Management Team

Management

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    Sebastian Ceria

    Chief Executive Officer, Axioma

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    Sebastian Ceria is Chief Executive Officer of Axioma and founded the company in 1998. Prior to Axioma, Sebastian was an Associate Professor of Decision, Risk and Operations at Columbia Business School from 1993 to 1998.

    Sebastian has worked extensively in the area of robust optimization and its application to portfolio management. He is the author of many articles in publications including Management Science, Mathematical Programming, Optima and Operations Research. He has co-authored numerous papers on the topic, including, "Incorporating Estimation Errors into Portfolio Selection: Robust Portfolio Construction," published in the Journal of Asset Management, “To Optimize or Not to Optimize: Is That the Question?” published in the Oxford Handbook of Quantitative Management, and “Factor Alignment Problems and Quantitative Portfolio Management,” published in the Journal of Portfolio Management. He is a recipient of the Career Award for Operations Research from the National Science Foundation.

    Sebastian completed his PhD in Operations Research at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business, and his undergraduate degree in Applied Math at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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    Ian Webster

    Senior Managing Director, Chief of Staff

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    Ian’s responsibilities include the pursuit of corporate-development opportunities and helping the business to scale as Axioma’s growth continues to accelerate. Webster was previously Chief Operating Officer of Axioma since May 2016.

    Webster joined Axioma as Managing Director, EMEA in 2011, leading the company’s successful expansion in Europe and adjacent geographic markets, as well as the development of Axioma’s global indexing business. He was previously Global Head of Data Management and Corporate Actions at UBS Global Asset Management since 2008. Before UBS, Webster was Global Head of Market Data at Barclays Global Investors (BGI). From 1998 to 2005, Webster was on the vendor side as Vice President of Data Strategy at Barra. Earlier in his career he was a finance researcher at Reuters, later joining Edinburgh Financial Publishing, which was acquired by Barra.

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    Chris Canova

    Senior Managing Director, Global Product Specialists

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    Chris Canova oversees the efforts of the client-facing organization including pre-sales, consulting, and implementation services. Chris has over fifteen years of experience in business development, client consulting, theoretical best practices and relationship management in the portfolio construction and analytics space. Chris has extensive experience working with quantitative equity and multi-asset class solutions. Prior to joining Axioma in 2006, Chris held a number of positions in the client support and sales organizations of Barra, subsequently MSCI Barra, from 2000 through 2006.

    Chris successfully established Axioma’s West Coast client-facing team, leading efforts resulting in significant business expansion for Axioma in the Mid-West and western US region, while managing several of Axioma’s strategic global accounts. Chris was promoted to Vice President in early 2012. Prior to his current role, Chris also spent over two years leading the Product Management organization of Axioma, focusing on product and business strategy for Axioma’s equity risk models, Risk Model Machine, analytics and optimization suite of products.

    Chris earned a BA in Finance from California Polytechnic State University with a minor in Economics, and was awarded the CFA charter in 2003. He is a member of the Chicago Quantitative Alliance.

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    Amaury Dauge

    Senior Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

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    Amaury Dauge joined Axioma in June 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and took on the additional role of Chief Operating Officer in October 2017. He was previously Chief Financial Officer of Euronext (EPA: ENX), the pan-European stock exchange, and brings extensive international M&A and investment experience to Axioma. As CFO of Euronext, Dauge led the financial and legal carve-out of Euronext from NYSE Euronext, following its acquisition by Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), leading to a successful IPO of Euronext.

    After joining Euronext in 2001, Dauge subsequently held several leadership positions, including: Senior Vice President for Corporate Planning & Analysis at NYSE Euronext; Head of M&A and Chief of Staff to the CEO; and Chief Operating Officer, European Equities Market and Market Data.

    He began his career at BNP Paribas before joining PwC and Atos Consulting. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and is a graduate of CFAF (Centre de Formation a l'Analyse Financiere) and INSEEC Business School.

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    Fabien Couderc

    Senior Managing Director, Chief Technology Officer

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    As Chief Technology Officer, Fabien provides strategic technology and product leadership and oversight, collaborating with multiple teams across Axioma to ensure that the development, delivery and functionality of our products and solutions are optimally targeted to both existing client needs and emerging market opportunities. He previously led Axioma’s Enterprise Product Development Team.

    Prior to joining Axioma in 2011, Fabien ran pricing analytics research and development at RiskMetrics Group. He also worked as a consultant for Standard & Poor’s on credit rating methodologies before starting his career as a quantitative strategist on fixed income markets for Société Générale S.A. Fabien’s expertise spans multi-asset class investments, credit risk and market risk management, and he has about 20 years of experience in the finance industry.

    He holds engineering degrees in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, and his PhD in Finance from the Swiss Finance Institute.

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    Tom Severance

    Senior Managing Director, Chief Revenue Officer

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    As Chief Revenue Officer at Axioma, Tom Severance is responsible for accelerating growth in the company’s target markets. Tom has more than 20 years of experience working in high growth companies in risk, analytics and technology industries, most recently as Managing Director at Markit Analytics, where he headed IHS Markit’s risk strategy and analytics business in the Americas.

    During his time with Markit, Tom also served as global head of the company’s two largest accounts in addition to working on numerous special projects, including acquisitions and the development of new solutions for emerging regulatory challenges.

    Earlier in his career, Tom served as Regional Director of Latin America for MISYS International, as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Algorithmics, and as Executive Vice President and Head of Global Sales for QuIC Financial Technologies. Tom graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BA in history and political science.

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    Jason Connelly

    Managing Director, Business Strategy and Execution

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    Jason Connelly leads Business Strategy and Execution at Axioma. Jason focuses on strategic efforts to gain a better understanding of the markets and segments Axioma serves—and precisely matches the needs of those markets and segments to Axioma’s product capabilities and functionality to drive sales efficiently. He develops focused go-to-market strategies and messaging aimed at optimizing the success of Axioma’s client outreach efforts.

    Jason was previously Global Head of Analytics Managed Services at MSCI, Inc. Since 2014, he led a worldwide team focused on product strategy, vision and cross-functional execution. He was previously the firm’s Global Product Manager for Analytics Managed Services from 2010 to 2013, having held the same position at RiskMetrics, which MSCI acquired in 2010. Earlier in his career, Jason held positions at J.P. Morgan Arrakis, Platinum Online International and DE Shaw. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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    Greg Fenton

    Managing Director, Global Strategic Accounts

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    Greg Fenton heads the Global Strategic Accounts team, bringing more than fifteen years of investment industry experience. Prior to joining Axioma in 2008, he held positions at Thomson Reuters, TD Bank and RBC. Greg earned his BA in Economics from the University of Toronto.

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    Jacqueline Gaillard

    Managing Director, People & Talent

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    Jacqueline Gaillard leads the strategic HR function at Axioma. She ensures that Axioma continues to build a high performing talent organizational culture as a collaborative business partner to drive our continuing growth and success.

    Jackie was previously Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Talent Management since 2011 at International Securities Exchange (ISE), the first all-electronic U.S. options exchange. She joined ISE in 2003 as Head of Human Resources. Earlier in her career she was Vice President Human Resources at Reed Business Information, after holding a number of HR positions in the fashion apparel industry.

    Jackie earned an M.A. in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois and a B.A. in Environmental Design and Planning from the University of Buffalo.

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    Nico Kicillof

    Managing Director, Head of Platform Engineering

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    Nico Kicillof’s responsibilities span our content-development organization and the Axioma enterprise infrastructure, ensuring that Axioma’s integrated, cloud-based solutions provide our clients with the utmost in reliability and scalability.

    Nico was previously Head of Software Development Lifecycle at Two Sigma, the technology-driven institutional investor, since 2015. Before that, he was with Microsoft Corporation for nearly eight years, where he held a number of engineering positions, most recently Principal Program Manager Lead, Operating Systems Group. For six years before that, he was a professor of computer science at the University of Buenos Aires, where he also served as Deputy to the Computer Science Department Chair. He holds an MS in computer science and an undergraduate degree from the University of Buenos Aires. He also studied at ESLAI (Escuela Superior Latino-Americana de Informática).

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    Bill Morokoff

    Managing Director, Research

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    Bill Morokoff oversees a global team of experts and is tasked with continued expansion of the firm’s multi-asset class and equity investment research leadership. He was previously Managing Director, Head of Quantitative Analytics at Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (“S&P”) since 2006, where he led the firm’s Global Quantitative Analytics and Research Group.

    Before S&P, Morokoff was with Moody’s KMV since 2000, most recently serving as Senior Director, Acting Head of Research. Prior to that he was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in the Firm-Wide Risk Department working on market risk in the Quantitative Modeling Group.

    Morokoff holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Courant Institute at New York University, where he specialized in Monte Carlo methods and numerical analysis. As a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, he conducted research at UCLA, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the University of Arizona. He also pursued postdoctoral studies at Siemen’s AG and the University of Minnesota.

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    Sunil Rajan

    Managing Director, International Sales

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    Sunil brings nearly 20 years of FinTech experience to his role as Head of International Sales.  He was most recently with Standard & Poor’s where he was Senior Director and Head of Sales for EMEA Risk Solutions.  He has extensive sales management experience, having held positions in numerous regions of EMEA for Thomson Reuters, Algorithmics and Misys.  He earned a BSc in Maths & Finance from SBU London and participated in the McGraw Hill Leadership Program at University of Michigan.

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    Hamish Seegopaul

    Managing Director, Head of Index

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    As Head of Index, Hamish Seegopaul leads the effort to help clients build and maintain their systematic strategies, by leveraging Axioma’s portfolio construction tools, factor-based risk models and quantitative expertise. The dedicated, global index team provides support for designing factor strategies, periodic rebalancing and delivering robust selection universes.

    Prior to Joining Axioma, Hamish was a Director at Credit Suisse, where he was responsible for delivering Quantitative Investment Strategies and Commodity Investor Products to institutional investors. In his nine years at Credit Suisse in London and New York, Seegopaul focused on systematic index solutions, in sales roles across commodities, macro, equity-derivative and cross-asset franchises. Seegopaul was at Dow Jones Indexes from 2001 to 2007, most recently as Manager, Index Development, where he founded and led the company's first international product-development team. He holds an MBA from London Business School and a BA in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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    Mark Traudt

    Managing Director, Head of Product Engineering

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    Mark Traudt is Axioma’s Head of Product Engineering, responsible for driving new product development and overseeing the engineering function across the firm. Prior to joining Axioma in 2017, Mark was responsible for technology and architecture decisions as Chief Technology Officer for Quantifi Risk since 2003 . Before that, he was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co. in Global Equity Derivatives Technology. Earlier in his career, Mark held a range of positions at fintech start-ups as well as established firms, including ING Barings, Sumitomo Bank Capital Markets, and Kidder Peabody. Mark is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.

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    Pamela Vance

    Managing Director, Product Management

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    As Managing Director, Product Management, Pam Vance is responsible for future development of Axioma’s software products. Pam acts as a liaison between clients and the development team, to ensure that the direction of product development aligns with market demands. Before joining Product Development, Pam ran Axioma’s Client Services team.

    Prior to joining Axioma in 2000, Pam was Assistant Professor of Decision and Information Analysis at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Her research program focused on the application of optimization technology to large-scale decision problems. One main theme in Pam’s work was the use of optimization to improve operations in the transportation industries. American Airlines, United Airlines, and CSX Transportation supported this work with research grants. In 1995, she received the prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. This award is given annually to the two best researchers and teachers in Operations Research.

    Pam holds a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering, a Master of Science in Operations Research and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, all from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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