Trey Loughran

Chief Marketing Officer

Trey Loughran is the chief marketing officer for Equifax and leads all core global marketing functions including product management and innovation, data and analytics, brand, communications, pricing and strategic marketing.

Prior to being named chief marketing officer in March 2015, he was president of the Equifax Personal Solutions business, which provides credit monitoring and identity management services to consumers across the U.S., the UK and Canada. Loughran also served as senior vice president of corporate development and led the company’s global mergers and acquisitions, and emerging markets activities.

Loughran joined Equifax in 2006 from BellSouth Corp., where he held a number of leadership positions, including managing director of corporate strategy and planning.

Before joining BellSouth, he helped launch Global Food Exchange, an internet-based software company, and was its chief financial officer and head of corporate development. He also served as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, an attorney with King & Spalding, and an investment banking analyst with Lazard Frères & Co.

Loughran is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently serves as the vice chairman of the national board of directors of the Be the Match Foundation.

Esther Pigg

Senior Vice President of Product Strategy

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Esther Pigg is the Business Development Executive for FIS Global Retail Payments. With extensive experience across the banking and payments technology industry, Esther leads the pursuit of strategic new business opportunities for the division.

Prior to rejoining FIS, Esther was the Business Development Executive with clearXchange, the person-to-person payment network owned by the largest US financial institutions. Prior to clearXchange, Esther led the FIS Sales Strategy team where she developed and deployed go-to-market plans with the solution sales teams. Additionally, Esther led various payment product management and strategy teams at Fiserv/CheckFree, Bank of America and started her career with JPMorgan Chase Private and Commercial Banking.

Esther currently serves on FinTech Steering Committee of the Technology Association of Georgia. She has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and completed the Advanced Topics in Cash Management at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. She is also a certified cash manager through the Association for Financial Professionals and is Pragmatic Marketing certified.

Scott Meyerhoff

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer

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Mr. Scott R. Meyerhoff has been Chief Financial Officer of InComm, Inc. since 2011 and serves as its Chief Operating Officer.  Mr. Meyerhoff co-founded The Intersect Group, LLC and serves as its Partner-Executive & Transaction Advisory, with managerial responsibilities for all F&A services within the Executive & Transaction Advisory solutions group and also leads business planning, merger & acquisition, and C-level executive outsourcing engagements for clients.

Mr. Meyerhoff has over 13 years of experience in financial management for the technology sector. Prior to joining The Intersect Group, he spent 16 years in consulting and executive capacities at Infor Global Solutions and Arthur Andersen. He served as the Chief Financial Officer of Radiance Solar LLC.

He served as the Chief Financial Officer of Suniva, Inc. Mr. Meyerhoff served as an Executive Vice President of Finance & strategy of Goldleaf Financial Solutions Inc. (Formerly, Private Business Inc.) until January 5, 2009. He has an extensive experience with both public and private companies in the Financial, Operational and Strategic Development areas. He served as an Acting Chief Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer of Goldleaf Financial Solutions, Inc.

Mr. Meyerhoff received his BA degree with honors in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University in 1990. He was Member of The University’s Scholars Program at The Pennsylvania State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Judith Varnai Shorer

Ambassador

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Ambassador Judith Varnai Shorer was appointed in July 2015 to serve as the Consul General of Israel to the Southeastern United States. ?

Ambassador Varnai Shorer is a nearly 40-year veteran of the Israeli diplomatic corps. She is a former ambassador to both Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as a former minister of congressional affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC. Her most recent post was desk director at the Center for Policy Research.

Ambassador Varnai Shorer has substantial experience in the U.S. and the Middle East. She speaks Hebrew, French, English and Hungarian and was born in Beer Sheva, Israel.

David Schulman

Partner

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David I. Schulman’s practice encompasses a wide array of corporate legal services, and includes representation of publicly and privately held businesses, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and lenders in all aspects of their commercial transactions.

David has wide-ranging experience in structuring and negotiating complex technology, eCommerce and telecommunications transactions, outsourcing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financings, private equity investments, strategic alliances, and joint ventures. David also advises clients on general business law matters, including entity formation, corporate governance, capitalization issues, equity compensation strategies, employment matters, and customer and vendor contracts.

Yoav Tzruya

Partner

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Yoav brings to JVP over twenty years of experience in enterprise software, cyber security, C5I, as well as digital media. With his hands on approach, Yoav works with and sits on the board of several of JVP’s companies including ThetaRay, Morphisec, Coronet, SCADAfence, Secret Double Octopus, SecBI, Uponit and SourceDefense.  Past exits include CyActive, acquired by PayPal in March 2015.

Prior to joining JVP, Yoav headed venture capital consulting business, Altus Media, and ahead of that, spent five years as General Manager/COO and CMO of Exent Technologies, a leader in the media digital distribution domain, working with multiple industry leaders, such as Verizon, Comcast, Intel, CBS and Time Warner. Prior to this, Yoav held multiple executive level positions with TeleKnowledge, an innovator in  business support systems.

Yoav spent six years in the Israeli Air Force, managing mission critical development projects including in the “enterprise” control, command & security space, and is a decorated officer. Yoav holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics (cum laude) and an MS in Computer Science (cum laude) from Tel-Aviv University, as well as an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management’s international program in collaboration with Tel Aviv University.

Tommy Marshall

Fintech Lead North America

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Tommy Marshall has spent his 20+ year management consulting career focused on digital financial services and Fintech. His role at Accenture is to bring Accenture’s depth in banking, capital markets, insurance, finance & regulation together with Accenture’s Fintech accelerators, Liquid Studios, and Innovation Labs to craft meaningful capabilities for financial services institutions.

Tommy is a member of the blockchain leadership team at Accenture. Over the past three years he has mentored 4 blockchain start-ups and led teams to complete proof-of-concepts in payments and capital markets. Tommy is a graduate of Davidson College and holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He has called Atlanta home for the past eight years.

Barry McCarthy

Executive Vice President Network & Security Solutions

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Barry McCarthy serves as Executive Vice President, Network and Security Solutions. The NSS segment includes all of the firm’s network, debit, prepaid, ACH/check, fraud, security, secure digital distribution, online and mobile banking, and government solutions. These solutions support our proprietary distribution channels, as well as third parties.

Previously, Barry was responsible for the turn-around of the firm’s Financial Services segment. In 18 months, he moved revenue growth from -4% to +7%, increased profit 39% and margin by 1100 basis points. In previous roles, he was a leader in the company’s historic collaboration with Apple on Apple Pay, ran the firm’s merchant business in Asia, and was responsible for the creation of the best-selling First Data-branded line of point-of-sale terminals that have shipped 1.1 million devices. This vertical integration strategy continues today with the firm’s new tablet-based point-of-sale system, Clover.

Prior to joining First Data, he led the turn-around of the VeriSign payments business now owned by eBay/PayPal (NASDAQ: EBAY). He co-founded and later sold MagnaCash, a Silicon Valley-based micropayments company, whose technology, through subsequent transactions is currently owned by Digital River. Barry first entered the payments technology industry at Wells Fargo, where he was ultimately responsible for the 14 million card and 6,500 ATM business. Barry started his career at Procter & Gamble, where he spent 12 years in brand, customer marketing and sales management roles, where he launched dozens of successful new products on Oil of Ola, Secret, Sure, Old Spice.

He served as non-executive Chairman of eSurg,com, a venture-backed, online medical supply start-up where he helped engineer multiple rounds of financing and the ultimate acquisition by Henry Schein. He also served on the boards of Merchant Link™ Corporation, and bank merchant processing joint ventures with PNC, Standard Charter Bank (Singapore), and ICICI (Mumbai). In the community, he currently serves as Chairman of the Technology Association of Georgia, the largest technology association in America with over 24,000 members, and on the boards of Junior Achievement of Georgia, and Catholic Charities of Atlanta.

Barry earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and was an undergrad at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has twice served as Chairman of the state-wide, Georgia Technology Summit, and was honored as Person-of-the-Year in 2010 by the National Association of Telecom Professionals for his pioneering work in mobile commerce, and in 2012 by the Electronic Transaction Association for leadership.

Claire Greene

Consumer Payments Research Center

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Claire Greene is a payments analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, working to help the experts in the Consumer Payments Research Center share their knowledge with industry, academics and consumers. She has worked as a banking journalist and in business-to-business marketing.

Claire’s has published many works including the “Financial Inclusion and Consumer Payment Choice” and “Did the Target Data Breach Change Consumer Assessments of Payment Card Security?”

Claire earned her Bachelors (Arts Administration/Music Criticism) from Northwestern University and her Masters (Business Administration) from Northeastern University.

Jorge Fernandez

VP Global Commerce

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Jorge L. Fernandez leads the international investment recruiting arm of the MAC’s economic development division. Fernandez finds innovative ways to connect Atlanta area companies to international business growth opportunities, furthering Atlanta’s reputation as a top competitor in the global marketplace.

Prior to joining MAC, Fernandez was the international and alliance vice president for Delta Air Lines at its world headquarters in Atlanta. His responsibilities encompassed all Caribbean, Latin American, Pacific and transatlantic operations, including airport customer service, finance, human resources, reservations and sales activities outside of the United States. In addition, he was charged with developing Delta’s alliance strategy, managing the SkyTeam global alliance and overseeing codeshare relationships with 16 partner airlines around the globe.

Fernandez first joined Delta in June 1999 as director for Latin America, and in September 2001 he assumed expanded responsibilities for the Caribbean region. In this role, Fernandez was in charge of full operational and administrative responsibilities for more than 40 nonstop flights to 25 cities in 19 countries, including corporate representation issues and the development of the airline’s regional strategy.

Fernandez joined Delta from Veridian Engineering, where as the senior politico-military analyst, he led the company’s efforts in implementing strategic plans for public agencies and institutions responding to overseas crises. Earlier in his career, Fernandez served 24 years in the U.S. Air Force as a command pilot, strategic planner and international affairs advisor. He held various diplomatic posts, leading air base access rights negotiations for a U.S. Air Force aviation hub and directing mediation between states.

Originally from Havana, Cuba, and fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Fernandez holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree in international marketing from Texas Christian University. He is a National Defense Fellow in Brazilian Studies from the University of Miami’s Graduate School of International Studies and completed Thunderbird’s Executive Education Program for International Business in Phoenix, AZ. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute and the Brazilian Air Force Senior Officer Course.

Don Campbell

Managing Principal

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Don Campbell is President of RightCourse LLC, a specialized management consulting firm supporting the high tech industry.  RightCourse helps organizations define and implement new strategies for organizational growth, market expansion and product innovation. Prior to founding RightCourse, Campbell co-founded Virtual Management Technologies, Inc., a Managed Services and Managed Hosting provider focused on helping organizations around the world manage their computer and network infrastructure needs. He has also been responsible for the start-up of three high technology ventures and has served in general management and senior executive positions for a number of software, computer services and transaction processing companies.
These include Idapta, Ross Systems, Comdata Corporation, Sungard Data Systems, Hogan Systems and Cincom Systems.  Campbell was educated at Hartwick College and the University of Paris, France.

Bob Skiba

Executive Vice President

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Prior to joining InComm, Mr. Skiba, (Bob), served as President and General Manager of Ceridian – Stored Value Solutions, a Division of Ceridian, Inc. Mr. Skiba served as President and General Manager of Ceridian – Stored Value Systems, Inc., from April 2004 to December, 2008.

Previously, he served as Vice President, Chief Internal Auditor of Gap, Inc., V.P. of Financial Services, V.P. of Consulting & Assurance Services and Continuity Planning for Gap, Inc., the San Francisco-based retailer for Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy apparel brands.

Prior to joining Gap in 1997, Mr. Skiba held numerous senior financial management positions, including Vice President of Financial Operations at The Home Depot Inc., V.P. Controller of the Mall Store Group and National Manager for Inventory Control, for Sears; Vice President of Operations Management and Store Planning at Barney’s New York; and Corporate Director of Financial Planning & Analysis at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Jessica Trundley Washington

Payments Risk Expert

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Jessica Washington is currently a Payments Risk Expert for the Federal Reserve.  In this research and outreach role Jessica strategies and executes thought leadership by examining payment systems and collaborating with industry participants, regulators, law enforcement, the legal community, and others in the Federal Reserve System.

Jessica regularly convene payments providers and parties integral to establishing new products, laws and regulations, policies, and standards that affect and shape retail payments. When Jessica identifies risk in existing global retail payments products and systems, she loosk for ways to fill retail payments systems gaps, often by making presentations or through hosting forums. In addition, Jessica create blogs and research papers to provide payments expertise to the industry.  Jessica earned her Bachelors Degree from Florida State University.

 Brian Mahony

Chief Strategy Officer

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Brian holds a Bachelor of Engineering from University College Cork and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University.

Prof. Sudheer Chava

Professor of Finance

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Dr. Chava has taught a variety of courses at the undergraduate and master’s level including Derivatives, Risk Management, Valuation, Cases in Financial Crisis and Credit Risk Analysis. He has also taught both theoretical and empirical finance courses at the doctoral level.

Dr. Chava’s research interests are in Credit Risk, Banking and Corporate Finance.  He has published extensively in all the top journals in Finance including Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies. His research has won a Ross award for the best paper published in Finance Research Letters in 2008, was a finalist for Brattle Prize for the best paper published in Journal of Finance in 2008 and was nominated for the Goldman Sachs award for the best paper for published in Review of Finance during 2004.  Dr. Chava is the recipient of multiple external research grants such as FDIC-CFR Fellowship, Morgan Stanley Research grant and Financial Service Exchange Research grant. His papers have been presented at numerous finance conferences such as AFA, WFA, EFA, FDIC and Federal Reserve Banks and at many universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Mark Pearson

Consultant

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Mark Pearson is Senior Vice President, Innovation and Strategy Executive for Technology and Operations, where he is responsible for innovation programs and partnerships. Mr. Pearson has been with SunTrust since 2004, where he has held various software delivery, architecture, and business planning management roles in Enterprise Information Services.
Prior to SunTrust, Mr. Pearson was with S1 Corporation where he held various senior technical and business roles including CTO and VP of Corporate Development, a senior member of technical staff at IBM Corporation (Transarc), and a consulting practice manager for Gartner. Mark holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Technology Association of Georgia FinTech and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Georgia.

H. West Richards

Executive Director

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H. West Richards has spent the last 25 years of his diverse career in both the public and private sector.  His public sector experience includes seven years on Capitol Hill in the U.S. House of Representatives, serving in such capacities as Legislative Director, Press Secretary and Chief of Staff.  Mr. Richards also had oversight responsibilities in what is now the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. In 1990, Mr. Richards was the youngest Chief of Staff in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was also the youngest person to have direct oversight responsibilities for a House Subcommittee.

After leaving the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Richards focused his energies on helping the Georgia Institute of Technology prepare for the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Games.  As Special Assistant to the President of Georgia Tech, Mr. Richards was responsible for developing the university’s public relations strategy as it applied to the Centennial Olympic Games.

In 1997 Mr. Richards went to work for the Law Firm of Troutman Sanders, LLP to create the first Internet Trade Association based in Georgia (2nd in the nation).  In this role as Executive Director of the Georgia e-Commerce Association (GECA), he pioneered the largest statewide public/private Internet lobby in the U.S. and helped to develop Internet e-Commerce regulation that was eventually adopted not only by the State of Georgia but also by the federal government.  GECA boasted over a dozen Fortune 500 members and nearly 50 smaller corporations. It also included a dozen governmental agencies and NGO’s. In 1999, Mr. Richards was recruited by PMG.net to execute his first commercial restructuring initiative.  Mr. Richards successfully shifted the core business of this small Internet enterprise from web development to advanced application development. The result was a five-fold increase in sales and the creation of alliances with Ariba Software, Deloitte Consulting, iXL and Anderson Business Consulting. Today, according to the Gartner Group, PMG.net is now recognized as the most successful Enterprise Service Catalog software firms in the world.

Sam Taussig

Head of Government Relations & Community Banking

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Sam’s duties include: FinTech, online lending, small business, CDFI and Community Bank relations, access to capital, payments regulation, data protection and ownership, privacy, artificial intelligence, taxes, and product policy.

Sam earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Sewanee where he graduated with Honors and Distinction in Economics.

Bill Forsyth

Chief Executive Officer

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For the past sixteen years he has been creating and implementing internet, mobile, and cloud-based solutions for financial institutions including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Regions Bank, Zion’s Bank, Live Oak Bank and many other banks, as well as enterprise companies including EDS, RelayHealth, and Bellsouth.

In 2009 he conceived of and began building the world’s first 100%-API-based, enterprise banking platform. It now implements the most comprehensive banking API in the world, runs in the Amazon cloud, and powers the ground-breaking AppPax banking solutions.

Michael Benardo

Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes Section Chief

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Mr. Benardo has over twenty-three years of progressive experience with the FDIC, including serving as a Manager in the Technology Supervision Branch.  He also served as a key member of the FDIC’s Year 2000 project team from 1997 through the century date change.  Prior to his employment with the FDIC, Mr. Benardo spent six years working in the commercial banking industry.  He worked in a variety of areas including several assignments in bank operations.  Mr. Benardo is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a B. S. degree in Finance.

Dr. Bob Mark

CEO & Managing Partner

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Dr. Bob Mark is a Managing Partner of Black Diamond Risk Enterprises, which provides corporate governance, risk management consulting, risk software tools and transaction services. He is also the Founding Executive Director of the Masters of Financial Engineering Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Senior Strategic Advisor to Israeli company ThetaRay. Dr. Mark was awarded the Financial Risk Manager of the Year by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and is cofounder of the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA). He serves on several boards.

Prior to his current position, he was the Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer (CRO) at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). Dr. Mark was a member of the Management Committee and was also responsible for the Corporate Treasury function. His global responsibility covered all credit, market, and operating risks for all of CIBC as well as for its subsidiaries.

Prior to the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), he was the partner in charge of the Financial Risk Management Consulting practice at Coopers & Lybrand (C&L), now PwC. The risk management practice at C&L advised clients on risk management issues and was directed toward financial institutions and multi-national corporations. This specialty area also coordinated the delivery of the firm’s accounting, tax, control, and litigation services to provide clients with integrated and comprehensive risk management solutions and opportunities.

He earned his PhD in applied math from New York University’s Graduate School of Engineering and Science, graduating first in his class. Subsequently, he received an Advanced Professional Certificate (APC) in accounting from NYU’s Stern Graduate School of Business, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Glen Sarvady

Managing Principal

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Mr. Glen Sarvady is currently employed at 154 Advisors in the position of Managing Principal. Glen most recently worked at CheckFree Corporation, where he led the Finance function of the Electronic Commerce division of this industry leading provider of electronic bill payment products and services.

In addition to core financial duties, his responsibilities included operational forecasting, enterprise portfolio management, business development, due diligence, acquisition integration and executive management of select business units at various times during his eight year tenure.

Prior to CheckFree, Glen progressed through various operating units of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, including business solutions provider Dun & Bradstreet Software, TV ratings authority Nielsen Media Research, and high tech research firm Dataquest. 

Glen holds a B.A. in Economics/Mathematical Methods from Northwestern University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dan Schroeder

Partner-in-Charge

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Dan is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Georgia Society of CPAs, the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and the American Bar Association (ABA). Dan is the immediate past chairperson of the AICPA Information Management Technology Assurance Committee and currently the chairperson of the AICPA Privacy Task Force. He received his MBA with honors from the University of Dayton and a BA in Accounting from Morehead State University.

Dan has over 25 years of experience in IT operational and risk management functions in both private industry and leading CPA firms. Dan’s 12-year tenure with NCR Corporation included management roles in several operations and corporate positions, including supply chain performance evaluation and benchmarking, and supply/demand alignment.

Haim Pinto

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Managing Director, Head of Fintech and Business Development
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Mr. Pinto is a well respected executive with over 25 years of experience in technical in support of designing, architecting and delivery of solutions to address business needs.

Haim joined Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s largest bank, in 2016 after spending 12 years in New York. He is currently the head of Fintech and Business Development at the bank , responsible of leading the bank’s interfaces with Fintech oriented startups and technology firms. Haim’s group is also developing strategic partnerships with relevant institutions such as financial firms, investment firms, higher education establishments and large scale domestic and international companies.

Prior to joining Bank Hapoalim, Haim worked for Morgan Stanley in New York where he served as the global head of Client Experience in the firms Enterprise infrastructure CTO office. Haim was responsible for leading the firm’s strategy and vision for client experience, Unified Communication and Collaboration (UCC), Mobility, BYOD, Social enablement, customer digital engagement and disruptive innovation in client related technologies.

Haim lead Morgan Stanley’s vision for how the corporate workspace will look in the next few years, developing unique perspective on market trends and opportunities for the firm, this includes addressing changes in application development practices, endpoint security and cyber challenges to mitigate Data Leakage risks (DLP) as SaaS based services drive organizations to consider Cloud adoption.

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley Haim held senior technology roles with Cisco systems and Avaya including heading solution architecture for Avaya Israel. As an active member of the Startup community in Israel and NYC, Haim is in constant contact with entrepreneurs and VC’s, looking for the next disruptive technologies in Fintech, Enterprise Software, Cyber Security and End User segments.

Born and raised in Israel, Haim studies in the Technion – the Israeli Institute of Technology and is a Lieutenant and veteran of the Israeli Defense force.