Speaker Bios

 

 Don Andrews
Partner and Global Practice Leader of Risk and Compliance, Reed Smith

Session | Regulatory Primer 2018

About Don:
Don Andrews, Partner and Global Practice Leader of the Risk and Compliance Group (“RCOM”) at Reed Smith, has a rare combination of experience and understanding of all manner of financial institutions and operational companies, small and large, combined with over 27 years of federal and private sector experience in litigation, compliance, and risk management.


The RCOM group works across all sectors, including financial, life sciences, energy, environmental, and myriad other areas where regulatory risk and compliance are major factors. In doing this, RCOM partners with Reed Smith lawyers from every office around the globe. Don’s experience in Enterprise Risk Management includes developing ERM program for both operating companies and financial institutions. He also writes and speaks extensively on all of those topics.

 

 

Whitfield Athey
Chief Executive Officer, Delta Data

Session | Aligning Your Organization to Meet Changing Client Needs

About Whitfield:
Whitfield Athey is CEO of Delta Data Software. Prior to being named CEO, Whitfield served as Chief Operating Officer from April of 2012 to January 2015. Before being named COO, Whitfield was head of Product Strategy and continues to influence that organization both directly and as a member of the executive team. His role at Delta Data is focused on growth of the product base, satisfaction of clients and scalability of the organization.


Prior to joining the Delta Data team, Whitfield spent more than eight years working with a large broker dealer in Tokyo and New York. His experience spanned operations, technology and the wealth management front office. Within wealth management, he has experience on both the manufacturing side and the distribution side of the business. He also has experience within the logistics industry where he was a Director of Finance for a medium-sized logistics firm.
Whitfield is a graduate of Auburn University with a BS in Management Information Systems and International Business.
 

 

Noreen Beaman
Chief Executive Officer, Brinker Capital, Inc.

Session | Distribution Evolution

About Noreen:
Ms. Beaman is the chief executive officer of Brinker Capital, Inc. and is responsible for developing and executing the firm’s detailed operating plan and for the oversight of  the company’s short and long term strategies. Previously, Noreen served as the firm’s chief operating officer responsible for policy and oversight of operations, administration, performance, reconciliation, technology, and human resources.


Noreen has more than 26 years of investment experience working with financial advisors and institutional and high net worth investors in strategic planning and investment management. Additionally, she is a member of the firm’s investment, management, and finance committees. As one of Brinker Capital’s original partners, Noreen previously held a variety of regional and national sales positions at the firm, including new business development and client service in New York and New Jersey. Noreen is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has been quoted extensively in top financial and advisor media.


Prior to joining Brinker Capital, Noreen was treasurer at Mutual Benefit Capital Companies, a subsidiary of Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company. She also worked at Ernst and Young. Noreen is a graduate of Saint Peter’s University and is a member of their Board of Trustees.

 


Dan Beckman
Head of U.S. Product, Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Session | Product Outlook: Where the Puck is Going

About Dan:
Daniel Beckman is head of U.S. product for Columbia Threadneedle Investments. In this role he leads a team of professionals to drive product strategy, development and management, ensuring the current and future needs of our customer base are met across the U.S. retail channels.


Prior to joining the organization in 2015, Mr. Beckman was senior vice president of investment product management for Fidelity Financial Advisor Solutions (FFAS), a division of Fidelity Investments. Prior to Fidelity, Mr. Beckman was chief operating officer of Banc One New Hampshire Asset Management Corporation. Before that, he was a managing associate at Coopers & Lybrand Consulting. Mr. Beckman began his professional career in banking in 1984 and has been a member of the investment community since 1996.


Mr. Beckman received a B.A., magna cum laude, in political science and mathematics from Hobart College and an MBA from Northeastern University. He holds Series 7, 24, 53 and 63 licenses with FINRA. In addition, he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.


 

Deanna Belczak
Senior Vice President and Business Head of the Fund Accounting Optimization Lab, Northern Trust

Session | Tour the Innovation Lab

About Deanna:

Deanna Belczak is a Senior Vice President and Business Head of the Fund Accounting Optimization Lab at Northern Trust.  She is responsible for optimizing fund accounting operations through process innovation and modernization and the use of new technologies.


Deanna joined Northern Trust in 1996 and has held a number of senior roles in the Global Funds Services Division of Corporate & Institutional Services.  These roles include business head for multiple fund accounting operations, product developer and manager, and client executive.  Pervasive to all of these roles, Deanna has been focused on developing and supporting new innovative products and services.
 

 

Kamal Bhatia
CEO & Co-Head of OC Private Capital, LLC, Oppenheimer Funds , Oppenheimer Funds

Session | Aligning Your Organization to Meet Changing Client Needs

About Kamal:
Kamal Bhatia is CEO/Co-Head for OC Private Capital – a joint venture between OFI Global and Carlyle Group focused on private credit solutions for the HNW market globally. He also serves as Chairman of the board and key member of the Portfolio Allocation Committee. His teams’ key responsibilities are product structuring, client engagement, distribution strategy and operating platform. He also serves as a team leader for the Investment Products and Solutions group at OppenheimerFunds in New York focused on strategic initiatives across global equity and fixed income.

Prior to joining OppenheimerFunds in 2011, Kamal served as Managing Director for investment solutions in the real assets and socially responsible investments at TIAA-CREF asset management. Previously, he served as First Vice President for Mellon Institutional Asset Management holding various roles in investment analytics, corporate strategy and product development. He started his career with the Global Corporate and Investment Banking Group at Citigroup where he last held the position of Vice President, Client Relationship Management with the Global Commercial Credit unit.

Kamal holds a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (India) and a M.S. from Washington University in St. Louis as a Sever Fellowship Scholar. He is a CFA charterholder and volunteer advisor to CFA Society NY. He serves on the board of a local not-for-profit “Big Apple Greeter” in New York City and he is a voting member of OCP Portfolio Allocation Committee and key member of the OppenheimerFunds Risk Management Committee.


 

Jason Brady
President & CEO, Thornburg Investment Management

Session | Face the Membership: CEO Roundtable

About Jason: 
Jason Brady is President and CEO of Thornburg Investment Management. He is responsible for the company’s overall strategy and direction. He is also the head of the firm’s global fixed income investment team and a portfolio manager on multiple strategies. He joined the firm in 2006, was made portfolio manager and managing director in 2007, and President & CEO in 2016. His book Income Investing: An Intelligent Approach to Profiting from Bonds, Stocks and Money Markets is a step-by-step guide to income investing.
 
Jason holds a BA with honors in English and environmental biology from Dartmouth College, and an MBA with concentrations in analytical finance and accounting from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is a CFA charterholder. Prior to joining Thornburg, Jason was a portfolio manager with Fortis Investments in Boston, and has held various positions at Fidelity Investments and Lehman Brothers.

 

 

Timothy Butcher
Managing Director, Head of BNY Mellon's Central New York Innovation Center

Session | Tour the Innovation Lab

About Timothy:
Timothy (Tim) Butcher is a Managing Director in The Bank of New York Mellon’s Client Service Delivery organization.  He leads the Central New York Innovation Center which supports the rapid transformation of operations using various forms of Smart Technology.   Tim is also responsible as the Global Process Manager for BNY Mellon’s Trade Finance Operations, Technical Liaison Support, and various other operations and data analytics teams.  He leads an organization of over 350 staff in 15 global locations. 
 
Tim has been with the Company for 29+ years managing various global operations, developing Centers of Excellence and advocating for continuous process improvement.  He is a graduate of The State University of New York at Geneseo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Science and earned his MBA from Sage College with a concentration in Finance. 
 

 

Olivier Carre
Partner, PwC

Session | European Funds - Trends in Distribution & Regulation

About Olivier:
Within his professional career over the past 18 years as advisor and auditor in Big Four firms, Olivier developed a thorough knowledge of the Investment Fund and Banking industries. In particular, in the domain of regulatory rule-sets interpretation and implementation. He has lead engagements in different areas of the financial services industry and especially in the investment fund industry, such as fund accounting, transfer agency or depositary banks.

Olivier has been involved in the review of risk management systems and Back-Office processes for asset managers and asset servicers. Olivier is leading the MiFID II initatives of PwC Luxembourg composed of business, legal and tax experts focusing on the operational, business and revenue impacts of the new requirements for the Financial Services industry. He is co-chairman of the Luxembourg Fund Association (ALFI) Risk Management Committee. 

 

Daniel Cwenar
President, Data and Analytics, Access Data, a Broadridge Company

Session | Aligning Your Organization to Meet Changing Client Needs


About Daniel:

Dan Cwenar, head of buy-side data and analytics at Broadridge Financial Solutions, is responsible for the business unit’s strategy, product development, technology operations and financial results. An experienced leader with a demonstrated history of building and managing high growth businesses, Cwenar delivers innovative insights and data-driven solutions to retail and institutional asset managers, helping firms grow revenue, manage and control expense, and adhere to industry regulations.

Cwenar recently led Broadridge’s acquisitions of Thomson Reuters Fiduciary Services and Competitive Intelligence businesses, the Spence Johnson business, and the Morningstar 15c business, and is accountable for the integration, management, and growth of those businesses as part of Broadridge.

Cwenar has a deep understanding of asset management manufacturing and distribution, and has presented his views and insights at asset management conferences including NICSA, FundForum, SPARK, ITAS, and MFEA.

Cwenar was a founding partner of Access Data, the data and analytics business Broadridge acquired in 2009. Prior to Access Data, Cwenar was Senior Vice President at Federated Investors where he directed the company's creation and operation of investment management software products for the financial services industry. Cwenar holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Administration (MBA) from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Science from The Pennsylvania State University.
 

 

Katie Firth
Head of Distribution Operations and Business Intelligence, John Hancock

Session | Aligning Your Organization to Meet Changing Client Needs

About Katie:
Katie is Head of Distribution Operations and Business Intelligence at John Hancock Investments responsible for Salesforce.com, Mutual Fund and ETF sales/asset tracking, administering wholesaler compensation plans and supporting all reporting needs.  She is a member of the senior leadership team driving several strategic initiatives.
 
Prior to joining John Hancock Investments, Katie spent 13 years with State Street Global Advisors where she held various strategy, sales operations and analytics roles.
 
Katie has a MBA with a concentration in Investments from Boston University and was an Economics-Mathematics major at Colby College.
 

 

Gary Gallagher
Head of Investment and Managed Solutions, Fidelity Institutional Investments and Technology Solutions

Session | Product Outlook: Where is the Puck Going?

About Gary:
Gary Gallagher is Head of Investment and Managed Solutions, for Fidelity Institutional Investments and Technology Solutions, which offers clearing, custody and investment management products to help financial professionals, institutions and other intermediaries service their clients and grow their businesses.  Fidelity Institutional is a $2 trillion asset division of Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries.


Mr. Gallagher joined Fidelity Institutional in September 2011 and is responsible for developing the long-term vision and strategy for FI’s investment product offerings, providing leadership for the enhancement of the investment product line and managing its overall product roadmap. He oversees the firms offering involving mutual funds, ETFs, alternative investments, managed accounts, crypto currencies and digital advice solutions.


Mr. Gallagher most recently served as executive vice president, Product & Platform Development for LPL Financial in Boston beginning in 2007. In his role, he was responsible for directing product strategy, leading strategic assessments and managing the implementation of investment products and platforms. He also held the role of executive vice president, RIA Services there and led the firm’s entry into the RIA market.


Prior to his time at LPL, Mr. Gallagher spent 12 years working at Fidelity Investments in various capacities, most recently acting as senior vice president, Product Management within Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services (IWS). In this role, he was responsible for product management and development activities for Fidelity’s registered investment advisor business.

Before joining Fidelity, Mr. Gallagher held product management and marketing positions with Citibank and worked in the financial services division of KPMG. Mr. Gallagher received a bachelor of business administration from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA in general management from the University of Michigan Ross Business School.

 

Chuck Gallant
Managing Director, Asset Servicing, BNY Mellon

Session | Tour the Innovation Lab

About Chuck:  
Chuck joined BNY Mellon in 1987.  He currently works in Enterprise Investor Services, responsible for overseeing the project management, business development, and implementation for many of BNY Mellon Asset Servicing's strategic projects and products, including our flagship Customer Management Suite, Internet, Document Management, and Regulatory products.  Chuck has served as Chief Information & Technology Officer in former roles and has held numerous strategic business and technology positions in the areas of workstation and Internet development, workflow management, and other customer-facing technologies.  

In addition to over 25 years of industry experience, Chuck earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Management Information Systems from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology from Boston University.  Chuck is also a co-chair for the NICSA Technology Committee.

 

Carol Geremia
Co-Head of Global Distribution, MFS Service Center

Session | Face the Membership: CEO Roundtable

About Carol:
Carol W. Geremia is president of MFS Institutional Advisors, Inc. (MFSI) and co-head of Global Distribution for MFS Investment Management® (MFS®). She is also a member of the firm’s Management Committee. In these roles, she oversees the management of the company’s global institutional business, which includes relationships with corporate and public retirement plans, sovereign wealth plans, investment authorities and endowments and foundations.


Carol joined MFS in 1984 and was named president of MFSI in 2004 and co-head of Global Distribution in 2011. Prior to running the global institutional business, she was president of MFS Retirement Services, which was dedicated to servicing US plan sponsors and their participants.


Carol is a member of the City Year Seven Generations Board. She also serves as a member of the MFS Charitable Oversight Committee and as an Advisory Council member for Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc.

 

Lee Godfrey
CEO, KNEIP

Session | European Funds: Trends in Distribution & Regulation

About Lee:
Lee Godfrey is the CEO of KNEIP, the leading expert in data and reporting for the financial industry. Lee has been with KNEIP since 2008 and has over 20 years of experience in financial services.

Lee continues to drive KNEIP's growth, serving more than 450 clients, with a growing multi-sector presence.

Lee spent 11 years with an Investor Relations firm in the UK and US where, as COO, he grew and developed the business quickly across 11 European countries. He was heavily involved in its successful IPO in June 2000, and its subsequent sale to a New York based private equity firm.

Lee is fully conscious of the challenges facing the industry and has earned a reputation for delivering industry-centric solutions, in a rapidly changing business environment. A love for all things sports related drives Lee's passion in uniting teams to succeed.      


 

Scott Howes
Managing Director, BlackRock

Session | Product Outlook: Where is the Puck Going?

About Scott:
Scott Howes, Managing Director, is the Head of Product Marketing for BlackRock’s US Wealth Advisory business, overseeing content strategy for mutual funds, iShares ETFs, separately managed accounts and alternative investments.  Scott’s team partners closely with Sales and Product to set distribution strategy and support the sales force, and works with BlackRock Global Marketing on paid media campaigns and digital strategies.  Before leading the Product Marketing team, Scott held product management roles supporting both iShares and active strategies, and he led the creation of the BlackRock Model Portfolios program targeting fee-based advisors.


Mr. Howes joined BlackRock in March 2010 after five years of service with UBS Wealth Management where he was head of managed account marketing. Prior to UBS, Scott worked for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, advising financial institutions. Mr. Howes earned a BA degree in Government from Harvard University and an MBA from Northwestern University.

 

Kathy Joaquin
Senior Fellow, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC

Session | Regulatory Primer

About Kathy:
Kathleen Joaquin is a Senior Fellow in the Office of Regulatory Policy at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Joaquin served as Chief Industry Operations Officer of the Investment Company Institute. She joined ICI in 1989, as Director of Transfer Agency and International Operations and also served as Director of Operations and Distribution. She was an officer with ICI Mutual Insurance Brokers, a wholly owned subsidiary of ICI Mutual Insurance Company from 1993 through February 1997.

Prior to ICI, Ms. Joaquin worked in corporate finance for Templeton Investments and prior to that was an auditor with Ernst & Whinney. She received a B.S. degree in accounting from Florida Southern College and an MBA in international business from George Washington University. She is a licensed CPA and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

 

 

Paul Kraft
Partner, Financial Services Industries Practice, U.S. Mutual Funds & Investment Advisers, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Session | #Trending 2025: Asset Management of the Future

About Paul:
Paul is a Partner in Deloitte’s Financial Services Industries practice, U.S. Mutual Funds & Investment Advisers Practice Leader and has nearly 30 years of experience providing audit and related services to some of Deloitte’s largest asset management, insurance and bank clients,  These clients have included BlackRock, Inc, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc, and State Street Corporation and included reporting to the SEC, regulatory compliance reviews, organizational and control consulting, and implementation of and ongoing compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404.  His previous firm roles have included partner in charge of the financial services industry practice for New England and deputy partner of the National Asset Management Practice.  Paul has led Deloitte’s annual Fair Valuation Survey since inception and is a frequent speaker and writer on the topic of fair valuation as well as other financial services issues and industry trends. 


Before joining Deloitte & Touche, Paul spent over two years as assistant chief accountant in the SEC’s Division of Investment Management in Washington, D.C. In that role, he worked on accounting, compliance, and financial reporting matters affecting SEC registrants primarily investment advisers and mutual funds, including fair-valuation initiatives, the introduction of the euro, Y2K, and the implementation of reporting and disclosure guidelines for asset managers. 

Paul also serves on the advisory board of the Mutual Funds Directors Forum, member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Financial Services Committee and has served on the boards of the Boston Public Library Foundation and the Junior Achievement of New England.
 

 

Barry Mandinach
Executive Vice President, Head of Distribution, Virtus Investment Partners, Inc.

Session | Distribution Evolution

About Barry:
Barry Mandinach is executive vice president and head of distribution at Virtus Investment Partners, Inc., and a member of the senior management team. Mr. Mandinach leads the distribution, positioning, messaging, and marketing of Virtus investment products across all distribution platforms. He also manages relationships with the firm’s retail distribution partners, including national wirehouses, regional and independent broker-dealers, and registered investment advisors.


Mr. Mandinach has more than 30 years of experience in the investment management industry, primarily in retail product sales, marketing, and sales leadership. Prior to joining Virtus in 2014, he was at UBS Global Asset Management (U.S.) for twelve years, most recently as head of wholesale distribution and chief marketing officer, as well as a board member of the PACE Select Funds.


From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Mandinach was the chief sales and marketing officer at Phoenix Investment Partners (PXP), the predecessor to Virtus. Prior to PXP, he was a partner and co-founder, with Martin Zweig and Eugene Glaser, of the Zweig Mutual Funds, which were acquired by PXP in 1999. He began his investment industry career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in 1981, holding sales and product management roles over eight years.


Mr. Mandinach earned a B.S. in political science from Emory University and a J.D. from the University of Miami.

 

 

Bradley Moore
Director, Project Manager, BNY Mellon

Session | Advanced Analytics: A Business Case Study

About Bradley:
Bradley Moore is a Director of Product Manager for Albridge Analytics, a division of Albridge, a BNY Mellon company. Bradley is responsible for all aspects of product management and development for the Albridge 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.


Prior to joining Albridge 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 has also successfully completed an executive education program on Product Innovation at the University of Wisconsin.  Bradley has also received an executive education certification in Big Data and Analytics from the University of Delaware. 


Lyndsay Noble

Lead Analytics Consultant, DST Systems, Inc.

Session | Advanced Analytics: A Business Case Study

About Lyndsay:
A member of the DST team since 2014, Lyndsay is the Lead Analytics Consultant with their Data and Analytics Consulting Practice. In this role, Lyndsay’s primary focus is to help DST’s customers use data to gain insight into their business and solve business problems using data and analytics. Additionally, she advises on product development for data and analytics driven products.

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 13 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.


 

Michael O'Grady
Chief Executive Officer & President, Northern Trust 

Session | CEO Roundtable: Face the Membership

About Mike:
Michael O’Grady is Chief Executive Officer and President and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Trust, one of the world’s leading financial institutions focused on wealth management, asset management and asset servicing.

Prior to assuming his current role, Mike served as President of the Corporate & Institutional Services business unit at Northern Trust in 2015 and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Northern Trust from 2011 to 2015.

Mike joined Northern Trust in 2011 from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he served as a Managing Director in the firm's Investment Banking Group. He joined Merrill Lynch in 1992. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mike worked for Price Waterhouse. Mike earned a BBA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the boards of The Field Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Catholic Extension and the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the Board of Advisors of Catholic Charities.

 

Lisa Shea
Senior Vice President & Senior Product Manager, Northern Trust 

Session | European Funds: Trends in Distribution & Regulation

About Lisa:
Lisa Shea is a Senior Vice President and Senior Product Manager for Northern Trust.  Lisa Shea is a Senior Vice President and Senior Product Manager within C&IS Global Product & Strategy, with a focus on Global Funds Services in North America. 


Lisa joined Northern Trust in 2001, and led North American Transfer Agency operations from 2007-2013.  Prior to joining Northern Trust, Lisa served in management roles with U.S. Clearing, a division of Fleet Securities, Peregrine Capital Partners L.P., and Fidelity Investments/National Financial Services LLC in New York.

 

 

John Siciliano
 Managing Director, Global Strategy Leader, Asset Management; Financial Markets, New York, PwC

Session | #Trending 2025: Asset Management of the Future

About John:
John Siciliano leads the firm’s global strategy practice in the asset management industry. His expertise is in defining strategic,  business and operational challenges; outlining and assessing potential solutions; and leading management teams to agreement on and implementation of business strategies.  

John has over 30 years experience in the financial services industry as a senior executive at several prominent global financial institutions. Prior to joining PwC,  John was CEO of the six independent money management firms, with $100 billion in AUM, owned by New York Life:  McKay Shields, Madison Square Investors, McMorgan & Company, New York Life Capital Partners, and Institutional Capital. In addition, he led the company’s entry into the Fund of Hedge Funds business with the acquisition of Private Advisors in Richmond, Virginia.

Prior to joining New York Life Investments, John was Co-Managing Partner of Grail Partners LLC, a merchant bank focused on investing in and providing advisory services to the investment management industry.  During that period, he served as the founding Chairman of Grail Advisors the first active ETF company that managed equity portfolios.

Before joining Grail, John was the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of BKF Capital Group, Inc., a NYSE listed company; the head of the global institutional business for Dimensional Fund Advisors; and a Managing Principal of Payden & Rygel, as well as President of its mutual fund company.  Earlier in his career, John was Executive Vice President and CFO of Technicolor, Inc., an entertainment services company.  Prior to Technicolor, he co-led Prudential Securities west coast investment banking practice.  Before joining Prudential, he founded and led Smith Barney’s Los Angeles investment banking practice in the southwestern U.S..

John has a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He serves on  the Board of Leaders at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

 

John Stadtler
Partner, PwC

Session | Face the Membership: CEO Roundtable

About John:
John has been PwC’s Financial Services Industry leader with 27+ years of experience in Financial Services.  He has served as our Global Relationship Partner (responsible for all aspects of engagement delivery and service) on some of our largest asset management clients and banks. His areas of expertise include SEC assurance, regulatory matters, financial reporting, corporate strategy, product management, and service provider operations. 


John is a graduate of Villanova University and he, his wife and two children live outside Boston, Massachusetts. John is a frequent speaker at industry events and is an active board member of the American Red Cross (in Massachusetts where he is the board chair), the New England Council and other local community boards.

 

 

Frank Strauss
Managing Director, Accenture

Session | #Trending 2025: Asset Management of the Future

About Frank:
Mr. Strauss works with both investment managers and asset service providers to identify opportunities, devise strategies, and implement changes to improve their operations.  His 30 years of hands-on industry experience enable him to bring his clients realistic and fundamentally strong recommendations.


Frank graduated with a B.S. from Boston University and earned his MBA at the Carroll School of Management, Boston College. 

 

 

Camille Thommes
Director General, ALFI

Session | European Funds - Trends in Distribution and Regulation

About Camille
Camille Thommes is the Director General of ALFI, the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry. He joined the association back in 2007.


Before joining ALFI, Camille Thommes was in in charge of the Investment Fund Department at the State and Savings Bank, Luxembourg (BCEE) from 2001-2006, after holding various senior positions in the Securities & Custody department since 1993. He started his professional career in 1986 at BGL (now BGL-BNP Paribas) where he held positions in the Securities and Custody Divisions.


He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Luxembourg Supervisory Authority (CSSF) and a member of the Consultative Committee for Prudential Regulation. Camille is also a member of the High-Level Committee of the Financial Centre set up by the Ministry of Finance. Furthermore, he represents ALFI at the Board of Directors of the European Fund and Asset Management association (EFAMA) and is a Board member of PROFIL SA and XBRL asbl.


Camille holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg (France), completed the Accelerated Development Program at the London Business School and accomplished traineeships in London and New York. A Luxembourg native, Camille is fluent in English, French, German and Luxembourgish.

 

 

Karen Walsh
Head of Retail Service Center, Investor Services, Putnam Investments

Session | Advanced Analytics: A Business Case Study

About Karen:
Ms. Walsh leads the Retail Service Center for Putnam’s Investor Services division.  In this role, she is responsible for the contact center and operational support services including operational analytics, workforce management and associate development. Ms. Walsh serves on the board of Putnam Fiduciary Trust Company and is a member of the Putnam Benefits Administration Committee.  In addition, she is a current member of the NICSA Transfer Agency Committee and served previously on the NICSA Board of Directors. 


Ms. Walsh joined Putnam in 1992 as an Operations Supervisor and she has been in the investment industry since 1988.

 

 

Tony Warren
Head of Strategy and Solutions Management, FIS

Session | Tour the Innovation Lab

About Tony:
With more than 20 years’ industry experience, Tony Warren’s expertise spans multiple aspects of the fund operations business across asset management and insurance, including front-, middle- and back-office integrated data flows and processes. He also has a strong focus on fund administration and asset servicing.


As executive vice president, he is responsible for the global product management and strategy of FIS’ Asset Management and Insurance businesses, which serves the large global, mid-tier and boutique asset managers and fund administrators inclusive of traditional, hedge, private equity and insurance markets. Tony joined SunGard (acquired by FIS in 2015) in 1993 and has been integral to developing its range of institutional asset management solutions for investment operations in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. Previously, he held leadership positions at a number of London-based asset management firms.

 

 
Paul Williams

Senior Vice President, North America IOO Product & Strategy, Northern Trust

Session | Advanced Analytics: A Business Case Study

About Paul:

Paul Williams is the North America Head of Product & Strategy for Investment Operations Outsourcing ("IOO") services at Northern Trust. He is responsible for identifying and developing value-added products and services for the middle office offering to sophisticated investment management firms. With over 20 years of industry experience, including institutional asset management, hedge funds and futures, Paul brings a broad perspective and has held a multitude of leadership and high-visibility change management roles.


Paul was previously the Head of Implementation and Program Management for Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services LLC (NTHFS), overseeing a global team responsible for all new client take-on as well as the delivery of strategic initiatives.   Prior to joining Northern Trust as part of the Omnium hedge fund administration acquisition, Paul held a range of leadership positions, including Director of Global Sourcing, Head of Product Control, and Head of Production Services. Earlier in his career, Paul held various roles in finance, including Portfolio Finance and Treasury, Risk Management, and futures trading systems.


Mr. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University, an MBA from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business, and is a CFA charter holder.