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Our Team

Aaron Ow-Yeang

Position: Partner, EY

Aaron Ow-Yeang

Partner, EY

Adeleke Omitowoju

Position: Principal, Groundwork

Adeleke Omitowoju

Principal, Groundwork

Alvina Antar

Position: Chief Information Officer, Okta

Alvina Antar

Chief Information Officer, Okta

Amir Nashat

Position: Partner, Polaris Partners

Amir Nashat

Partner, Polaris Partners

Amy Pan

Position: FOUNDER AND PRODUCT PARTNER, THE COMBINATION RULE

Amy Pan

FOUNDER AND PRODUCT PARTNER, THE COMBINATION RULE

Andrea Atwell *Co-Chair*

Position: NYC Regional Board Chair, VP eCommerce, L’Oreal USA
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Andrea Atwell is the Vice President eCommerce for L’Oreal USA. Prior to this position, she was VP of US Market Supply Chain at L’Oreal’s Luxe Division. Her responsibilities included business, demand and supply planning, and customer care, with the vision of leveraging improved supply chain results to drive strategic relationships with L’Oreal’s US customers. Andrea has helped to lead significant planning process initiatives for L’Oreal which has transformed forecast accuracy, service levels, and inventory results, including managing the supply chain and human transitions of 3 major acquisitions for L’Oreal USA. Andrea’s efforts helped to shape the partnership between the supply chain and brands in L’Oreal, shifting the culture to drive operational awareness, improved results and competitive advantage. Prior to her 10 years at L’Oreal, Andrea has worked in the medical device and food & beverage industries.​

Andrea has 15 years of supply chain experience and a true passion for leading and developing teams and recognizing and growing talent. She was recognized as a 2015 Visionary Leader by Consumer Goods Technology for her approach in prioritizing people and leadership to drive supply chain results. Andrea’s leadership has demonstrated that by focusing on people and creating a culture of change leaders, no business challenge is insurmountable. Andrea is also a frequent speaker on supply chain planning and talent development.​


Andrea has a BA in Marketing from Michigan State University.

Andrea Atwell is the Vice President eCommerce for L’Oreal USA. Prior to this position, she was VP of US Market...

Andrea Atwell *Co-Chair*

NYC Regional Board Chair, VP eCommerce, L’Oreal USA

Andrea Dimarco

Position: Vice President, Tenable

Andrea Dimarco

Vice President, Tenable

Andy Torelli

Position: Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Andy Torelli

Senior Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Anesa Parker

Position: Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting

Anesa Parker

Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting

Anna Schocket

Position: Vice President of Talent Development, DocuSign

Anna Schocket

Vice President of Talent Development, DocuSign

Ay’Anna Moody

Position: Director, Generation Thrive at Golden State Warriors

Ay’Anna Moody

Director, Generation Thrive at Golden State Warriors

Ben Mangum

Position: STRATEGIC ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, LAUNCHDARKLY

Ben Mangum is a sales and business development professional specializing in software startups. Ben has been a mentor and board member at BUILD since 2017.

Ben is a graduate of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Ben Mangum is a sales and business development professional specializing in software startups. Ben has been a mentor and board...

Ben Mangum

STRATEGIC ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, LAUNCHDARKLY

Bill Dunigan

Position: Director, BlackRock

Bill Dunigan

Director, BlackRock

Bill Wagner

Position: President & CEO, LogMeIn

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Bill Wagner

President & CEO, LogMeIn

Brian Cohen

Position: Founder & President Good Cause Communications;Founding Partner, New York Venture Partners;

As an angel investor and mentor to entrepreneurs, Brian served as Chairman of the New York Angels for nearly a decade. As one of the most active angel groups in the world, they have invested nearly $200 million in over 300 startups. Notably, Brian was the first investor in Pinterest and numerous other industry leading startups.​

Brian is the author of “What Every Angel Investor Wants You To Know: An Insider Reveals How To Get Smart Funding For Your Billion Dollar Idea” published by McGraw Hill. He continues to guest lecture at Columbia and NYU. He has spoken in dozens of countries helping create and build their angel investor ecosystems.​

As a technology media strategist, Brian is considered one of the fathers of science & technology strategic communications and founded Technology Solutions, Inc. (TSI) with his wife in 1983. Notably, TSI received the Gold CIPRA Award in 1998 for the IBM Deep Blue/Gary Kasparov Chess Match Concept and Communications Program. TSI was recognized as the #1 fastest growing agency in the United States. Brian sold the company to The McCann Erickson World Group in 1997. Brian was the publisher of the first computing publications including Computer Systems News and InformationWeek Magazine. As a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Brian holds a Masters Degree in Science Communications from Boston University’s School of Public Communications.​

He has been on numerous Boards, including People For the American Way, The World Frontiers Forum and BUILD.org. His current interest is to launch Good Cause Communications, The very first 501C3 strategic marketing/PR agency providing almost free services to struggling nonprofits.

As an angel investor and mentor to entrepreneurs, Brian served as Chairman of the New York Angels for nearly a...

Brian Cohen

Founder & President Good Cause Communications;Founding Partner, New York Venture Partners;

Bruce Sandys

Position: Entrepeneur

Bruce has been an entrepreneur in New York City for more than 30 years. After graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, he was the co-founder and president of Crescent Communications, which he helped grow into the largest privately-owned pay telephone company in New York City. After selling his payphone route, he attended Stanford Law School. During his time there, he assisted Suzanne McKechnie Klahr during BUILD’s formative stages and had the honor of being one of BUILD’s first mentors. Returning to New York after graduation, Bruce founded BAS Communications, through which he built and then sold one of the largest owner operated ATM portfolios in New York City. His most recent venture was as a co-founder and CFO of a litigation finance provider.

Bruce has been an entrepreneur in New York City for more than 30 years. After graduating from the Wharton School...

Bruce Sandys

Entrepeneur

Carlton J. Charles

Position: Treasurer, Hearst

Carlton Charles, Vice President, and Treasurer, Hearst, serves as global treasurer, oversees Risk Management and Insurance, leads the company’s Risk Working Group and is on the Board of Advisors of Hearst Labs, Hearst’s platform for nurturing and grooming early-stage, women-led companies. Carlton has demonstrated financial acumen through a 30-year career in treasury and risk management. Carlton was an early architect of the Enterprise Risk Management program for Moody’s Corporation, a SEC regulated company and one of the largest rating agencies in the world. Carlton regularly reported to the Moody’s board on treasury and enterprise risk topics.​

Carlton also developed the operational risk management program for Hearst and is chair of the company’s Risk Working Group. Among the focus areas for the group are cybersecurity and data privacy. Carlton has created an annual risk summit which is an annual convening of CFOs and CTOs from across Hearst’s businesses. Prior to Moody’s, Carlton held increasingly responsible positions in treasury and risk management for International Paper, Joseph E. Seagram and Sons, Viacom and Philip Morris. ​

Carlton currently serves on the Board of Advisors of Hearst Lab, has been working with a group of professionals to establish a business accelerator in Upper Manhattan and The Bronx, was recently on the Board of Trustees of St. Thomas Aquinas College and previously served on The Board of the Bronx Preparatory Charter School.​

​Carlton holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from SUNY at Stony Brook.

Carlton Charles, Vice President, and Treasurer, Hearst, serves as global treasurer, oversees Risk Management and Insurance, leads the company’s Risk...

Carlton J. Charles

Treasurer, Hearst

Cendy Moliere

Position: Search Engine Optimization Specialist, eGenerationMarketing

Cendy Moliere

Search Engine Optimization Specialist, eGenerationMarketing

Christina Luconi

Position: BUILD Boston Board Chair, Chief People Officer, Rapid7
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Christina Luconi

BUILD Boston Board Chair, Chief People Officer, Rapid7

Dan Vallimarescu

Position: Founder, Sawtooth Mountain Partners, LLC

Dan is the CEO of an e-learning startup called Nardagani and is involved in a number of other investment and philanthropic activities.​

Prior to that, Dan ran the Americas Debt Capital Markets Group for Santander Investment Securities for 11 years and the Latin America Debt Capital Markets Group, among other businesses, at Merrill Lynch for 13 years. Early in his career, he worked at The World Bank and the Bank of Boston. ​

Dan received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his MBA from Insead.

Dan is the CEO of an e-learning startup called Nardagani and is involved in a number of other investment and...

Dan Vallimarescu

Founder, Sawtooth Mountain Partners, LLC

Danielle Conkling

Position: Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and ESG

Danielle Conkling

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and ESG

David Li

Position: Vice President, Twin Point Capital

David Li

Vice President, Twin Point Capital

David Toney

Position: Vice President, Development, Akridge

David Toney

Vice President, Development, Akridge

Dora Gougoufkas *Chair*

Position: DC Regional Board Chair, VP Risk Management, Capital One
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Dora Gougoufkas *Chair*

DC Regional Board Chair, VP Risk Management, Capital One

Dr. Lindsa McIntyre

Position: Secondary Superintendent, Boston Public Schools

Dr. Lindsa McIntyre

Secondary Superintendent, Boston Public Schools

Elton Kwok

Position: VP & General Manager, California at WeWork

Elton Kwok

VP & General Manager, California at WeWork

Emily Lam

Position: Partner and Head of Palo Alto Office, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Emily Lam

Partner and Head of Palo Alto Office, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Erica Culpepper

Position: GENERAL MANAGER, MULTI-CULTURAL BEAUTY, L'OREAL

Erica Culpepper

GENERAL MANAGER, MULTI-CULTURAL BEAUTY, L'OREAL

Erin Schaefer

Position: Vice President Operations, Niantic, Inc.

Erin Schaefer

Vice President Operations, Niantic, Inc.

Esau Sanchez-Diaz

Position: Director of Customer Success, Salesforce

Esau Sanchez-Diaz

Director of Customer Success, Salesforce

Frank Graziano

Position: Partner, PwC

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Frank Graziano

Partner, PwC

Gary Moon

Position: Managing Partner, Nfluence Partners

Gary Moon

Managing Partner, Nfluence Partners

George Moker

Position: Director Of Entrepreneurship Programs, Suffolk University

George Moker

Director Of Entrepreneurship Programs, Suffolk University

Grant Williams

Position: Director, Capture & Proposals, Macro Solutions

Grant Williams

Director, Capture & Proposals, Macro Solutions

Gregory Hendler

Position: Partner, Assurance Services, Ernst & Young

Gregory Hendler

Partner, Assurance Services, Ernst & Young

Ike Kier

Position: Co-founder and CEO, KG Funds Management

Ike Kier is the co-founder and CEO of KG Funds Management which he established in 2008. ​

From 2004 to 2008, Ike created management groups responsible for 4 special purpose acquisition companies which collectively raised approximately $200 million from the public markets. All of the management teams completed their mergers/purchases of their targets.​

Ike’s business experience includes serving on numerous boards and building two businesses, both of which went public: Lida Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: LIDA) and eDiets (formerly NASDAQ: EDIET).​

Ike received the cellular license to build cell towers and serve the I-85 corridor between Montgomery, AL, and Atlanta, GA with cellular service. He held the rights for 2 years, and then negotiated a cash sale of his spectrum rights to the surrounding providers who were encroaching on his territory. ​

Ike earned a J.D. from George Washington University and a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University.

Ike Kier is the co-founder and CEO of KG Funds Management which he established in 2008. ​ From 2004 to...

Ike Kier

Co-founder and CEO, KG Funds Management

Ira Levy

Position: IP Litigation Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP

Ira Levy is a senior partner in Goodwin Procter’s IP Litigation Group, whose practice focuses on the litigation of patent, trademark, copyright, false advertising and related matters for a wide array of industries and in a variety of technical disciplines. Mr. Levy has over 25 years’ experience with disputes involving biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and chemistry; electronics, computers and telecommunications; mechanical devices; industrial and consumer products; and the internet, new media, and e-commerce. ​

Ira has handled numerous bench and jury trials in federal and state courts nationwide. He also has significant experience practicing before the United States Supreme Court, and various U.S. Courts of Appeals. In addition to his litigation work, Ira works closely with the firm’s Business Law Practice counseling clients on general corporate matters involving intellectual property and the Internet, as well as transactional due diligence. ​

In addition to his legal work, Ira serves as lead director for Stomp Out Bullying, the leading non-profit focused on eliminating bullying and cyber-bullying. He is married and lives in Westchester County New York with two children and two dogs.

Ira Levy is a senior partner in Goodwin Procter’s IP Litigation Group, whose practice focuses on the litigation of patent,...

Ira Levy

IP Litigation Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP

James Farmer

Position: Head of Diversity and Inclusion Alexa AI, Amazon

James Farmer

Head of Diversity and Inclusion Alexa AI, Amazon

Jamie Bader

Position: Executive Advisor, EY-Parthenon

Jamie Bader

Executive Advisor, EY-Parthenon

Jan McAdoo

Position: Co-Founder/CEO, MacPac Entertainment

Jan McAdoo

Co-Founder/CEO, MacPac Entertainment

JD Sherman

Position: CEO, Dashlane

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JD Sherman

CEO, Dashlane

Jeff Glass

Position: CEO, Hometap Equity Partners

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jeff Glass

CEO, Hometap Equity Partners

Jeffrey Newton

Position: Founder & Managing Director, Gemini Investors

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jeffrey Newton

Founder & Managing Director, Gemini Investors

Jennifer Tribush

Position: Senior Vice President, State Street Corporation

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jennifer Tribush

Senior Vice President, State Street Corporation

John H. Lee

John H. Lee is a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Private Equity group, where he is focused on private equity investment activities in the energy sector. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2014, Mr. Lee was an Associate at TPG Capital, focusing on the Healthcare sector. Prior to that, he worked as an Analyst at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Lee received a BS in Mathematical & Computational Science and a BA in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

John H. Lee is a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Private Equity group, where he is focused on private equity investment...

Jon Kanter

Position: CFO, Goodwin

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jon Kanter

CFO, Goodwin

Jon Lang

Position: Partner, EY

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Jon Lang

Partner, EY

Joshua Cook

Position: Partner, Goodwin

Joshua Cook

Partner, Goodwin

Kevin Gueco

Position: Founder, Gueco Real Estate

Kevin Gueco

Founder, Gueco Real Estate

LaMar Bunts

Position: Chief Executive Officer, Beanstalk Initiative

LaMar Bunts

Chief Executive Officer, Beanstalk Initiative

Lars Hens

Position: Executive Vice President, California Bank & Trust

Lars Hens

Executive Vice President, California Bank & Trust

Laura J. Patel

Position: Managing Director, Global Head of Business Analytics Sales & Client Solutions, CBRE

Laura Patel is Director of Strategic Accounts at Density, an analytics platform that uses occupancy sensors to help businesses measure how their spaces are used; eliminating underutilized real estate, delivering exceptional workplace experiences, and strengthening physical security. In line with her work, Laura’s interests lie at the intersection of artificial intelligence and real estate. Prior to joining Density, she spent a decade with digital construction company DIRTT, which specializes in videogame based design, robotics, and manufacturing. She has spoken at dozens of exhibitions and conferences around the world, including the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions (Dalian, China), Thin Air Festival (Park City, UT), The Art, Science and Bottom Line of Innovative Designs & Technologies (NYC, NY), and The Office of the Future Summit (NYC, NY). ​

As an active member of the New York architecture, design and engineering community, Laura serves as Co-Chair for CoreNet New York’s Programs Committee, and on Urban Land Institute’s Technology and Innovation Council and their Women’s Leadership Council. ​

​Outside of work, Laura is a board member at BUILD: NYC, a student mentor with Student Sponsor Partners, and a post-secondary coach with Syrian Youth Empowerment. A travel enthusiast, she speaks three languages and has visited 40 countries— most recently exploring Taiwan, Bosnia, and Guatemala.

Laura Patel is Director of Strategic Accounts at Density, an analytics platform that uses occupancy sensors to help businesses measure...

Laura J. Patel

Managing Director, Global Head of Business Analytics Sales & Client Solutions, CBRE

Lindsay Simonds

Position: Managing Director and Principal, Lindsay Simonds Consulting

Lindsay Simonds

Managing Director and Principal, Lindsay Simonds Consulting

Louis Chang

Position: Founder and Managing Partner, Gavilan Investment Partners

Louis Chang

Founder and Managing Partner, Gavilan Investment Partners

Matt Doherty

Position: FOUNDER, RESOLUTEAI 

Matt brings to BUILD NYC a wealth of experience in entrepreneurship and technology leadership. Matt is the founder of ResoluteAI, a venture-backed SaaS startup building
enterprise search solutions for R&D organizations. Prior to Resolute, Matt founded
ZergNet, an ad-tech startup currently serving over a billion ads daily. Earlier in his career, he
was the VP of Engineering for Fina Technologies, where he built trading systems using
machine learning. He has also lectured at NYU on machine learning and other computer
science topics. Matt is passionate about advocating for children and underserved
communities. He is a former board member of the Child Care Resource Center, a nonprofit
helping families find and afford quality child care. Matt has also often served as a volunteer
tutor for high school and middle school children in New York City through organizations
such as New York Cares. Matt received his S.B. and M.Eng. degrees in computer science
from MIT.

 

Matt brings to BUILD NYC a wealth of experience in entrepreneurship and technology leadership. Matt is the founder of ResoluteAI,...

Matt Doherty

FOUNDER, RESOLUTEAI 

Matt Flanagan

Position: Founding Partner, Fama PR

Matt Flanagan

Founding Partner, Fama PR

Michael Copty

Position: Director, Silicon Valley Bank

Michael Copty

Director, Silicon Valley Bank

Michael Farb *Chair*

Position: Bay Regional Board Chair, Chief Executive Officer, Neon One
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Michael has over 15 years of experience building, running and scaling technology companies and organizations across a wide range of industries. Leading the organization of Neon One brings together Michael’s skills and experience in growing entrepreneurial technology companies with his passion of supporting non-profit organizations to increase their impact in the world. In addition to Neon, Michael serves as Board Chair for Build.org, a national education-based nonprofit that leverage entrepreneurship to empower students in underserved communities.

Michael has a Computer Science Degree from UPenn, and an MBA from the University of Chicago. After starting a career at Accenture where he built global technology systems in New York, London, Singapore, & Seoul, he co-founded CaptainU. Acting as President, he and his team scaled this sports technology platform to millions of customers and organizations. After CaptainU was acquired by Blue Star Sports, Michael joined the Blue Star team as Chief Revenue Office and GM of the Enterprise Software and Payments group, helping scale the organization and combining products to build a product suite for organizations to excel and flourish. Michael is now proud to leverage his background to help nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations drive impact and help them reach their goals more quickly.

Michael has over 15 years of experience building, running and scaling technology companies and organizations across a wide range of...

Michael Farb *Chair*

Bay Regional Board Chair, Chief Executive Officer, Neon One

Michael Springer

Position: FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY, SPRINGER LAW PLLC 

Michael is the Founder and Principal Attorney of Springer Law PLLC, where he represents
entrepreneurs, startups, and creative professionals in a variety of legal areas, including
business law, venture finance, intellectual property, corporate governance, entertainment
law, and commercial litigation. Michael is also an active angel investor in early-stage
companies, focusing on a range of industries, including wearable technologies, software,
fashion, medical devices, and home delivery. Michael holds a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard
Law School and a B.B.A., magna cum laude, from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M
University. He and his wife split their time between New York City and Houston, Texas.

 

 

Michael is the Founder and Principal Attorney of Springer Law PLLC, where he represents entrepreneurs, startups, and creative professionals in...

Michael Springer

FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY, SPRINGER LAW PLLC 

Michael Wirth

Position: CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, CAPE ADVISORS, INC

Michael Wirth

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, CAPE ADVISORS, INC

Mike Portegello *Co-Chair*

Position: NYC Regional Board Chair, Partner, Northeast Region Growth Markets Leader, Ernst & Young LLP
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Mike Portegello is an Assurance Partner at Ernst & Young LLP, where he brings more than 30 years of international and domestic experience in public accounting serving publicly traded companies with operations in both the US and abroad. Currently, he serves as the Northeast Region Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) Leader to provide services that help companies navigate the various aspects of a growth-oriented enterprise. SGM is a global network of EY professionals advising the full spectrum of dynamic, fast-moving and groundbreaking companies around the world, including VC-backed/private equity companies and their investors, large private and family enterprises, IPO-bound companies, and public companies in the Russell 3000 and 2000 indexes.​

Throughout his career, Mike has worked with clients in New York and California, as well as internationally. He has served US registrants and foreign private issuers on SEC matters including initial public offerings (IPOs), public and private debt offerings, quarterly and annual filings, acquisitions, divestitures, and stock registrations. ​

Previously, he provided overall management and led high performing teams to deliver audit services to New York State and Connecticut area clients. He continues to work closely with multinational organizations as well as high growth phase companies in the software/technology, media and entertainment, and leasing industries.​

Prior to this role, Mike served as Strategic Growth Markets Leader for New York, leading a multidisciplinary team of dedicated professionals in providing perspective to and advising our emerging, IPO-bound, entrepreneurial clients on accelerating their growth. In addition, he has served as a Co-Director of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year New York program. ​

Mike graduated Suma Cum Laude from St. John’s University and received his MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU.

Mike Portegello is an Assurance Partner at Ernst & Young LLP, where he brings more than 30 years of international...

Mike Portegello *Co-Chair*

NYC Regional Board Chair, Partner, Northeast Region Growth Markets Leader, Ernst & Young LLP

Mona Dessouki

Position: Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Chase

Mona Dessouki is an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan Chase where she leads Marketing and Digital Transformation for the U.S. Asset Management business.  She is a serial entrepreneur inside a big company – building teams and new products for customers. 

A marketing veteran, Mona has spent her career developing and implementing comprehensive marketing strategies across traditional and new media platforms for several large consumer brands.  She has a passion for improving the customer experience by leveraging data and technology to create compelling, personalized customer journeys.  

Mona has been recognized for her accomplishments by numerous organizations including the American Marketing Association as one of ‘4 under 40 Emerging Leaders’ making significant contributions to the future success of the industry.  She holds a B.B.A. from James Madison University and an M.B.A. from The University of Virginia.

Mona Dessouki is an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan Chase where she leads Marketing and Digital Transformation for the U.S....

Mona Dessouki

Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Chase

Naveen Shahani

Position: Principal, Apollo Global Management

Naveen Shahani is a Principal at Apollo Global Management, where he focuses on the firm’s private equity investments. Prior to Apollo, Naveen worked in the Financial Sponsors Group in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Naveen currently serves on the Board of Directors of CEC Entertainment, parent company to Chuck E. Cheese.

Naveen Shahani is a Principal at Apollo Global Management, where he focuses on the firm’s private equity investments. Prior to...

Naveen Shahani

Principal, Apollo Global Management

Nick Wall

Position: Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, American Pacific Group

Nick Wall

Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, American Pacific Group

Nicolas Lirette

Position: Advisor

NICOLAS LIRETTEVice President, American Express
Nic most recently served as President at American Express, serving as Chief of Staff for the head of the Consumer business. He was responsible for a range of business planning and strategic activities and partners with leaders across the organization, from country managers globally to c-suite partners. Prior to this role, Nic worked in the Merchant business where he played a central role in the launch of EMV chip cards and contactless payments and helped improve customer satisfaction globally. Prior to American Express, Nic worked in investment banking at UBS and investment management at Wellington Management. ​

Nic holds an MBA degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University. Originally from Canada, Nic speaks French fluently. Nic lives in New York with his wife, son, and daughter.​

NICOLAS LIRETTEVice President, American Express Nic most recently served as President at American Express, serving as Chief of Staff for...

Nicolas Lirette

Advisor

Patrick Van den Bossche

Position: Partner, A.T. Kearney, Inc.

Patrick Van den Bossche

Partner, A.T. Kearney, Inc.

Ram Vijayanathan

Position: HEAD OF INTERNAL AUDIT, PINTEREST 

Ram Vijayanathan is the Head of Internal Audit at Pinterest, a visual discovery engine with
the mission to bring everyone the inspiration to create a life they love. His responsibilities
include helping the organization manage strategic, operational, and financial risk by
providing oversight to the internal audit team, developing and executing on the annual
audit plan, and supporting the company’s Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance efforts. Ram
and his team evaluate Pinterest’s systems of internal controls and operational efficiency
and effectiveness. Before joining Pinterest, Ram was an Internal Audit Director at Facebook,
Inc., where he was a part of the corporate audit function and led teams that supported the
company’s SOX efforts along with managing an operational audit plan. Prior to Facebook,
Ram held various positions of increasing scope and responsibility in audit for QVC and
American Standard. He has a background in public accounting from Deloitte. Ram has
previously served as the President and a board member of the Philadelphia Institute of
Internal Auditors and graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in
Business Logistics. In his free time, he enjoys watching all Philadelphia sports teams, riding
his Peloton, and traveling.

 

Ram Vijayanathan is the Head of Internal Audit at Pinterest, a visual discovery engine with the mission to bring everyone...

Ram Vijayanathan

HEAD OF INTERNAL AUDIT, PINTEREST 

Riley Rodgers

Position: Principal, Valia Ventures

Riley Rodgers

Principal, Valia Ventures

Robert Glazer

Position: Founder & CEO, Acceleration Partners

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Robert Glazer

Founder & CEO, Acceleration Partners

Roger Barton

Position: Managing Partner, Barton LLP

Roger is the founder and Managing Partner of Barton LLP, a law firm of over 30 attorneys practicing across most areas of business law. Roger is widely published and speaks nationally and internationally on law firm innovation, the practice of law as a business, and forming partnering relationships with clients. Barton LLP was recently featured by Law360 in an article entitled Giving Big Law a Run for Its Money as one of “10 boutiques that have established brands on par with the biggest of firms” who are “capable of competing with – and beating – the best big firms at the highest level” and by Acquisition International as among “Ones to Watch: The Best Boutique Law Firms.” ​

Roger’s practice is mostly high-stakes commercial litigation, but he also enjoys his role as outside General Counsel and adviser to many of the entrepreneurial clients of his firm. He is rated by The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel Magazine and the National Law Journal as one of the Top Commercial Litigators in the United States. He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, the invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society limited to less than one-half of one percent of lawyers in America and has been selected as a Super Lawyer in Thompson Reuters’ annual survey of the top 5% of lawyers in the New York Metro Area every year since 2013. He holds an “AV Preeminent” rating, the highest rating in the legal profession for professional excellence and ethical standards, as determined by the peer review of judges and lawyers conducted by Martindale.​

Prior to founding Barton LLP, Roger was with Sidley Austin in New York. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, AB Honors College, and has a JD from Fordham University School of Law.

Roger is the founder and Managing Partner of Barton LLP, a law firm of over 30 attorneys practicing across most...

Roger Barton

Managing Partner, Barton LLP

Sara Ponzio

Position: Advisor to the CEO, Early Stage Life Sciences Company

Sara Ponzio

Advisor to the CEO, Early Stage Life Sciences Company

Sava Berhané

Position: Chief Executive Officer, eCaring

Sava Berhané

Chief Executive Officer, eCaring

Scott Fisher

Position: Partner, Select Management Group

Scott Fisher

Partner, Select Management Group

Scott Friend

Position: Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Scott Friend

Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures

Smita Topolski

Position: Owner, Page Street Studio

Smita Topolski

Owner, Page Street Studio

Steven Mack

Position: Partner, PwC

Steven Mack

Partner, PwC

Timothy Garnett

Position: Managing Director, The Avascent Group

Timothy Garnett

Managing Director, The Avascent Group

Tom Doctoroff

Position: Senior Advisor, Prophet

Tom Doctoroff is a Senior Partner at Prophet, a global consultancy that fuses insights, strategy, creativity, and imagination to help companies find better ways to grow their brands and businesses. Between 2012 and 2016, Tom was the CEO of J. Walter Thompson (“JWT”) Asia Pacific, one of the region’s fast growing and most profitable marketing and communications companies. He is also one of Asia’s most respected advertising professionals. His unique combination of pan‐Asian work, plus almost two decades based in China, has made him an expert in the cross‐border management of brand architecture and brand building, as well as a leading expert in Chinese consumer psychology.

He appears regularly on CNBC, NBC’s The Today Show, Bloomberg and NPR, and is featured in publications ranging from the Financial Times to the Wall Street Journal. He is a sought after keynote speaker for events such as the International Advertising Association’s global symposium, University of Chicago’s Global Management Conference and the JPMorgan Asia Pacific Equities conference. Tom is the Senior Advisor to the President of Asia Society. He is also the recipient of the “Magnolia Government Award,” the highest honor given by the Shanghai municipal government to expatriates. He was an Official Torchbearer for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Tom is the author of the best‐selling books “Billion: Selling to the New Chinese Consumer” (2006) and “What Chinese Want” (2012). He published his third book, “Twitter Is Not a Strategy: Rediscovering the Art of Brand Marketing,” in November 2014. Tom was also a driving force behind Mainland China’s first Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Tom started his career at Leo Burnett in Chicago but jumped ship to JWT in 1992. In 1994, he moved to Hong Kong as Regional Business Director for clients such as Pepsi, Kraft, and Citibank. In 1998, he landed in China as the Managing Director of JWT Shanghai and in 2002, was appointed Northeast Asia Area Director and Greater China CEO. In 2012, he was appointed the CEO of Asia Pacific for J. Walter Thompson. Through diversification into digital platform design, digital content production, trade marketing, and field marketing, JWT Asia Pacific has emerged as one the most synergistically integrated, creatively dynamic communication networks. During his 22 years based in Asia, Tom managed the strategy and marketing communications for a uniquely broad base of corporations, both multinational and Asian.

Tom Doctoroff is a Senior Partner at Prophet, a global consultancy that fuses insights, strategy, creativity, and imagination to help...

Tom Doctoroff

Senior Advisor, Prophet

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