Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Ellen Gentile

Data Quality Lead

Edward Jones

Ellen Gentile is the data quality lead for Edward Jones. Ellen has over 20 years of experience in the financial services sector and has worked in various capacities for companies such as Cowan & Company, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Banc of America Securities and Pershing, LLC. 

Prior to managing SMBC's data quality, Ellen championed the use of qualified data as a core enterprise resource supporting decision makers. To best deliver and monitor quality of service and information, Ellen established and set enterprise standards through operational quality scorecard products at Pershing, LLC. The quality based products she managed provided the much needed insight and transparency clients require to manage and grow their businesses.



Julia Bardmesser

Digital Transformation Executive, Board Member and Advisor

Julia Bardmesser is a technology, architecture, and data strategy executive with expertise in the financial services industry.

Most recently, at Voya Financial Julia served as Senior Vice President, Head of Data, Architecture and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Technology. In her role Julia led Voya’s data, cloud, and analytics transformation by leveraging enterprise data and technology capabilities. These capabilities enabled innovation, agility, and speed to market by reducing friction and delivering key insights from proprietary data.

Julia has more than twenty years of experience in cross-platform solution delivery in the financial industry, architecture, data management, and data governance. Prior to joining Voya Julia was a Global Head of Data Integration at Deutsche Bank, where she led the implementation of global metadata management platform that enabled data lineage and robust front to back data quality measurement. She also held various leadership positions at Citi, FINRA, Freddie Mac, Thomson Financial Services, Bear Stearns, and Bloomberg L.P.

Julia sits on the Board of Directors for two technology startups, The Medici Project and Polymer and is also a founding member of Women Leaders in Data and Artificial Intelligence (WLDA). 

She is a sought-after speaker and mentor, and she has received industry recognition for expertise in her field. Julia has received 2022 Changemaker in AI award from Women Leaders in Data and AI; she been named to CDO Magazine’s List of Global Data Power Women for three-consecutive years (2020-2022); named to the Top 150 Business Transformation Leaders by Constellation Research in 2019; and was recognized as the Best Data Management Practitioner by A-Team Data Management Insight in 2017.

Julia holds a Master of Arts in Economics from the New York University.

Dessa Glasser

Board member

Oppenheimer Holdings

Dessa advises clients in the areas of data, analytics and risk. She has a 25-year proven track record successfully designing and executing global innovative solutions, often influencing a Board or Operating Committee. She built the Chief Data Office for JPMorgan Chase Asset Management, serving as the first CDO, and initiated the Capital Stress Testing Analytics team for JPMorgan Chase. She was Deputy Director of the Office of Financial Research (US Treasury), responsible for data, international standards (including the Legal Entity Identifier, LEI), analytics and technology and building the Office. As the first CRO, she launched the Chief Risk Office for Bunge. Dessa has held senior positions at Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch, IBM and KPMG. She began her career teaching finance at Rutgers University. Dessa has a Ph. D. and MA in Economics from Fordham University and serves on the advisory Board of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She has a BS in Business from Fairleigh Dickinson University and was co-president of the Women's Bond Club of NY.

Laura Bertarelli Hamilton

Managing director - global head of treasury technology

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Laura Hamilton is Managing Director, Global Head of Corporate Treasury Technology and Financial Forecasting Technology at Bank of America. Prior to joining the bank in 2017, Laura was the Chief Information Officer for Enterprise Stress Testing Technology, Global head of Compliance Technology, America’s Head of Risk Technology at Deutsche Bank. Laura spent twenty years in various roles across J.P. Morgan where she was Chief Technology Officer delivering global enterprise business initiatives and industry-leading technology programs within Corporate and Investment Banking (Global Markets). Other experiences include the launch of technology innovations for eCommerce platforms for brands such as Nike, Estee Lauder and Best Buy.

Laura has extensive experience setting technology strategy and delivering business value through innovative and cost effective technology across various roles including: Line of Business IT Development, IT Infrastructure, Risk & Control, Chief Data Office/Data Architecture, Financial Crime Compliance, Technical Architecture, Regulatory Reporting, Corporate Treasury (Capital, Liquidity, Funding, Market Access). Laura’s experience spans Lines of Business including Global Markets, Commercial/Business Banking, Wealth Management, and Consumer Retail. Laura evaluates emerging technology and design principles with an entrepreneurial spirit along with a mindset of controls, ongoing sustainability and reusability. Laura has successfully implemented programs leveraging Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics/Process Automation, Public Cloud, and Advanced Data Analytics. She has a proven track record for delivering collaboratively with Agile and Lean principles to focus on the highest business value. Multiple Patent applications.

Laura is a passionate technologist who enjoys helping individuals develop professionally in their careers, especially women in technical and applied STEM roles.

David Wright

Chief data officer, Data & Analytics Solutions

BNY Mellon

David Wright has led financial services and market data strategy across process, technology, and people to advance data management practices for nearly 20 years. Over his career, he has been surrounded by data, data analytics and system architecture which are the pinnacle to materializing proper enterprise data management and strategy. David is currently the Chief Data Officer for BNY Mellon, having previously led the data strategy for Commerzbank NA including alignment with the Enterprise Chief Data Office to improve data integrity, gain operating efficiencies, and transform data to enable insight. Prior to that David led a global team boosting the data governance ecosystem including the principal framework, data dictionaries, tools, and data integrity to enable strategic data management practices across all S&P Global Ratings key domains. And, while a part of JPMorgan Chase, David grew the Reference Data Chief Data Office as part of the developing enterprise CDO functions.  He also enabled data management strategy while leading enterprise finance initiatives including global ledger platform and functional consolidations including related corresponding logical and physical data model development.

Andrew Foster

Head of Data Governance – Americas

Deutsche Bank

Meaghan Muldoon

Global head of ESG integration


Meaghan Muldoon, Global Head of ESG Integration, leads the integration of ESG considerations across all active investment platforms at BlackRock. She most recently served as EMEA Head of Sustainable Investing, focused on identifying drivers of long-term return associated with environmental, social, and governance issues, integrating them throughout BlackRock's investment process, and creating solutions for our EMEA clients to achieve sustainable investment returns. Previously, Meaghan served as a Managing Director and Liaison to BlackRock's Board of Directors within the Corporate Strategy team, where she led the Board of Directors function and managed a range of complex strategic projects.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2016, Ms. Muldoon served for more than seven years as a fiscal and economic policy advisor in the Obama Administration. Most recently, she served as Counselor to the Treasury Secretary, coordinating the Department's fiscal, domestic, and economic policy efforts.

In previous roles, Ms. Muldoon served at the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Policy Advisor to the Chief of Staff, as Associate Director to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Bowles-Simpson Commission), and as a lead advisor to three Directors of the Office of Management and Budget.

Ms. Muldoon earned a Bachelor of Arts in government, cum laude, from Georgetown University, and a Master of Public Policy from Duke University.

Adrian Pearce

Group chief data officer

Credit Suisse

Takayoshi Wiesner

Executive director, global capital markets

Morgan Stanley

Scott Blandford

Chief Digital Officer


Scott Blandford has an extensive track record of successful large program delivery, user experience design, product launches and transformation efforts. He joined TIAA in 2010, bringing nearly 25 years of experience in innovative technology systems, financial services and executive leadership.

As Chief Digital Officer for TIAA, Mr. Blandford leads the firm's online, mobile and eBusiness automation program. In this position he is charged with taking the firm's self-service and automation capabilities to the next level-leading TIAA to a digital future where technology fully realizes the customer-focused mission of the company.

In his first four years with the firm, Mr. Blandford served as Chief Information Officer for the Retirement and Individual Services business, where he was responsible for all tiers of the retirement, insurance, education savings, brokerage, banking and wealth management platforms. In this function he led the strategy, design, delivery and ongoing operations for TIAA's client systems utilizing innovative, patent-pending technologies.

He also successfully launched new secure participant and plan sponsor websites-providing users with simple, modern and intuitive online experiences and a full 360-degree view of their financial lives. DALBAR, an industry group that rates web properties for financial services firms awarded this work with accolades: TIAA is DALBAR's #1 rated site for life insurance & annuities, #1 rated for plan sponsor retirement, #2 rated for mutual funds and #1 rated for participant retirement (as of 4Q15).
In addition, Mr. Blandford was responsible for a multi-year, ground-breaking re-imagining of the sales and service desktop experience, yielding substantially improved productivity and customer service in year one. TIAA is now delivering more, better capabilities to clients faster than ever before. For this work he was recognized as one of Wall Street & Technology's "Elite 8."

Prior to joining TIAA, Mr. Blandford served as Managing Director, Head of Online and Retirement Technology, at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for four years. During his tenure, he delivered the $150M rebuild of Merrill Lynch Online and served as a key thought leader in envisioning and delivering Merrill's next-generation integrated banking/brokerage web and mobile capabilities, Merrill Edge. Mr. Blandford was also the CTO for Merrill's Institutional Retirement business, running the technology that supports the retirement plans of some of the country's largest employers.

Before his time at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Blandford spent 11 years at Fidelity Investments, where he served as Senior Vice President for Fidelity eBusiness and was responsible for all of Fidelity's Total Retirement and Benefits Outsourcing web and mobile applications.

Mr. Blandford holds B.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from the University of Dayton.

Donna Rudnicki

Chief data officer

RBC Capital Markets

Donna Rudnicki, Managing Director, Head of Global Data Management at RBC Capital Markets is leading the implementation of RBC CM’s Data Strategy, establishing and operationalizing a data governance framework, and providing leadership to small and large scale projects that are serving to deliver on the business and data roadmaps.

Donna has spent twenty (25) years in progressively more senior technology roles, both as a consultant and in leadership roles with the last decade focused on leading Data and Information Management teams.  Prior to her current role at RBC Capital Markets, Donna led both IT Infrastructure and Data Management teams at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), developing both Technology and Data Strategies and executing a wide range of initiatives that supported the delivery against those.  Donna has had opportunities to speak at a number of data conferences in both Toronto, New York and London, won the Waters Technology EDM Professional of the Year in 2020 and advocates for data management through her role on the Board with the Enterprise Data Management Council (EDMC).  Donna also chairs the EDMC Women in Data group for the Americas.

Donna is passionate about making a difference in the community having previously chaired the Board for the Burlington Family Resource Center (BFRC), sat on the Board for the Reach Out Center for Kids (ROCK), participated in a leadership capacity for the United Way campaigns at both the CPPIB and RBC Capital Markets and has been a mentor in the Women in Capital Markets programme.  Donna is involved with The Salvation Army as part of the National Advisory Board and is most excited about the opportunities that lie ahead with this work.

Celine Le Cotonnec

Chief Data Officer


Celine Le Cotonnec is Chief Data Officer of AXA Insurance Singapore, handling Business Intelligence, Big Data/Analytics, and Innovation. Prior to AXA, she was Head of China connected services, digital marketing & mobility at car manufacturer, PSA Peugeot Citroen China where she lived for the past 12 years. She is currently leading the transformation projects within AXA Insurance Singapore on Data Science, Platform Architecture, Data Management and Business Intelligence as well as setting up partnerships with startups, fintech, and major tech companies to develop innovative insurance products and services for the sharing economy and new mobility.

Barry Raskin

Head of Data Practice


Barry has recently joined TickSmith Corp as its Head of Data Practice. TickSmith is a cloud-based data and commerce platform that transforms data distribution and monetization, making it possible for companies to easily package data products and launch private marketplaces. His role is to provide guidance to clients and prospects on the many aspects of data commercialization, such as licensing structure, to insure that TickSmith’s clients are successful in their new data businesses.

Prior to this position, he was the Managing Director of the Market Data Services practice for Jordan & Jordan (J&J), a New York-based consulting firm. He has extensive expertise in market and reference data across the securities industry. His in-depth market data experience and network relationships enable him to provide clients with a wide range of consultative services based on clients’ requirements. Among his achievements at J&J, he led a global implementation initiative for a multi-faceted messaging system for a large investment bank. Barry is the recipient of the 2017 FISD Lifetime Achievement Award.

Before he joined J&J, Barry spent 28 years as the Managing Director of the Americas for SIX Financial Information and performed a similar role at GBST, a financial software firm. Barry is a member of the Inside Market Data Hall of Fame and has been a frequent industry panelist and speaker at various venues across the globe. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Buffalo.

He currently resides in Oceanside, California with his wife, Pamela, and they have two adult sons. He enjoys golfing, biking and travel.