Past Speakers (2019)
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.
Vice President- Head of Derivatives Strategic Operations
Chief Market Strategist, Managing Partner, Former Global Head of Currency Strategy
Bannockburn Global Forex, Brown Brothers Harriman
Vice President, Global Product & Clearing Services
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.
President of Asset Management Solutions
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
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.
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.
Director - Data Management Operations
Global Application Services Technology Officer
Senior Complex Securities Specialist
Franklin Templeton Investments
Vice President, Global Investment Services
Manulife Asset Management
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.
Vice President Derivatives Regulation
Head of Investment Operations, Americas
Aberdeen Standard Investments
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.
Head of Derivatives Middle Office
Director, Investment Data Platform
AXA Investment Managers, Rosenberg Equities
Director of Operations
Head of Operational Delivery
CIO, CIOO & CISO
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.
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.
Former Director, Global Technology and Operations
State of Wisconsin Investment Board
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Strategy for Asset Servicing, Americas
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.
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.
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.
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.
Global Head of Managed Services
Eagle Investment Systems
Director – Capital Markets and Securitization
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.
Director, Project Outreach and Communications – Securitization
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.
President of the Consulting Division
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Managing Director- Business Intelligence and Analytics Technology
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.
Managing Director – Middle/Back Office Technology and Data Management
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
Director, Securitization Policy
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.