InvestOps USA 2021



Past Speakers (2019)

Tobias Fritsch
Chief Operating Officer
Allianz Investment Management

Now. As Allianz Investment Management LLC’s (AIM) Chief Operations Officer, Tobias Fritsch leads investment operations, IT and business transformation related initiatives within AIM.  He oversees all of the investment operations responsibilities, covering both the general account and derivative side. The operations function follows the principle of business best practices and continuous improvements.  The IT function includes the design and maintenance of a robust, coherent system landscape with a scalable architecture in AIM.  The business transformation function is the overall AIM change function for enhancements of the overall operating model as well as major projects of all AIM departments.

Then. Prior to joining Allianz Life in 2016, Fritsch worked as an executive program manager at Allianz Global Investors (AGI) in Europe, he was responsible for leading global strategic initiatives to redesign and transform the target operating model of AGI. He was also responsible for an acquisition and post-merger integration of Asset Managers into the firm. Prior to that Tobias held various leadership roles in various Allianz entities.

And…Tobias is a strong proponent of lifelong learning, as he holds two PhDs, an executive MBA and multiple advanced degrees in the areas of business administration, eTechnical engineering, computer science, economics, law, political science, history, literature science, sociology, psychology and philosophy. Also, he achieved his OPEX Black Belt Certification, Price 2 practitioner, Scrum Master and PMP training.

Jim Kearney
Head of Investment Operations
Eric Bolisay
Vice President- Head of Derivatives Strategic Operations
T.Rowe Price
Eric Bolisay is a Vice President within T. Rowe Price’s Enterprise Risk Group and Head of Derivatives Strategic Operations. Within that role, Eric is responsible for the build out and global support of OTC, cleared, and listed derivatives trading operations at T. Rowe Price. Eric is chairman of the Complex Products Committee and a member of the Investment Derivatives Committee, in addition to a member of several derivatives-related working groups. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. Eric has over ten years of derivatives and risk management experience and joined T. Rowe Price from MetLife, where he was a Director and Head of Derivatives Risk & Analytics and Collateral Management within Global Investment Operations.
Marc Chandler
Chief Market Strategist, Managing Partner, Former Global Head of Currency Strategy
Bannockburn Global Forex, Brown Brothers Harriman
Uday Kiran Bolusani
Vice President, Global Product & Clearing Services
Uday Kiran Bolusani is vice president, Global Product & Clearing Services (GPCS) at Fidelity Management & Research Company (FMRCo), the investment advisor for Fidelity’s family of mutual funds. Fidelity Investments is 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. In this role, he leads the GPCS team in driving the on-boarding, prioritization, and execution of Asset Management’s derivative and clearing initiatives to help the firm keep pace with business and regulatory change. Prior to joining Fidelity in his current position in December 2015, Mr. Bolusani led derivative operations strategy & middle office at AEGON Asset Management. In this role, he was responsible for managing strategic initiatives surrounding new complex derivative products and regulatory change impacting the operating model. He also established a new middle office function that involved trade support located on the trading desk. Mr. Bolusani began his derivatives career on the sell side with Morgan Stanley, on the structured credit trade support desk. In this role, he oversaw the team that provided day to day support to traders making markets in CLNs, bespoke CDS Index tranches, standard CDS Index tranches, CDS Index Swaptions, iBoxx TRS, and the appropriate linear hedging in various products. Mr. Bolusani helped launch new product initiatives and also coordinated complex impacts such as credit events across the entire firm. Prior to his derivatives roles, he held various positions in accounting & tax that have helped him gain a front to back view of derivative impacts to all operational aspects in a firm. Mr. Bolusani earned his bachelor of arts degree in accounting from Rutgers University Business School. He is also an active member of the OTC Derivatives industry and regularly participates on panels for varied industry forums.
Dominick Chiusano
Global Head of Derivative Operations
Estuko ‘Ekko’ Fuseya Jennings
Global Head of Operational Risk
Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Etsuko “Ekko” Jennings,   has been a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, a financial services firm, since January 2007 and, since December 2004, has been the head of the Operational Risk group for Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s Global Risk and Analysis division, responsible for ongoing analysis as well as reporting and mitigation of operational risk.  Her recent areas of focus include 3rd party risk management, operational risk appetite/tolerance and KRI/KPI implementation.   Ekko received an undergraduate degree from Keio University in Japan and has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.    She serves as a co-chair of SIFMA AMF Operational Risk Committee.

Charles Kim
SVP, Head of Data Governance & Strategy
Voya Investment Management
Eric Bernstein
President of Asset Management Solutions
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
Mr. Eric Bernstein has been the President of Asset Management Solutions at Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc since May 1, 2017. Mr. Bernstein served as Chief Operating Officer of Americas at eFront S.A., and served as its Chief Operating Officer of North America since his joining in May 2011. Mr. Bernstein is responsible for coordinating all business operations across the United States and Canada at eFront. Prior to eFront, Mr. Bernstein spent four years as Chief Operating Officer of the North America region for Sophis Technology (Ireland) Limited (also known as, Sophis, Inc.) since October 22, 2007. Previously, Mr. Bernstein spent six years at Linedata Services in various roles including Senior Vice President and Head of sales in North America. Prior to Linedata Services, he held positions at PaineWebber as head equity trader and at Melvin Specialists as a market maker and equity trader. He offers a tremendous track record of solution selling and delivery in the financial industry. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York.
Leonora Xhekaj
Head of Operational Risk Management
Voya Investment Management

Leonora Xhekaj is the Head of Operational Risk for Voya Investment Management.  Her areas of Operational Risk oversight include: Equity Investments, Fixed Income, Mutual Funds, Multi-Asset Strategies and Solutions, Senior Loans, and Distribution. Prior to this role, she was responsible for the development and implementation of Investment Management’s Business Continuity and Offsite Recovery Programs. Prior to joining Voya, Leonora was a Client Services Associate at UBS Warburg Institutional Equity Sales and was responsible for supporting Institutional Clients. She has over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry and 10 years in Operational Risk at Voya Investment Management. She is a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals “GARP” and holds the CFA Institute’s Investment Foundations Certificate. Leonora earned a B.B.A in Management and Finance from Bernard M. Baruch College.

Vincent Pasqualicchio
COO - Investments
American Family Insurance

Vince is the Investments Chief Operations Officer for American Family Insurance. Vince has responsibilities for Trade Operations (trade settlement, cash and position reconciliation, cash management, custody), Investment Risk Management, Performance and Attribution, Compliance,  Information Technology, Data Management and Reporting. Vince’s also has responsibility for the Investment department strategic goals, budget, program management, market data and vendor management. Prior to American Family Vince worked for Cutter Associates as a Senior Consultant. He worked with Insurance and Global Investment Management firms to develop strategies, select system solutions, improve business processes and lead system implementations for Cutter Associates which provides the investment management industry with specialized benchmarking, consulting and research services. Prior to Cutter Associates Vince worked at Metlife as a VP of Investment Technology and Operations and supported the Investments Global Operations.

Ed Selker
Director - Data Management Operations
Federated Investors
18 years of investment management and asset servicing experience (both the operational and technical layers. Responsible for providing senior and strategic direction around data management operations within the Investment Management Department of Federated. Established and build data management discipline within middle office operations. Team responsibilities include: COE Security Master, Data Management Functions around structured data, Data Warehouse business management, Data Engineering services, Data Delivery and Reporting services. Previously at BNY Mellon Global Outsourcing, serviced global asset managers, fund managers and insurance companies.
Jay Boyd
Global Application Services Technology Officer
Jay Boyd is a Technology Executive at Invesco responsible for Invesco’s transformation initiatives. He has 19 years' experience with Invesco and prior experience with Ernst & Young and the US Government. Jay has spent his career envisioning and executing strategic transformative programs in multiple industries and across the value chain within the Asset Management space. He is currently overseeing a $120M transformation program at Invesco, that is completing in Q2 of 2017. He is now overseeing 7 other transformative programs while also supporting the firm’s Data and Investment Services initiatives. In previous roles at Invesco, he has built investment decision making systems, portfolio management and risk systems, as well as overseen the deployment of several front-office systems such as BlackRock's Aladdin. He has repeatedly demonstrated the right balance of vision, strategic positioning and execution to enable large transformational change in large scale organizations.
Ky Dong
Senior Complex Securities Specialist
Franklin Templeton Investments
KY DONG is a Senior Complex Securities Specialist at Franklin Templeton in the Global Trade Services group with over 10 years operational experience within the mutual fund industry. Ky is currently the business lead for Global Trade Services regulatory projects such as Dodd-Frank Act and EMIR. In this role, Ky is responsible for driving the strategic development of key initiatives such as changes to derivative trade and collateral management processing. Since joining Franklin Templeton in May 2005, Ky has been involved with various Investment Operations processes such as: domestic trade processing, emerging market trade processing, FX, and OTC derivatives trade processing and collateral management. Ky was the architect and developed the existing OTC bilateral collateral management process at Franklin Templeton. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton, Ky worked at E*TRADE Securities LLC as a Senior Financial Service Associate. Ky is an active member of several industry groups including: International Securities Association for Institutional Trade Communication (ISITC), Asset Managers Forum and various DTCC derivative working groups. Within ISITC, he is a Co-Chair for the Derivatives Working Group. Ky has a Bachelor of Science degree in Managerial Economics from University of California, Davis.
Elise Bourret
Vice President, Global Investment Services
Manulife Asset Management
In her role, Elise is accountable for several global investment operations functions, including trade & cash management, asset servicing, investment valuation, reconciliations, fund oversight, as well as functions specifically supporting Wealth and Asset Management Canada and the General Account.  She is a member of Manulife’s Quebec Executive Committee.
Elise joined Manulife through the Standard Life acquisition, where she was VP, Investment Operations.  She originally joined Standard Life in 2001, as Manager, Investment Operations.  Prior to this, Elise was Senior Manager, Trust and Fund accounting at StrategicNova Investment Funds.  She began her career as an auditor at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and Arthur Andersen.  
Elise has more than 20 years of work experience, the majority of which has been in the financial services industry.   She graduated from the University du Québec à Montréal with a Bachelor of Commerce.   She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a CFA charterholder.  
She is a member of the Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada Staff Pension Plan Pension Committee as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Finance Montreal.  She is a volunteer for various causes and was recognized as a 2016 Champion of Change by Women in Capital Markets in Canada.

Marc Buonomo
Head of Asset Management Operations
DWS Investment Management Americas

Marc Buonomo has been in the financial industry for quite some time.   He has spent time on both the sell and buy side in different roles.  Operations has always been the largest area where he has spent his time and experience, but he has managed teams including Controller and Financial Analysis teams, Middle Tier Client Sales, Managed a Repo Desk, and ran Fixed Income Technology as some areas outside of pure Operations.  Work on the sell side, on trading desks or prime brokerage, on the buys side at a hedge fund, operationally in wealth and asset management business lines have provided me with a wealth of experience and views from many different perspectives.

Katie Oliverio
Vice President Derivatives Regulation
Alliance Bernstein
Katherine Oliverio is a Vice President and Manager of the Derivatives Legal team, which is responsible for counterparty onboarding for AB derivatives users globally. Her role includes negotiating documentation regarding over-the-counter derivatives, cleared swaps, futures, listed options, prime brokerage, repurchase agreements, foreign exchange, mortgage-backed securities and securities lending. Oliverio also tracks global regulatory developments related to derivatives, and is a member of AB’s Counterparty Risk Committee, Clearing Oversight Committee, and a voting member of the ISDA Determinations Committee. Before joining the firm, she worked in the legal department of Barclays, where she was a member of the Prime Brokerage Contract Negotiation Specialist Group. Oliverio began her career in the Counterparty Risk Solutions department of S3 Partners. She holds a BBA in finance from Pace University. Location: New York
Dave Winter
Head of Investment Operations, Americas
Aberdeen Standard Investments
David Winter serves as the Head of Investment Operations - Americas for Aberdeen Standard Investments located in Philadelphia. Prior to joining Aberdeen Standard Investments in 2011, David worked for State Street IMS, where he was an Assistant Vice President serving as a business analyst as well as oversight of the portfolio accounting team as part of his 25-plus years of industry experience. David graduated with a BS from Widener University and an MBA from Villanova University.
Sonia Maloney
Director, Public Markets Business Management
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Sonia Maloney is Director, Public Markets Business Management in the Capital Markets & Factor Investing department at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, based in Toronto, Canada.  With over 20 years of global experience in financial services, Sonia has an extensive background in leading investment operations, business transformation, technology, operational risk management, vendor management and dealer & client services.  Sonia holds a Master of Applied Finance as well as a Bachelor of Business.

Deborah White
VP Asset Operations
Tara Mccloskey
Head of Derivatives Middle Office
Tara McCloskey is a Director and Head of the Derivatives Middle Office and Collateral Management, which is part of the Investments Department’s Global Operations Unit. Her organization is responsible for trade valuation, trade confirmation, collateral management and analytics for derivatives. Tara joined MetLife August 2015 and has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining MetLife, Tara held many roles in her 12 year tenure at JPMorgan including managing the Credit Portfolio middle office and eventually trading credit derivatives and leveraged loans for the Bank’s Credit Portfolio.. Tara graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Finance.
Yves Chauvin
Director, Investment Data Platform
AXA Investment Managers, Rosenberg Equities
Yves Chauvin is the Director of the Investment Data Platform at AXA-IM, Rosenberg Equity. He is responsible for data processing from supplier data to data integration and for the construction of data quality tools used in computer models for asset management. He started work in Machine Learning more than 20 years ago, when Machine Learning was seen as an alternative statistical tool to extract relevant knowledge from noisy data. One current topic of interest is how recent advances in Machine Learning may change or add constraints to data processing and knowledge management in the financial industry.
Jeffrey Leschen
Director of Operations
Bramshill Investments
Jeffrey is a Director, Investment Team Specialist & Portfolio Trader at Bramshill Investments. His primary focus is on trade desk analytics and operations and his responsibilities includ, maintaining portfolio positions, calculating portfolio performance and designing and maintaining proprietary order management and risk solutions across all investment strategies. Jeffrey also works with marketing teams directly to design custom portfolio analytics for current and perspective clients.
Richard Bezanson
Head of Operational Delivery
Aviva Investors
Rich Bezanson is the North American Head of Operational Delivery for Aviva Investors America. Rich has over 20 years of experience in the financial services business covering front, middle and back office operations. Rich’s considerable knowledge and expertise covers a wide range of areas including data governance, security valuation, and product launches. His recent focus has been optimizing operational interactions for clients across multiple platforms to deliver successful experiences. Prior to joining Aviva, Rich was Vice President at JPMorgan for US regulatory change and worked to develop a broad range of solutions to implement organizational and platform changes to comply with the ever changing regulatory landscape.
Evan Fire
Pzena Investment Management

In his current role as both CIOO & CISO, Evan Fire, oversees the Portfolio Accounting, Portfolio Implementation, Trading and Settlement, and Information Technology groups. An impassioned leader, with a reverence for the pursuit of excellence and an unwavering commitment to teamwork; he carefully balances the ever-changing global relationship between corporate operations, IT and cyber security. Throughout his career, Mr. Fire has helped Pzena Investment Management by implementing innovative, technology-first, solutions designed to create operational efficiency and has been instrumental in developing strategy to meet growing regulatory demands. Mr. Fire joined Pzena Investment Management in 2003 where he steadily ascended through the ranks attacking each new role with vigor. First as Manager of Operations & Administration, and eventually as the Head of Operations and Technology, he maintained responsibility for building, training, and leading the operations team while cultivating the development and implementation of the company’s IT infrastructure and cybersecurity program. Prior to joining Pzena Investment Management, Mr. Fire worked as a client service representative at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc. as well as a relationship management assistant at Brown Brothers Harriman responsible for individually managed private accounts. He earned a B.S. in Management and Finance from the Honors School of Management Honors Program at Binghamton University.

April Wilcox
Director, Investment Operations

April Wilcox is the Director of Investment Operations for California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), the largest educator-only pension fund in the world with an investment portfolio valued at $228 billion. Ms. Wilcox has over 15 years of professional front, middle, and back office experience in the investment industry. She joined CalSTRS in 2004 from California Housing Finance Agency. Prior to managing Investment Operations, Ms. Wilcox spent five years in Fixed Income, overseeing the Fixed Income opportunistic portfolio. Ms. Wilcox obtained a B.S. in Finance from California State University, Sacramento; awarded the Investment Foundations certificate by CFA Institute; and holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation. 

Charles Dwyer
Former Director, Global Technology and Operations
Charlie is an experienced financial services executive having managed global operations and technology teams supporting Asset Management, Wealth Management and Asset Servicing Business. Formerly a Director of Deutsche Bank – Asset and Wealth Management Operations and Technology as head of US technology support. Charlie is a CFA and graduated from University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a Bachelor of Business and from Pace University with an MBA
Russell Snow
Director Operations
State of Wisconsin Investment Board
Mr. Snow is an executive manager with over eighteen years’ experience in all aspects of sales, trading and operations. He has extensive knowledge of financial products and the processes, controls and regulations that surround them with a concentration in derivatives and securities. His most recent focus has been global derivatives operations oversight at Aegon with responsibilities for Dodd-Frank and EMIR compliance. His prior roles were at Morgan Stanley as Vice President U.S. Credit Operations. Goldman Sachs VP & Bridgewater Head of Derivative & Securities Operations
Jenny Tsouvalis
Senior VP & Enterprise Head, Investment Reporting, Operations and 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.

Michael Atkin
Strategic Advisor
EDM Council

Mike is a strategic advisor to the Enterprise Data Management Council - a business forum focused on data content management, best practices, ontology and standards in the financial industry.  He previously held the position of the Managing Director of the EDM Council from its formation until 2017.  Mike is recognized as an expert in content management, reference data strategy, governance, quality and content engineering and has been providing strategic advice to financial industry participants on the requirements associated with managing data as a business asset since 1985.  He served as a member of the SEC Market Data Advisory Committee, the CFTC Technical Advisory Committee, various ISO Working Groups and the Financial Stability Board’s Advisory Group for LEI.  He was a two-term Chair of the Data and Technology Subcommittee for the US Treasury’s Financial Research Advisory Committee.  For the past three years, Mike has been on the faculty of Columbia University teaching master’s degree candidates about the principles, practices and operational realities of data management.   

Jim Keogh
Head of Operations
Brigade Capital Management
Craig Peretz
Sierra Global Management
Laurie Battaglia
CEO and Workplace Strategist
Aligned at Work®

Thought Leader, Author, Speaker, and Transformer of people, cultures and workplaces, Laurie is CEO and Workplace Strategist of Aligned at Work® in Scottsdale, AZ. Laurie is the creator of the Aligned at Work® Model, which combines the Success Factors of Vocation, Relationships, Finances, Wellbeing, and Spirit into an integrated work/life model. Her book Aligned Workplaces: Integrating Life and Work is a practical guide for leaders and teams to reflect and learn together, using the Aligned at Work® Model.  Laurie’s 35+ year career as a corporate leader spanned the smallest to the largest of investment and banking companies, including Vanguard and Wells Fargo. She works with Senior Leaders to build engagement and inclusion into their cultures and practices and helps them build high performing teams. Laurie has an MS in Organizational Development and Leadership from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Ron Quaranta
Wall Street Blockchain Alliance

Ron is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur, with 25 years of experience in the financial services and technology sectors. He currently serves as Chairman of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, an advocacy group with a mission to guide and promote comprehensive adoption of digital currency technology across financial markets. He also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Digital Currency Labs, a financial technology and strategic advisory firm focused on bridging the gap between the emerging world of digital currencies and Wall Street. As a digital currency specialist, Ron will be hosting an interactive workshop where he will be showcasing the future of digital currencies in FX markets, and how you can incorporate this new phenomenon into your portfolio. This session is limited to a maximum of 20 participants so ensure you sign up now to ensure you do not miss out.

Andy Burgin
MD, Client Account Director
Marc Mallett
Director of Strategy for Asset Servicing, Americas
Northern Trust

Marc Mallett is the Director of Strategy for Asset Servicing, Americas at Northern Trust. Marc has more than 20 years of experience in financial services consulting, technology and operations. He has held key roles at Fidelity Investments, Citisoft and most recently SimCorp, where he led Sales and Product Management for North America. Marc earned his BS in Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s College.

Jason Nabi
Managing Director, Global Head of Innovation
HSBC Securities Services
Sergio Capanna
Director, Head of Asset Management

Mr. Capanna is Director, Head of Asset Management, responsible for Product Management in the Asset Management vertical at Calypso Technology and he is based in New York. Prior to joining Calypso, Mr. Capanna served for 10 years at Bloomberg L.P, for their Buy Side Order and Execution Management system (AIM). He spent six of those ten years as AIM’s Head of Product (Order Management and Trading). Previously, Mr. Capanna has been EMEA Product Manager at Charles River IMS for five years and Head of R&D at DS Data System for three years. Mr. Capanna studied Economics and Finance at Universita’ di Macerata in Macerata, Italy, and recently completed post-graduate courses on Fintech Innovation at Oxford Saïd and on Blockchain Technologies at MIT Sloane.

David Nable
Managing Director and the Head of Commercial Strategy

David Nable is a Managing Director and the Head of Commercial Strategy for Arcesium. In this role, David is responsible for new business initiatives, marketing, analyst and consultant relations, external communications, product definition, and client relationship management. Prior to joining Arcesium, David was the Head of U.S. Sales and a member of the global operating committee for Credit Suisse Prime Fund Services, a fund services business that was acquired by BNP Paribas. Earlier, David spent nine years at Goldman Sachs in sales and client management roles across both the Prime Brokerage and Fund Administration businesses. David earned a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Maryland, College Park and is a CFA Charterholder.

Russell Feldman
VP of Product

Russell played an integral role in the launch of CBXmarket and helped design the strategic direction of the company. His responsibilities currently include business development, product management, operational strategy and client support.

Most recently, Russell worked as an Institutional Client Advisor at Deutsche Asset Management. In this role, he served as a point person for institutional clients across a broad array of investment products and solutions. He presented market insights, proprietary investment strategies, and customized solutions to institutional clients. Additionally, during his tenure at DB he played a key role in the implementation of new portfolio management software across the asset management business.

Russell graduated Magna Cum Laude from the George Washington School of Business with a B.B.A. double-majoring in Finance and Sports Management. While there, he served as the Senator of the Business School and held positions on the Executive Finance Committee and Academic Integrity Council.

Russell is a is a CFA Level III Candidate and has his Series 7 and 63 licenses. He also serves as a member of the UJA-Federation Young Leadership Council.

Paul Migliore
Paul has over 28 years’ experience providing asset management strategic, systems, and operations services to the world’s leading investment management companies. Prior to joining Citisoft, he was the lead partner with PwC Consulting (IBM Global Business Services) and was responsible for its US Investment Management practice. Paul has extensive business and systems expertise in all areas of asset management operations and still participates in many of Citisoft’s strategic engagements as a subject matter expert and client relationship partner. He is actively involved in industry conferences and is called upon as a thought leader to provide general trends and perspectives on the current state of the investment management industry.
David Bates
Managing Partner
David Bates is Managing Partner of Citisoft's North America business and part of the executive management team responsible for Citisoft’s operations. With over 19 years’ experience servicing the asset management industry, he has a long track record of developing operational and technology strategies and leading complex transformation initiatives. David has experience working with investment firms, asset owners, hedge funds, and insurance firms with a focus on aligning technical and operating capabilities to business objectives. He began his consulting career in the US Investment Management Practice at PwC.
Liz Blake
Global Head of Managed Services
Eagle Investment Systems
Liz Blake has over 20 years of diverse experience in the investment management industry. In her current role as Head of Eagle Managed Services, Liz has responsibility for growing and managing the Global Managed Services business line, including operations, technology, client relationship and the strategic direction of the group. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Liz was Managing Director, Head of Operations, Alternative Investments at Manulife Asset Management, where she was responsible for the development and management of the global operations for a business providing investment products in alternative asset classes of Real Estate, Commercial Mortgages and Private Placements. Prior, she was Managing Director of Investment Operations for the United States, Manulife Asset Management.
Sean Lynch
Global Head of Derivatives Middle Office
J.P Morgan Asset Management
Arnold Wachs
Principal, Practice Lead, Data Management
Cutter Associates
Stephanie Milner
Director – Capital Markets and Securitization
Fannie Mae

Stephanie Milner is Fannie Mae's Director – Capital Markets, reporting to the Senior Vice President – Capital Markets.  Stephanie joined Fannie Mae in 2006 and since 2014, she has served as Fannie Mae’s lead for Market Outreach and Single Security Industry Readiness.  Prior to her current role in Single Security, Stephanie spent 8 years at Fannie Mae managing the issuance and product development of mortgage-backed structured transactions – including Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduits (REMICs), Stripped Mortgage-Backed Securities, and Mega Pools.  Before joining Fannie Mae, Stephanie practiced law in the areas of Affordable Housing and Structured Finance.  She has a BS in Finance from Florida State University and a JD from the Emory University School of Law.  

Jamie Miller
Director, Project Outreach and Communications – Securitization
Freddie Mac

Jamie Miller is a Senior Director in the Securitization department of Freddie Mac’s Investments & Capital Markets Division. Jamie is responsible for Freddie Mac’s outreach and marketing for the Single Security Initiative, including working with critical infrastructure providers and vendors, dealer and investor communications, Freddie Mac’s Single Security and CSP web content and the Single Security and CSP Industry Advisory Group. Jamie supports management of Freddie Mac’s joint venture with Fannie Mae, Common Securitization Solutions (CSS), and serves on several of the governing committees at CSS. Jamie has held positions in Securities Marketing, Operations, Vendor Management, Capital Markets and new product development in her tenure at Freddie Mac. Prior to joining Freddie Mac, Jamie worked in consulting. She holds a BA in Government from the College of William & Mary.

John Clark
President of the Consulting Division
Cutter Associates

John Clark has more than 30 years of experience in the investment management industry. At Cutter Associates, John serves as President of the Consulting division. John actively participates in consulting projects, as a trusted client advisor for high-level planning and strategy, including setting priorities and managing capital investments. John also provides expert oversight and guidance on more complex strategy engagements. John’s experience covers all aspects of investment management. John is well known in the industry and is sought out to speak at industry conferences and events. He has also been quoted in many industry periodicals. Prior to joining Cutter Associates, John held senior roles as President and COO for several software companies, including DST Belvedere, Longview Group, SunGard. John holds a B.A. from Tufts University.

Thomas Grande
Director, Business Development for GlobeTax - Custodial Banking and Corporate Trust Subject Matter Expert

Thomas Grande is a member of GlobeTax’s Sales and Marketing team focusing on the promotion of the company’s withholding tax relief services to financial intermediaries and asset servicing firms in the U.S. Tom has over 25 years of experience within the asset servicing industry, specializing in custodial banking and developing outsourcing technology and operational service models for clients. Before joining GlobeTax, he headed up his own firm, Grande & Kerpen Advisory Consultants, LLC, and served as a business development subject matter expert at Navigant Consulting. Prior to that, Tom held executive positions at both JP Morgan and BNY Mellon, where he successfully led and managed large scale operational outsourcing initiatives.

Dominic Flanagan
Chief Development Officer

As Chief Development Officer for SS&C’s Institutional and Investment Management division, Dominic provides the strategic and operational direction for I&IM’s Technology and Software Development functions. Dominic ensures that I&IM’s system architecture leverages the best modern technologies to ensure that the business delivers scalable, reliable, secure cloud-enabled solutions to our customers.

Scott Wybranski
President and CEO

Founded in 1997, Meradia is the leading independent consulting firm serving the investment management industry. Meradia’s team drives operational efficiency by tackling its clients’ most difficult operations and technology challenges. Earlier in his career, Scott had the dual role of portfolio manager and director of operations for a rapidly-growing multi-family office managing the assets of ultra-high net worth families. Upon the sale of that firm to a top-five US financial institution, Scott founded Meradia to leverage his front office and operational expertise. Meradia now drives productivity and profitability for the industry’s top asset managers, OCIO, wealth, trust and insurance companies. Scott earned his B.A. in Economics from Villanova University, is a CFA charter-holder, published in CFA Institute Magazine, and an industry speaker. An avid offshore sailor, hiker, and private pilot – Scott is happiest adventuring with his family.

Tony Warren
EVP, Head of Business and Solutions Strategy Institutional and Wholesale

Tony Warren serves as executive vice president and head of business and solutions strategy for the Institutional and Wholesale business at FIS. In this role, Tony is responsible for formulating the business’s global vision and organic growth strategy across the asset management, fund administration, brokerage, insurance, and global trading markets. Leading a team of analysts and strategists, Tony has authored numerous white papers, articles and blogs and is a frequent speaker with expertise on the complex market dynamics, industry trends, and emerging technologies that drive innovation and shape the future of the fintech industry. With a strong background in fund administration and asset servicing operations in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa, Tony has over 25 years of industry experience. Before joining FIS, he held leadership positions at a number of London-based asset management firms.

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 strategies 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.

Armando Hernandez
Director, Business Development

Armando Hernandez joined CloudMargin in September 2018 in the role of Director of New Business Development. He is responsible for supporting the sales effort in North America by providing industry and subject matter expertise. Mr. Hernandez is a 22-year derivatives industry veteran now focused on enhancing user experience and improving their operational efficiencies through introducing firms to CloudMargin’s innovative cloud-based collateral platform that offers clients an end-to-end solution and access to a global collateral hub. Mr. Hernandez started his career with Citi, where he spent 11 years managing the derivatives collateral management and funding teams. In addition to being a Derivatives Collateral Management SME, Armando is an avid youth baseball coach and spends his spare time advocating for children’s education as a Board of Education Trustee.

Jeremy Gagnon
Head of Sales Engineering- North America
Rimes Technologies
Gordon Scarlett
Managing Director- Business Intelligence and Analytics Technology
Charles Schwab

Gordon joined Schwab from Janus Capital Group where he most recently held the position of Head of Client Analytics.  During an earlier stint at the firm, Gordon had established a Behavioral Analytics capability focused on developing and operationalizing algorithms designed to address challenges around advisor product diversification, asset accumulation, and holdings retention.  Prior to Janus, Gordon has held several roles in the Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence and Behavioral Analytics space across a variety of industries. Gordon earned a B.A. in Economics from the Georgia State University and an M.B.A. from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado.  He is also a former swimmer who competed in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

Don Maciag
Managing Director – Middle/Back Office Technology and Data Management
Charles Schwab

Don joined Charles Schwab from Charles River Development where he managed the Fixed Income implementation team that specialized in portfolio manager, trader, and operations data sourcing and workflow deployment.  Prior to his consulting experience, Don worked in multiple project manager and lead analyst roles at Fidelity Investments, Barclays Wealth, and Schroders Investment Management.   Across his experience in Financial Services, Don has always specialized on data sourcing and implementation efforts to support business functionality including participating in multiple trading system implementations, portfolio management solutions, and operational enhancements to the middle and back office teams supporting them. Don earned a B.S. from the United States Military Academy and an M.B.A. from the Thunderbird Global School of Management.

Stephen Bayly
HSBC Securities Services

Stephen Bayly has been with HSBC since 1997, starting as a developer in the Asset Management Group. He has been Head of HSBC Securities Services (HSS) Technology since February 2014, including additional responsibilities for Product Control and Markets Operations technology until 2018. Since May 2018, he has had responsibility over all Technology and Change for HSS.

Matt Severs
CFA, Senior Operations Consultant

Matt Severs, CFA, is a Senior Operations Consultant at SimCorp North America where he works with asset owners and investment managers to optimize their investment operations ecosystem.  Prior to SimCorp, Matt worked in various business units within Northern Trust, both in the US and in Europe, where he held roles in the investment management, custody and fund administration businesses.  Matt is a CFA charterholder and holds a BBA in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

Ian Hoenisch
Director, Business Development
Charles River Development, A State Street Company

Ian leads the business development team which supports new strategic initiatives and maintains existing relationships with Charles Rivers’ numerous partners. Prior to joining Charles River, Ian was head of Product Management at ITG-net, and Platform Product Strategy at ITG.  He began his financial services career with three FinTech startups. Ian holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Virginia, and an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from Clarkson University. Ian also holds 9 patents including two for apparatus and method for trade aggregation of trade allocations and settlements.

Dr. Philip Pyburn
TechPar Group

Dr. Philip Pyburn is a management consultant and noted authority on the business application of advanced automation technologies, including process robotics, artificial intelligence and blockchain.  He has extensive front, middle and back office experience across all asset classes, including equities, fixed income, derivatives, FX and alternatives.  He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Scrum Master who has helped clients leverage technology and optimize processes to revive legacy businesses and facilitate the growth of new ventures.  Dr. Pyburn earned graduate degrees at MIT and Harvard and he has completed certificate programs in eCommerce, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain at MIT.

Marc Wright
Head of Data Strategy & Operations
Russell Investments
Dr. Giles Nelson

Giles is Chief Technology Officer for Financial Services at MarkLogic where he’s responsible for MarkLogic’s technology go-to-market in financial services worldwide. Giles has had 20 years of experience in the software and financial services industry. He was previously at Software AG where he had global responsibility for its Big Data and Streaming Analytics business. Previous to that he was at Progress Software where he was instrumental in taking its innovative financial services products global. Giles joined Progress when it acquired the event processing and Streaming Analytics vendor Apama, a company he co-founded, which acquired over 150 clients in financial services. Giles holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.

Todd Sloan
Senior Vice President
Electra Information Systems

Todd Sloan has been with Electra since 2003 and is the senior vice president of product management for Electra Reconciliation. Since joining, Todd has helped transform Electra Reconciliation to an award-winning platform by combining Electra’s patented investigation process and comprehensive data aggregation service for improved operational efficiency and risk mitigation. Prior to Electra, Mr. Sloan worked at SmartStream Technologies.

Douglas Faraone
Director - Investment Operations
Franklin Templeton Investments
Rich Lane
Senior Manager
Art Johnson
Director, Securitization Policy
Fannie Mae

Arthur Johnson is a Director within Fannie Mae’s Capital Markets who leads Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Backed Security (MBS) Policy team responsible for maintaining the integrity of Fannie Mae’s securitization programs.  The team provides policy guidance and decisions related to business priorities impacting MBS and related disclosures.   In addition, Arthur is leading the effort of defining the business needs of moving MBS disclosure functions to CSS, and more recently, assisting with Fannie Mae’s market outreach and industry readiness for the Single Security Initiative. 

Prior to this role, Arthur has held several positions in various organizations within Fannie Mae, including Single Family Operations, Treasurer’s Office, and Project Management that supported several corporate initiatives to enhance Fannie Mae’s securitization programs. Arthur holds an MBA in International Finance from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, San Diego.  

Iain Smith
Marketing Principal
Simcorp Coric
Steve Ehrlich
Chief Operating Officer
Wall Street Blockchain Alliance

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