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Management

  • Peter Kilbinger Hansen
    Chairman
    Peter Kilbinger Hansen
    Chairman

    Peter Kilbinger Hansen is the Chairman of Battea – Class Action Services, LLC and Chairman of the Evest Companies. In his twenty-plus year career, he has founded several private and public companies (listed in AMEX and NASDAQ), including broker/dealers, a clearing corporation, and a leading US equity institutional stock-crossing Alternative Trading System (ATS). Under his leadership, the businesses processed significant daily market share volume, with daily transaction volumes in the billions.

    Over the past 15 years, Peter has been a featured speaker for many brokerage and institutional investor conferences, discussing modernization of the equity marketplace, equity transaction processing, transaction cost, and effectively locating liquidity for transactions. He has also been featured on CNN globally, speaking on the topic of risk management.

    With significant global operations, compliance and financial transaction processing experience, he has led several equity financings, including public and private offerings, and successful financings with major investment banks including Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan, UBS, Société Générale, Deutsche Bank, Wachovia, and ING. He has also led several acquisitions and divestitures.

    As a private investor and financial technology entrepreneur, he continues to invest in financial services and technology companies. A native of Denmark, Mr. Hansen holds economics degrees from Neil's Brock Business School of Copenhagen and the Copenhagen University of Language and Economics.

  • Lars Kragh
    Chief Information Officer, Director
    Lars Kragh
    Chief Information Officer, Director

    Lars Kragh is the Chief Information Officer of Battea – Class Action Services, LLC. He is also a Managing Director of Evest Venture Partners, with over twenty years’ experience in financial technology. As a co-founder and executive at NYFIX, Inc., he held a variety of technical leadership roles throughout the company’s history, most recently as Chief Information Officer from 1999 to 2006. Between 1991, when the company was founded, and 1999, he was Executive Vice President of Research and Development and held other technology management positions. As lead technologist for NYFIX, he managed a product portfolio ranging from equity Order Management Systems (OMS), market making workstations, trade routing engines, and network services.

    With detailed knowledge of products’ interaction, including cross-division values and overlap issues, Lars possesses in-depth equity industry knowledge spanning market structures, exchanges, broker/dealers, and asset management firms. He also possesses detailed design and architecture expertise across various subject matters, including transaction cost analysis (TCA), execution quality, networking, and display mechanisms. At NYFIX, he directed all production technology, including data centers and the overall network, and was responsible for mission-critical infrastructure vital to the financial industry. He has extensive experience with data system security, disaster recovery planning, and infrastructure development.

    Prior to 1991, Lars developed network and transactional systems for the banking industry, involving numerous trading system integrations with global telecom and market data providers. Over the last 15 years, he has filed a number of patents involving innovative technical and business concepts. He holds a Master’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Technical University of Denmark.

  • Mark E. Donaldson
    Co-Founder, Director
    Mark E. Donaldson
    Co-Founder, Director

    Mark Donaldson is one of the founders of Battea – Class Action Services, LLC. Prior to co-founding the company, LLC, he was a founder and Chief Financial Officer at Redwood Management, LLC, a San Francisco firm providing back-office services to broker-dealers and proprietary trading groups. Previously, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Headwaters Capital, a broker-dealer based in San Francisco, with offices in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia, managing $500 million on the long side. Since 1996, he has served on the board of several smaller proprietary trading groups and holding companies in the securities industry. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado.

  • Jonathan R. Wade
    Co-Founder, Director
    Jonathan R. Wade
    Co-Founder, Director

    Jonathan Wade is one of the founders of Battea – Class Action Services, LLC. He developed the company’s proprietary claims processing technology, the Claims Engine, and acts as chief developer, directing software engineering for the firm. He manages the fulfillment process and systems, in addition to relationships with all claims administrators. He is educated and well-versed in Oracle database technology and data management processes, with software development experience in multiple front-end database platforms. Prior to founding the company, he worked for Headwaters Capital, LLC, a broker-dealer with membership on all major US equity exchanges. He graduated cum laude  from San Francisco State University.

  • Mark Zinn
    Director
    Mark Zinn
    Director

    Mark Zinn is a Director of Battea – Class Action Services, LLC. Before joining the company, LLC, he was with Metro Link, where he raised angel- and first-round financing and developed the company’s sales organization. Previously, he built and managed multiple professional trading operations for Pax Clearing in Chicago, New York and Florida. While at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, he established relationships with the top 100 businesses in Florida and executed for hedge funds. He has also raised capital for managed accounts and private placements, as well as managing multiple successful private offerings. Mark began his career with LF Rothschild & Oppenheimer Co. An alumnus of New York University Stern School, he has obtained his General Securities Principal Series 24 certification, as well as Registered Investment Adviser Series 65, 7, and 63 certifications.

Finance & Operations Executives

  • Vincent Curran
    Chief Financial Officer
    Vincent Curran
    Chief Financial Officer

    Vincent Curran is Chief Financial Officer at Battea - Class Action Services. He has over 20 years’ executive and management experience at leading public and private institutions in the securities brokerage, capital markets, financial services, and real estate investment industries. His professional skills include strategic planning, finance, taxation, treasury management, accounting, debt compliance, financial reporting, operations, internal control, and auditing.

    Prior to joining Battea, he served as a Chief Financial Officer at a private equity group. He held executive positions at Piper Jaffray (NYSE: PJC) and Morgan Joseph, two leading middle-market investment banks. At Morgan Joseph, he was Vice President, Finance and Operations. At Piper Jaffray, he was Vice President, Finance for the Algorithmic and Program Trading Group. He also served as Controller at Vie Financial Group Inc. (VIFI) and Vie Securities LLC, an independent broker-dealer until it was sold to Piper Jaffray.

    He also served in various leadership roles, including Manager of Financial Analysis and Project Controller at Swerdlow Real Estate Group (a $2.5 billion REIT) and Internal Audit Manager at a NYSE-listed conglomerate. He began his career in public accounting at PriceWaterhouse. A Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Management Accountant and Certified in Financial Management, he earned an MBA, Phi Kappa Phi, from Northeastern University and a BS in Accounting from Rutgers University. He previously held Financial Operations Principal (Series 27), General Securities Principal (Series 24), General Securities Representative (Series 7), and Equity Trader (Series 55) securities registrations.

  • J. Timothy Garland
    Senior Vice President, Finance & Operations
    J. Timothy Garland
    Senior Vice President, Finance & Operations

    J. Timothy Garland, CPA is Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations at Battea – Class Action Services. He has over 20 years’ experience in financial and operational leadership roles in the financial services industry and with technology providers to the financial community. Prior to joining Battea, he was the Chief Financial Officer of FXDirectDealer LLC, a retail foreign exchange dealer and member of the National Futures Association.

    Earlier in his career, he held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at M.W. Marshall, Inc., one of the preeminent global inter-dealer brokers specializing in currencies, repos, and other financial instruments traded among banks and financial institutions, where he was responsible for all regulatory, financial and administrative functions. An expert in strategic planning and operations, Timothy served as a member of the London-based parent company's international Board of Directors.

    Following this, he participated in the successful launch of a software provider to the financial services industry. As Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, he was instrumental in the development of the business plan that facilitated the completion of two rounds of venture capital financing. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer of Hays & Company LLP, a New York City-based firm of certified public accountants, where he was responsible for managing all financial and administrative matters of the firm’s practice. He began his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP. A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, he also holds the Series 3, Series 7, Series 24, Series 27 and Series 34 securities licenses. He graduated with honors from Lehigh University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

  • Tyler Longpre
    Senior Vice President, Director – Operations
    Tyler Longpre
    Senior Vice President, Director – Operations

    Tyler Longpre is the Senior Vice President, Director – Operations at Battea. Delivering more than 20 years of experience building, supporting and managing technology in electronic execution and trading systems as well as software development. Prior to joining Battea, he was the Executive Director for Software Development for Graham Capital Management, a top 100 hedge fund. He grew the development team from a handful of software developers to an organization of vertical teams responsible for developing solutions throughout the enterprise. Among his many advances, he built out the department’s development operations group to streamline processes, improve support for developers, manage system maintenance, improve system security, and to provide application support for users throughout the firm.

    Mr. Longpre has also managed core order and executing routing systems at NYFIX, Inc., which built FX and Derivatives trading systems for many of the world's largest banks and brokerage firms.

  • Timothy Hofer
    Senior Vice President, Legal Counsel
    Timothy Hofer
    Senior Vice President, Legal Counsel

    Timothy M. Hofer is Senior Vice President, Legal Counsel for Battea - Class Action Services, LLC. He has extensive experience working with private and public venture capital-backed companies. From March 2005 through February 2011, he was employed by a FINRA-registered broker-dealer and a venture capital biotechnology incubator, where he was Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs. From July 2000 until March 2005, he was an associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity practice group of the New York office of the law firm O'Melveny & Myers LLP, and its predecessor, O'Sullivan Graev & Karabell, LLP. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross and his J.D. from Fordham Law School, where he was a member of the Fordham Law Review. He is admitted to the bar in New York.

  • David I. Ganz
    Senior Vice President, Operations
    David I. Ganz
    Senior Vice President, Operations

    David Ganz is Senior Vice President, Operations at Battea, where he provides leadership for Battea’s operations, with particular emphasis on class action filing activities. He joined Battea from the leading class action administration firm the Garden City Group, Inc. (“GCG”), where he spent over ten years in a variety of operational leadership roles. While at GCG, he played an integral role in the development and implementation of the firm’s first US patented technology in the claims administration space. He also created and managed the firm’s electronic claim filing process, in addition to the project lifecycles for multimillion-dollar securities class action settlements.

    At GCG, David earned a strong reputation for his customer service and ability to establish and maintain working relationships with financial institutions across the country. He developed standard operating procedures and protocols to ensure compliance and maximize the quality, productivity, and efficiency of internal project teams and business units across multiple offices. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Management Information Systems from Binghamton University in New York.

  • Keith McComb
    Vice President, Operations
    Keith McComb
    Vice President, Operations

    Keith McComb is Vice President, Operations; he works closely with Battea's research, claims filing and tracking, technology, and customer service teams to enhance Battea's operational efficiency. He has extensive experience in the securities class action space, joining Battea from Rust Consulting, a leader in class action notification and settlement administration. In his ten-plus years with Rust Consulting, Keith spearheaded a number of initiatives in electronic filing, project management, and quality assurance, touching every phase of the securities claims administration process. His unique insight into the claims processing and disbursement process is an asset to Battea. A cum laude graduate of the New York Institute of Technology, he is based in our Stamford, CT office.

  • Sam Wankel
    Senior Vice President, Research
    Sam Wankel
    Senior Vice President, Research

    Sam Wankel is Senior Vice President Research for Battea Global Litigation Research, Inc. where he is responsible for identifying, analyzing and monitoring all new securities class actions. Mr. Wankel has over 25 years of experience providing research relating to business valuation and complex securities litigation including calculating damage estimates to preparation of settlement allocations to class members.  Prior to joining Battea, Mr. Wankel worked for some of the nation’s leading securities class action law firms as well as private economic consulting firms specializing in business valuation and complex shareholder disputes. From 1994 – 1995, Mr. Wankel researched and prepared statistical information presented to the United States Congress and the Senate Banking and Finance Committee regarding public offerings, stock trading, securities class actions and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Mr. Wankel holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University.

  • Christie Cellini
    Vice President, Operations
    Christie Cellini
    Vice President, Operations

    Christie Cellini is Vice President of Operations for Battea - Class Action Services, LLC. She heads up the firm’s efforts in analyzing case data, scouring the universe of securities litigation settlements for updates and new information. She also handles all administrator communications regarding client claims. Before joining Battea, she performed mutual fund accounting and financial reporting duties for Franklin Templeton. She holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University Sacramento and earned her MBA from the University of San Francisco.

  • Sam Hensley
    Vice President, Administration Services
    Sam Hensley
    Vice President, Administration Services

    Sam Hensley serves as Communications Manager in our Operations Department. Based in San Francisco, he focuses on securities class action claims analysis and filing, working closely with claims administration firms. Prior to joining Battea, he served as Director of Operations for a long/short hedge fund and as a trader (and previously portfolio analyst) with Thomas Weisel Asset Management. He has also held positions in the front, middle and back offices with asset management firms, a shareholder services company, and brokerage firms. He earned a master's degree in finance from Golden Gate University and received his BS in finance from Santa Clara University.

Sales, Marketing & Client Service Executives

  • Tim Dillon
    Vice President, Sales
    Tim Dillon
    Vice President, Sales

    Tim Dillon has over 15 years’ experience in the financial industry and joined Battea from Options IT, a provider of high-performance technology infrastructure services for hedge funds, proprietary trading firms, investment banks, and brokerages. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President at JonesTrading, where he oversaw the firm's electronic trading sales effort. Previously, he was Vice President of Sales at NYFIX, where his focus was electronic trading and connectivity sales to the buy-side. His other prior experience includes sales and trading roles at Cantor Fitzgerald, Banque Indosuez (now Calyon, Credit Agricole CIB), and Credit Commercial de France. He earned a bachelor's degree from Mount St. Mary's College and is based in our Stamford, CT office.

  • Trent Calabretta, CFA
    Vice President, Manager Western US Sales
    Trent Calabretta, CFA
    Vice President, Manager Western US Sales

    Trent Calabretta joined Battea in 2009 and is in charge of managing the firm's existing relationships, partnerships, and new business initiatives in the western US. Prior to joining Battea, he was an Associate at Claret Capital, a private investment firm based in Dublin, Ireland. At Claret, he was responsible for the screening, analysis, and due diligence of US-based deal activity, representing investments in aviation, technology, real estate, transportation, and consumer products.

    Trent began his career as an Analyst at Bloomberg L.P., and later transitioned to Bloomberg Tradebook LLC, where he managed buy-side relationships across various investment strategies. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Pennsylvania State University and a certificate in financial analysis from New York University. A CFA charterholder, he is an active member of various charities, including the Guardsmen, Hedge Funds Care, and Boys & Girls Clubs.

  • Bob Williamson
    Vice President, Sales
    Bob Williamson
    Vice President, Sales

    Bob Williamson has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Battea – Class Action Services, LLC, he held various sales and management roles in the financial technology space. While at Lava Trading, Bob marketed electronic trading systems and execution services to the sell-side brokerage community. Within 12 months, he became the top-producing sales person, and within 24 months, built the largest book of business within the organization, which was later acquired by Citi. Bob spent 12 years with NYFIX, Inc. In his role as Senior Vice President of Sales for NYFIX’s trading products division, he was responsible for sales and for marketing the firm’s trading platform, which was utilized by the financial community and became the dominant player in the listed trading executions and management space.

    Bob began his career in financial services with VBand, a specialized telecommunications company. During his seven-year tenure as a Regional Channel Sales Representative marketing a highly specialized telecommunication system for traders at banks, brokerage firms and exchanges, he built an extensive contact network and won numerous sales awards. Bob earned a BS in Business/Economics from the State University of New York at Oneonta and attended the University of Copenhagen, where he received a Certificate of Participation in the International Business Program.

  • Guy Kershberg
    Vice President, Battea FX Group
    Guy Kershberg
    Vice President, Battea FX Group

    Guy Kershberg has over 30 years’ experience in the Foreign Exchange marketplace. Guy previously was the head of FX trading, Treasury Manager, at both Banque Indosuez and Credit Commercial de France. He held currency trader positions with First Chicago International and Société Générale. Guy holds an MBA from the University of Hartford, Bachelor’s degree from Central Connecticut State University and Series 6, 7 & 63 licenses.

  • James Donahue
    Vice President, Battea FX Group
    James Donahue
    Vice President, Battea FX Group

    James Donahue comes to Battea with over 20 years of experience within the financial industry. From 1996 to 2010, he served as Director of Foreign Exchange Trading within Bank of America-Merrill Lynch’s Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Division.  James’s responsibilities included market-making and proprietary risk taking in European, Asian, North American, and Emerging Market currencies throughout his tenure. The following four years, he focused his efforts on building out Westpac Institutional Bank’s, an Australian banking leader, presence within the GFX market space.  His prior experience includes trading and risk management within debt markets for both BNP and J.P. Morgan. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America.

  • Matt Garbee
    Vice President, Client Services
    Matt Garbee
    Vice President, Client Services

    Matt Garbee is responsible for client service account management at Battea - Class Action Services, LLC. In this role, he guides new clients through the onboarding process, represents clients' interests internally, and coordinates with Battea resources and external providers to effectively address all ongoing client service needs. Prior to joining Battea, he was the Manager of Class Actions, Proxy Administration, and Mandatory Corporate Actions at AllianceBernstein. Previously, he was an Analyst in the Financial Planning and Analysis Department at GE Asset Management. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University and is based in our Stamford, CT office.

  • Chris Keane
    Vice President, Sales & Marketing
    Chris Keane
    Vice President, Sales & Marketing

    Chris Keane joined Battea in 2016 and assists in managing the firm's existing relationships, partnerships, and new business initiatives in the Eastern US. Prior to joining Battea, he was an Associate at Duff & Phelps, the largest independent valuation advisory firm. At Duff & Phelps, he was responsible for the implementation of three new service lines that market to the hedge fund and alternative investment community resulting from two business acquisitions.  

    Chris began his career in Marketing at Duff & Phelps, and later transitioned the Compliance Consulting group, where he collaborated with business stakeholders to identify key market positioning to the alternative investment sector, including joint cross-selling efforts with the Portfolio Valuation practice. He holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from College of Charleston.

  • Kevin Doyle, MBA
    Vice President, Global Head of Marketing
    Kevin Doyle, MBA
    Vice President, Global Head of Marketing

    Kevin Doyle, Vice President, Global Head of Marketing at Battea, is responsible for front line communication, marketing operations and building results-driven marketing campaigns that increase brand awareness and the organization's global footprint—working to expanding market share within the industry.

    Prior to Battea, Mr. Doyle was the Global Marketing Manager for Dow Jones, where he managed a company-wide re-branding, championed two annual global customer surveys, as well as all marketing activities involved with new product launches. Prior to that he held other Digital Marketing & Management roles with Aquent, Reed Exhibitions, SS&C Technologies, and Santander, where he was responsible for developing marketing strategies to strengthen and grow online traffic and brand awareness as well as hosted and third-party event planning.

    Mr. Doyle’s specialties include marketing campaign strategy & execution, digital marketing, social media marketing, email marketing, external communications, partner strategy and campaign execution and all aspects of sales support including go-to-market materials, sales playbook, sell sheets, and presentations.

    Mr. Doyle graduated from Endicott College and holds both a B.S. and an M.B.A. in Marketing.

Technology Executives

  • Robert McMillen
    Chief Security Officer
    Robert McMillen
    Chief Security Officer

    Robert McMillen is Battea’s Chief Security Officer, responsible for data security and the design and implementation of the company’s data center and telecommunications infrastructure. He has over 25 years of experience building and supporting financial technology and infrastructure. Prior to joining Battea, he was a member of the management team at NYFIX, Inc., where he held various leadership roles, including Director of Applications Development and VP of Systems Architecture. He co-designed, implemented and supported six generations of the NYFIX Data Center, a leading financial trading network processing millions of real-time trading transactions on a daily basis. He designed and implemented the Data Center’s WAN infrastructure used on the NYSE floor and on NYFIX’s client trading desks in the buy-side and sell-side community. He was also responsible for the design, implementation, and support of the company’s Oracle and Sybase databases and EMC storage infrastructure.

    Robert has worked for and consulted to a number of top financial firms and Fortune 500 companies, including Eastman Kodak, Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette, Smith Barney, Reuters, Digital Equipment Corporation, JP Morgan, and SoftBank Corp. He has consulted to firms in international financial centers in London, Tokyo and Singapore. During his tenure with these firms, he designed, developed, enhanced, and implemented numerous trading and/or market data platforms.

  • Mark Rousseau
    Vice President, Software Development
    Mark Rousseau
    Vice President, Software Development

    Mark Rousseau is Vice President, Software Development at Battea - Class Action Services. At Battea, he is focused on new product development and evolving Battea’s client reporting tools. He has over 20 years’ experience as a seasoned IT solutions architect and developer, over 15 years’ experience in the financial technology industry, and seven years’ enterprise experience in the transportation industry. He specializes in developing solutions to meet business needs. He joined Battea from FedEx Services, where he led technical efforts as a software architect and technical advisor. Previously, he held multiple technical roles in NYFIX in product development. With particular expertise in the FIX (Financial Information eXchange) Protocol, Mark’s vast experience includes programming electronic trading systems and data processing systems.   He earned a master’s degree in Physics from the University of Maine and a BS in physics from the University of Connecticut.

  • Mark Von Beeden
    Vice President, Technology Operations 
    Mark Von Beeden
    Vice President, Technology Operations 

    Mark von Beeden is Vice President, Technology Operations of Battea – Class Action Services, LLC.  Mr. von Beeden has 20 years’ information technology experience as a leader and implementer of solutions for businesses in the financial services, travel, health care and marketing industries.  Mr. von Beeden led teams for 8 years in financial services at Bridgewater Associates, hedge fund (Support Manager) and NYFIX Inc (VP Database Architecture) with technology related responsibilities spanning end user computing to backend infrastructure and process related responsibilities spanning the development lifecycle.  At Vertrue, a diversified Direct-to-Consumer marketing, eCommerce company, Mr. von Beeden was Senior Director of Technology Operations and Research ensuring the performance and availability of the company’s technology platforms.  He held several leadership roles including Director of Database Administration at Priceline.com, an online travel services provider.  Mr. von Beeden began his technology career as a developer and database administrator at US Surgical Corporation, a leading producer and innovator of tools for use in medical procedures.  He holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Fairfield University and is based in our Stamford, CT office.