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 Board of Directors


StephenStephen E. Hessler E. Hessler


Steve is a partner in the Restructuring Group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice involves representing debtors (including public, portfolio, and privately-held companies), creditors, and investors in complex corporate chapter 11 cases, out-of-court restructurings, acquisitions, and related trial and appellate litigation. Member of the New York City Bar Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization.


Anne Benedict

Anne Benedict

Vice Chair 

Anne has global responsibility for ensuring that IPG Mediabrands, Interpublic Group's global network of media agencies, is able to attract, select and manage the talent required for the business and its clients. She oversees organizational development, talent management, training and leadership development for 9500 employees in over 60 countries.

Anne's over 20 years of global experience includes 10 years of consulting at Mercer, organizational development roles at Disney-ABC as well as talent management and HR responsibilities at Interpublic Group. Her breadth of experience across HR disciplines, such as recruiting, talent management, operations and compensation, brings a holistic approach to managing talent.

Anne graduated magna cum laudae with a Bachelor's Degree in Science from McGill University and holds a Master's Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo.  She is bilingual in French and English.  She has served on the Futures and Options Board since 2008.


Courtney Leimkuhler

Vice Chair

Courtney H. Leimkuhler is the Chief Financial Officer of Marsh. Marsh is the leading global insurance broker and is one of the four operating companies of Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC). Previously, Ms. Leimkuhler was the CFO of Marsh's US and Canada Division. Before joining Marsh, Courtney was Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Strategy at NYSE Euronext, the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange. Ms. Leimkuhler has also held various roles at Goldman Sachs in the Equities Division and the Principal Investments Area.

Ms. Leimkuhler graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Government, where she was also inducted to Phi Beta Kappa and was an Academic All-American on the women's varsity lacrosse team. She received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where she was a Baker Scholar.

Courtney is Vice Chair of the board of Futures and Options, a New York City-based non-profit focused on creating internship opportunities and job skills training for under-privileged high school students. She is also co-President of the National Alumnae Advisory Council for her alma mater, the Agnes Irwin School. Previously, Courtney was actively involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for more than 10 years. In 2014, Ms. Leimkuhler was invited to join the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader community. She lives in New York City with her husband, Charles de Segundo, and their daughter, Adele.


Jerry Faust


Jerry Faust holds the position of Vice President – Print & Distribution for Time Inc.  In this role, Jerry is responsible for overseeing Time Inc. Production's central print purchasing, magazine distribution and postal initiatives as well as production operations for certain Time Inc. magazines and publications.

Jerry joined Time Inc. in August 2004 as Director of Quality with responsibility for directing all aspects of Time Inc. Production's materials quality program, including paper quality assurance, grade evaluations and new product developments with supplier partners, as well as, Production's internal quality process improvement initiative.  He was promoted to VP – Print in September 2007 with responsibility for leading Production's print purchasing and field operations (magazine distribution and manufacturing support) processes.  In March 2013, he acquired the additional management responsibility for Time Inc.'s postal operations and affairs initiatives and, in January 2015, oversight of production operations for Time Inc.'s Affluent Media Group magazines and Content Solutions print products was added.

Prior to Time Inc., Jerry had a 22 year career in the paper industry.  His last position was with International Paper managing the marketing and product development initiatives of their coated papers business.  Jerry received his B.S. degree in Paper Science and Engineering from theUniversityofWisconsin–Stevens Pointin 1982.

Jerry has been an active member of IDEAlliance and a former board member and 2008/2009 education committee co-chair of P3, Partnership in Print Production.  In 2013, Jerry became a Director on the Board of the Association of Postal Commerce where he serves on the Executive Committee and is a representative to the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee. Jerry was elected to the Board of Directors of Futures and Options, a nonprofit organization that provides job skills training and internships for New York City's underserved teens, in 2011.


Paul Wasinger


Paul is a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley's Investment Banking Division and is responsible for coverage on a global basis of companies in the payments, processing and data/analytics services spaces. In his current capacity, Paul advises clients across a broad range of corporate finance, including mergers & acquisitions, equity and debt financings.

Paul joined Morgan Stanley in 2006. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Wasinger was a Vice President with JPMorgan in the Technology, Media and Telecom group. Before joining JPMorgan, Mr. Wasinger worked for EDS, a global IT Services firm, in consulting and business development both in the U.S. and in Europe.

Paul graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in History and graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Business School with a Masters in Management.

Paul, his wife, and their son live in Manhattan.



Ned Flynn

Ned Flynn is a member of the Board of Governors of The Municipal Forum of New York and Managing Director of Jefferies. Ned has served as a member of The Municipal Forum of New York for over 16 years and has served on its Board of Governors for 6 years. He served as President of the Board in 2012. He has Co-Chaired the Urban Leadership Fellows Committee for three years and has actively sought to increase membership and sponsorship for internships as Co-Chair of the ULF Committee. Sponsorship of interns by members of the Forum has almost doubled in the last three years due to the highly collaborative efforts of Board Members and members of the ULF Committee.

At Jefferies, he is an investment banker focusing on public finance and infrastructure finance and works with a large number of substantial public and private sector issuers in the financing strategies. Ned received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University, where he majored in American Government.

Julie Fox

Julie Fox is the Managing Director for Wealth Management Americas at UBS Financial Services. Ms. Fox leads sales efforts for both the Field Sales team and the sales organization in the Advice & Solutions business at UBS Financial Services Inc. She is responsible for the sales strategy and direction of all field-facing resources both internally and externally to ensure consistency across sales efforts in how UBS delivers products and solutions to Financial Advisors and clients.

A 13-year veteran of UBS, Ms. Fox was instrumental in launching the UBS Global Family Office Group, a unique offering in the industry serving the needs of UHNW clients and their Advisors. Additionally, Ms. Fox spent five years in the field in key branch roles and as the Metro Regional Sales Manager. She also has seven years of experience in UBS's Capital Markets group leading an array of teams and businesses.

Ms. Fox played collegiate Division I tennis at Lehigh University and still plays frequently in New York City. She holds her executive M.B.A. from Fordham University. She currently co-chairs the firm's Diversity Network (All Bar None) in the Americas and is on the Board of Directors of JOIN Israel. Julie, her husband Stephen, and son Mason live in Long Island City, New York.


Heather K. Godsmark

Heather is a Director in the Office of the Chairman and CEO at KPMG LLP. She works with the Chairman and CEO and a diverse leadership team to deliver his vision and strategy to grow the business throughout the Americas region. Heather has significant experience in the climate change, sustainability and infrastructure consulting sectors, including responsibility for building new global businesses for KPMG. Throughout her career, Heather has had significant multinational experience including living in and working for KPMG in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the U.S. She is a co-founder of the Women's Infrastructure Network and a member of the Alumni Executive Committee for St. Mark's School (Southborough, MA) and serves as the Chair of the St. Mark's New York Area Alumni Chapter.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Magna cum Laude, from the University of Miami and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Edinburgh and ENPC (Paris). Heather was also a Fulbright Fellow at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 


Stephen Goldstein

Stephen Goldstein is a Senior Managing Director of the Restructuring and Debt Advisory Group at Evercore Partners. In his work at Evercore, Mr. Goldstein has advised corporate clients and creditor groups in a broad range of restructuring, reorganization and capital raising transactions. Specifically, Mr. Goldstein has significant experience in Chapter 11 and out-of-court restructurings, as well as raising debt and equity capital in traditional and distressed situations. Mr. Goldstein has represented clients across a diverse variety of industries, including heavy building materials, real estate, TMT (telecom/media/technology), energy, health care and consumer products.

Prior to joining Evercore, Mr. Goldstein was a Managing Director in the Financial Restructuring Group of Lazard Freres & Co., where he had worked since 2002. Prior to Lazard, Mr. Goldstein served in several investment banking positions at Thomas Weisel Partners and its predecessor firm, Montgomery Securities. Mr. Goldstein began his career as an attorney at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he specialized in securities law and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Goldstein has a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. (with distinction) from Cornell University.


Michael Grant

Michael is a Partner in the M&A Practice at Willis, a leading global insurance and employee benefits broker. He provides a broad range of services including risk management advisory, transactional diligence consulting, and structured insurance solutions primarily to private equity firms and their portfolio companies on a global basis. 

Michael received a BS with a concentration in Finance and Economics from Penn State University. He received his MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

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Colin Hannaway

Colin Hannaway is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Jefferies LLC, based in New York City. Previously, Mr. Hannaway was a Managing Director in the Global Investment Banking Division at HSBC Securities, where he oversaw the US Media Investment Banking Group and executed M&A, financing and private equity transactions for global Media-sector clients. Mr. Hannaway also led the formation of HSBC's US Financial Sponsors Group, and managed the bank's relationships with more than 100 global financial sponsors and middle-market private equity firms. 

While at HSBC, Mr. Hannaway advised on financing, M&A, and direct investment transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $45 billion. Prior to HSBC, Mr. Hannaway oversaw all private equity investing for Sterling Grace LLC, a family investment office from the WR Grace & Co. lineage, where he completed private equity investments in the financial services, shipping and communications sectors. Previously, Mr. Hannaway worked in the Investment Banking Division at JP Morgan, where he advised clients in the broadcasting, publishing, entertainment, data services and cable television sectors.

Mr. Hannaway earned an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA from Tulane University.


David Johnston

David C. Johnston is a Managing Director in AlixPartners' Turnaround and Restructuring Services group. He joined the firm in 1998 and is based in the New York office.  He has assisted companies as both a lead restructuring advisor and interim officer; Chief Financial Officer (CFO); Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO); and Treasurer.  David has developed and implemented a broad array of improvements to quickly stabilize businesses, including cash and liquidity management programs that monitor and improve working capital; and he has effectively managed numerous client operations, improving productivity, morale, and vision while streamlining costs. David is a skilled negotiator, working with lenders, suppliers, creditors, and other stakeholders to reach mutually beneficial results.

David led the restructuring of BearingPoint, which at its peak was a $3.5-billion global consulting firm with 16,000 employees.  His efforts as CFO and his collaborations with others were recognized by the Turnaround Management Association, which named BearingPoint the 2010 Mega Company Turnaround of the Year.

Currently, David is serving as the lead advisor to a technology consulting and software concern guiding its restructuring initiatives, leading a "Whole Company" turnaround for a middle market nutritional supplement company and is the lead advisor to a large Texas energy company undergoing a major business transformation.  During his career, David has overseen successful restructurings across a variety of industries, including financial services, real estate, manufacturing, energy, and telecom.  

David is a certified public accountant, a certified insolvency and restructuring advisor, and a certified turnaround professional.  He received a Bachelor's degree in economics, management, and accounting from Albion College in Michigan.  He is an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors, and the Turnaround Management Association, where he has lectured on successful strategies for cross-border restructurings and "Out of Court" restructuring strategies.  He was named to Turnaround & Workouts' 2011 Restructuring Professionals to Watch.  In 2012, he was the recipient of Futures and Options' Dream Big award and now is a member of its Board of Directors. 


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Erin Murphy 

Erin is a Managing Director in BlackRock, Inc.'s Legal & Compliance Department.  She is currently the Global Head of Alternatives Compliance.  Prior to assuming her current role, from 2012-2014, Erin was the Global Chief Operating Officer for BlackRock's Compliance team. From 2011-2012, Erin was a member of BlackRock's Legal team focusing on regulatory reform matters as well as supporting certain of the firm's broker dealer businesses.  Prior to joining BlackRock in 2011, Ms. Murphy was a Vice President, Associate General Counsel of Goldman, Sachs & Co., responsible for legal coverage of a variety of equity sales and trading businesses.  From 1999-2005, Ms. Murphy was an associate for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, focusing primarily on mergers and acquisitions.  Ms. Murphy earned her LL.B. and B.C.L. from McGill University and her Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from Saint Mary's University.

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Michael Rizzo

Michael Rizzo is a Senior Vice President of CBRE, the world's largest full service commercial real estate firm, in its Downtown Manhattan office. Mr. Rizzo specializes in consultation and tenant representation, providing real estate advisory and brokerage services to both public and private sector clients. Mr. Rizzo's clients hail from a wide range of industries and operate in local, national and international capacities.

Mr. Rizzo's expertise includes lease acquisitions and lease dispositions, lease auditing and strategic development, implementation of occupancy cost reduction strategies and advanced lease renewals.

Prior to joining CBRE, he has ten years of experience in the retail/sporting goods industry.

Poonam Shah

Poonam is a Vice President in the Internal Audit Division focusing on the Securities Division at Goldman Sachs and Co. She has previously worked in Credit Derivative Operations and the Mortgage Department within Securities Division.

Poonam joined the Futures and Options board in July 2012.  She has volunteered with iMentor, a non-profit organization working with mentoring high schools kids in New York City. She was also a member of Youth, I.N.C., an organization focused on developing non-profits' sustainability by volunteering with their affiliated non-profits. Poonam holds a B.S in Business and Technology with a minor in Economics from Stevens Institute of Technology.


Roopesh Shah 

Roopesh Shah is a Managing Director and Global Head of Goldman Sachs' Restructuring Finance and Advisory Group, based in New York.  Mr. Shah joined Goldman Sachs in 2006, prior to which he held roles with Miller Buckfire & Co. and Wasserstein Perella & Co.

Mr. Shah specializes in complex distressed financing, M&A and advisory situations, both in-court and out-of-court.  Mr. Shah is a frequent speaker on restructuring, M&A and related topics.  Mr. Shah is also a Board member of Her Justice, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services for low-income women and children who are victims of domestic abuse.

Mr. Shah received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with concentrations in finance, marketing and information technology. In 2013, he was a recipient of the Futures and Options Dream Big award, and he joined the Board of Directors in 2014.

Efrem Sigel

Efrem Sigel grew up in Staten Island, NY, earned his BA from Harvard College and was a Peace Corps teacher in the Ivory Coast for two years. After receiving his MBA from Harvard Business School, he was awarded a Sheldon Travelling Fellowship from Harvard University for travel to Iran, Israel, West Africa and South America. Upon completion of this fellowship, he began a 30-year career in business journalism and business publishing, a career that included starting (and later selling) two companies that published newsletters and magazines and ran industry conferences and seminars. During this period he wrote four nonfiction books about communications media and electronic publishing.

Since 2000, he has devoted much of his time to writing (he has published two novels and 35 short stories and essays) and volunteering. He has taught English and math to adults through NY Cares and has taught memoir writing to adults in Pittsfield, MA. As a project coordinator for the Education Committee of HBS Community Partners, he supervises pro bono consulting projects to nonprofits in the field of education in the New York City area. All the projects are performed by HBS alumni at no cost to the nonprofits. He joined the board of Futures and Options in 2016.

Chris Snyder

Chris is a Vice President at Uni-World Capital, L.P., a middle market private equity firm. Mr. Snyder has 15 years of direct private equity and investment banking experience. Prior to joining Uni-World Capital, Mr. Snyder sourced, executed and managed buyout and growth equity investments in the business services and technology-enabled services sectors at Cowen Capital Partners (f/k/a SG Capital Partners) and ABS Capital Partners. Prior to that, Chris worked in the Corporate Finance & Investment Banking Division of Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc. where he executed merger & acquisition, capital raising and advisory mandates for private equity sponsors and corporate clients. Chris began his career at American Capital Strategies. Mr. Snyder earned his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and his B.S. in Finance and B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland.


Paul Teske

Paul Teske is a Principal of ATL Partners. Prior to the formation of ATL, Paul was a Vice President at MidOcean Partners focusing on investments in the Industrials sector. Previously, Mr. Teske was a member of the Industrials & Transportation group at Deutsche Bank Securities.

Mr. Teske serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of Sky Aviation Leasing International Limited and Sky Aviation Leasing US LLC for SKY Leasing, a new aircraft leasing platform focused on early mid-life assets. Mr. Teske also serves on the Board of Directors of Futures and Options, a non-profit organization focused on empowering New York City's underserved youth to explore careers through career development, mentorship and paid internships. Mr. Teske previously served as a Board Observer of Noranco Inc., a Tier I/II supplier of aerospace components and assemblies.

Mr. Teske received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, double majoring in Economics and Political Science.           

Meena Thever Wojcik

Meena Thever is a Director at BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager with $4.7 trillion in AUM and a leading $130 billion Alternative Investments provider. She is a member of BlackRock Alternatives Specialists where she is responsible for client engagement and institutional capital raising for BlackRock's global real estate business.

Previously, Meena led the North America institutional distribution effort within J.P. Morgan Asset Management Alternative Investment Strategies where she was responsible for advising public and corporate pension and insurance clients on strategies across private equity, private credit, hedge funds and real assets.

Meena began her career in Financial Sponsors investment banking at J.P. Morgan, executing leveraged buyouts and capital markets transactions for large private equity funds. Additionally, she was a member of the investment team of the Credit Suisse Customized Fund Investment Group, a private equity fund of funds, where she executed due diligence of primary funds and direct co-investments and allocated capital on behalf of institutional clients. Meena also worked in capital raising and advisory at Mercury Capital Advisors where she was focused on raising closed-end private equity and real assets funds.

Meena earned her BA in Economics from Tufts University, magna cum laude, Masters in Public Policy (MPP) from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Kennedy Fellow, and MBA from The Wharton School.  She is a Fulbright Scholar and a published author.

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