Management Team

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    Sebastian Ceria

    Chief Executive Officer

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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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    Amaury Dauge

    President and CFO

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    Amaury Dauge joined Axioma in June 2016 as Chief Financial Officer and took on the additional role of President in February 2019. 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 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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    Chris Canova

    Senior Managing Director, Client Solutions

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    Chris is responsible for leading the Client Solutions team at Axioma which includes Research, Product Management, Product Specialists, and Client Support. Collaborating closely with Axioma’s strategy team to identify and analyze market challenges, Chris’ team is organized to deliver new product functionality and enhance existing products to help solve many challenges for Axioma’s growing client base.

    Chris has over eighteen years of experience in business management, sales and account management, product management, and client support within the risk management, portfolio construction and analytics space. Chris has extensive experience working with quantitative equity, fixed income, 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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    Fabien Couderc

    Chief Strategy Officer

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    As Chief Strategy 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 Ph.D. in Finance from the Swiss Finance Institute.

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    Nico Kicillof

    Chief Technology Officer

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    As the Chief Technology Officer, Nico Kicillof heads Axioma’s Engineering Division that handles software development, analytics, and information technology. In this role, Nico focuses on ensuring delivery, consistency, and scalability across all technology and design efforts.

    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, and entrepreneur.

    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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    Deha Rozanes

    Head of Finance

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    Deha Rozanes joined Axioma in April 2016 as Head of Finance. He was previously Managing Director – Global Head of Financial Planning and Reporting at DTCC, an American post-trade financial services company providing clearing and settlement services to the financial markets.

    After joining Ernst & Young in 2004, Rozanes executed capital market transactions (Listings, IPO’s, acquisitions and divestitures, debt and other specialized securities offerings), negotiations; providing financial modeling, financial analysis and valuation. He performed multifaceted accounting consultations to banking, asset management, private equity and other financial institutions, on accounting and financial reporting under US GAAP and IFRS. He was also responsible for the Financial Accounting Advisory initiatives in North America within the Financial Services Group.

    He brings extensive international M&A, Financial Operations and Reporting experience to Axioma.
    He began his career as a Senior Auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Financial Services Group. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Accounting from Istanbul University and a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in UK.

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    Tom Severance

    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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    Ian Webster

    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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Global Functional Leadership

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    Shifra Ansonoff

    Service Operations

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    Shifra Ansonoff leads the content and technical operations teams that support Axioma’s businesses, having joined Axioma in 2016 to build out the client services team within the Risk Solutions division. After witnessing multiple financial crises during her early professional career, including the dot-com bubble and the fall of LTCM, Shifra felt inspired to become a resource who could assist clients in navigating such events. Over the years, Shifra has advised risk and portfolio managers of the largest asset management firms—through the subprime and Lehman downfalls as well as by shepherding products through the ever-changing regulatory environment.

    A 20-year veteran in fintech, Shifra has acquired expertise in risk management, product and relationship management, and data governance. In 2018, she was shortlisted by WatersTechnology’s Women in Technology and Data Awards for a Risk Professional of the Year award.

    Based on her early interest in capital markets, Shifra pursued academic degrees in economics and finance, graduating from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in Economics. Simultaneous with the pursuit of her career, she earned an MBA in Finance at Rutgers University, where she was inducted into exclusive business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma. In addition, since 2015 Shifra has served as a mentor to undergraduate students at Rutgers Business School through the school’s TeamUP program, which presented her with a Mentorship Excellence Award in 2018.

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    Melissa Brown

    Applied Research

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    As the Head of Applied Research, Melissa Brown generates unique insights into risk trends by consolidating and analyzing the vast amount of data on market and portfolio risk maintained by Axioma. Melissa’s perspectives help both clients and prospects to better understand and adapt to the constantly changing risk environment. As an author of Axioma Insight: Quarterly Risk Review, Melissa reports on the state of risk in publicly traded equity markets around the globe. In addition, she produces periodic special reports on a broad range of topics of interest to investors and asset owners, is a frequent speaker on the subject of market risk and is often quoted by the financial media.

    Prior to joining Axioma in 2011, Melissa was Managing Director and head of the institutional business at Wintrust Capital Management. Before that, she spent 10 years at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, most recently as a Partner in the Quantitative Investment Strategies (QIS) Group.

    Melissa is a Chartered Financial Analyst. She holds a BS in economics with a concentration in Decision Sciences from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in finance from New York University.

     

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    Jason Connelly

    Business Strategy

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    Jason Connelly leads Business Strategy 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

    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

    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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    Ian Lumb

    Middle Office Solutions and Fixed Income

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    Ian Lumb joined Axioma in December of 2017 as the Global Head of Risk Solutions. His responsibilities include the growth of Axioma’s cloud-based multi-asset risk product, delivering pre-sale, implementation and service through a team of experienced specialists. He has over 20 years of experience in analytics and risk both from within Investment Banks and Vendors.

    Lumb was previously Global Head of UBS Delta, the portfolio analysis and risk management system recently acquired by StatPro. Before UBS, Lumb was Relative Value analyst at Nomura International covering central banks and hedge funds. Earlier in his career he was in fixed income research and front-office technology at PaineWebber International.

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    Molly McGregor

    Marketing and Communications

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    Molly McGregor leads Marketing and Communications at Axioma. She is responsible for the firm’s global brand identity and market positioning, corporate communications, media and advertising presence, and conference/event execution. Molly has extensive experience in the fintech space, including most recently serving as Chief Marketing Officer for Hanweck, a provider of real-time risk analytics for the global derivatives markets.

    Prior to joining Hanweck, Molly was Senior Vice President of Communications, Marketing and Government Relations with the International Securities Exchange, the first all-electronic options market in the U.S. She has also served as a Policy Advisor on global regulatory issues for the Institute of International Finance, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association for global financial services firms, and began her career on the mergers and acquisitions teams of Credit Suisse First Boston and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.

    Molly is a graduate of the London School of Economics with a master's degree in International Political Economy, and of Washington and Lee University, with a bachelor's degree in Politics and Economics.

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    Alessandro Michelini

    Front Office Solutions

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    Alessandro Michelini is responsible for Axioma’s Front Office Solutions business globally, where he oversees the efforts of the client facing organization in the portfolio construction and analytics space. Alessandro joined Axioma in 2008 and successfully established the firm’s presence in EMEA acting as Head of Sales for the region. Prior to Axioma, Alessandro held a number of positions in client services and sales organizations at Barra, subsequently MSCI Barra, and Moody’s KMV, now Moody’s Analytics.

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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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    Jay Panzarella

    General Counsel

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    Jay Panzarella is the General Counsel at Axioma. He joined the company in 2015 and is overseeing all legal and compliance-related initiatives. Jay was previously an of counsel at Blank Rome LLP and served as General Counsel at the Carnegie Innovations.

    Jay earned his JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and his BA (Economics and Political Science) from the Muskingum University.

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    Hamish Seegopaul

    Index Solutions

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    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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    Sunay Shah

    Partnerships & Business Development

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    Sunay Shah heads our partnership and business development initiatives globally, expanding Axioma’s footprint through strategic collaboration opportunities with established and emerging firms across the FinTech market.

    Working closely with the Executive Committee Sunay focuses on accelerating growth for Axioma in existing markets and by entering new markets through effective partnerships and investments. Sunay works with client-facing and product development teams to support the development and management of the full Axioma product portfolio.

    Sunay was most recently Head of Financial Services, North America, at cloud-collaboration firm HighQ. Prior to that, he was VP, Strategic Accounts at S&P Capital IQ and CEO & Co-Founder at FinTech start-up CDO Software. He began his career as an investment banker, focusing on M&A, Capital Markets and Risk Management at BZW, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Mizuho International. Sunay holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

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