Managing Director and Chief Information Officer
Solus Alternative Asset ManagementMORE
Mr. Bleuel joined Solus Alternative Asset Management in 2016 as CIO. At Solus, Mr. Bleuel is responsible for the development and oversight of the firm’s applications and infrastructure. Mr. Bleuel has over 20 years of technology experience directly supporting the finance industry. Previously, Mr. Bleuel was CIO at Conatus Capital Management from 2008 to 2016. Prior to Conatus, Mr. Bleuel was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, where he developed and managed the Enterprise Infrastructure consulting group within the prime brokerage division. During his tenure, he acted in the capacity of virtual CTO for several hundred hedge funds. Mr. Bleuel focused on all aspects of technology, including but not limited to, designing high performance computing systems, assessing client infrastructure, utilizing best practice methods and developing business continuity plans. Previous, Mr. Bleuel was the Managing Director in charge of Eze Castle’s Integration New York tri-state region. He was also CTO for C. Blair Asset Management, a long-short equity technology-focused hedge fund. Mr. Bleuel graduated summa cum laude from Richmond University with a B.S. in Computer Science.
Chief Technology Officer
Pershing Square Capital ManagementMORE
Mr. Frayne joined Pershing Square Capital Management as their CTO in the spring of 2017. Prior to working at Pershing Square, Mr. Frayne was the CTO of TPG-Axon Capital for twelve years. He helped TPG-Axon quickly expand its operations in NYC, Hong King, Tokyo eventually London. Mr. Frayne also led TPG-Axon’s proprietary development and business analysis teams that ultimately built their best-in-class trading, risk and reconciliation platforms. Prior to working for TPG-Axon, Mr. Frayne was the Director of Technology at Claiborne Capital located in Greenwich, CT for over three years where he managed the firm’s technology buildout, day to day support and development. Prior to working for Claiborne, Mr. Frayne worked for Convergence Asset Management LLC in Greenwich CT as their Director of Technology. Mr. Frayne received a BA in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Sciences from Bernard Baruch College.
Chief Information Officer
Mr. Gerson has been responsible for all technology strategies, standards, and operations across application development, infrastructure and security at SVB Leerink since 2001. Prior to joining SVB Leerink, Mr. Gerson worked for Mainspring, Inc., a strategic consultancy that created strategies for their clients to capitalize on internet and e-commerce opportunities. Mainspring was acquired by IBM Global Services in 2001. He also worked in a variety of business and technical roles for JL Kaplan Associates, a multi-billion dollar registered investment advisor. In 2008, Mr. Gerson founded the Sell-Side CIO Forum, an industry peer group of investment bank technology leaders that meet regularly to discuss common challenges. Forum topics include data governance, business continuity, security, vendor management, organizational structure, and regulatory requirements. Mr. Gerson holds a Bachelor of Science from Babson College in Finance, Investments, and Economics.
Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Kiernan is responsible for the development of the global technology platform and operational infrastructure within Marshall Wace. Prior to 2013, Mr. Kiernan was the Global Head of Development at Marshall Wace, responsible for the continued advancement of the firm’s largely proprietary application estate. Mr. Kiernan provides architectural oversight and strategic direction across the Marshall Wace technology group, and has been instrumental in the development of many of their core systems from when he first joined Marshall Wace in 2005. Mr. Kiernan spans the gamut of technologies and has been involved with everything from facilities management, infrastructure, automation, security and software development. Prior to Marshall Wace, Mr. Kiernan had worked in development roles within the Risk function of DKR Capital Partners LP and for Misys International Banking Systems Inc. where he focused on building out their FX trading module prior to working on a team charged with re-architecting the core of their banking product, OPICS. Mr. Kiernan holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University at Albany, State University of New York (2002), where has received classical and hands-on training in software development and design.
Managing Director of Corporate Information Technology
Davidson Kempner Capital ManagementMORE
Mr. Pfefer is the Director of Corporate Information Technology (IT) at Davidson Kempner Capital Management. Mr Pfefer oversees a global team responsible for all Corporate Systems design, planning and operations. This broad portfolio includes productivity applications, end user technology, data center systems and information security programs. Mr. Pfefer is tasked with successfully meeting the business needs while encouraging productivity, reliability and information security. Previously, Mr. Pfefer was the Head of Infrastructure at Old Lane, LP. Mr. Pfefer is a founder and board member of ΛITEC and a graduate of Yeshiva University with a BS in Management Information Systems.
Senior Managing Director
Mr. Turek joined Evercore in 2009 as the Director of Information Technology. In 2012 he was promoted to Managing Director, and overseeing the Facilities department was added to his list of responsibilities. In total, he is responsible for the technical and physical infrastructure of over 20 offices worldwide. Prior to joining Evercore, Mr. Turek worked for Eze Castle Integration where he was a Director in charge of the virtual CTO practice. Prior to Eze Castle, he was the CTO of Bridger Capital.
AITEC Co-Founder and Board Member EmeritusMORE
Mr. Brennan entered the alternative investment industry in 1996 with Dawson-Samberg Capital, was a founding Principal of Pequot Capital as CTO and Andor Capital as CIO and most recently as Managing Director and CTO at Highfields Capital in Boston. With more than 38 years in the technology business, John’s background covers the broad range of power industry exhaust scrubbing controls, mini-computer electronic circuit design and manufacturing, accounting systems development and marketing, media demographic systems, technology startups, M&A work and the hedge fund industry. John’s focus has been on leadership in the technology arena, working as a business partner with firms focusing on strategy, vision and innovation. He has been Vice-Chairman of AITEC since its founding and the Chairman of the AITEC Gives Back Foundation that, as of 2019, has raised $2.4 million for our veterans and inner city youth groups. As a founder of AITEC, John will continue to provide strategic input on the direction of AITEC’s growth as Board Member Emeritus. An avid endurance athlete, he has competed in six Ironman races internationally, including the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, numerous marathons, Tough Mudders, Spartans and Ragnar races.
Mrs. Calderon joined AITEC in 2017 as an Administrative Assistant. A native of Greenville, South Carolina, she graduated from the SC Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities and Furman University. In addition to her work with AITEC, Erin is a professional harpist and enjoys performing in NYC and surrounding areas.