Speaker Bios

Laurie Brignac, Invesco

Laurie Brignac, Chief Investment Officer, Head of Invesco Global Liquidity

Laurie Brignac is Chief Investment Officer and Head of Invesco’s Global Liquidity business, responsible for providing senior management oversight of Invesco’s liquidity products in the US, EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) and Asia Pacific regions. Ms. Brignac has been in the investment business since 1989. She joined Invesco in 1992 as a money market trader, and was promoted to investment officer in 1994 and senior portfolio manager in 2002. Her duties have expanded to include all forms of short-term fixed income products, including money market and short-duration funds. Ms. Brignac has served as a member of the Tri-Party Repo Infrastructure Reform Task Force and participates in various industry committees, both in the US and globally. Prior to joining Invesco, Ms. Brignac was a sales assistant for HSBC Securities Inc. She began her career as a money market trader responsible for managing the Federal Reserve position at Premier Bank in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ms. Brignac earned a BS degree in accounting from Louisiana State University. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) charterholder and holds the Series 7, 63 and 79 registrations.

Joanne Crisafi, Tradeweb
Joanne Crisafi, Tradeweb

Joanne Crisafi, Managing Director, Money Markets & Repo, Tradeweb

Joanne Crisafi is a Managing Director at Tradeweb, overseeing all Institutional Money Market and Repo products. She manages key relationships with major buy and sell-side market participants and was an integral part of the Tradeweb team that helped develop and launch the firm’s bilateral repo platform in the U.S. in 2017. Prior to joining Tradeweb in 2011, Joanne spent more than 15 years at Citigroup. She was Managing Director on the Finance Desk assuming responsibility for Structured Finance and MBS products at the firm. Joanne holds FINRA Series 3, 7, and 63 licenses.

Robert Dias, Scotiabank

Robert Dias, Managing Director, Global Head of Collateral Management & Funding (CMF), Scotiabank

As Global Head of CMF, Rob is responsible for Client Financing Solutions, Secured Funding and Collateral Optimization, Short Duration Trading, and Financial Resource Management across Global Banking & Markets (GBM) at Scotiabank. Rob joined Scotiabank in 2014 to help build and manage the newly created CMF business focused on expanding client financing capabilities, funding and liquidity, collateral optimization, and balance sheet management across GBM. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Rob was a Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, responsible for the Securities Lending & Equity Finance Trading business in Canada. Previously, Rob was a Vice President within Prime Brokerage at Goldman Sachs in New York. Rob holds a MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and an Honour’s BA from Western University. Rob is actively involved in the Scotiabank Women Initiative (SWI), and also a member of the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) Repo Committee.

Josh Galper, MBA
Josh Galper, Finadium

Josh Galper, Managing Principal, Finadium

Josh Galper is the lead for Finadium’s research and consulting practice with an expertise in institutional investments, treasury and financing. Josh has conducted numerous consulting assignments for banks, asset holders, CCPs and technology companies, and is the author of over 60 industry reports as part of the Finadium research subscription. He also writes for Finadium’s online and hard copy magazine, Securities Finance Monitor. Josh has been quoted in most industry publications covering hedge funds, securities finance, collateral management and financial markets. He holds an MBA in Financial Engineering from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Glenn Havlicek, GLMX

Glenn Havlicek, CEO and Co-Founder, GLMX

Glenn is a 22-year veteran of JP Morgan Chase where he served as Managing Director responsible for Global Liquidity Management and as Chair of the Liquidity Risk Committee. His responsibilities within the Global Treasury Division included oversight of all debt issuance for JP Morgan Chase and its subsidiaries; development and implementation of the Bank’s asset and liability management process; and establishment of the Bank’s liquidity risk policies. Glenn holds an AB/Economics from Dartmouth College.

Todd Hodgin, Transcend

Todd Hodgin, Senior Advisor, Transcend

Todd Hodgin is a seasoned corporate leader with demonstrated success leading business development, company-wide transformation, and organizational redesign. Mr. Hodgin currently serves as Senior Advisor to Transcend, a technology company dedicated to helping financial institutions optimize and automate the use of liquidity, funding, and collateral. In this role, Mr. Hodgin is responsible for leading Transcend’s product, market and growth strategies.

Prior to joining Transcend, Mr. Hodgin led a 15+ year career at Wells Fargo, most recently serving as Executive Vice President of Enterprise Business Process Management & Operational Design. Mr. Hodgin has been called upon to lead multiple board and operating committee imperatives and successfully implemented transformational enterprise-level initiatives. During his tenure, he led a variety of risk management organizations and initiatives that addressed credit, operational, compliance, liquidity and market risk. Mr. Hodgin delivered continuous industry innovation highlighted by leading the development of the first US bank resolution plan that defined how to unwind a failing financial institution.

Mr. Hodgin is a 1996 Cum Laude graduate of Virginia Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Management Science and Information Technology and a 2003 Master in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Travis Keltner, State Street

Travis Keltner, Managing Director, Head of Financing and Analytics, State Street

Travis Keltner is the head of Financing and Analytics for State Street Global Market’s (SSGM) Funding and Collateral team. This role includes product and trading oversight of all bank principal secured funding trading activities, with primary focus on the client activities related to sponsored member and peer-to-peer repo programs. Travis also oversees proprietary funding, collateral optimization and analytics, as well as development and implementation of business strategies and trade structures. Travis previously played an integral management role as a member of State Street’s Treasury Liquidity Risk team, overseeing collateral management strategies and implementing liquidity requirements such as the Basel III Liquidity Coverage Ratio, parallel to driving the bank’s liquidity and funding and balance sheet strategy. Prior to this, Travis worked in funding roles supporting Treasury’s function in Sydney, Australia, where he traded foreign exchange and managed the branch’s funding and liquidity position over three years. Travis started his career at State Street and has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Boston College.

Laura Klimpel, DTCC

Laura Klimpel, General Manager of Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (FICC) & Head of SIFMU Business Development, DTCC

Laura Klimpel serves as General Manager of DTCC’s Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (FICC) and as Head of SIFMU Business Development at the firm. Within these roles, Laura focuses on expanding FICC’s clearance and settlement services to a broader array of market participants, as well as enhancing FICC’s existing service offerings to further reduce risk and provide optimal capital and operational efficiencies to member firms. Laura also supports the development and implementation of the overall strategy and prioritization of SIFMU initiatives, working with cross-functional teams and industry partners to develop strategies for building new products and services that mitigate risk, create market efficiencies and reduce costs. Prior to her current role, Laura was General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at New York Portfolio Clearing, LLC (NYPC) for four years. During this time, she led the effort to obtain registration as a derivatives clearing organization (DCO) and approvals for the “one-pot” cross-margining of interest rate futures cleared by NYPC with fixed income cash instruments. She also drafted and reviewed rules, policies and procedures for compliance with various regulations. Before that, Laura spent three years at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, focusing primarily on US commodities and derivatives regulation, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Laura received her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Truman State University in 1999 and her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Cornell University in 2007. She is a member of the New York Bar.

Kieran Lynch, BNY Mellon

Kieran Lynch, Managing Director, Principal Securities Finance, BNY Mellon

Kieran is Managing Director and a senior member of BNY Mellon’s Principal Securities Finance business, including sponsored repo and secured lending. Kieran has 30 years of experience holding senior positions in a multitude of functions, including sales, trading, collateral financing, asset/liability management and structured finance across global fixed income. Before joining BNY Mellon, Kieran spent 20 years at UBS as a Managing Director. Previous responsibilities at UBS included Global Head of Short-Duration Sales for institutional clients as well as Supervisory Head of Cash and Collateral Trading. Kieran began his career at Bear Stearns trading Mortgage Backed Securities. Kieran received a B.S. in Finance from Manhattan College.

Victor O’Laughlen, BNY Mellon

Victor O’Laughlen, MD, Digital Business Leader, Clearance and Collateral Management, BNY Mellon

Victor O’Laughlen is the Digital Business Leader for the Clearance and Collateral Management (CCM) group and is responsible for delivering the digital strategy that supports Government Securities Services (GSS)’s Fed-eligible securities clearance, U.S. Tri-party Repo as well as the Global Collateral Management products and services. Mr. O’Laughlen is a Managing Director and sits on Clearance & Collateral Management’s Executive Committee, BNY Mellon’s Digital Council & Digital Assets Steerco. He is also the executive co-chair of GENEDGE, the bank’s largest employee resource group that focuses on improving intergenerational collaboration and learning.

Saverio Costa, Natixis

Saverio Costa, Executive Director, Head of the US Securities Optimization team, Natixis

Saverio is the head of the Americas Securities Optimization team, which is responsible for all securities lending, collateral management, and single stock / basket swap derivative trading activity. His team is responsible for the collateral optimization, liquidity, and scare resources management.
Saverio joined the bank in 2010. He has held previous roles over his career at Cantor Fitzgerald and JP Morgan in the securities lending and equity financing businesses. He received his BA from the University of Hartford.

Colleen Stapleton, MarketAxess

Colleen Stapleton, Business Development – US Lead, MarketAxess Post-Trade

Colleen Stapleton is the US Lead of Business Development for MarketAxess Post-Trade. Colleen actively works with new and existing clients to improve their Post-Trade repo automation, as well as works to develop innovative and creative ways to address client’s needs. Prior to joining MarketAxess she spent 13 years at JPMorgan where she held many roles across the Fixed Income Markets Middle Office. Most recently, she was Vice President of Client Strategic Initiatives where she focused on improving the client experience for many of JPMorgan’s largest Investment Manager clients. Colleen graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in Political Science and Business Administration. She also competed as NCAA Division I Cross Country/Track & Field athlete. Her passion for racing continues today as she tries to keep up with her three small children, Augustus, Hazel and Ellis.

Robert Zekraus, Pirum

Robert Zekraus, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Americas, Pirum

Robert “Bob” Zekraus joined Pirum in May 2021 as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Americas. Based in New York, Bob is responsible for leading Pirum’s geographic expansion and America’s strategy focusing on business development, relationship management, and innovation. Bob has over 20 years of experience in Capital Markets working at leading global financial institutions. Prior to joining Pirum, Bob was Managing Director and Global Head of Prime Services Client Capital Management & Funding at Scotiabank. This mandate focused on managing the asset and liability profile, client pricing and risk, and strategic deployment and oversight of scarce financial resources for secured funding products. In addition, Bob and his team worked on developing customer-focused financing solutions that align with the risk appetite, liquidity, capital, and balance sheet strategies for the firm. Bob served on the Board of Directors for Scotia Capital (USA) Inc. and was a member of the Prime Services Executive Management team, New Business Governance Committee and other leadership forums, including being a mentor in the bank’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, and senior advisor/super champion to the U.S. Green Employee Resources Group which promotes environmental, sustainability and climate awareness. Bob formerly served on BNY Mellon’s Government Securities Services Corp. Client Advisory Board and is widely recognized across the industry as a frequent speaker at major industry conferences, events and symposiums.
Bob has also worked as a strategic advisor at Equilend where he helped with the development and initial launch of a market viable product for Next Generation Trading (NGT) platform. Before Equilend, Bob was at Barclays where he was a member of the Global Equity Finance Management team. He held various senior leadership roles in prime brokerage, equity finance trading, collateral management and funding, and financing sales. He was part of the original team that established the Collateral Finance Group at the firm in 1999. Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Management from Cortland College.

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