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“We are honored by [the Council’s] commitment to help Ascent grow and advance its mission of becoming the world’s leading RegTech provider of compliance automation solutions.” —Brian Clark, Founder & CEO, Ascent

Ascent has announced formation of its Industry Advisory Council (IAC) to provide external industry expertise and high-level advice to the company’s management with regards to strategy, execution, and overall global growth of Ascent. Led by Ascent Founder and CEO Brian Clark, the IAC is comprised of top industry leaders and subject matter experts in the financial and regulatory space.

“We are thrilled to start work with the members of our Industry Advisory Council,” said Clark. “As top minds in their fields, they will provide insight into not only the everyday challenges of Risk and Compliance practitioners, but also the broader movement of financial compliance as an industry and how we can position Ascent within that tidal shift in order to best serve our growing customer base. We are honored by their commitment to help Ascent grow and advance its mission of becoming the world’s leading RegTech provider of compliance automation solutions.”

The four members of the IAC are:

Nirvana Farhadi

Nirvana Farhadi is a thought leader and pioneer in the RegTech sector, with over 20 years of experience in financial services. She is a global RegTech influencer, author, and keynote speaker with an expertise in compliance, operations and risk. In her current role as Global Head, Financial Services RegTech, Risk & Regulatory Compliance Affairs, Nirvana is the business owner and strategic leader for the organization’s Financial Services RegTech business. As the former Head of Regulatory Reporting at KPMG, she has led the business, practice, and development for Regulatory Transaction Reporting as well as a number of other reporting requirements.

David Rudis

David Rudis spent over 30 years at LaSalle National Bank and its predecessor bank based in Chicago where he was part of the top executive team that took LaSalle from a small, struggling bank in the early 1980s to a highly profitable, super regional market share leader that was sold to Bank of America for $21 billion in 2007.  Following the sale, David stayed on as president of BofA Illinois and also as the executive in charge of BofA’s national debit card and checking businesses. David is currently vice-chairman of the board of the Acorn Wanger Mutual Funds as well as lead director of First Hospitality, a U.S. developer, owner and manager of hotels.

Scott Gordon

Under Mr. Gordon’s 15-year leadership, Rosenthal Collins Group, LLC (“RCG”) was one of the nation’s leading independent futures brokerage and clearing firms. He currently is Chairman of XF, LLC where he is assisting the former RCG owners in winding down their operations. As Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) from 1998 to 2002, he guided the exchange through the development and execution of a strategic plan that transformed it from a mutual membership organization to a for-profit stock corporation, the first U.S. financial exchange to take this step. Mr. Gordon previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of a Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi futures brokerage subsidiary. | LinkedIn

Ian Hollowbread

Ian Hollowbread was appointed Head of RegTech Labs in January 2019. Ian is globally responsible for RegTech within ING Labs, with a focus on supporting and investing in early stage companies to help address regulatory compliance and proactively protect the financial system at large. Ian is an accomplished change manager, with over 15 years of experience across service, operations and regulatory environments. He also brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of post-trade infrastructure and innovation. Ian is an active member of ING U.K.’s Innovation Council and has had responsibility of defining strategy and transformation under ING’s Chief Administrators office function. Most recently, Ian served as Chair to the Association of Foreign Banks RegTech Group, and he promotes ecosystem building efforts to help solve some of the fundamental challenges to technology adoption.


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