Governance

Governance

Chairman

Philip J. Taylor, CFA Lazard 2016—2019

Philip J. Taylor, CFA, is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Group at Lazard. In this role he is responsible for structuring and distributing exchanges in corporate convertible securities. Prior to this role, he managed a $1bn portfolio at RBC Capital Markets, and has a successful nineteen-year track record in portfolio management. He has served as Chair of both the Market Integrity Committee and Alternative Investments Committee at CFA Society New York, and has contributed to high-level discussions at the SEC regarding changes in trading regulations. Taylor has also published several articles in major hedge-fund research sites. Prior to RBC, he worked at three major hedge funds after starting his career at Bankers Trust. He holds a Masters degree in Mathematics and Management Studies from the University of Cambridge, and has held his CFA designation since 1998.

Vice Chairman

Christopher Cutler, CFA Manager Analysis Services, LLC 2015—2018

Christopher Cutler, CFA, founded Manager Analysis Services, LLC [MAS] in March 2003 to provide outsourced due diligence services on investment managers. MAS covers all types of investment managers, with a focus on managers with alternative investment strategies: hedge funds, private equity, real estate, and venture capital. Consequently, MAS has built relationships with many of the most prominent managers in the hedge fund industry. Clients include foundations, family offices/HNW, FOFs, and others. Cumulatively MAS has reviewed over 1,500 hedge funds since its founding 12 years ago. Prior to founding MAS, Chris worked at Deutsche Bank from 1994 for 2003. He managed risk for specialized fixed income derivatives products, marketed OTC interest rate derivatives, and developed structured financial products. Chris conducted due diligence calls as early as 1995, when managing risk for the stable value Wraps business, where he reviewed the trading strategies of the largest US fixed income managers, and of hedge funds involved in structured product vehicles. Chris was an economist and bank regulator at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from 1988 to 1994. He co-authored the Federal Reserve System’s original Trading Activities Manual, the comprehensive guide to the Federal Reserve System’s examiners when they examine banks’ trading floors. Chris has an MBA in Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business Executive Program, a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago, and became a CFA Charterholder in 1998. He is also active in the NY Chapter of the CFA Institute, CFA Society New York, where he co-led a successful governance reform effort in 2014, which led to the creation of competitive elections for Board candidates. He also chaired its “Alternative Investments Committee” from 2005 to 2007 and again in 2014, and was Vice Chair of the Advocacy effort in 2012.

Leadership

Secretary

Deepika Sharma, CFA
BlackRock
2017-2019

Deepika Sharma, CFA, is a Director at BlackRock and heads research and product strategy for multi-asset factor strategies. In this role, she is responsible for driving an intensive research agenda to identify the future generation of systematic strategies across major asset classes working with key internal partners such as PMs, and fostering specific product recommendations in the context of business objectives, competitive landscape, and overall firm strategy.

Prior to this role, she was Portfolio Manager and Managing Director of Investments at Astor Investment Management LLC, a quantitative global macro asset manager, where she co-managed $2bn in assets across retail and institutional channels. She has previously worked on the Fixed income Proprietary Desk at Nomura, as well as in macro strategy at Roubini Global Economics. Deepika began her career as an Analyst on the Structured Credit Desk at Lehman Brothers.

Deepika currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors at CFA Society New York (previously, the New York Society of Security Analysts). She holds a Masters in International Finance at Columbia University and is a CFA charter holder.

Treasurer

Kevin Maxwell, CFA
CenterSquare Investment Management
2018-2020

Kevin J. Maxwell, CFA, is a Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets at CenterSquare Investment Management where he focuses on leading business development efforts for the firm’s private real estate, listed real estate, and listed infrastructure investment strategies, developing new investor relationships across the institutional marketplace including consultants, public and private sector pension funds, Taft-Hartley plans, family offices, foundations and endowments.  Prior to joining CenterSquare, Kevin was with Nuveen, a TIAA company, where he held the position of Managing Director of Advisory Services and led real asset marketing in the Eastern United States.  Prior to Nuveen, he held a leadership position in the marketing group at Lasalle Investment Management.  Mr. Maxwell holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA in Finance from Northwestern University. He is a CFA charterholder.

Directors-at-Large

Thomas Brigandi
CFA Institute Inaugural Global Outstanding Young Leader
2018-2020

Thomas Brigandi is an analyst in the Global Project and Infrastructure Finance Group at a Credit Rating Agency (CRA), where he serves as a lead analyst for 34 power, toll-road, airport, port, water, wastewater, natural gas pipeline and project finance credits. Brigandi also serves on a CRA’s public pension steering committee, ESG Americas working group and formerly served on the veteran recruiting sub-committee. Brigandi previously worked at the ~$180bn NYC Pension Fund, where he focused on energy and natural resources and reported directly to the chief investment officer. Brigandi is a Board Director of the +11,000 investment professional member CFA Society New York (CFANY), the largest CFA Institute Society globally. Brigandi, the CFA Institute Inaugural Global Outstanding Young Leader and CFANY’s 2016 Benjamin Graham Distinguished Service Award recipient, has organized 71 CFA Society conferences that were attended by +13,100 investment professionals, in addition to over 500 asset owner, investment consultant and buy-side investment professionals speakers who collectively and directly oversee or advise on +$55 trillion. Brigandi, the founder of CFANY’s Asset Owner Series, Emerging and Frontier Market Series, Investment Employment Outlook and Professional Development Series, Putting Beneficiaries First Series and Global Infrastructure Conference Series, leads a team of +450 investment professional CFA Society volunteers globally. While serving as the Director of Global Volunteers of the American Foundation for African Children’s Education, Brigandi organized the NASDAQ Closing Bell Ceremony on September 23, 2011, hosted for the President of Sierra Leone. Brigandi maintains over 12,000 connections ‎on LinkedIn and holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance, Accounting and Economics from the Macaulay Honors College (MHC) at the City University of New York. Brigandi received the college’s inaugural Alumni Pioneer Award and serves on the MHC Foundation Board of Directors.

Maria Weitzer, CFA
TAG Associates LLC
2017-2019

Maria Weitzer, CFA, is Director, Portfolio Management at TAG Associates LLC, a leading multi-client family office and portfolio management services firm with more than $8 billion of assets under management. Maria is focused on manager research in public markets strategies and also serves as portfolio manager to client accounts. She is a voting member of TAG’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining TAG, Maria spent over eight years at Asset Alliance Corporation, most recently as Director, Research and Investments, focusing on manager research and due diligence across various strategies and asset classes as well as managing client portfolios. Prior to Asset Alliance, Maria was at Deutsche Bank where she performed risk management and monitoring functions for Deutsche Bank’s managed account platform. Prior to Deutsche Bank, she was an auditor at the Financial Services division of KPMG LLP. Maria received her B.A in Accounting and Management from Hartwick College. Maria has been actively involved with the CFA Society New York for over 10 years and currently serves on the Board of Directors of CFANY.

Robert Discolo, CFA, CAIA
River Partners
2016-2018

Robert Discolo, CFA, CAIA, is CEO and CIO of River Partners Family Office, a $1 billion+ registered investment advisor, whom he joined in 2016. Previously he was Executive Vice President, Investments, at Permal Group (a $22 billion alternative investment firm) and prior to that he spent 14 years working at Pinebridge Investments (formerly AIG Investments) where he was Managing Director and Head of Hedge Fund Solutions Group, ultimately responsible for managing $10 billion+ in proprietary and client assets in hedge funds and other alternative asset classes. Prior to joining AIG, Mr. Discolo spent seven years at Bank Julius Baer where he was Head of the Public/Private Funds Group, and before that was at Merrill Lynch in Partnership Financing, having started his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in their Fund Services Group. He has authored and co-authored several papers and magazine articles on alternative investing and is a frequent speaker at investment conferences. Mr. Discolo is a CFA® and CAIA Charterholder, and holds an M.B.A. from Pace University, Lubin School of Business, New York, and a B.S. in Accounting from St John’s University, Jamaica, New York.

Jonathan Prin, CFA
Greylock Capital
2017-2019

Jonathan Prin, CFA, is a Managing Director and Head of Research at Greylock Capital, a hedge fund focused on emerging markets distressed debt. Prior to joining Greylock, he was a portfolio manager and member of the Global Fixed Income Group at JP Morgan Asset Management. At JP Morgan, Mr. Prin was responsible for managing and trading emerging market high yield corporate debt portfolios. Prior to joining JP Morgan, he was a credit analyst at Bear Stearns Asset Management. Previously, Mr. Prin was a research analyst in the Leveraged Finance Department of Credit Suisse First Boston, as part of an Institutional Investor-ranked group. Mr. Prin has a B.A. in from the University of Pennsylvania, and received his CFA charter holder designation in 2009.

Amelie DeRosne, CFA
Société Générale
2018-2020

Amelie Derosne, CFA, has been with Société Générale since 2007, and currently serves as a Vice President on the Emerging Markets Fixed Income and Currencies desk. Prior to serving in her current capacity, Derosne worked within Société Générale’s equity derivatives proprietary trading group as a programmer for several algorithmic trading desks. Derosne has served as Vice Chair of CFANY’s Membership Committee since 2015, which was responsible for vetting over 4,000 new CFANY member applications during her tenure, and she has played a leading role as a volunteer for the CFANY’s Asset Owners Series. Since 2015, the Series has hosted C-Level investment executives from asset owner organizations that collectively have over $35 trillion in assets under management or advisory. Additionally, Derosne served on the 2016 CFANY Nominations Committee and has been a member of CFANY’s Global Investment Thought Leadership Group since 2013. Derosne has assisted in the organization of over 25 CFANY events, which were attended by over 2,500 investment professionals. Derosne holds a BS and a Masters Degree in Finance from the Institut Superieur du Commerce de Paris, as well as an MBA from Louisiana Tech University. Derosne is a CFA charterholder.

Kelly Ye, CFA
IndexIQ
2018-2020

Kelly Ye, CFA, is Director of Research at IndexIQ, a wholly owned subsidiary of New York Life Investment Management. She oversees research and new product development across IndexIQ ETF family.

Before joining IndexIQ, Kelly is Director and head of Quantitative Investment Strategy in New York Life Investment Management’s Strategic Asset Allocation Team. Kelly joined NYLIM in 2015 from Goldman Sachs Asset Management where she was the head quant on the credit investment team. She was responsible for all bottom up and top down research models as well as portfolio construction tools. Prior to that role, Kelly was a senior Fixed Income Quant Strategist in Goldman Sachs credit trading desk covering various Fixed Income instruments including Bank Loans, Invest Grade and High Yield corporate bonds, Credit Default Swaps and Municipal bonds. Kelly began her career as a Credit Derivative Structurer at BNP Paribas, designing structured credit solutions for institutional and private bank clients.

Kelly has a dual Master’s degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Applied Math from Peking University in China.

Sanjay Arora, CFA, CMA, ACA
Raymond James
2018

Sanjay Arora, CFA, CMA, ACA, is Managing Director of Institutional Fixed Income Capital Markets at Raymond James (listed “RJF”).

Sanjay started his professional career in 1991 with PwC (Pricewaterhouse) at their Bahrain office and travelled on assignments around the Gulf including restoration of Kuwait Oil Company post the Gulf war. After PwC, Sanjay moved to Saudi Arabia to setup finance and operations for Landmark Group, one of the largest retail conglomerates that was expanding their business in Middle East. Sanjay moved back to Bahrain as CFO for one of largest private investment company to manage their financial operations and global multi-currency investment portfolio. In 2001, Sanjay was hired by Morgan Keegan, owned by Regions Financial (listed “RF”), at their head office in Memphis, TN to expand their sales in International Institutional Fixed Income Capital Markets. Raymond James bought Morgan Keegan in 2012 and Sanjay relocated to New York.

Sanjay is Chartered Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and CFA charterholder.

Sammy Suzuki, CFA
AllianceBernstein
2018

Sammy Suzuki, CFA, is Portfolio Manager of Strategic Core Equities at AllianceBernstein (AB). He has been managing the Emerging Markets Strategic Core portfolio since its inception in July 2012 and the Global, International and US portfolios since 2015. The Strategic Core platform that he co-founded has grown to over $5B in assets. Sammy has managed portfolios for over 13 years and emerging-markets portfolios for a decade. From 2010 to 2012 he also held the role of director of Fundamental Value Research at AB, where he managed 50 fundamental analysts globally.

Prior to managing portfolios, Sammy spent a decade as a research analyst. He joined AB in 1994 as a research associate covering the capital equipment industry, and then became an analyst covering the technology industry. From 1998 to 2004 Sammy served as senior research analyst for the global automotive industry. Before joining AB, he was a consultant at Bain & Company.

Sammy holds a BS in materials science and engineering and a BS in finance from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a CFA charterholder.

Ex-Officio

Daniel Dagen, CFA
Chief Executive Officer, CFA Society New York

Daniel Dagen, CFA, has been Chief Executive Officer of CFA Society New York (“CFANY”) since September 2015.

In his role, he provides long-term vision and manages the ongoing operations of the society.  He collaborates with society leaders, industry partners, CFA Institute and CFANY staff to provide member value, as well as to educate the investing public and raise the standards of professionalism in the industry.

With Dagen as CEO, the society restructured operations, launched a rebrand campaign and increased membership by over 50 percent.  CFA Society New York is now the largest CFA member society in the world.  In 2017, on behalf of CFA Society New York, Dagen was pleased to receive two prestigious, global awards from CFA Institute:

(1) Strategic Initiatives: Delivering Member Value

(2) Research Foundation Society Award: Events and Activities

Working closely with volunteers, in late 2015, Dagen facilitated the launch of the Asset Owner Series®®, a collection of exclusive events for investment industry executives seeking to improve their asset management strategies and advance market knowledge with the guidance of some of the most experienced minds CFA Society New York has to offer.  In 2017, Dagen nominated Thomas Brigandi—whom spearheaded the Asset Owner Series®®—for CFA Institute’s Inaugural Global Outstanding Young Leader award, an award with which Brigandi was ultimately honored to be bestowed.

Prior to his position as CEO, Dagen served for three years as a volunteer on the society’s Board of Directors. As Board Secretary, he helped launch and implement several governance reforms, resulting in a restructuring of the society’s strategic plan and overall operational focus. Dagen previously served as Chair of the society’s Membership Committee and earned the Volunteer of the Year award in 2011.

Preceding this, Dagen served ultra-high net worth and high net worth clients globally for over twenty years with companies such as Lehman Brothers, Gruntal & Co, Sands Brothers, Laidlaw & Co, Ltd., MassMutual and Northwestern Mutual, where he was one of the leading producers in the country.  He specialized in the use of options and other tools to reduce risk and increase diversification for families with concentrated wealth. He graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in economics.

Executive Staff

Daniel Dagen, CFA
Chief Executive Officer, CFA Society New York

Daniel Dagen, CFA, has been Chief Executive Officer of CFA Society New York (“CFANY”) since September 2015.

In his role, he provides long-term vision and manages the ongoing operations of the society.  He collaborates with society leaders, industry partners, CFA Institute and CFANY staff to provide member value, as well as to educate the investing public and raise the standards of professionalism in the industry.

With Dagen as CEO, the society restructured operations, launched a rebrand campaign and increased membership by over 50 percent.  CFA Society New York is now the largest CFA member society in the world.  In 2017, on behalf of CFA Society New York, Dagen was pleased to receive two prestigious, global awards from CFA Institute:

(1) Strategic Initiatives: Delivering Member Value

(2) Research Foundation Society Award: Events and Activities

Working closely with volunteers, in late 2015, Dagen facilitated the launch of the Asset Owner Series®®, a collection of exclusive events for investment industry executives seeking to improve their asset management strategies and advance market knowledge with the guidance of some of the most experienced minds CFA Society New York has to offer.  In 2017, Dagen nominated Thomas Brigandi—whom spearheaded the Asset Owner Series®®—for CFA Institute’s Inaugural Global Outstanding Young Leader award, an award with which Brigandi was ultimately honored to be bestowed.

Prior to his position as CEO, Dagen served for three years as a volunteer on the society’s Board of Directors. As Board Secretary, he helped launch and implement several governance reforms, resulting in a restructuring of the society’s strategic plan and overall operational focus. Dagen previously served as Chair of the society’s Membership Committee and earned the Volunteer of the Year award in 2011.

Preceding this, Dagen served ultra-high net worth and high net worth clients globally for over twenty years with companies such as Lehman Brothers, Gruntal & Co, Sands Brothers, Laidlaw & Co, Ltd., MassMutual and Northwestern Mutual, where he was one of the leading producers in the country.  He specialized in the use of options and other tools to reduce risk and increase diversification for families with concentrated wealth. He graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in economics.

Karen E. Boroff, PhD Seton Hall University 2012-2015

Karen E. Boroff, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Management at the Stillman School of Business. Previously, she was on a one-year assignment as a visiting professor at the United States Military Academy. She was also the dean of Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business from 2000 to 2010. Under her leadership, the school was recently reaccredited by the premier accrediting agency of business schools, the AACSB, and was also awarded the prestigious accounting accreditation. She initiated the development of a code of conduct for the Stillman School, as well as a lecture series focused on integrity in business practice. During her tenure, the school opened its Trading Room, Seton Hall Sports Polling Center, and Entrepreneurship Center. The school tremendously increased its international outreach, especially with excellent colleges in China. The school has earned national distinctions for its undergraduate and graduate programs, as cited in such rankings as Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, US News and World Report, Entrepreneurship 2.0, and the Princeton Review. In January 2008, the school earned the Council on Higher Education Accreditations award on Institutional Outcomes Assessment. Boroff earned a PhD in business from Columbia University, an MBA from Lehigh University and a BS in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.

*Richard G. Campbell 1937-38 *Richard B. Jones 1938-39 *Eugene J. Habas 1939-40 *Howard F. Vultree 1940-41 *Marshall Dunn 1941-42 *Wm. Hamilton Swartz, CFA 1942-43 *Lucien O. Hooper, CFA 1943-44 *Charles Tatham Jr. 1944-45 *N. Leonard Jarvis 1945-46 *Pierre R. Bretey 1946-47 *Shelby C. Davis, CFA 1947-48 *Glenelg P. Caterer, CFA 1948-49 Joseph M. Galanis, CFA 1949-50 *John W. Spurdle 1950-51 Jeremy C. Jenks, CFA 1951-52 *Marvin Chandler 1952-53 *Sidney B. Lurie 1953-54 *William R. White 1954-55 *Nathan Bowen 1955-56 *W. Sturgis Macomber 1956-57 Nicholas E. Crane 1957-58 *Ralph A. Rotnem, CFA 1958-59 Lawrence R. Kahn 1959-60 Edward S. Wilson 1960-61 Donald B. Macurda 1961-62 *Edward R. Holt 1962-63 *Gerald L. Wilstead 1963-64 *Thomas H. Lenagh, CFA 1964-65 *Todd G. Alexander 1965-66 Raymond W. Hammell, CFA 1966-67 *Jane L. Brett 1967-68 Sidney R. Winters 1968-69 Philip E. Albrecht, CFA 1969-70 Robert D. MacMurdy, CFA 1970-71 Stanley A. Nabi, CFA 1971-72 David Norr, CFA, CPA 1972-73 Peter J. DeAngelis, CFA 1973-74 Arthur K. Carlson 1974-75 Herbert E. Goodfriend 1975-76 Dave H. Williams, CFA 1976-77 John S. Chalsty 1977-78 Gary J. Burkhead, CFA 1978-79 H. Kent Atkins, CFA 1979-80 Leon G. Cooperman, CFA 1980-81 Hilton McCrea Jervey, CFA 1981-82 *J. Kendrick Noble Jr., CFA 1982-83 Robert G. Heisterberg, CFA 1983-84 Bernadette B. Murphy, CMT 1984-85 Charles S. Comer, CMT 1985-86 Robert W. Radsch, CFA 1986-87 John J. McCabe 1987-88 A. William Bodine 1988-89 Andrew Gray III 1989-90 Everett G. Titus III 1990-91 Guy G. Rutherfurd Jr., CFA 1991-92 George E. Austin., CFA 1992-93 A. Michael Lipper., CFA 1993-94 *Penelope O. Adelmann, CFA 1994-95 *William A. Hayes 1995-97 Vincent C. Catalano 1997-99 John J. McCabe 1999-01 Jeffrey L. Evans 2001-03 Dodge O. Dorland, CMT 2003-07 Jan Jackrel, CFA 2007-09 Nanci D. Morris, CFA 2009-11 Kathy A. O’Connor, CFA 2011-13 Mark Ukrainskyj 2013-2015 Alex Urdea 2015

*Deceased

Board Job Descriptions

Nominations Committee

Meeting Minutes