Our board of directors brings together executives and senior technologists from several of the world's largest banks, financial technology providers and big tech software vendors. Its overaching mission is to establish the general direction of the Foundation in its ongoing efforts to tackle the hardest challenges facing the financial services industry.
Mike Telang has served Wells Fargo as the Senior Vice President and Chief Architect for Infrastructure Services and is now the Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise Architecture at Wells Fargo.
In his current role, Mike leads the Architecture for Wells Fargo’s Enterprise Information Technology (EIT) providing services to Wells Fargo’s customers and to an internal
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Mike spent 13 years with Cisco Systems where he was the Senior Director for IT infrastructure services. Mike has also held positions at Yahoo, Inc., Quantum Corporation, Nortel, and Stanford University.
Mike holds two Master of Business Administration degrees, one from Golden Gate University specializing in telecommunications and another from the Symbiosis Institute of Management specializing in business.
Pete Towns is the Global Head of Digital, DevOps & Architecture for Global Banking & Markets (GBM) at HSBC. GBM is an emerging markets-led and finance-focused business that provides tailored solutions to major government, corporate and institutional clients in over 60 countries and territories.
In his current role, Pete leads a team of technologists who build, transform and deliver solutions to support Digital Products.
He also runs the Global Markets Client Relationship Management (CRM) & Sales MI platforms; and is responsible for the delivery of Sales Cockpit - a cross-asset dashboard for Sales users, covering pre-trade, execution and post-trade activities.
Prior to this role Pete ran GBM Cash FX IT & GFX eDistribution, in London and APAC GFX & Sales IT in Hong Kong. Before joining HSBC in 2010, he worked at RBS Global Banking & Markets as the Global Head of FX & Money Markets eCommerce IT.
Pete is passionate about building disruptive technology solutions and creating synergy between Technology and Business. He is also involved in curating special development programs for technologists across the globe.
Alessandro Petroni leads the business and technology strategy to accelerate the adoption of Red Hat open source technologies in the Finserv/Fintech industry working with customers, technology and service partners across product management, engineering, marketing and sales. He leads Red Hat in assisting banks in the go-to-cloud journey, adopting DevOps, influencing Red Hat R&D to focus on solving Finserv line of business challenges developing open source reference architectures and open collaborative environments.
Prior to Red Hat, Petroni has spent sixteen years serving top financial institutions including Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch Bank of America, Societe Generale, Citicorp and Deutsche Bank. He has covered leading roles as consultant in engineering, operations, software development, and consulting. As banking IT director he has implemented mission critical distributed solutions for capital markets and retail banking, managing large international teams.
Petroni graduated in Master Computer Engineering and Business Administration at the University of Trento, Italy, and lives in New York.