2018 Speaker Bios

 

Andrew Beasley
Head of Relationship Management & Business Development, Fidelity Investments, Funds Network

Session: The Future of Distribution

About Andrew:

Andrew Beasley is the head of relationship management and business development for Fidelity FundsNetwork, the industry’s largest open-architecture fund “supermarket” platform. With $1.5 trillion in assets (as of 12/31/16) held in 25,000+ third-party funds offered by 700 investment firms, FundsNetwork provides a comprehensive, high-integrity investment product offering to Fidelity’s clients. 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 26 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries.

Since joining FundsNetwork in October 2017, Mr. Beasley is responsible for leading Fidelity’s relationship management and business development efforts with third-party investment firms who offer their products through Fidelity’s large and diverse distribution channels (across retirement, registered investment advisors, retail/direct, broker/dealers, banks, family offices, and charitable).



 

Hilary Bonaccorsi
Associate - Data Privacy and Cybersecurity, Dechert LLP

Session: Fraud Alert: Current Trends & Prevention Techniques

About Hilary:

Hilary Bonaccorsi focuses her practice on the asset management industry and advises U.S. registered investment companies and their investment advisers on a wide variety of regulatory, compliance and business matters.

Ms. Bonaccorsi is also a member of Dechert's Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Group, and her practice focuses on assisting financial institutions and other companies with their compliance obligations under the SEC's privacy regulations, as well as the privacy regulations of other federal and state regulators.

Prior to joining Dechert, Ms. Bonaccorsi served as a federal judicial intern to the Honorable Joseph N. Laplante, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District. 

 

Don Bonder
Vice President, Head of Internal Sales, American Century Investments

Session: Transforming Asset Management Organizations


About Don:

Don Bonder is Head of Internal Sales for American Century Investments in Kansas City, Missouri.  He is responsible for managing the Internal Sales Division covering Independent/Regional Broker/Dealer, Wirehouses, Registered Investment Advisors and Defined Contribution channels, in addition to the Sales Coordinators and Fund Analysts.


Prior to joining American Century in 2013, Don was a Vice President at Fidelity Financial Advisor Solutions (FFAS). Don was responsible for leading internal sales, covering the Wealth Advisor Group serving Registered Investment Advisors, Fidelity Investments Liquidity Management Services focusing on institutional clients, the Bank Trust channel, and Inbound sales.  He also focused on developing sales desk strategy for the client experience and career development initiatives. 


Don earned a Bachelors of Science Business Administration, with a dual major in Finance and Accounting, from Northeastern University.  Additionally, he has his Masters of Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing, from Assumption College.  Don holds FINRA/NASD Series 7, 24, 51, 63 licenses and the CIMA designation.

 

 

Allen Cohen
Digital Officer and Head of Global Fund Services Product, BNY Mellon Asset Servicing

Session: Digitize Me: The Evolving Client Experience


About Allen:

Allen Cohen is the Digital Officer & Head of Global Fund Services Product for the Asset Servicing business.  He is leading the innovation of new technologies and execution of a pan asset servicing digital & data strategy across the client segments.  Additionally, Allen oversees the investment, capabilities and delivery of Fund Accounting, Middle Office and Transfer Agency solutions for our clients. Allen is a 30 year financial services subject matter expert who rejoined BNY Mellon in 2017 after serving four years with JP Morgan Chase as Managing Director & Chief Business Technologist within the Custody and Fund Services business. 

Before his move to JP Morgan Chase, Allen had spent the prior 13 years at BNY Mellon, most recently as Managing Director & Chief Information Officer, BNY Mellon Asset Management & International.  Allen holds a dual degree in Computer Science and Mathematical Economics from Oswego University.

 

 

Rhonda Cook
Chief Risk Officer, SEI Investments

Session: Protecting the Franchise: Managing Risk in the Global Economy


About Rhonda:

Rhonda K.R. Cook is currently the Chief Risk Officer (CRO) for SEI Investments. Over the course of her twenty year career at SEI, Rhonda has worked in a variety of client service, solution development, and risk management roles. Prior to becoming CRO, she designed and implemented a new Third Party Risk Management Program at SEI. Rhonda has also completed special projects in SEI’s Hong Kong and London offices, as well as a three year overseas assignment as SEI’s Unit Leader, India.

Rhonda has an M.B.A. from Northeastern University with a dual concentration in International Management and Innovation Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining SEI, Rhonda graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served 9 years as a Military Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army, with duty assignments in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

 

 

Antonio Crombie
Manager, Deloitte

Session: Protecting the Franchise: Managing Risk in the Global Economy

About Antonio:
Antonio is a leader in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s (“Deloitte”) Strategic Risk practice with over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry. Antonio specializes in providing strategic, regulatory and operational consulting services to global financial service institutions.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Antonio was a compliance officer at a global investment manager in Boston focusing on global regulatory implementation and compliance program management.


 

Joe DiVito
Principal, PwC

Session: Fraud Alert: Current Trends & Prevention Techniques


About Joe:

Joe is a principal in our Cybersecurity & Privacy practice. In his more than 28-year career at PwC in the United States and Japan, he has built a solid foundation of knowledge and experience in privacy, security, risk assurance, and regulatory compliance.

PwC’s Cybersecurity & Privacy practice assists organizations in the creation or enhancement of their data protection and privacy programs. Joe helps his clients understand and manage the risks related to the data they collect, store and use; implement or enhance reasonable safeguards; and provide independent attestation reporting, often required by regulators. Joe provides advice to Boards and senior client leadership and collaborates with them on designing strategies to create and improve sustainable data privacy protection and enterprise-wide risk prevention programs.

Joe is the Cybersecurity and Privacy Market Leader for the Northeast Market. He has lead numerous engagements for Fortune 1000 companies. His work consisted of identifying gaps in strategy, technology configurations and controls. Additionally his projects have included multiple work streams performing assessments of the aspects of the organization’s information security program. Additionally, Joe has led assessments as well as implementations using COBIT, ISO 27001/2, SOC2 & SOC3 trust principles and GAAP. Lastly, Joe has provided independent assessments of security and privacy programs for regulatory filings and organizations under regulatory body consent orders including the Office of Civil Rights and Federal Trade Commission.

Earning his Juris Doctor, M.B.A and B.S.B.A. in Finance and Management Information Systems from Duquesne University, Joe is a member of the Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations, the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US), a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

 

 

Kathleen Gorman
President - RBC Funds, RBC Global Asset Management

Session: Executive Session: Perspectives from the C-Suite


About Kathleen:

Kathleen Gorman is President of RBC Funds Trust, the US mutual fund family of RBC Global Asset Management. In her role, she serves as an interested Trustee on the RBC Funds Board of Trustees, and is responsible for providing leadership to the RBC Funds business, including strategy, affiliate and cross-border initiatives, and the Board of Trustees and its committees. She is also a member of the RBC Global Asset Management (US) Executive Committee and Product Strategy Committee, developing and executing strategic planning efforts related to global initiatives and the design/positioning of products. Kathleen joined RBC GAM-US in 2006 and previously served as Chief Compliance Officer for the RBC Funds and the firm.


Prior to joining RBC GAM-US, Kathleen served in various compliance and regulatory roles at investment management firms including American Express Financial Advisors/RiverSource Investments and U.S. Bancorp Asset Management. Kathleen earned a B.A. from Michigan State University. 

 

 

Lori Heinel
Executive Vice President, Deputy Global Chief Investment Officer, State Street Global Advisors (SSGA)

Session: Executive Session: Perspectives from the C-Suite


About Lori:

Lori is Deputy Global Chief Investment Officer for State Street Global Advisors. In this capacity, Lori is responsible for a range of activities that impact the effective delivery of investment strategies and solutions to our global client base, including representing our market outlook and investment themes, taking a lead role in investment strategy oversight, governance and innovation and managing the implementation of enterprise-wide initiatives.


Prior to this role, she was Chief Portfolio Strategist, leading a team of professionals responsible for helping advisors, consultants and institutional clients analyze economic and market developments, assess the impact to their portfolios and identify specific products and solutions to help them manage risk and take advantage of market opportunities. She is a member of the company's Executive Management Group, Investment Committee and Global Product Committee.


Before joining State Street Global Advisors, Lori was Chief Investment Strategist and Head of Investment Products for OppenheimerFunds, Inc., a $250 billion asset management firm. In that capacity, she and her team identified market opportunities, spearheaded new product development and created thought leadership aimed at helping clients navigate markets and position their portfolios effectively. Prior to that, she was a managing director and head of Investments for Citi Private Bank. She and her team worked with ultra-high net worth clients, family offices, private foundations and institutional clients to develop investment strategies designed to meet financial, cash management and risk management needs. Before joining Citi, Lori ran the Global Investment Products Group for SEI Investments, where she developed innovative strategies to manage pension plans and other institutional assets, launched a series of investor portfolios designed to address specific client needs and pioneered integrated managed accounts with portfolio overlayfunctionality.


Earlier in her career, Lori managed the new business development effort for Mellon Financial's Eastern Region, and was a senior vice president at Parker/Hunter Incorporated running the equity and fixed income sales and trading departments. She began her career at Credit Suisse First Boston, where she analyzed investment and financing alternatives for institutional clients.Lori received her MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and her AB in religion from Princeton University. She earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Boston Security Analysts Society.

 

Mary Kralis Hoppe, CIMA
Senior Vice President, Field Sales, US Global Wealth Management, PIMCO Investments

Session: Advisor Feedback: Success Strategies from Top Producers


About Mary:

Ms. Kralis Hoppe is a senior vice president and account manager based in Newton, Massachusetts, representing PIMCO to advisors in eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2012, she was a director and regional manager at Alliance Bernstein covering metro Boston for all retail channels.

Previously, she represented Phoenix Investment Partners and Zweig Securities to the advisory community in New England and Metro New York. She has 28 years of investment experience and holds a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University, as well as the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation.

 

 

Michael Keenan
President, MFS Fund Distributors, Inc.

Session: The Future of Distribution


About Michael:

Michael Keenan is president of MFS Fund Distributors, Inc., the registered broker/dealer subsidiary for MFS Investment Management® (MFS®). He also serves as a senior managing director, National Accounts, where his responsibilities include overseeing client relationships with MFS Fund Distributors. And he serves on various MFS committees, including the Strategic Alliance, Diversity and MFD Management committees.


Mike joined MFS in 2000, working with insurance company relationships. His responsibilities included sales, marketing and subadvised efforts with these clients, and in 2008, he assumed responsibility for the National Accounts group. Prior to joining the firm, he held a number of sales positions at both Putnam Investments, where he worked within the 401(k) sales organization, and Citizens Funds, where he went on to run all retail and institutional retirement efforts.


Mike is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire.

 

 

Dr. David Kelly, CFA
Chief Global Strategist and Head of Global Market Insights Strategy Team, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Session: Capital Markets Masterclass


About David:

Dr. David Kelly is the Chief Global Strategist and Head of the Global Market Insights Strategy Team for J.P. Morgan Asset Management. With over 20 years of experience, David provides valuable insight and perspective on the economy and markets to the institutional investor and financial advisor global communities.

David’s research focuses on investment implications of an evolving economic environment. He has written extensively on all aspects of the U.S. economy and his proprietary U.S. economic forecasting model helps shape his views on both the economic landscape and prospective asset class returns. He currently sits on JP Morgan Fund’s operating committee.

Throughout his career, David has developed a unique ability to explain complex economic and market issues in a language that financial professionals can use to communicate to their clients. He is a keynote speaker at many national investment conferences and a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, and other financial media outlets.
Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Asset Management, David served as Economic Advisor to Putnam Investments. He has also served as a senior strategist/economist at SPP Investment Management, Primark Decision Economics, Lehman Brothers and DRI/McGraw-Hill.

David is a CFA® charterholder. He also has a Ph.D and M.A. in Economics from Michigan State University and a B.A. in Economics from University College Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.

 

 

Lee Kowarski
Vice President, DST Systems, Inc.

Session: The Future of Distribution


About Lee:

Lee oversees DST’s Distribution Solutions products and services, including data management (SalesConnect), analytics (WalletShare and Advisor Practice Analysis), research, and consulting.  Lee’s team is focused on helping asset and wealth managers find opportunity amongst disruption.  Lee is a trusted advisor to senior executives in the industry, helping them prepare their distribution, marketing, and product strategy for the future. He is a frequent speaker at both industry conferences and client events, where firms frequently engage Lee to address their senior management team or Board about topics ranging from macro-level distribution and marketing trends to wholesaler compensation to the needs of financial intermediaries.

 

Lee is regularly quoted in the press and is involved in numerous industry associations.  Through the kasina Youth Foundation for Financial Literacy, of which he serves as President, Lee has become active with W!SE and other non-profit organizations that provide financial literacy education to high school and college students. Lee also supports other organizations, including serving as a member of the Programming Committee for the James Beard Foundation (which celebrates America’s culinary heritage and diversity) and the Advisory Board of ReThink Food NYC (which is focused on ending food waste).

 

 

Brenda Lyons
Executive Vice President, Financial Reporting and Fund Administration, State Street Global Services

Session: Transforming Asset Management Organizations


About Brenda:

Brenda Lyons is an executive vice president responsible for Financial Reporting and Fund Administration for State Street Global Services Investment Services Americas. This team provides fund administration solutions including financial reporting, regulatory reporting, compliance, tax and other treasury services for institutional clients globally..


Previously, Brenda served as chief operating officer for US Investment Services, leading a variety of divisional resource groups. In this role, she was responsible for employee skill-based training and professional development, intern programs, business continuity and incident management, internal controls and strategic planning.
Prior to joining State Street, Brenda was a managing director with Deutsche Asset Management (and its legacy companies) where she served as president of the Scudder Mutual Funds, among other responsibilities. After leaving Deutsche Asset Management, Brenda started a consulting practice where she consulted to a board of trustees overseeing a large mutual funds complex.


Brenda is a member of the board of directors for State Street Syntel Services Private Limited and State Street Foundation. Brenda is also a member of the board of directors for Big Sisters of Greater Boston and Thayer Academy, and is a former member of the board of trustees for Cradles to Crayons and The Sage School. Brenda received a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Bentley College.

 

Oliver Meeker
Blockchain Platform Sales Acceleration Leader, IBM

Session: Breaking Down Blockchain


About Oliver:

Oliver Meeker works within the new Global Industry Platforms unit for IBM, focused on Blockchain Platform Sales & Market Development.  He is responsible for scaling the IBM’s Blockchain Offering globally. Prior to joining the sales team, he was focused on Blockchain Business Development, where he was the lead analyst on the food safety pilot that ultimately became one of IBM’s first blockchain based solution for food safety. Prior to that he was working within the Watson Ecosystem - IBM Watson Group - leading acceleration activities for Watson Ecosystem partners to market through advocating for them within IBM and client facing in their go to market efforts. 


He also led the Ecosystem’s expansion efforts into new markets such as the Netherlands. Before joining IBM Watson, Meeker was living and working in Vietnam as a senior investment analyst with Vietnam Investments Group, a private equity firm started in 2007 by two Harvard Business School graduates that manages over $400 million in commitments and co-investments today. He was the lead analyst on the firm’s first control deal of a glucosamine manufacturing company and was responsible for bringing Dairy Queen, a Berkshire Hathaway owned company, to Vietnam.  Meeker graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Hobart & William Smith Colleges, was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and received a Fulbright Scholarship to Vietnam where he did research on the rising entrepreneurial class in Vietnam.

 

 

Bradley Moore
Director - Product Manager, BNY Mellon Intermediary Analytics

Session: Data Analytics: The Value of Business Reporting


About Bradley:

Bradley Moore is a Director of Product Management for BNY Mellon Intermediary AnalyticsSM. Bradley is responsible for all aspects of product management and development for the Intermediary Analytics platform. In this role, Bradley provides analytical best practice consulting services, designs dashboard reporting solutions, and provides strategic and tactical insights on critical industry trends to asset managers and broker dealers.

Prior to joining Intermediary Analytics, Bradley led the effort that was responsible for business process reengineering for the operational innovations group within PNC Global Investment Servicing. Before working at PNC, he was part of a team that streamlined the analytical functions for the finance group at Pepco Holdings. Bradley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science degree in Information Systems and Technology Management from the University of Delaware. He also successfully completed an executive education program on Product Innovation at the University of Wisconsin and an executive education certification in Big Data and Analytics from the University of Delaware. 

 

Robert (Bob) F. Mulhall Jr., CPA
Partner, Wealth and Asset Management, EY (Retired)

Session: Executive Session: Perspectives from the C-Suite


About Bob:

Over the course of a 30-year career at EY, Bob has earned multiple leadership positions while implementing various strategic initiatives. Bob is a first-generation college graduate with a reputation for being prepared and listening with a practical, common sense approach to issues. He has five years of direct industry experience domestically and internationally managing various aspects of several investment management businesses. His extensive audit committee and board governance experience, particularly in the asset management business, includes mutual funds, private equity & hedge funds.

Most recently, Bob led the EY Wealth and Asset Management (WAM) practice in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions (220 professionals and $100 million in revenue).  Bob also led EY’s Director Initiative for the mutual fund practice, where he was instrumental in strengthening the relationship between EY and Mutual Fund Boards. Bob was Vice President of Scudder (now Deutsche Bank), Senior Vice President of The Boston Company and the Chief Operating Officer of Mellon Fund Administration in London and Dublin.

During Bob’s leadership of EY’s New England practice, he diversified the practice into hedge and private equity funds, growing from 3 to 11 partners. In 2007, Bob was asked to transfer to Philadelphia where he was the sole partner in Mid-Atlantic and tasked with leading strategic growth.  In 10 years, Bob grew the practice 4-fold while working through one of the worst recessions in modern history. The practice now has 12 partners and has consistently grown at double digit rates.

Bob has served some of EY’s largest and most complex asset management companies including: Hamilton Lane, FS Investments, Guggenheim, Delaware Investments, Wilmington Trust, Morgan Stanley, DB Funds, Legg Mason, Neuberger Berman, Gabelli Investments, Federated Investors, The Baupost Group, Convexity Capital, T. Rowe Price, Hamilton Lane and Vanguard. 

In addition to his client responsibilities, Bob was the Campus Coordinating Partner for Villanova University, the 7th largest recruiting school for EY.  Bob continues to serve on the Villanova School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, and sits on the Board of the Villanova Alumni Association.

Bob served on the Advisory Committee of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum, providing guidance to the Forum leadership on the industry’s views on issues of concern to Independent Directors of mutual funds. Over the course of his career, Bob has served as Chairman of the Investment Companies Committee of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, and as a Director and Treasurer of the National Investment Company Service Association. 

Bob received a BS in accounting from Villanova University.  He is a CPA registered in several states.  He has attended the Executive Leadership Program of the Kellogg Graduate School, Northwestern University and the E&Y Strategic Leadership Program of Harvard Business School.  Bob has completed the Drexel University Directors Certificate Program.  Bob and his wife, Kathy, have three grown children.  Bob is an avid golfer, skier and enjoys many other outdoor activities.

 

 

Lyndsay Noble
Head of Advance Analytics Practice, DST Systems, Inc.

Session: Data Analytics: The Value of Business Intelligence Reporting


About Lyndsay:

A member of the DST team since 2014, Lyndsay leads the Financial Services Advanced Analytics Practice. In this role, Lyndsay’s primary focus is to guide the development of products and services based on the use of advanced analytics and AI. These products help DST’s customers use data to gain insight into their business and solve business problems using data and analytics.


In her day-to-day work, Lyndsay combines an advanced degree in statistics with a focus on client goals and a knack for finding the most practical and efficient solutions for customer insight, customer engagement, process improvement, and data driven decision making. Lyndsay has extensive experience in customer segmentation, survey design and analysis, key driver analysis, and experimental design.


She has 14 years of experience working as a statistician and consultant across multiple industries. Most recently, she was Director of Data Insights and Operations for Acknowledge where she led a team of statisticians, machine learning scientists, and software engineers who provided insights into the success of the business. Her experience includes performing consumer research and segmentation for several well-known brands, including Starbucks and Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery, as well as designing scientific research studies, analytically optimizing processes, and mentoring data scientists on the development of analytic techniques.


She earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Mathematics from McNeese State University and completed additional postgraduate work in Applied Statistics and Research Methods at the University of Northern Colorado.

 

Scott Nussbum
Director - Global Investigations & Compliance, Navigant Consulting

Session: Fraud Alert: Current Trends & Prevention Techniques 


About Scott:

Scott Nussbum is a Director in the Global Investigations & Compliance practice at Navigant Consulting, where he focuses on investigations and compliance consulting in the areas of fraud, anti-money laundering, economic sanctions, and corporate internal investigations. Scott has over 20 years of experience conducting state, federal, and corporate investigations.

Prior to joining Navigant, Scott founded LPL Financial’s Special Investigations Unit as a Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, where he led a team of former Special Agents, federal and state prosecutors, and compliance experts to identify and investigate matters involving significant misconduct and fraud perpetrated by financial advisors and employees. He focused on matters involving substantial reputational impact, investor harm, litigation risk and/or regulatory consequence for the firm.

Scott also served as an FBI Special Agent for more than 11 years. He spent five years assigned as a field agent and another five years as a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia where he led the investigation and prosecution of a significant number of complex cases.  Earlier in his career, he served as an Assistant District Attorney and an Associate at a law firm.   

Scott earned a BA with distinction from Colby College and received his JD cum laude from Suffolk University Law School.

 

 

Barbara O'Malley
Senior Vice President, Client Delivery Solutions, Northern Trust

Session: Digitize Me: The Evolving Client Experience


About Barbara:

Barb is currently the head of Client Solutions Consulting, responsible for delivering and educating clients on Northern’s Technology solutions. Previously Barb was Technology Engagement and Application Development Manager for the Institutional business unit with responsibility for all services provided to the C&IS business unit by the Technology organization. Barb previously was responsible for the Architecture, Research & Development group providing R&D services to the Technology organization.

Prior to her current position Barb was Director of Business Applications with a focus on client delivery and asset servicing applications.

Barb joined Northern Trust in 1984, was named a Trust Officer in 1989, Second Vice President in 1993, Vice President in 1996, and Senior Vice President in 2001 . Barb has devoted the majority of her years at Northern Trust to working on client reporting and delivery initiatives including the initial Passport implementation in 1995.

 

 

Jennifer Peve
Managing Director, Head of Solutions Business Development and Fintech Strategy, DTCC

Session: Digitize Me: The Evolving Client Experience


About Jennifer:

Jennifer Peve is Managing Director of Solutions Business Development and Fintech Strategy for DTCC.  She joined the firm in 2015. Prior to DTCC, Jennifer worked at CME Group where she served as Executive Director of OTC Product Management with responsibility for CME’s cleared OTC credit default swaps (CDS) business including growth strategy, business development, and go-to-market activities.

Jennifer has over 20 years of financial markets expertise, including consulting and practical experience as well as the design, development and deployment of business strategies in a dynamic environment. She has extensive product knowledge across the entire product life cycle, including OTC, FX and FX Options, OTC Metals, Stock Lending, OTC Credit Default Swaps, OTC Interest Rate Swaps and Swaptions, OTC Total Return Swaps, F&O, Energy and Equities.

Jennifer is currently serving on the Technology Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and is the former Chair of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA)’s Banking Working Group. She is a member of SIFMA’s Blockchain Roundtable and is a regular speaker at industry conferences, with past participation at Consensus, SIFMA, ISDA and AMF events.

Jennifer holds a bachelor's degree in international business and finance from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame.

 

Olivier Portenseigne
Managing Director & Chief Commercial Officer, Fundsquare

Session: Breaking Down Blockchain


About Olivier:

Olivier is Managing Director and directly responsible for the business & product development of Fundsquare, the Fund Market Infrastructure 100% owned by the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, since the 1st of February 2013.

Olivier has 20 years’ experience in the fund industry and he previously held various senior management positions at RBC Investor & Treasury Services where he was successively responsible for the setup and development of the distribution support platform, Head of Shareholder Services in Luxembourg and finally Global Head of Product Management for Shareholder Services and Distribution Support.

Olivier is currently leading the FundsDLT initiative aiming at delivering a market infrastructure based on blockchain in order to facilitate fund distribution operational activities.


 

Rachel Schnoll
Managing Director, Head of U.S. Product Strategy, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Session: Threats and Opportunities Facing the 40-Act Fund


About Rachel:

Rachel Schnoll is head of Retail Product Strategy for Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s  (GSAM) Americas Client Business. The retail group offers GSAM’s investment products and services primarily to financial intermediaries, who provide advice to retail investors. Rachel leads a team responsible for the development and ongoing product strategy of mutual funds, collective trusts and closed-end funds.

Rachel serves on the Firmwide Structured Investment Products Committee and is an officer of the Goldman Sachs Trust. Earlier in her career, she was responsible for communicating GSAM’s fixed income, asset allocation and real estate strategies to third party clients. Rachel first joined Goldman Sachs as a summer associate in 1998 and returned as a full-time associate in 1999. She was named a managing director in 2013.  Rachel is active in the mutual fund industry serving as a member of the ICI Research Committee and on the Product Council of the Mutual Fund Education Alliance (MFEA). 

Rachel earned a BA in Politics from Brandeis University and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University

 

 

Kenton Shirk
Director, Wealth Management Research & Consulting, Cerulli Associates, Inc.

Session: Advisor Feedback: Success Strategies from Top Producers


About Kenton: 

Kenton leads Cerulli Associates' Wealth Management practice and oversees consulting engagements and research initiatives related to financial advisors and intermediaries. He specializes in:

Needs, challenges, risks, and opportunities facing financial advisors; Competitive dynamics across wirehouse, RIA, independent B/D, and other advisor affiliation models; Analysis of the largest B/Ds, RIA custodians, and RIA aggregators and platforms; Distribution strategies for retail asset management products sold through financial advisors.

Prior to Cerulli, Kenton worked at Commonwealth Financial Network as a practice management consultant where he helped financial advisory firms address issues related to business strategy, financial management, operating scale, succession, and marketing strategy. Kenton received his B.S. from Drexel University and his M.B.A. from Babson College, graduating magna cum laude.

 

Samantha Swift
Chief Risk Officer, Foreside Financial Group, LLC

Session: Protecting the Franchise: Managing Risk in the Global Economy


About Samantha:

Ms. Swift is responsible for enterprise risk management and corporate compliance at Foreside, including the oversight of information security, business continuity, code of ethics, and foreign corrupt practices and bribery. Prior to joining Foreside in 2009, Ms. Swift worked in the business and securities law group of a Portland, Maine law firm. She also supervised the legal department for a division of the Florida Department of Revenue-Child Support Enforcement.

Ms. Swift currently serves as a governing body member of the Boston CISO Coalition organized by Evanta, a Gartner Company.


 

Andras Teleki
Chief Legal Officer & Head of Compliance, M3Sixty Administration, LLC

Session: Fraud Alert: Current Trends & Prevention Techniques


About Andras:

András Teleki is the Chief Legal Officer and Head of Compliance for M3Sixty Administration, LLC and oversees internal and external firm legal and compliance matters. He also serves as the managing member of the Teleki AML and Cybersecurity Law Firm based in Washington, DC. András Teleki received his Juris Doctorate from Tulane Law School in 1998 and is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia. He is a frequent speaker on topics impacting the investment management industry. He may be reached at Andras.Teleki@M3Sixty.net or 202-425-1004.

Prior to joining M3Sixty and founding the Teleki AML and Cybersecurity Law Firm, Mr. Teleki was a partner at the Washington, DC office of the law firm of K&L Gates where he was a member of the Investment Management Group from 2001 to 2015. His practice focused on regulatory and compliance issues facing registered investment companies, including mutual funds and closed-end funds, broker-dealers, investment advisers, unregistered funds, variable insurance product issuers and distributors, and related service providers. He also advised insurance companies on variable insurance and other registered products and financial institutions on anti-money laundering, OFAC, cybersecurity, privacy, social media and financial technology issues. Mr. Teleki also has experience conducting internal investigations and working on regulatory enforcement matters before the SEC and FINRA.


 

Chris Thompson
Partner, PwC

Session: Breaking Down Blockchain


About Chris:

Chris primarily serves clients in the financial services and healthcare payor industries providing operational and technology risk and internal control services.   His recent focus has been in helping clients in fast paced technology environments control risks related to blockchain, cloud, crytpocurrencies & Agile/Dev Ops.   

 

Chris has led PwC's Northeast Risk Assurance & US Financial Services Third Party Assurance practices.  These practices provide independent trust and transparency (e.g., SOC 1 & 2 reporting), internal audit, cyber security, data analytics & enterprise systems risk & controls services.   He has been responsible for leading global client teams and has lived and worked in the United States and in Europe.  Chris is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

 

 

Leslie Walstrom

Vice President - Head of U.S. Marketing, Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Session: Transforming Asset Management Organizations


About Leslie:

Leslie Walstrom is vice president, head of U.S. marketing for Columbia Threadneedle Investments.* In her role, she is responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategy to drive awareness of the Columbia Threadneedle brand and our investment management capabilities with financial intermediaries and investors in the
United States. Before joining the company, Ms. Walstrom was a senior vice president at Natixis Global Asset Management.

At Natixis, she led the development of marketing strategy for U.S. sales channels and managed the firm’s internal agency, which supported creative and eBusiness initiatives for more than 15 countries. Before joining Natixis, Ms. Walstrom led the eBusiness and marketing functions for RiverSource Investments— a Columbia Threadneedle legacy firm. Prior to this role, she held a variety of positions within American Express Financial Advisors (now Ameriprise Financial). She has been a member of the investment community since 1989.

Ms. Walstrom received a B.A. in human resources management and an MBA in business communications from the University of St. Thomas.

 

 

Richard Walzer

Chief Information Security Officer, Putnam Investments

Session: Protecting the Franchise: Managing Risk in the Global Economy


About Richard:

Mr. Walzer is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Putnam Investments. Prior to joining Putnam in 2000, he worked for 10 years in the MITRE Corporation’s Information Security Division. At MITRE he was responsible for leading numerous initiatives that evaluated the resiliency of commercial operating systems and databases for defense department clients. Prior to his departure from MITRE he had established a practice that provided thought leadership on infrastructure protection planning. In the role as CISO for Putnam Investments, Mr. Walzer and his team are responsible for managing enterprise-wide security services as it pertains to Cyber Policies and Risk Assessments, Security Architecture and Engineering, Security Operations and Incident Response, and Controls and Governance, including Disaster Recovery Planning.


He is also a member of a Global CISO Forum that includes the senior Security leadership from his parent and sister companies. Together they are establishing baselines for measuring and improving their global program. Mr. Walzer earned degrees from the University of Connecticut and Boston University, he is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), and holds his Series 99 license with FINRA. 

 


Heath Warner

Senior Director, Business Intelligence, ProShares 

Session: Data Analytics: The Value of Business Intelligence Reporting


About Heath:

Heath Warner is Senior Director of Business Intelligence for ProShares, a premier provider of ETFs with more than $30 billion in assets. Heath and his team of analysts support strategic decision-making and execution across the organization through the development of dashboards, reports and interactive visualizations that provide insight into the key drivers of operating performance. 

Prior to joining ProShares in 2016, Heath spent 16 years at Investorplace Media, LLC, where he designed, implemented and leveraged a large-scale data warehouse and enterprise reporting solution as Senior Vice President of Marketing & Analytics. 

Heath earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.

 

 

Matthew J. Witkos

President of Eaton Vance Distributors

Session: Executive Sessions: Perspectives from the C-Suite


About Matthew:

Matthew Witkos is head of global distribution for Eaton Vance and president of Eaton Vance Distributors. He is responsible for institutional, international and retail distribution of Eaton Vance products and services. Matt leads business development, designs sales strategies and identifies strategic partnerships to support Eaton Vance’s global business platform. He joined Eaton Vance in 2007.

Matt began his career in the investment management industry in 1990. He has held key global leadership roles throughout his career. Before joining Eaton Vance, he was executive vice president – global distribution with Natixis Asset Management Advisors Group. There, he oversaw a sales team comprised of over 200 professionals in both retail and institutional distribution around the world. During his tenure, he led sales for 15 U.S.-based affiliated investment managers and six fund families. Matt also served as chief executive officer for the firm’s international business in Japan, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Prior to joining Natixis in 2001, Matt served in key positions for over eight years with Forward Asset Management and GE Asset Management. His responsibilities included developing targeted product sales programs and integrated marketing efforts for institutions and financial intermediaries. He successfully increased assets under management while heightening the firm’s visibility in the investment community. He previously worked in retail sales for Nuveen Investments,
Inc. and Putnam Investments.

Matt earned a B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. He is a member of the board of directors of the University of New Hampshire Foundation. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Money Management Institute and sits on the board of Invest in Others, an organization that recognizes and honors advisors who give back to their community.