Our Advisory Board

Peter J. Hughes FCA

Former Banker: JPMorgan Chase

Mr.Hughes is a Chartered Accountant and former banker with JPMorgan Chase where he occupied senior positions in Risk Management, Finance, Operations and Audit. He is curently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Leeds University Business School and a member of the Advisory Board of Durham Univeristy Business School's Banking, Risk and Intermediation research group. He was formerly a Visiting Resarch Fellow at the York Management School in the UK.

Mr. Hughes now devotes most of his time to researching next generation bank reporting methods and systems. His most notable achievement in this area is the codification of a new technique 'Risk Accounting'. He has authored and co-authored numerous academic and practitioner papers, many with Financial InterGroup's Principal Allan D. Grody, on this and related subjects as well as teaching and presenting at conferences, webinars and in academia. 

In his 28 year corporate career with JPMorgan Chase and Abbey National (now Santander UK) his roles included Head of Finance Shared Services, Head of Finance Advisory Services, Chief Operating Officer (Germany), Acting Head of Treasury & Trading (Germany), Head of Risk Management – Global Shared Technology & Operations, Country Senior Financial Officer (Brazil), Country Operations Executive (Brazil) and Regional Audit Manager (South America).

Dr. Robert M. Mark

CEO, Black Diamond Risk

Dr. Robert M. Mark is the Founding Chief Executive Officer of Black Diamond Risk which provides corporate governance, risk management consulting, risk software tools and transaction services. Dr. Mark is also the Founding Executive Director of the Masters of Financial Engineering Program at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He serves on several boards as well as on Checkpoint's Investment Committee. In 1998, he was awarded the Financial Risk Manager of the Year by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). He is the Vice Chairperson of the Board of the Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA).

Prior to his current position, he was the Senior Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer (CRO) at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). Dr. Mark was a member of the Management Committee. His global responsibility covered all credit, market, and operating risks for all of CIBC as well as for its subsidiaries. Prior to his CRO position, Dr. Mark was the Corporate Treasurer at CIBC.
Prior to CIBC, he was the partner in charge of the Financial Risk Management Consulting practice at Coopers & Lybrand (C&L). The Risk Management Practice and C&L advised clients on risk management issues and were directed toward financial institutions and multi-national corporations. This specialty area also coordinated the delivery of the firm's accounting, tax, control, and litigation services to provide clients with integrated and comprehensive risk management solutions and opportunities.

Prior to his position at C&L, he was a managing director in the Asia, Europe, and Capital Markets Group (AECM) at Chemical Bank. His responsibilities within AECM encompassed risk management, asset/liability management, research (quantitative analysis), strategic planning and analytical systems. He served on the Senior Credit Committee of the Bank. Before he joined Chemical Bank, he was a senior officer at Marine Midland Bank/HongKongShanghai Bank (HKSB) where he headed the technical analysis trading group within the Capital Markets Sector.

He earned his Ph.D., with a dissertation in options pricing, from New York University's Graduate School of Engineering and Science, graduating first in his class. Subsequently, he received an Advanced Professional Certificate (APC) in accounting from NYU's Stern Graduate School of Business, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. He is an Adjunct Professor and co-author of Risk Management (McGraw-Hill), published in October 2000 as well as a co –author of The Essentials of Risk Management (McGraw Hill) published in December 2005. Dr. Mark served on the board of ISDA as well as the Chairperson of the National Asset/Liability Management Association (NALMA). Dr. Mark is also currently a lecturer on Risk Management at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Robert Mark
Black Diamond Risk Enterprises
3478 Buskirk Ave, 1007
Pleasant Hill, California, 94523
Land Line 1: (925) 746-7186
Land Line 2: (925) 299-6859
Cell: (925) 212-7348

Daniel Reininger, Ph.D.

Chairman/Founder and CEO of Semandex Networks Inc.

Dr. Reininger is the Founder, Chairman, President and CEO of Semandex Networks Inc., a company that develops semantic software applications for information management and intelligence analysis. Semandex software helps organizations analyze large volumes of data by linking it semantically – producing connected intelligence. Since its inception, Semandex has pioneered technologies to advance information management and sharing. For those innovations, Semandex has been awarded patents for high-performance content-based routing of data and its applications to rapid dissemination of actionable information.

Dr. Reininger served as Member of Technical Staff at Sarnoff Corporation, Senior Research Associate at NEC where he was also an External Research Advisor for M.S. and Ph.D. students from various Universities and he served as Adjunct Faculty at Rutgers University where he taught graduate courses in computer networks, distributed computing and communications, performance analysis of current networks architectures and supervised group projects on Internet programming.
Dr. Reininger has published more than 50 papers, and has participated in numerous workshops and invited presentations including the Annual NIH NLM Board of Regents in 2008 to present Semandex work on information dissemination to accelerate the response of emergency workers to victims of disasters.He also served as Principal Investigator for various projects of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and DARPA. Dr. Reininger holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Illinois institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rutgers University.

Dr. Daniel Reininger
Semandex Networks Inc.
5 Independence Way, Suite 309
Princeton, NJ 08540
(Ph) 609-454-0448

Sarnoff Corporation
Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University

David M. Rowe, Ph.D.

President, David M. Rowe Risk Advisory

David M. Rowe is founder and president of David M. Rowe Risk Advisory, a risk management consulting firm. The firm is focused on risk management support for boards and senior executives of financial institutions, primarily banks and investment banks, with particular focus on capital market activities. It also advises on risk management technology strategy and vendor relationships. Dr. Rowe is a frequent contributor to Risk magazine, where he has written the monthly Risk Analysis column since late 1999, and has appeared at numerous conferences and seminars over the past 20 years.

Prior to forming DMR Risk Advisory, Dr. Rowe was Executive Vice President for Risk Management at SunGard. In that role he provided strategic input to SunGard's solutions for risk management and served as an external spokesman on risk management issues.
Prior to joining SunGard, Dr. Rowe spent more than 25 years in the banking and economic forecasting industries, most recently as senior vice president of the Risk Management Information group at Bank of America in San Francisco. In that role, Dr. Rowe had executive oversight and responsibility for the design, deployment, maintenance and operation of market and credit risk systems for the bank's global FX, derivative and securities trading activities.

Dr. Rowe's earlier positions include chief financial officer of Security Pacific Securities, Inc. (the broker-dealer subsidiary of the former Security Pacific Corp.); executive vice president and director of research for Townsend-Greenspan & Co. (Alan Greenspan's economic consulting firm prior to becoming Chairman of the Federal Reserve) and president of Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates in Philadelphia.

His industry positions include:

Board member of the International Association of Financial Engineers (IAFE)
Former Board Member and Co-chairman of the Education and Standards Committee of the Professional Risk Managers' International Association (PRMIA)
Member of the editorial board of The Journal of Operational Risk
Former Member of the Editorial Board of the GARP Risk Review
Dr. Rowe holds a Ph.D. in econometrics and finance from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA in finance with a concentration in money and banking from the Wharton Graduate School of Finance and Commerce, and a BA in economics with distinction from Carleton College.

Professor Steve Toms ACA, PhD

Chair, Accounting; Leeds University Business School, UK

Professor Toms is Chair in Accounting at Leeds University Business School. He was previously Chair in Accounting and Finance and Head of the York Management School, University of York. He has led a number of research projects sponsored by professional accounting bodies including a recent project entitled Accounting Based Risk Measurement funded by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland. He is a member of the Research Board of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has previously served on the Research Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland. He is an Associate Editor of the British Accounting Review and Executive Editor of Business History.

Prof. Toms has authored "Environmental Management, Environmental Accounting and Financial Performance", Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Research Monograph. He is a prolific author and co-author of book chapters, research papers and trade press articles on topics such as "The English Cotton Industry and the Loss of the World Market"; "Corporate governance and financial constraints on strategic turnarounds"; "Financial Performance Differentials in 'Ethically' Managed Companies"; and "Corporate governance, strategy and structure: US and British comparatives, 1950-2000".
He is a Chartered Accountant and in his early career worked at Price Waterhouse on various audits in the private and public sectors. He was awarded his PhD in 1996 from the University of Nottingham.

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