Executive Committee 2017 – For Voting

Judy Arteche-Carr
Chairperson Emeritus
Judy Arteche-Carr, Chairperson, Society for Information Management (SIM), New York and SIM International’s Management Council VP for Partner Relations. Judy Arteche-Carr is the CEO and Managing Director of Arteche Global Group. She is a strategic advisor to global companies, CXOs and governments focused on business strategies, global sourcing and risk. Judy has worked with management teams in the transformation of organizations, business alignment to information technology, financial and security management. Previously, she worked at Children’s Television Workshop (Sesame Street), Salomon Brothers (Citigroup), JP Morgan (JPM Chase), Electronic Data Systems (HP) and Unisys. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of CIO Without Borders, HIC Alumni International, Philippine BPO/IT Council and Womensphere. Judy has received several awards for leadership, notably one of the Fifty Influential Asian Americans in Business and 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World. Periodically, Judy is an adjunct professor at Fordham University, New York and a frequent speaker at global conferences in Europe and Asia. She has a B.A. Communications degree from the University of St Tomas, Manila and an MBA in Finance from (NYU) Stern School of Business, New York. CEO, Arteche Global Group 154 East 65 St, New York, NY 10065 Phone: 917 826 1467 Email: jartechecarr@nysim.org
Kurt Brungardt
Kurt Brungardt is currently the Managing Partner at Swifte, a private equity firm that he founded in 2015. Swifte invests equity capital in small and medium sized businesses with revenues of $500k – $100mm. Swifte’s fundamental mandate is to help portfolio company owners, board, and management teams accelerate growth, increase profitability and create new value for both owners and employees. Prior to his role at Swifte, Kurt served as Chief Information Officer and Managing Director for more than 14 years at MSD Capital, L.P., the New York-based private investment firm managing Michael Dell and his family’s fortune. During his more than 14 years at MSD Capital, Kurt worked with both investment and operations teams to enable MSD Capital’s growth to $15 billion in assets under management, while designing and implementing the business process and systems needed by MSD to manage, mine and share its proprietary research. Prior to MSD Capital, Mr. Brungardt spent 12 years in business operations and project roles at Digital Power Networks and General Dynamics Electric Boat Division. Mr. Brungardt co-founded the Hedge Fund Technology Group (HFTG), and currently serves as President of the New York chapter of the Society for Information Management. Kurt is also a mentor for Columbia University’s Executive Master of Science in Technology Management Program. Mr. Brungardt holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology and is a member of the Aji Network’s Business Professionals program. Email: kbrungardt@nysim.org
Erik Tomasi
Erik Tomasi is the Chief Operating Officer for DTG Consulting Solutions where he leads the firm’s technology consulting practice. Erik, through DTG and his consulting firm, EMT Consulting, also advises clients in various industries on Information Security, Technology Strategy, and Emerging Technologies.Prior to joining DTG, Erik was VP of Information Services and Head of Americas IT for luxury retailer Hermès. He is also the former CIO for White Mountains Re Services a global Bermuda based Reinsurance Company. As an IT leader Erik has restructured technology departments to be less reactive and operations oriented, and instead focus on economically addressing business needs. This included deploying robust business intelligence solutions, ubiquitous cloud services, high speed redundant networks, and resilient disaster recovery. He has managed numerous security initiatives to ensure famous client data was protected and complex catastrophe modeling systems were easily accessible but extremely secure.Erik was the cofounder and President of eHire, Inc. an online technology recruiting and placement firm. He was also the Director of Technical Services for ManTech Computer Services, before ManTech and its parent company, Manchester Technologies, were sold to ePlus. Earlier in his career, Erik worked for Price Waterhouse as a Management Consultant and Chase as an IT Vice President. He began his profession at IBM where he provided technology consulting to clients in the Insurance and Financial Services sectors.Erik is affiliated with Baruch College as an Adjunct Professor where he has instructed courses in Information Technology and Information Security. He is also a member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and serves on the Advisory Board for several emerging technology and service companies. Erik holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from New York University, and a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of NYU. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).Chief Operating Officer DTG Consulting Solutions 253 West 35th Street New York, NY 10001
Jim Carey
Jim Carey is an Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase & Co, responsible for driving technology solutions within Corporate Systems. While Engagement Director to Credit-Suisse he spearheaded a number of large transformational programs inclusive of a new Global Securities master, a re-engineered Client Onboarding experience, and the technology enablement of a new Prime Services legal entity. As SIO of a corporate systems Finance & Accounting group at AIG he oversaw efforts during the financial crisis in support of global Budgeting & Planning, Financial Reporting, Legal Restructuring, and Divestitures. Before Wall Street, Mr. Carey enjoyed a ten year management consultancy tenure at Computec, Ernst & Young, and James Martin & Company where he interfaced with many Fortune 1000 executives, provided exceptional value, and assumed significant roles at clients. Jim started his career at the Aetna Insurance company as a member of a multi-year IT management program that afforded an unparalleled exposure to executives, business, and technology. Twenty plus years later, Mr. Carey remains passionate about use of technology as an enabler for business outcomes and enjoys leading such transformational programs. Mr. Carey holds a Computer Science degree from Syracuse University and a MBA from the University of Hartford. Jim resides in Bergen county NJ with his wife and two children.
Cindy Finkleman
CO-VP Programs
Cindy Finkelman is the CIO at FactSet Research Systems, responsible for driving technology strategy and solution delivery for all internal business processes, as well as oversight of quality assurance for the Product and the Company’s project management office. In this capacity, Cindy works in partnership with senior business leaders to drive technology enabled business transformation programs aimed at building scale in critical business functions. Prior to joining FactSet, Cindy was the VP and Business Unit CIO of New York Life Insurance Company. Previously, Cindy was the head of Global Operations& Systems for HR at Alico where she was hired to build a world class infrastructure and service delivery capability in preparation for an IPO of the unit from AIG. Cindy has also held leadership positions at Merrill Lynch, Marsh & McLennan, Prudential, Booz Allan & Hamilton and MetLife in IT strategy, application & infrastructure management. Cindy’s passion is for people development; she has sponsored various mentoring programs and held key leadership roles in various Women in Technology initiatives. Cindy has an MBA from New York University in Corporate Strategy & Entrepreneurship, and a BS from the State University of NY at Albany. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Hearts of Gold, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to break the cycle of homelessness among mothers and children in the shelter system. Cindy resides in New York City with her husband, two children and their dog.
Risè Jacobs
CO-VP Programs
Risé Jacobs is the Senior Vice President & CTO at Astoria Bank and is responsible for collaborating with business leaders to design and deliver IT services to the Bank. She has been in Information Technology for over 20 years and has received industry recognition including the Diamond Award from LISTnet for her achievements and leadership in technology, the Best Practices award by the Technology Managers Forum and an Individual Performance Award from the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP). Ms. Jacobs is on the membership committee of the Wall Street Technology Association and the Board of the LI/NYC chapter of the AITP. She has presented to organizations including the AITP, 451 Research, the HMG CIO Network and the Technology Managers Forum. Ms. Jacobs has an MBA from Baruch College and holds several certifications, including Certified in Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and the CISSP. Ms. Jacobs has recently been accepted into the Leadership Foundry and will achieve her Board Leadership Fellowship certification by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) upon completion of the program.
Sunil Notani
CO-VP Marketing
Sunil Notani is AVP of Big Data, Cloud & PMO at JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) which is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research having contributed over $2B since its inception. He is an accomplished business and technology executive with two-plus decades of transformation and turnaround experience in Fortune Global 500 (Oracle, FedEx, Lufthansa) and high-growth multinationals (Hyperion, IDS Scheer, Singapore Airlines). Currently, he leads the digital transformation of the enterprise from disparate systems to the cloud at JDRF. He is a technology influencer with experience serving on the customer advisory boards of several leading cloud software companies to influence their product strategy and direction. Prior to JDRF, Sunil had a distinguished career in the high tech industry. At Oracle Corporation, he led the global implementation of CRM that enabled the business to increase revenues by transforming all the sales, marketing and partner relationship processes. Prior to Oracle, he was at Hyperion Solutions where he led several business process optimization initiatives which contributed to increased revenue growth during an economic slowdown and acquisition by Oracle in 2007. Sunil holds an Executive Master of Science in Technology Management from Columbia University; and a MBA majoring in Marketing; and a Bachelor’s degree with concentrations in Business Management, Computer Systems & French from the University of Bombay, India.
Clarice Kennedy
CO-VP Marketing
Clarice Kennedy is a Senior Director at RGP, a publicly traded global consulting firm (NASDAQ: RECN) providing strategy and execution for Fortune 500 companies across many industries. www.rgp.com With more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry, Clarice brings a wealth of experience to her current role, driving the strategic development of RGP’s Information Management practice, specifically in the areas of IT governance, business process transformation and program/project management. Clarice began her career as a systems programmer and supported European traders at Security Pacific Bank, now Bank of America. Recognizing the emerging demand for technology services as North American companies began using computers enterprise-wide, the entrepreneurial 24-year-old founded CCN, Inc., a technology consulting firm. As CCN’s Chief Executive Officer for over two decades, she guided the company’s growth and expansion into a full-service provider of technology services and talent management solutions for some of the world’s leading companies. Clarice has served as Chairman of the Board for Dress for Success, a global non-profit organization that empowers women transitioning back into the workforce. She is a mentor for Columbia University’s Executive Technology Management program. Clarice holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems Management from Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York. She lives in New York with her husband and her three greatest accomplishments – her children, Dylan, Connor and Aidan. Email: ckennedy@nysim.org
Christian Kulczytzky
VP Membership
Christian Kulczytzky is the vice president for Enterprise Systems at S & P Global (formerly McGraw Hill Financial), a high-growth, high-margin benchmarks, content and analytics company in the global capital and commodities markets. He is responsible for providing technology leadership and strategic direction for the corporate application portfolio. His leadership helps ensure that the company’s technology approach provides competitive advantage, predictable service at a competitive cost point, meets rapidly changing business requirements and positions McGraw Hill Financial for sustainable, long-term success.Chris manages technology resources for all corporate groups, including Finance, Human Resources, Communications, Global Manufacturing & Procurement, Corporate Affairs, Risk Management and Legal. He works closely with corporate leaders to ensure technology alignment and with technology teams to drive critical initiatives, adoption of common platforms and development methodologies, and the implementation of performance metrics. To accomplish this, he leads a diverse world-wide team of staff, contractors and vendors.Prior to serving in his current role, Chris developed his broad global technology and management expertise for more than a decade in various roles within The McGraw-Hill Companies. As a vice president, Financial Technology Services, he was responsible for a multi-year global transformation initiative. He previously served as a senior director in the Finance and Administration PMO, an Information Technology Manager, a Financial Systems Consultant and an Information Technology Audit Manager.
Joe Plasencia
VP National Programs
Joe Plasencia is President & CEO of Knightsbridge Technology Group, an information technology and management consulting services company. Mr. Plasencia is responsible for managing the company, formulating and executing long-term strategies, and interacting with clients, employees, and other stakeholders. A proven technology leader with deep expertise in developing strong customer relationships, a passion for building outstanding client solutions and a disciplined focus on operations and execution. In his 25-year career, Mr. Plasencia has held a wide variety of information leadership positions across key parts of reinsurance/insurance and financial businesses. Prior to founding Knightsbridge Technology Group, Mr. Plasencia was the Chief Information Officer and a Senior Vice President at Platinum Underwriters Holdings, a global reinsurance company based in Bermuda. Platinum, was created in 2002 via a successful initial public offering (IPO). Mr. Plasencia was a member of company’s Pre and Post IPO management team. At Platinum, he created and ran a nimble, entrepreneurial, responsive, forward looking and cost effective information technology environment. Platinum had a successful 12 year track record of delivering value to shareholders prior to being acquired at a premium by Renaissance Reinsurance in early 2015. From 1992 to 2002, Mr. Plasencia held the position of Technology Vice President at St. Paul Re, a division of Travelers. At St. Paul Re/Travelers, he was a key member of the management team that grew the company via acquisitions and organic growth from a primarily US based Company to a $1.250 billion Global Reinsurer. Mr. Plasencia serves on the Board of the Society for Information Management (SIMNY) where he is Vice President of SIMNY’s National Programs Committee. He is also member of the CIO Executive Summit Governing Body, and serves on the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Information Technology Advisory Group
Ric Barnes
VP Membership Retention
Ric’s story is unique, in that, he has spent his entire adult career of 32 years at S&P Global (formerly McGraw Hill Financial). He worked in many management positions before moving into IT as a Database Administrator. He moved through the ranks and currently is in charge of Database Engineering within Enterprise Systems. He has gained invaluable knowledge by working in every division of S&P Global over the years . He was a 2011 graduate of the Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) in the NY Metro area and has been a member of the NY Metro Chapter of Society for Information Management. He enjoys being a technologist and the challenges this industry brings. He has a B.S. Business Administration degree from the Whittemore School of Business at the University of New Hampshire.
Rashimi Jain
VP Academic Affairs
Dr. Rashmi Jain is currently Professor and Chair, Department of Information Management and Business Analytics at the Feliciano School of Business at Montclair State University. She has extensive experience of teaching, advising, and training graduate and under graduate students and senior executives both in the U.S. and overseas at businesses, government agencies, and academic institutions. Some of these are Defense Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) Singapore, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) USA, US Department of Defence, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, IBM, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) etc. Dr. Jain’s research and teaching interests are systems architecture and design, systems integration, business analytics, and technology management. Prior to joining academia she was at Accenture consulting for Fortune 100 companies in energy, telecom, utilities and financial services sectors. She holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, USA. Dr. Jain is on the editorial boards of several international journals and is on the technical program committees of various international conferences. Dr. Jain is visiting professor to the Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University, Japan. She has conducted invited lecture internationally at Keio University and Shibaura Institute of Technology in Japan, Overseas Chinese Institute of Technology (OCIT) in Taiwan, and Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, among others. For more information please visit http://business.montclair.edu/directory/jainra.
William A. Tanenbaum
VP Arrangements/Planning
William A. Tanenbaum is an IT, IP, data and cyber attorney and the Co-Head of Technology Transactions at the law firm of Arent Fox LLP. Bill was named to the inaugural edition of Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2017. Membership is limited to “those who truly stand out in their field as leaders and trailblazers, and who are held in high esteem by their clients and fellow practitioners.” Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business ranks Bill as one of only five lawyers in Band One in Technology & Outsourcing in New York, in Band Two nationally, and as a Leading Outsourcing Lawyer in its global edition. Legal500 names him as a “Leading Authority” on Technology & Outsourcing. He is recognized as an “IP Star,” as a “Life Science Star,” and as one of the “Clean Tech 100” (by Managing IP Handbook 2016, LMG Life Science Guide 2016, and LMG Clean Technology and Renewable Energy Guide). Bill is relied on for his resourcefulness in resolving IT disputes based on his “truly impressive array of technology law expertise” (World’s 250 Leading Patent and Technology Lawyers), and he was appointed to the 2016 peer-vetted “List of the World’s Leading Technology Neutrals.” The List is administered by the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center. Bill serves both as a client advocate and as an arbitrator in technology disputes. Clients endorse Bill as “a brilliant lawyer. I cannot imagine working with anyone else;” “tremendous advocate;” “brings extremely high integrity, a deep intellect, fearlessness and a practical, real-world mindset to every problem;” “efficient, solution-driven and makes excellent judgment calls” (Chambers); “one of the best IP lawyers I have worked with” and “knows exactly how to get a deal done” (Clean Tech 100 and Who’s Who Legal). Legal500 says he is “a leading authority on…data security [and] privacy;” and “has particular expertise in cloud computing, Big Data, social media [and] mobile computing.” Bill graduated from Brown University (Phi Beta Kappa) and Cornell Law School. William A. Tanenbaum Arent Fox LLP 1675 Broadway, New York, NY 10019 212-484-3985 Email: william.tanenbaum@arentfox.com
Daniel Gorecki
VP Technology
Daniel Gorecki is Senior Director, Head of Information Technology at Intercept Pharmaceuticals, a bio-pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat chronic liver diseases. Dan has Chief Information Officer (CIO) responsibility and is responsible for partnering with business leaders to develop and deliver the firm’s technology strategy of a rapidly growing global company. Before joining Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Dan was Infrastructure Team Manager at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, one of the largest institutional alternative asset managers globally. At Och-Ziff Dan was focused on design and implementation of the underlying technologies that run all of the firm’s applications, including global Business Continuity Plan. Dan holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dan is a graduate of the Regional Leadership Forum (RLF) from New York Metro 2015. Dan joined SIM’s Management Council in 2015 as Co-Technology chair to help develop synergy between national and local chapters’ technology needs. Email: dgorecki@nysim.org