Ken Kroner, PhD
Ken Kroner is the Chief Executive Officer of Pluribus Labs. Previously, he was Senior Managing Director at BlackRock, and the head of Multi-Asset Strategies and head of Systematic Active Equities. Ken also served on BlackRock's Global Executive and Global Operating Committees. Prior to BlackRock he worked at Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which was acquired by BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, Ken oversaw asset allocation, fund of hedge funds and client solutions businesses. He began his career as an economics and finance professor at the University of Arizona. Ken has a BSc in mathematics and economics from the University of Alberta and a PhD in economics from the University of California, San Diego. He serves or has served on several corporate, academic, and foundation boards as well as academic journal editorial boards. Ken’s research on forecasting volatility and asset returns has been widely published in both academic and practitioner journals.
Jonathan Cohen is President of Pluribus Labs and has been a board member since the firm’s inception. Previously, he was Head of Business Development and a Managing Director at Angel Island Capital (AIC). Prior to his role at AIC, Jonathan was Head of Investment Strategy for Incapture Investments, where he was responsible for product and client strategy and helped lead the investment team. Before joining Incapture, he co-led institutional product strategy for BlackRock Fixed Income, which he joined through its acquisition of Barclays Global Investors (BGI) in 2009. At BGI, Jonathan was Co-Head of US Fixed Income Strategy. Earlier in his career, he spent several years at Northern Trust Global Investments as both a Portfolio Manager and Senior Strategist. Jonathan has an MBA in finance and economics from the University of Chicago and a BA in political science from Grinnell College.
Wachi Bandara, PhD
Wachi Bandara is the Chief Investment Officer of Pluribus Labs. Prior to Pluribus Labs, Wachi was the co-founder and Chief Research Officer of the original Pluribus Labs entity, a data science and machine learning start-up that was acquired by Golden Gate Capital in 2017. Previously, he was a Senior Quantitative Researcher at Mellon Capital, focused on fixed income and equity risk modeling. He holds a PhD and an MS in finance from The George Washington University, a MS in applied mathematics from the Florida Institute of Technology and a BS in pure mathematics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Wachi also holds the Financial Risk Manager certification from the Global Association of Risk Professionals.
Matthew Scanlan, CFA
Matthew Scanlan is a Director and Senior Advisor to Pluribus Labs. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of RS Investments as well as President and Trustee of RS Investment Trust and RS Variable Products Trust. Prior to RS Investments, he was President and CEO of Renaissance Institutional Management, CEO of Barclays Global Investors’ Institutional Business, and a Senior Portfolio Manager at The Northern Trust Company. Matt received his master’s degree in accounting and finance from the J.L. Kellogg School at Northwestern University and his BS from the University of Southern California. He is a CFA charterholder and served on the Board of Governors of the CFA Institute, and currently serves on the Board of the USC Marshall School of Business. Matt is also President of the Board of Trustees of the Mechanics Institute in San Francisco. He has been widely published in practitioner journals and was awarded the Jacobs Levy Award for Best Article in 2006 in the Journal of Portfolio Management.
PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT, RESEARCH AND INVESTMENT TECHNOLOGY
Sebastien is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Pluribus Labs. Previously, he was a co-founder of the original Pluribus Labs entity, a data science and machine learning start-up that was acquired by Golden Gate Capital in 2017. Prior to founding Pluribus Labs, he was Vice President of Global Trading Research for Nomura Securities, which acquired Instinet in 2006. Before his tenure at Nomura Securities, Sebastien was the Lead Software Architect for Moody’s KMV (now Moody’s Analytics). He holds a degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Montpellier (France). Sebastien is also a former member of the Google Cloud Advisory Board and advises multiple
firms on technology architecture.
Rob Elia, PhD
Rob Elia is a Senior Researcher at Pluribus Labs. Previously, Rob was Vice President of Multi-Asset Research at Mellon Capital. Prior to Mellon Capital, he spent two years at Tamalpais Asset Management as Head of Research. Previous roles include a first stint as a Vice President at Mellon Capital, Director of Fixed Income Research at Descartes Capital, Director of Fixed Income Research at Symphony Asset Management, and Quantitative Analyst, Fixed Income Derivatives at UBS Securities. Rob holds a PhD in particle physics from Stanford University and an AB in physics and pure mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley, and has performed postdoctoral research in particle physics at Cornell University.
Paras Fancy, CFA
Paras Fancy is a Portfolio Manager at Pluribus Labs. Previously, he was a Director at BlackRock where he served in various roles within the ETF and Index Investment Group and the Overlay Services Group. Paras lead a BlackRock team responsible for developing custom synthetic beta solutions, managing liability driven Investment portfolios, and managing equity index portfolios for institutional clients. He has a BS in managerial economics from the University of California, Davis and is a CFA charterholder.
Brandon Flannery is a Researcher at Pluribus Labs where he develops language models to inform investment strategies. Previously, he worked at the original Pluribus Labs entity, a data science and machine learning start-up that was acquired by Golden Gate Capital in 2017. Brandon has expertise in computational linguistics applied to investment insights at the intersection of machine learning and economics. He holds a BS in statistics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Bill Floyd, PhD
Bill Floyd is a Researcher at Pluribus Labs. Previously, he was a founding member of the original Pluribus Labs entity, a data science and machine learning start-up that was acquired by Golden Gate Capital in 2017. Bill joined the original Pluribus Labs after completing his PhD at Stanford, where he conducted research on earnings quality and the application of natural language processing to qualitative accounting disclosures. Before pursuing his PhD, he was an associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York. Bill holds a BBA in accounting and BA in economics, both summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a PhD in accounting from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a licensed CPA in New York.
Jeremy Graveline, PhD
Jeremy Graveline is the Head of Portfolio Management at Pluribus Labs. Before joining Pluribus Labs in 2018, he was the Head of Research for BlackRock’s flagship multi-strategy hedge fund, and served on the finance faculty at the University of Minnesota. Jeremy’s research has been published in top academic outlets such as The Journal of Finance, The Review of Financial Studies, and The Journal of Financial Economics. He holds a PhD in finance from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Waterloo, and a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics and economics from Harvard University.
Chad Gray, CFA
Chad Gray is a Researcher at Pluribus Labs focused on identifying market alpha using data science methods. Prior to joining Pluribus Labs, Chad was Portfolio Manager at Convergence Investment Management, a machine-learning-driven hedge fund where he ran equity arbitrage strategies. Previously, he led teams of engineers and data scientists building analytics products for various data-centric Silicon Valley firms. Chad holds an MBA and MS in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS from Northwestern University. He is a CFA charterholder and active member in the San Francisco CFA Society.
Ben Gum, PhD, CFA
Ben Gum is a Researcher at Pluribus Labs. He brings a wealth of experience in quantitative research and portfolio management. Prior to Pluribus Labs, Ben was a Director of Research at AXA Rosenberg, specializing in portfolio optimization, alpha modeling, and ESG. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Grinnell College, where he taught and conducted academic research in theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics. Ben holds a PhD in computer science from Princeton University, a master’s degree in financial engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in mathematics from the Washington University in St. Louis. He is a CFA charterholder.
Kris Keltner is an Investment Technologist at Pluribus Labs. Kris brings extensive experience in both portfolio management and investment systems development. Prior to Pluribus Labs, Kris founded the financial technology consulting firm World Tree Technologies, LLC which designed and implemented next generation technology solutions. Additionally, Kris was a lead portfolio manager and quantitative developer in the Factor Based Strategy group at BlackRock, and portfolio credit analyst and quantitative developer for Koch Industries. He holds a BA in Mathematics and a BS in Finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a MS in Operations Research from Columbia University.
Jia Liu, PhD
Jia Liu is a portfolio manager at Pluribus Labs. Prior to joining the firm, she was a portfolio manager and researcher at Sensato Investors, a multi-billion-dollar quantitative hedge fund founded in 2009. At Sensato she was a founding member of a China long-only and market-neutral equity fund, and managed Pan-Asian equity strategies of the firm’s hedge funds. Previously, she was a portfolio manager and researcher at Blackrock, where she was a founding member and ran the fixed income book of a six-billion-dollar multi-asset market-neutral fund. Jia started her career as a front-desk researcher at Citi’s sales and trading division, and a senior researcher at Bloomberg’s portfolio research group. She holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford University, and her research has been published in academic journals such as Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference. She has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University and sits on the editorial board of Journal of Applied Finance and Banking.
Rodolfo Martell, PhD
Rodolfo Martell is Head of Portfolio Strategy at Pluribus Labs. Previously, he was a Managing Director in AQR’s global stock selection group and the sole strategist on the firm’s Data Governance Committee. Before AQR, he was a Managing Director at QMA (the quantitative investment management arm of Prudential Financial) where he was a portfolio manager, global lead strategist and co-chair of the ESG group. Before QMA he was a Portfolio Manager and Strategist in BlackRock’s Systematic Active Equities group (which he joined through its acquisition of Barclays Global Investors (BGI) in 2009). Rodolfo earned a PhD in finance from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business and a BA in Economics from Universidad de las Americas-Puebla. His research has been published in the Review of Finance, the American Economic Review and the Emerging Markets Review. Rodolfo also serves as a non-executive director of Zentific Investment Management, a quantitative firm based in Hong Kong.
Nicholas is a Software Developer at Pluribus Labs focused on infrastructure, application development and deployment. Previously, he was a Director at Gupton-Marrs Intl (GMI), where he designed and implemented collaborative work management applications in the areas of risk management and regulatory compliance. Before GMI, Nick developed commercial software applications in a number of areas including e-commerce, document imaging and banking. He has a BS in computer science from Marist College.
Len Rittberg, CFA
Len Rittberg is a Researcher at Pluribus Labs. Prior to joining Pluribus Labs, he was a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Adelante Capital Management. Len’s industry experience includes positions as an Associate Portfolio Manager in Jurika & Voyles’ fixed income department and as a mortgage-backed securities trader at Tuttle Risk Management. He began his career as an Analyst at First Union Securities (now Wells Fargo). Len holds an MBA in finance from the Yale School of Management and a BS in commerce from the University of Virginia. He is a CFA charterholder.
CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS AND OPERATIONS
Will Britten is a Senior Advisor to Pluribus Labs. He is also the Founder and CEO of Akindred, an investment management consulting and marketing firm. Will has more than 20 years’ experience in investment management in a variety of management and leadership roles. He was the Head of Business & Chief Operating Officer for Incapture Investments, where he was responsible for day-to-day non-investment management functions, including operations, legal and compliance, HR, and marketing. Before founding Akindred, Will was a Managing Director and Head of Credit Suisse Asset Management in Australia and APAC Distribution. he joined Credit Suisse in July 2011 from BlackRock Australia, where he was Head of Business following its purchase of Barclays Global Investors where he was Chief Executive Officer for Australia and New Zealand having spent over 12 years in various roles across the firm. Will holds a Bachelor of Business degree from University of Technology, Sydney.
Kevin Day is Head of Business Development at Pluribus Labs. Before joining the firm in March of 2020, he was responsible for business development across the Americas at Systematica Investments, a European based quantitative hedge fund. Previously, Kevin was the Head of Marketing and Investor Relations at Basswood Capital, an equity long/short hedge fund. Before Basswood, he worked at BlackRock in London and New York covering institutional clients across the US, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He holds an MBA in finance from London Business School, an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Charleston.
Lauren DiCerbo is focused on Investor Relations and Business Development at Pluribus Labs. Previously, she worked in Investor Relations for Alternative Investment Management (AIM) where she was responsible for managing client relationships across the firm’s hedge fund and private equity portfolios. Prior to AIM, Lauren held roles in client service and human resources for multiple global organizations. She graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a BS in human and organizational development and minors in French and political science. Lauren serves as co-chair for 100 Women in Finance’s Business Development Peer Advisory Group and Next Gen Group for Northern California. She is also an active member on the education committee for the chapter.
Jane Juan is an Executive Assistant and Office Manager of Pluribus Labs. She supports the President, Chief Operating Officer and the Chief Investment Officer. Previously, Jane was an Executive Assistant at MUFG Union Bank, N.A., supporting the Corporate Banking team for five years. Prior to MUFG, Jane worked at Mellon Capital Management for seven years as an Associate for Business Operations. She holds an Associate in Applied Science degree in computer business administration from Heald College.
Mike O'Brien, CFA, FIA
Mike O’Brien is an Advisor to Pluribus Labs. O'Brien was the co-head of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Solutions business based in New York. In his role as co-head of AM Solutions, O’Brien oversaw the firm’s multi-asset, retirement and pensions, and insurance advisory businesses globally. Previously, as CEO of Asset Management EMEA, O’Brien partnered with the global investment, business, and function heads to develop the business priorities in EMEA. A key area of his responsibility was to ensure the firm remained in line with the regulatory requirements and within a framework of appropriate risk management. O’Brien was also a director of the firm’s principle legal entities and funds boards in Europe. Prior to this he was responsible for the firm’s Global Institutional Business. An employee since 2010, he is also a member of the J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management Operating Committee, as well as the Asset Management Operating Committee. Previously he worked at BlackRock / BGI where he was Head of Institutional Business for EMEA. During his decade-long tenure at BGI and then BlackRock, he led a team of institutional client advisors responsible for some of the firm’s largest clients located across 12 regional markets. Prior to that, he worked at Towers Perrin for 14 years, where he oversaw their U.K. and European investment consulting practice, managing all aspects of pension planning financial management, and developing new products and service offerings, such as pension financial risk modeling for U.K. and U.S. corporations. O’Brien holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Limerick University in Ireland. He is an actuary (FIA) and a CFA charterholder and is an advisor to the Investment Committee of the U.K.’s Pension Protection Fund.
Natasha Salins joined Pluribus Labs as Chief Compliance Officer in 2020. Previously, she provided proactive legal and regulatory compliance support services to SEC registered investment advisers, private funds, commodity pool operators and other innovative organizations. Natasha also served as chief compliance officer and general counsel to Coastland Capital LLC, an asset management firm specializing in relative value investing across credit, equity and volatility. Earlier in her career, she was Director and Chief Compliance Officer at Wells Fargo Securities LLC. Natasha started her legal career at Allen & Company in New York City where she was promoted to Chief Compliance Officer of the broker-dealer and boutique investment bank as well as Allen Investment Management LLC, a SEC registered hedge fund adviser. She earned a BS in criminal justice from St. John’s University and a JD from the City University of New York School of Law.
Stephen Smith is an Operations Specialist at Pluribus Labs. Previously, he worked for the University of Notre Dame as Director of Regional Development where he represented the University and engaged with leading benefactors in Central and Northern California. Stephen also worked as the Assistant Director of Corporate Relations covering New York, Boston, and Washington DC; and also served as an Admissions Counselor where he evaluated and reviewed all applications of students from New Jersey, Delaware, Washington DC and Maryland. Prior to his time at Notre Dame, he worked in corporate sales as a Healthcare Representative for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Hartford, CT. Stephen is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he received both his MBA and a BA in marketing from the Mendoza College of Business. Currently he serves on the Executive National Alumni Board of Directors for the University of Notre Dame.
Luke Squires, CFA
Luke Squires is Director of Operations at Pluribus Labs. Previously, he was a Portfolio Manager at BlackRock in the Multi-Asset Strategies and Scientific Active Equity teams. Prior to his role as a portfolio manager, Luke was a business manager for a global macro hedge fund at BGI as well as a manager of derivatives operations at BGI and BNP Paribas. Luke received his BA from Metropolitan State University of Denver in music and Spanish. He is a CFA charterholder.
Greg Williamson is Head of Strategy at Pluribus Labs. Previously, he was Chief Investment Officer of The American National Red Cross, which he joined in 2015. Prior to the Red Cross, Greg was Chief Investment Officer and Director, Trust Investments of BP America Inc. He began his investment career at O’Connor and Associates and Petersen and Company. Greg has an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA from Northwestern University. He is a Board Member of and Investment Committee Chairman for the Terra Foundation for American Art, and is a member of The Economics Club of Chicago.