Analytics for Infrastructure
Crédit Suisse

Einat Burshtine is the head of the data and analytics organization for infrastructure within Credit Suisse, where she is responsible for strategy and implementation of all data-related products for infrastructure. Einat also leads big data initiatives, logging management, CMDB, data governance, and visualization tools. Previously, she headed the infrastructure architecture team in the US, developing the firm’s strategy for infrastructure, including end user experience monitoring, systems management, and big data analytics. Einat has 18 years of experience across broad functional areas within the IT industry. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, she worked at Oracle in New York managing the business operations of the development organization in global IT and led strategic initiatives in defining, monitoring, and improving operations and processes—leading to improved efficiencies and cost reduction. Einat holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and management from Tel Aviv University.

Karla McKenna
Head of Standards

Karla McKenna is an international standards specialist in the area of financial services.  Ms. McKenna is director of Market Practice and Standards at Citi and in this role drives development and adoption of financial services standards for Citi’s Securities businesses.  Since May 2015, Ms. McKenna also has been seconded to the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) as the Head of Standards for the GLEIF.  In this role, Ms. McKenna is responsible for facilitating the development and implementation of GLEIF standards and leveraging international standards from organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to maximize data quality and the operational integrity of the Global LEI System (GLEIS).

Within the industry, Ms. McKenna is Chair of the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 68 (ISO/TC 68), Financial services, Chair of the Securities Market Practice Group (SMPG), serves on the Board and Executive Committee of Accredited Standards Committee X9 (ASC X9) and recently has been chosen as a member of the inaugural Board of the Eurofiling Foundation.  Ms. McKenna also has served on the Boards of the International Securities Association for Institutional Trade Communication (ISITC) and XBRL International.

Andrew Foster
Deputy Chief Data Officer, Americas
Deutsche Bank

Andrew Foster is the Deputy Chief Data Officer – Americas for Deutsche Bank.  He is  responsible for execution of the Deutsche Bank Data Strategy in the Americas, taking Chief Data Office technologies, process and training and embedding within the broader organization.  He prides himself on bringing policies to life and ensuring business adoption through innovative implementation strategies.

Andrew was previously the Chief Data Office Head of Program Execution in the Americas, responsible for data sourcing delivery.  Andrew originates from South Africa and has spent his career working across London and New York in a variety of data focused change roles.

Edgar Zalite
Chief Data Architect, Americas
Deutsche Bank

Edgar is the Chief Data Architect for the Americas for Deutsche Bank, but more recently has also taken on a global role bring the banks metadata together as part of the global Chief Data Office.  He started his career as a physicist working on missile tracking systems for the aerospace industry, but moved into the finance industry about 20 years ago building data management systems for the New York Stock Exchange.  In the past 10 years, Edgar has focused on industry reference data and finance data architecture.  This has included leading data sourcing delivery for CCAR, options symbology rollout, implementing clearing collateral systems, and even early contributions to the FIBO model development.  Along the way, he also worked on algorithm development for a hedge fund start up, and traded equity options for a living.  Edgar has a BE and ME degree in Chemical Engineering from Cooper Union, as well as an MBA from NYU Stern, where he was the top finance graduate in his class.

Des Gallacher
Head of Investment Technology
Eaton Vance

Desmond Gallacher is a vice president of Eaton Vance Management and division head of investment technology. He is responsible for strategic direction, implementation and support of investment systems and data. He joined Eaton Vance in 2014.

Des began his career in the investment management industry in 1999. Before joining Eaton Vance, he was vice president of product management at Charles River Development, where he led product strategy, road map planning, and design and development of for the leading enterprise trading platform (OMS/EMS). Previously, he was global product head - data management and analytics with DST Global Solutions.

Des earned a BSc from Glasgow Caledonian University.

John Bottega
Executive Director
EDM Council

John supports the Council as Senior Advisor and Consultant, responsible for the Council’s CDO Forum and Data Management Practices. John is a senior strategy and data management executive with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. Over his career, John has held various positions in supporting a firm’s data management functions. Since 2006, John has held the title of Chief Data Office in both the private and public sectors, serving as CDO for Citi and Bank of America, and holding the post of CDO for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Shanti Pudota
Head of Enterprise Data Management and Governance
Fannie Mae

Shanthi Pudota is Head of Enterprise Data Management and  Governance at Fanniemae. Shanthi is responsible for defining the Data Strategy, Enterprise Metadata Management, End to end Data Quality,  Data Modeling, Analytics, Third Party Data Management, Enterprise Data Lake, Defining Data Policy, Data Governance and Stewardship. She has over 24 years of experience in the data domain and has successfully developed and implemented data strategies that meet  business needs. She is focused on enabling self service capabilities and developing holistic data solutions that enhance customer experience. She is also actively involved in various innovation efforts to streamline data  processing and management.

Joseph S. Tracy
Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Joseph Tracy is an Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President. He is the Chair of the Regulatory Oversight Committee for the Global Legal Entity Identifier System (GLEIS). His primary research interests include unions and collective bargaining as well as housing and urban economics. Prior to joining the New York Fed, Mr. Tracy was an associate professor at Yale University and Columbia University. He holds a B.A. from University of Missouri and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Girish Satpute
Head of Investment Operations Technology
Fidelity Investments

Girish Satpute leads Data Engineering function for Fidelity Investments Management Technology group, a unit of Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions, and financial intermediaries. Mr. Satpute has been in his current position since 2008 and is responsible for managing data for Equity, Fixed Income, High Yield, Counter Party and Research products.

Prior to joining Fidelity, Mr. Satpute was a founding member of a global IT Services start up that went public in 2004. Before the startup, Mr. Satpute led multiple consulting engagements involving large scale business process re-engineering as well as re-platforming efforts.

Mr. Satpute began his technology career in 1989 with Tata consultancy service in India. Mr. Satpute holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering, MS in Electronics Engineering and a Diploma in Marketing Management.

Amit Sood
Vice President & Head of Decision Sciences
Fidelity Investments
Veda Bawo
Senior Vice President/Managing Director, Data Quality & EDO Program Management
Fifth Third Bank

Veda Bawo serves as senior vice president and managing director of Enterprise Data Quality and the Enterprise Data Office’s program management. In her role, Veda oversees Fifth Third’s data quality program, as well as the Enterprise Data Office’s portfolio, program and project management, bank-wide data training, data communications and data team engagement. Veda was promoted to senior vice president in 2017.

Before joining Fifth Third Bank in 2016, Veda was the head of North America Wholesale’s Financial Reporting Quality at Rabobank (NY) where she was responsible for developing a quality assurance program over critical data, managing the data quality committee and ensuring the proper controls mitigated data quality risks. She served as a Data quality manager at GE Capital Americas (CT), starting their first data quality program.

Prior to that, Veda spent 15 years at JPMorgan Chase (NY, NJ, DE) in various leadership roles in Corporate Financial Reporting, Finance Reference Data, Corporate & Investment Bank Regulatory Reporting & Operations, ranging from Global Accounting & Operations to Project & Data Management. During her tenure with JPMorgan Chase, Veda: led post-merger process and data integrations in Finance; managed the global intercompany reconciliation for a $700+ billion line of business; managed the bank’s legal document management process, introducing significant automation. Veda started her career as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers (NY), specializing in the financial service industry.

James Madison
Director, Data Governance
Hartford Financial Services Group

James has 20 years of experience building platforms for actuaries, data scientists, and other demanding users who need their data engineers to not just know generic data technologies and data processing techniques, but far more important, to know the specifics, nuances, quirks, and outright flaws in the company's proprietary data.  James creates and actively promotes techniques for growing such proprietary data knowledge in his institution, including measuring it as a core aspect of data governance.

Robin Doyle
Managing Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs
J.P. Morgan

ROBIN DOYLE has worked at J.P. Morgan Chase for over 20 years and is currently Managing Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs, where she is responsible for developing strategic responses to a broad array of regulatory initiatives, analyzing the impact of regulatory proposals, developing the firm's positions and preparing for the implementation of final rules.  Ms. Doyle also spent over seven years as the Chief Financial Officer for Corporate Risk reporting to the firm’s Chief Risk Officer and has worked in JPMC’s Chase Home Finance business unit and managed the Firm’s Accounting Policies Group. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Chase, Robin worked for Midlantic National Bank, KPMG Peat Marwick, and Prudential Insurance Company. 

Ms. Doyle is on the Board of Directors of the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation and has been on the Board of NJ Junior Achievement and Easter Seal of New Jersey.  She is a member of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, the New York Clearing House, and the Risk Management Association. 

Ms. Doyle has an MBA in Finance from The Graduate School of Management, Rutgers University; a BS in Accounting from Rutgers, The State University; and is certified as a CPA in the State of NJ.

Cindy Forbes
EVP & Chief Analytics Officer
Manulife Financial

Cindy Forbes is Executive Vice President and Chief Analytics Officer of Manulife and is a member of the Company’s Global Leadership Team. Prior to this role, she served as Chief Actuary.

Ms. Forbes oversees the Company’s analytics function worldwide. She has spent more than 30 years with Manulife holding senior finance roles in the U.S., Investment, Reinsurance, Asia and Group Divisions. She spent seven years working in Asia, first as CFO for Manulife Japan followed by five years in HK as CFO for the entire Asia region. Manulife offers a wide range of life insurance, wealth management, pension and group benefit products across 12 countries in Asia.

Ms. Forbes was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in 2011 and again in 2015. She holds positions on a number of external boards including the Chair of the University of Waterloo.

Her industry knowledge and international experience, combined with the diverse roles she has held in her career, give her a unique perspective on the future state of the analytics function and the insurance industry.

Peggy Tsai
Vice President, Analytics & Data
Morgan Stanley

Peggy Tsai is Vice President in the Analytics & Data department at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for managing the adoption of Data Governance standards and processes in Wealth Management. She works closely with IT, Business Stewards and Enterprise to identify and resolve data quality issues that impact the business.

Peggy has over 15 years of experience in data management, stewardship and governance. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Peggy was Data Innovation Lead at AIG where she worked in the enterprise data management practice to support Anti-Money Laundering, Solvency II and GDPR in Latin America and Europe. In addition, she led a winning Innovation Boot Camp team with a proof of concept on Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning aimed at improving the underwriting process. Peggy also worked at S&P Global where she held various positions in enterprise data group and technology in order to drive the value of data between the business and IT.

Peggy has a Masters in Information Systems from New York University and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Cornell University. She is a member of the Data Governance Professional Organization. In her spare time, she hosts externships for Cornell freshmen students in order to increase the awareness of data and analytics among undergraduates.

George Marootian
EVP, Head of Technology
Natixis Global Asset Management
Sanjay Saxena
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Data Governance and Strategy
Northern Trust Corporation

Sanjay Saxena is head of Enterprise Data Governance at Northern Trust - responsible for establishing the data governance and data quality program across the enterprise. In his prior roles he has led major transformation programs in Data Governance, Data Management and Technology in banking and insurance. Sanjay has held positions in several Fortune 500 Financial Services firms.  He has consulted at financial services firms and has led several large transformations programs. He has expertise in setting up and implementing large data programs and is a thought leader in harnessing the power of data for competitive advantage. 

Ronke Ekwensi
VP, Data Management
Prudential Financial

Ronke Ekwensi is Vice President, Data Management for Prudential Financial’s U.S. Customer Office. She and her team are responsible for building robust data management structures in new and existing platforms, coordinating with organizations across Prudential to ensure adherence to best practices in data management and automation, and leveraging technology to drive flexible, cost-efficient solutions for Prudential’s evolving data infrastructure.  

With more than 25 years’ experience in data and information governance, Ronke is skilled in data strategy and privacy, as well as electronic discovery. She excels at building data management organizations and managing complex projects and initiatives. Before joining Prudential, Ronke served in various senior data and information governance capacities with several industry-leading firms, including Aetna, Baxalta and Pfizer. Her professional experience includes positions in the healthcare, biopharmaceuticals, power, technology, consumer electronics and management consulting industries.

Ronke earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Philosophy from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY; an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix; and a Masters of Jurisprudence in Health Law from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She also holds the Certified Information Privacy Manager and Certified Information Privacy Professional - US/Europe designations from the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and a certification in Tackling the Challenges of Big Data from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A member of the Board of Advisors of the Cardozo Law School Data Law Initiative at Yeshiva University, Ronke is also Executive Director of HealthCore, Nig LTD, and organization dedicated to addressing health issues in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa through preventative health education and patient awareness.  

Anthony Lenkaitis
Director, Data Governance & Design
Prudential Financial

Tony currently serves as the Director of Data Governance and Design for Prudential Retirement. He has 20 years of varied leadership experience within Prudential Financial. He has an extensive operational and client-facing background that has led to a specialization in data governance, data management tools and practices as well as business intelligence. In his current role, Tony has primary responsibility for the implementation and execution of data governance practices within the Retirement organization. Within the last couple of years, Tony and his team have been focused on the enhancement of the Retirement Data Governance framework which has included the management and enhancement of data quality end-to-end; the creation of solutions for complex data requests and growing the businesses’ analytic capabilities to support enterprise digital and customer experience strategies.

Hemant Todi
SVP, Director of Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse

Hemant Todi is Director of Information Systems & Development. He oversees Rabobank, N.A.’s Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence, Data Governance, Business architecture and Development functions. Mr. Todi has been with the bank since 2016, reporting to Mr. Dan Stevens, Chief Operating Officer. 

Prior to Rabobank, N.A., Mr. Todi was Director of Client Insights for Franklin Templeton Investments, based in San Mateo. 

Earlier in his career, Mr. Todi has been in similar roles at various global financial organizations like Capital One Bank, USAA, WNS building and leading teams of consultants, data scientist, engineers and analyst to deliver high business value through actionable insights, deep analytics and a robust suite of business intelligence solutions.

Mr. Todi holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology in India and a MBA in Management Information Systems from University of Texas.  

Nicole Brooks
Managing Director, Head of Data Policy & Governance

Nicole Brooks is Head of Data Governance and Policy for Royal Bank of Canada’s IHC and its combined US operations. Prior to joining in 2017, she was Head of Group Data Quality at HSBC where she was instrumental in building what the Monitor deemed as an Industry Leading Data Quality framework. She has vast regulatory transformation experience where she worked on the core team to craft the Resolution Plan at Barclays in 2013 and held various senior regulatory, risk, data, and control positions at Citigroup. Nicole entered the financial services industry 20 years ago working in automotive finance at GMAC. She holds a Bachelor’s in Pre-law/Political Science from James Madison residential college at Michigan State University and a Master’s in International Applied Economics from Eastern Michigan.

Jacob Kosoff
SVP, Head of Model Risk Management & Validation
Regions Bank

Jacob Kosoff is the Head of Model Risk Management and Validation (MRMV) at Regions Bank, serving in this role since May 2014. As the Head of Model Risk Management and Validation, Jacob is responsible for the management of the model governance and model validation teams and for overseeing the governance and validation for all models and analytical tools at Regions Bank. Jacob served as the Model Governance Manager at Regions prior to his current role.

Prior to Jacob’s time at Regions, Jacob served in multiple leadership roles at PNC in Pittsburgh, PA for 4½ years, including in Credit Review and Model Risk Management. Prior to Jacob’s time at PNC, Jacob served as a model developer and senior economic analyst at Freddie Mac in McLean, Virginia for 3 years. Prior to Jacob’s time at Freddie Mac, Jacob worked for 3 years at Genesis Analytics as an economic analyst and consultant, developing and implementing models for various clients in South Africa. Jacob worked in both the Banking Strategy division and the Competition and Regulatory Economics division at Genesis Analytics. Jacob has also served as a lecturer in the School of Economics and Business Sciences for 3 years at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Jacob has a Master of Commerce Degree in Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand and Bachelor of Science with Honors in Economics from Pennsylvania State University.

Jacob currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Levite Jewish Community Center (LJCC) in Birmingham, AL. Jacob resides with his wife and three children in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mark Blanchette
SVP, Director Business Technology & Data Management
Seacoast Bank

Mark Blanchette leads the data management and development groups at Seacoast Bank focusing on strategy and execution in information delivery, data integration, data governance, data quality and application development. Mark’s career in Information Technology has spanned more than 25 years. 

Mr. Blanchette has been at presenter at several National conferences including the Gartner Master Data Management Summit, Informatica World, The Data Governance Winter Conference (2013 and 2018) , DenodoFest, and Enterprise Data World in 2017.  In 2016 he was the recipient of the prestigious Ventana Research Technology Leadership Award in Business Intelligence and in 2017 he led the effort leading to the Orlando Business Journal Innovations in Technology award. He received his BA in Economics from University of Washington and a MBA from Seattle University

Sumanda Basu
Director, Data Management
Société Générale

Sumanda leads data management technology initiatives in Société Générale Americas. He owns end-to-end technology integration for implementation of effective data management control environment. Prior to this role, he had built out data quality function in JPMorgan Asset and Wealth Management and implemented data management audit function within Citigroup globally. He was a data architect and had helped built out data architecture delivery practice in HSBC and set up global delivery centers. He started his career in technology consulting and worked with financial and entertainment industry to address inefficiencies in marketing, financial, operations and analytics functions.

Moiz Kohari
SVP, Chief Technology Architect
State Street

Mr. Kohari is responsible for the enhancements to State Street’s digital enterprise architecture, and the creation of the next generation digital enterprise that delivers on-demand secure computing capabilities, driven through machine learning paradigms and all pertinent fin-tech disruptive technologies. The Office of Architecture’s charter is to work closely with all business units and end user clients to provide for the most impactful information technology innovations.

Until recently Mr. Kohari served as EVP/Head of Global Technology Innovation for the London Stock Exchange Group - Responsible for Blockchain, Cognitive Computing and Low-Latency initiatives across all Group companies. Driving advance research for the entire trading life cycle, starting from pre-trade/trade components to post-trade technologies related to clearing and settlement.

Previous to joining LSEG, Mr. Kohari served as CTO, Novell Inc. - Responsible for the Service Provider focused Cloud Computing initiatives at Novell. Responsible for security, management and operating system products to deliver highly integrated cloud focused offerings. Mr. Kohari’s responsibilities included providing software and services to the Financial Services vertical with specialization in low latency initiatives. Mr. Kohari was also the founder/CEO of Mission Critical Linux, a company dedicated to introducing enterprise software capabilities into the Linux operating system.

Deborah Lorenzen
Head of Strategy and Data Governance, State Street Global Advisors
State Street

Deb Lorenzen has been Chief Operating Officer of various portfolios for industry leaders State Street Global Advisors and BNY Mellon.  She is currently leading the Strategy & Data Governance team at State Street Global Advisors, as well as leading a number of infrastructure development programs.  She has a proven track record for leading internal and external change programs including client, technology and human capital impacts, through periods of growth as well as consolidation.  An acknowledged culture carrier and integrator, Deb is deeply experienced in complex cross-border negotiations.  

Deb holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Journalism from Fresno State, and an MBA from Columbia University.  She is an Advisory Board Member for the Global Female Leaders Summit in Berlin and speaks regularly on topics related to change management in large organizations.

David Saul
Senior Vice President and Chief Scientist
State Street

David Saul is senior vice president and chief scientist at State Street Corporation, reporting to the chief information officer.  In this role, he is responsible for proposing and assessing new advanced technologies for the organization as well as evaluating technologies already in use at State Street and their likely evolution in order to reinforce the organization’s leadership position in financial services.

Mr. Saul previously was chief information security officer, where he oversaw State Street’s corporate information security program, controls and technology. Prior to that, he managed State Street’s Office of Architecture, where he was responsible for the overall enterprise technology, data and security architecture of the corporation. Mr. Saul joined State Street in 1992 after 15 years with IBM’s Cambridge Scientific Center, where he managed innovations in operating systems virtualization, multiprocessing, networking and personal computers. Mr. Saul serves as a trustee of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. In 2007 he was honored with a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader Award.  American Banker named Mr. Saul as one of its Top Innovators of 2013 for his work on data semantics and standards.

Mr. Saul holds bachelors and master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tom Serven
Vice President, Enterprise Data Governance
State Street
Mr. Serven is a Vice President with State Street Corporation. Working as part of the IT Strategy and Governance organization, Mr. Serven is responsible for Information Lifecycle Management which focuses on policies and practices related to the management of State Street’s digital data footprint. In previous roles he has served as Head of Client Technology for EMEA and Head of IT for State Street Switzerland.
Sanjay Bery
Managing Director, Data Governance & Data Stewardship
Sanjay Bery, who joined TIAA-CREF in 2015, oversees an end-to-end data management function across TIAA-CREF’s Client Services Group. The Client Services Group comprises our customer contact center, middle office support functions and all back-office operations for our pension, IRA and brokerage businesses. Sanjay and team work closely with the Office of the Chief Data Officer, the Corporate Data Architecture and the TIAA-CREF IT organizations to drive long-term data solutions that support revenue growth, customer experience, processing efficiency and regulatory compliance.

Sanjay has more than 30 years of industry and consulting experience, including 25 years in financial services, across operations and technology. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, he was responsible for EMC Consulting’s Financial Services Cloud Application practice with a focus on helping financial services organizations migrate applications to the cloud. Sanjay was one of the key partners of BusinessEdge’s Financial Services Practice, with Sanjay’s focus on by and sell side. Prior to joining BusinessEdge, he held positions at Oracle, DuPont Pension Fund and IBM. 

Sanjay earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University (India) and his Master of Computer Science degree from Drexel University.

Aditya Kongara
Executive Head, Enterprise Information Management and Governance

Aditya joined USAA in 2015 and is currently leading two Enterprise-wide efforts to mature information management and information governance practices across USAA. The goal of these efforts is to provide users with access to trustworthy data for analytics and ensure that USAA meets its regulatory compliance requirements. 

Aditya has over 17 years of experience in data and analytics. He previously helped multiple companies establish and manage effective data and analytics groups. Aditya has previously worked at Ernst & Young, Capital One, Discover Financial Services and American Family Insurance. 

Aditya earned his undergraduate degree in Electronics & Communications Engineering at Bangalore University and his graduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Wright State University. Aditya is also a Six Sigma Green Belt.

Alex Smith
Director, Reference Data Innovation Projects

Alex Smith is a Director in the Reference Data Technology team at UBS leading a DLT innovation project and regulatory programs.

Previously based in the UBS London office, he moved to work for UBS in New York last year to support the Reference Data team in the US. His most recent innovation efforts within UBS have seen him publish a whitepaper on legal entity data matching.

Prior to joining UBS he spent 7 years working at Societe Generale (Newedge) where he held a number of technology roles, including application development lead for Prime Brokerage and Data Management.

He is a graduate of the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. 

Brian Rossman
Chief Resiliency Officer
US Bank

Brian Rossmann has 22 years of Operational Risk Management experience, specifically in Information Security, Systems, Data Privacy, Business Continuity, Third Party and Supply Chain risk. He is currently the Chief Resiliency Officer overseeing Business Continuity/Disaster Resiliency, Crisis Management and Risk Management oversight for Information Security, Systems and Payments. Experience includes: building Operational Risk Management practice within retail firms with concentration in Information Security and Data Privacy. He possesses broad experience in multiple regulatory environments and is skilled in building Risk Management programs to effectively mitigate risk and meet compliance requirements. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from James Madison University.

Praveen Reddy
Head of Enterprise Technology and Information Architecture
Voya Financial
Jason Briggs
Co-Founder and COO

Jason is COO at Diffeo, an AI startup based in Cambridge building collaborative teammate technology for defense and financial services customers. Jason is leading Diffeo's expansion into financial services. Most recently he led Diffeo’s participation in the Fintech Innovation Lab, where he has been working with top tier financial firms to solve their disparate data challenges. At Diffeo, Jason has also brought together a wide range of partnerships. For example, he led Diffeo in the Salesforce Incubator’s AI Cohort of 2017, where Diffeo was featured in Quip’s keynote presentation at Dreamforce. ? While studying computer science and military history at Williams College, Jason co-founded Meta Search in 2014 after watching his mom try, and fail, to find files on her computer. Meta launched to thousands of beta users before being acquired by Diffeo in 2016.

Kendrick Wakeman
Founder & CEO
FinMason, Inc.

Kendrick Wakeman is the Founder and CEO of FinMason, the largest, fastest, most scalable independent Investment Analytics as a Service platform in the world. He has nearly 30 years of investment experience across a broad range of asset classes and has developed, built, and run institutional-level risk-management programs at both large and small financial institutions. Prior to founding FinMason, he was a Portfolio Manager/Analyst at Lazard Asset Management, the Co-Head of a department at the securities arm of a large bank, and the Director of Research at an institutional research boutique. He has a BA from Dartmouth College and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Sarah Biller
FinTech Sandbox

Sarah Biller is a FinTech entrepreneur, investor and educator. Most recently, Sarah was the Head of Innovation Ventures at State Street Bank’s Global Exchange division and its Chief Operating Officer for Innovation. Prior to joining State Street, she was the Co-Founder and President of Capital Market Exchange (CMX), a privately-financed predictive analytics platform utilizing investor sentiment to help bond investors anticipate near-term changes in spreads. Sarah has been a Principal in the launch of several successful venture backed start-ups in the FinTech and Life Sciences sectors. She teaches a graduate level course on the evolution of Financial Technology at Brandeis University and leads the Boston Fintech Meetup. Sarah also sits on the Board of a venture capital firm and multiple start-ups focused on capital markets, trading and the blockchain. Sarah has also held roles at Fidelity Investments; worked on MCI’s corporate venture team; and launched and led research divisions for Fortune 500 CFO’s and treasurers at the Corporate Executive Board. She studied Finance at West Virginia University and George Washington University.

Michele Nevarez
Head of Leadership Programs & Strategic Partnerships
Key Step Media

As Head of Leadership Programs & Strategic Partnerships for Key Step Media, Michele is leading efforts in the development and forthcoming release of Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification and Training Program. Specializing in coaching highly-driven executives and professionals, she leverages Emotional & Social Intelligence to help leaders tap into their self-efficacy by developing self-awareness, focus, and resilience. Michele brings over 20 years of HR Leadership and C-Suite experience working for industry leaders in healthcare, manufacturing, investment management, and management consulting.  

Chitra Javdekar
Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Cabinet
Mass Bay Community College

As an educator and as an academic administrator, Dr. Chitra Javdekar has collaboratively led the development of several educational programs and student success initiatives, including a STEM Mentor program that she co-founded in 2014 at MassBay Community College. MassBay’s STEM Mentor program currently serves nearly 75 STEM students each year by matching them with experienced STEM professional mentors in their fields while also offering extensive opportunities for professional growth and career advancement.    

Chitra currently serves as the Dean of the division of science, technology, engineering and mathematics at MassBay where her focus is on providing community college students with access to high quality education and opportunities for career advancement. Under her leadership, the division faculty developed the College’s first cybersecurity A.S. degree program – the first of its kind - in community colleges in Massachusetts.   

Chitra holds a Ph.D. in Civil (Structural Engineering) from Tufts University, a Master's and a Baccalaureate degree in Civil Engineering from University of Mumbai, India.

Evan Schnidman
Founder and CEO

Before starting Prattle, Evan taught at Brown University and Harvard University. Co-author of How the Fed Moves Markets, Evan is also widely published in macroeconomics, political economy, and finance publications. Along with being a respected academic, author, and researcher, Evan is also an experienced consultant for large corporations and financial institutions.

Meg Heim
Vice President & Head, Diabetes and CV Scientific Communications - North America

Meg Heim as VP, Head of NA DCV Scientific Communications, is a key member of the Diabetes/Cardiovascular (DCV) Business Unit and reports into the Country Medical Chair and the North America Medical Lead for DCV. Meg’s role participates as a member of various Global teams and committees to further strengthen and globalize the DCV franchises.

Meg is responsible for crafting and executing the integrated North America DCV Scientific Communications strategy.  She is responsible to define, manage and lead the communications activities across NA DCV Medical, including publications strategy, home and field medical communications as well as therapeutic area Outcomes Liaison communications for North America.  Responsible for cultivating partnerships with cross-functional partners such as clinical development, regulatory, program management, market access, global medical and marketing and external partners to provide leadership in successful development and execution of the DCV NA scientific communications.

Meg has held officer roles and executive global sales and marketing positions with a number of healthcare, medical device and health information technology companies. 

Meg is a Registered Nurse, holds a Bachelors in Public Administration, and a Masters in Administrative Science, with Post Masters certificates in Non-Profit Organizational Development and Global Leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University. 

Katie Stebbins
Vice President for Economic Development, President's Office
University of Massachusetts

Katie Stebbins is the vice president for economic development for the University of Massachusetts, a five-campus, 75,000-student public research university system. She serves as a liaison to the business community, establishing and growing research and workforce development partnerships to benefit the university and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As a member of President Marty Meehan’s senior leadership team, she represents UMass, the state’s second-largest employer and an institution responsible for $6.2 billion in annual economic impact, on boards and working groups focused on business collaboration and increasing the state’s competitiveness in key sectors. Katie also oversees the Office of Technology and Commercial Ventures, and the UMass Donahue Institute. 

Katie was previously Assistant Secretary for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where she co-chaired Governor Baker’s Digital Health Council and led state investment efforts in health-tech, robotics, advanced manufacturing and cyber security. Katie played a leadership role in establishing and managing M2I2 (Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative), Governor Baker’s nearly $100 million commitment to five Manufacturing USA Institutes. A 20-year veteran of public service and economic development, Katie has launched three of her own companies. She is also a shameless champion for mid-size cities, roller derby and women in leadership. Katie earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Greg Woolf
Founder and CEO

Greg Woolf is founder and CEO of Coalesce.Info. Coalesce makes Artificial Intelligence easy for businesses. Its proprietary machine-learning technology learns to accelerate and improve how people do their jobs every day without the intervention of programmers.

A product visionary, Greg brings more than 20 years of vision and experience in delivering state-of-the-art software. He previously founded a Fintech company that provides operations and analysis software to investment managers with more than a $1 trillion AUM. He was awarded 2015 IT-CEO of the year by AI Global Magazine for his innovative creation of the Coalesce artificial-intelligence product.

Greg has degrees in Computer Science, Math, and Finance with Distinction. He is a frequent speaker at MIT, Harvard, IBM and at industry conferences. He has been published in numerous publications, is an expert A.I. consultant with GLG, appeared in an IBM Watson TV Commercial and moderates A.I. and Data Science groups in Boston with more than 10,000+ members.

Marissa Alvord
Program Director
Marissa Alvord is Senior Program Director for LogiMed, LogiPharma and FIMA. With over seven years of conference production experience, Marissa specializes in financial, pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device markets. Marissa cut her teeth in conference production working for a small publishing house in London producing events for the English education sector. She holds her MA from SOAS, University of London. Outside of the office, Marissa enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking and enjoying music.

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Harry Chopra
Chief Client Officer

Harry Chopra is the Chief Client Officer of AxiomSL. He joined the company in 2017 and is based in New York City. Bringing more than 30 years of experience in global sales and financial services, Harry is responsible for overseeing AxiomSL’s global business development efforts, implement go-to-market stategies and build worldwide client-driven growth.

Prior to joining AxiomSL, Harry was the Chief Commercial Officer for Credit Benchmark, where he developed the concept of consensus credit estimates by working with the Chief Risk Officer and Chief Credit Officer community across national, regional and global banks. Before that, Harry led the global sales and client services function for S&P Capital IQ. Besides these roles, he also served as the head of International Retail and head of Institutional Marketing at Citigroup Asset Management.

Harry received his Bachelor of Art in Mathematics, with a minor in Economics, from the University of Delhi, and he holds an MBA in Marketing and Information Systems from The University of Michigan.

Alex Tsigutkin
Chief Executive Officer

Alexander Tsigutkin is the Chief Executive Officer of Axiom Software Laboratories (AxiomSL), a firm he founded in 1991. Mr. Tsigutkin designed the original framework and foundation for developing enterprise-wide risk management, regulatory reporting and data management solutions. Additionally, he invented and patented a dynamic approach to manage data for risk management and regulatory reporting applications.

Prior to founding AxiomSL, Mr. Tsigutkin was an independent consultant to top tier international banks and financial institutions, advising senior management in the areas of banking operations and database engineering.

As an expert in regulatory reporting and risk management, Alex is a frequent speaker at technology and financial industry forums worldwide, addressing topics such as dealing with changes in regulatory and risk management space, achieving transparency across enterprise, financial control, data warehousing and bank regulatory issues.

Mr. Tsigutkin received his Bachelor of Science degree from Yeshiva University and a Master of Science degree in information technology and business from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Scott Preiss
Managing Director, Global Head of CUSIP Global Services
CUSIP Global Services (CGS) managed on behalf of the American Bankers Association by S&P Global Market Intelligence

Scott J. Preiss is Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, CUSIP Global Services (CGS)/S&P Capital IQ, which administers the CUSIP numbering system and the CUSIP International Numbering System (CINS) for the United States, Canada, and various global territories under contract to the American Bankers Association. Under Scott’s direction, CGS is responsible for the development and operation of the ANNA Service Bureau, launched as a central hub for the consolidation and distribution of ISIN data from >120 global markets, and jointly operated with Six Financial Information, Zurich.  CGS/S&P Capital IQ also provides a variety of cross-referencing, obligor and entity-identification solutions to market participants for risk management and compliance needs.

Previously, during Scott’s tenure as director of CUSIP Operations, a major revitalization and upgrade of CUSIP’s infrastructure was implemented that facilitates the numerous securities issuance procedures in a real-time environment.  He has been actively involved in the industry’s effort to standardize legal entities, securities descriptive data and product classifications, and has chaired the ANSI-accredited standards group X9D in that regard.  Scott regularly lectures on standardization, reference data and risk management, both in the U.S. and globally.

Scott is a member of the Enterprise Data Management Council (EDM), the Executive Committee of the SIIA/FISD, SIFMA, Various ISO Working Groups (including ISO TC68 SG1 that examined LEI), and is the Chairman of the ASB Advisory Board. He is a member of the New York, and New Jersey Bar Associations and has a B.B.A. in Business/Finance from Pace University, New York and a J.D. from New York Law School.

Ravi Shankar
Chief Marketing Officer
Denodo Technologies

Ravi Shankar is the Chief Marketing Officer at Denodo Technologies. He is responsible for Denodo’s global marketing efforts, including product marketing, demand generation, communications, and partner marketing. Ravi brings to his role more than 25 years of proven marketing leadership from enterprise software leaders such as Oracle and Informatica.

Ravi holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Ken Lownie
Chief Operating Officer

Ken Lownie is the Chief Operating Officer of Everteam Inc. In that role he is responsible for Everteam’s business in North America, and and works directly with senior executives responsible for Information governance within their organizations. Ken is a graduate of Colgate University and MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and is a frequent writer and speaker at industry conferences, including InfoGovCon, AIIM and ARMA as well as FIMA.

Peter Ku
VP, Head of Industry Consulting & Financial Services Strategist
Informatica LLC
Peter Ku is responsible for Informatica's Industry Consulting and responsible for our Financial Services vertical. He is an expert in data governance, Big data, data quality, predictive analytics, cloud services, business intelligence, data warehousing, and master data management technologies and how they are used to solve today’s most important initiatives across banking, capital markets, and insurance. Peter is a regulator speaker at industry events and author of data management and governance trends across the global financial services industry.
Traci Gusher
Principal, Data & Analytics

Traci is a leader in the “Lighthouse”, KPMG’s Center of Excellence for Data & Analytics.  Traci is responsible for the Lighthouse Artificial Intelligence Team and for KPMG Ignite (KPMG’s AI platform and portfolio of capabilities).  She is an experienced executive with significant experience in Systems Implementation, Advanced Analytics Execution, Big Data Technologies, Artificial Intelligence and D&A Strategy. She is a proven leader with a long record of success in designing, developing and deploying solutions to address clients’ most complex problems.  Traci also leads the global KPMG Google Innovation Lab focused on experimentation, testing and innovating with pre-launch and new Google products.

Bob Parr
Principal and Chief Data Officer for KPMG US

Bob is currently a senior leader in KPMG’s own Digital Transformation and is serving as KPMG’s Chief Data Officer in the US while also leading the Financial Services Data Governance and Transformation Practice Area.   Within Financial Services, Bob primarily serves Chief Data Officers helping them build data driven cultures while generating sustainable momentum.   He as a long record of designing and implementing change to organizations, processes, data management /governance tools required to transform client CDO organizations and their impact on the businesses they support.  

Bryce Wagner
Director, Advisory

Bryce is a Director in KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice specializing in data solutions and services for financial services companies. He has led multiple enterprise wide data lineage initiatives for top tier financial institutions. His lineage initiatives have covered CCAR, Fed/regulatory reporting, internal risk metrics (BCBS 239) and products.  Additionally, he supports Chief Data Officers with the adoption of their enterprise data governance Policy and frameworks through business adoption planning and implementation. Areas of further support include data quality, metrics, reporting and process efficiencies. Bryce also has experience with enterprise client data effort to standardize client data sourcing and consumption. Prior to joining KPMG, he worked at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency as a Bank Examiner.

Jan Ulrych
Senior Technology Advisor

Jan Ulrych is a data consultant with more than 10 years of experience working on data management and data governance projects. He's a database engineer by education, but he quickly evolved into a recognized integration architect, with clients such as DHL, Thomson Reuters, and Moody's under his belt. He currently works for MANTA, the data lineage automation company. At MANTA, he's responsible for business development, particularly in the customer success area — making sure that proof-of-concepts and deployments all over the world are running smoothly. This unique perspective allows him to understand each customer's complex story — their business needs on one side and technical background on the other.

Ernst Renner
Managing Partner

As Managing Partner at NEOS, Ernst Renner is responsible for the vision and direction of NEOS, with a focus on business and IT transformation and modernization in the insurance and financial services industries.

Since founding NEOS in 2000, Ernst has grown the company to include core practices in business strategy and operations, data science and engineering, and technology modernization. He has advised executives at over 50 clients globally, including twelve Fortune 500 companies, on finding the right blend of strategy, technology, and process to drive desired business outcomes.

Ernst’s business passions are data-driven process optimization, learning systems, and cognitive computing–and their application to make insurance operations better.  He actively consults with client executives on industry insights, strategic planning, and action-focused delivery planning.  Ernst’s experience spans over twenty years of executive leadership in international business and technology. Prior to founding NEOS, he led the information architecture and technology efforts for the individual and group annuities, mutual funds, and life insurance divisions of The Hartford.

Yann Bloch
VP Product Management
NeoXam Americas

Yann Bloch is an expert in the financial services software industry, based in Boston with over a decade of professional experience in this field. Yann is currently the Vice President of Product Management of NeoXam Americas, specifically working with NeoXam’s DataHub and IBOR. DataHub is NeoXam’s comprehensive and customizable data management tool and Yann is responsible for product management and pre-sales. Yann has been with NeoXam since 2016. Prior to joining NeoXam, he was the Senior pre-sales engineer for the French company SmartCo from 2013 to 2015. Yann also worked for eight years at SunGard Asset Arena, holding a few positions focusing on the management of product implementation.

Michael S. Goodman
Senior Director, FSI Data & Analytics, and Technology Advisory Practice Lead
Mr. Goodman has spent his career devoted to understanding, managing and advancing the components of modern corporate infrastructures; data, analytics, organization, process, and technology.

Mr. Goodman leads both the FSI Data & Analytics and the FSI Technology Advisory Practices at NTT Data Services where professionals bring a mix of analytics, data, technology, process, financial institution, vendor, and consulting experiences to each client in our effort optimize value. He also defines the key focus areas for each practice and leads related thought leadership efforts.

Dominic Sartorio
SVP Products & Development

Dominic Sartorio is currently Senior Vice President of Product and Development for Protegrity.  He comes to Protegrity from Informatica, where he spent several years in product leadership roles including leading the Intelligent Data Platform product management group, as well as leading the Data Quality product group. A thought leader in data governance, Sartorio also spearheaded data governance product strategy, and improved the security stance of Informatica products including achieving ISO27K compliance and driving security best practices in R&D. Prior to Informatica, Sartorio held development and product management roles at Oracle, BEA Systems and Wily Technology. 

David Poole
Head of Financial Services Center of Excellence

David leads Publicis.Sapient’s Financial Services Centre of Excellence, which is responsible for supporting clients in thought leadership, innovation, digital transformation, and insight into customer trends. Clients include Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, U.S Bank, RBS, Visa, TD, Cetera, Brown Advisory, and Travelers.He is a change agent with 20+ years experience as a researcher, planner and brand consultant—sharing his passion for making it fun to be financially healthy.Experience prior to Publicis.Sapient includes strategy for Citi’s global rewards program, MasterCard’s smart card pilot, and American Express’ B2B marketing program.

John McManus
Executive Director, Head of Sales and Marketing for Financial Information

John McManus heads up Sales, Marketing and Alliances for SIX in the US and has been with the company since 2004. In his role he is working closely with our customers to support and anticipate their data and regulatory requirements. He is also responsible for identifying and responding to US market trends. Prior to joining the US team in 2015, John oversaw the Sales and Marketing for SIX in the U.K. and Ireland.

At SIX, John is firmly focused on helping firms meet their core reference data, corporate actions and key regulatory data needs, especially Global Sanctions Monitoring, IRS871m, MIFID II and PRIIPs. John is a regular speaker at industry events in Europe and the U.S.

Prior to joining SIX, John spent 10 years consulting in the financial services sector across the US & Europe. Johns holds a Master’s Degree from University College Dublin.

Peter Moss
The SmartStream Reference Data Utility (RDU)

Peter joined the company in August 2016 following 25 years at Thomson Reuters. During his time at Thomson Reuters he established the Thomson Reuters Enterprise business, lead the integration of the Thomson Financial and Reuters businesses, ran data and technology operations as CTO and most recently lead the Financial Division, a global $6bn revenue business. Peter graduated from Bristol University with honours in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Will Newcomer
Vice President, Business Development & Strategy Finance, Risk & Reporting
Wolters Kluwer

Will Newcomer has more than 35 years of experience in risk and finance with major and regional banks as well as leading technology firms, making him uniquely qualified to lead clients to the forefront of integrated finance, risk and compliance solutions. In addition, Will uses extensive experience in enterprise-wide management information systems to help financial institutions in the areas of risk adjusted performance management, budgeting and planning, asset and liability management, incentive compensation, financial reporting and stress testing.

Stephane DuBois
Founder and CEO
Xignite, Inc.

Stephane Dubois is a recognized financial data industry executive who founded Xignite to pioneer market data in the cloud. Stephane is a well-known FinTech thought leader and is frequently quoted in publications, including Forbes, MarketsMedia, WallStreet & Technology, Financial News, Bob's Guide, Inside Reference Data, and Venture Capital Journal. He has spoken at numerous FinTech events around the world, including Finovate, FinDEVr, Bank Innovation, Next Money, World Exchange Conf., World Finance Information Conf. and The Money Conference.

Prior to founding Xignite, Stephane was Vice President of Product Management at Advent Software, the leading provider of software solutions for the investment management industry. Prior to Advent, Stephane held senior product and marketing management positions at Walker Interactive Systems and Oracle Corporation.

Stephane holds an MS in Management from M.I.T. Sloan School of Management and MS and BS degrees in international management from the MBA Institute in Paris.

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