Serving as a bridge between Wharton Customer Analytics and leading analytics professionals, the Executive Board helps to inform the ongoing priorities and future direction of WCA.
Arthur H. Bilger, W'75
Art Bilger is Founder and CEO of WorkingNation, a national not-for-profit campaign to educate the American public about the looming unemployment crisis in this country and to start a widespread movement to meet and overcome this unprecedented challenge.
Art continues to be an active investor in early stage private companies engaged in new technologies, with particular focus on healthcare, online education, digital media, and data analytics. Art’s activities in this area began as an investor in and Vice Chairman of Akamai Technologies Inc., a provider of global, high-performance services for the delivery of internet content, streaming media and applications. Prior to this, Art was involved in the formation of New World Communications, which became the largest Fox Broadcasting affiliate group where he also became President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director. Prior career involvements included a founding partner of Apollo Advisors, LP, and EVP and Co-Head of Corporate Finance of Drexel Burnham Lambert.
Art serves as a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School Board of Overseers. Also, at Wharton, Art sits on the Board and is the Founding Funder of Wharton Customer Analytics, an entity focused on the evolution of data analytics in the corporate world.
Art Bilger’s successful career began with the completion of his B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and subsequent MBA from The University of Chicago.
Founder & CEO
Nobel Gulati, W'94
Mr. Nobel Gulati served as CEO of Two Sigma Advisers until December 2018. Prior to joining Two Sigma, Gulati worked at Citigroup as managing director in the global equities division and as head of ADR research and strategy in the global research division. He helped build Citigroup’s program, electronic and algorithmic trading businesses and was responsible for strategy and business development across global equities. Previously, he worked in equity research at ABN AMRO and NatWest. Gulati began his career with Raymond James, where he established the firm’s first Asian office, in India. He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, as a Joseph Wharton Scholar, with a bachelor’s degree in international finance.
Two Sigma Advisers
Sajjad Jaffer, WG'01
Sajjad Jaffer is the Head of Data, Analytics and Machine Learning at GrowthCurve Capital. Prior to joining GrowthCurve, Sajjad co-founded Two Six Capital, the firm that pioneered data science for private equity in 2013. Two Six Capital was acquired by West Monroe in 2020. He found the firm’s intellectual property backed by 25 years of PhD research from Wharton. During Sajjad’s tenure, he worked with a team of Data Scientists and Data Engineers to develop a proprietary technology platform combining large scale Engineering, Statistics, and Machine Learning. This technology platform analyzed granular big data sets and was applied globally across multiple industries to private equity commercial diligence, value creation, and VDD situations. Sajjad was also involved in prioritizing the firm’s R&D initiatives to scale the firm with software and data over headcount.
Prior to co-founding Two Six, Sajjad worked at Infosys Technologies, M&T Bank, and Siraj Capital. He holds a B.A. from Bowdoin, where he double majored in Computer Science and Government and minored in Economics and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School. Sajjad serves on the Board of the Wharton Customer Analytics center which guides the school on ways to enrich experiential learning and thought leadership around business applications of Analytics and AI.
Head – Data, Analytics and Machine Learning
Growth Curve Capital
Ian Picache, WG'01
Ian Picache has spent his career as an investor and as an entrepreneur. He is a Managing Director, member of the investment committee, and Chief Analytics Officer at Roark Capital Group.
Previously, he was a Managing Partner at Two Six Capital, the first investment and operating firm using data science to create an advantage in the private equity investment and value creation process. Built on 25 years of intellectual property and academic research, the firm has been involved in marquee private equity transactions that have closed with combined enterprise value exceeding $30 billion. The Two Six platform analyzed over $160 billion in granular transaction-level data and was acquired by West Monroe Partners in December 2020.
Ian has completed investments in 21 technology companies with 13 IPOs and acquisitions. These investments represent over $400 million of invested capital and achieved realized and unrealized returns of ~$1.3 billion. He co-founded and was the sole investor in several ecommerce companies, including the luxury flash sale site Bergine (acquired by Gilt Groupe). Previously, Ian has invested across a wide range of industries with Technology Crossover Ventures, Vanguard Ventures and Telesoft Partners. Ian began his career at Morgan Stanley in private equity and investment banking groups. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth and M.B.A. from Wharton.
Ethan Prater, WG'04
Ethan Prater WG ’04 is an independent advisor, Board member, consultant, and investor with experience in software product management and analytics, where he focuses on health care, education, and marketing. He is Chairman of the Digital Health Track at Alchemist Accelerator, a venture-backed accelerator dedicated to enterprise startups. He has served as CEO of NovoEd, SVP/GM of Consumer Engagement at Emdeon (now Change Healthcare), VP of Products at Castlight Health and Jigsaw (now Data.com at Salesforce.com), and Director of Product Management in advertising targeting and analytics at Yahoo and DoubleClick (now Google Marketing). He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Chairman, Digital Health Track
Marc Rowan, W'84, WG'85
Marc Rowan is a co-founder and Senior Managing Director of Apollo Global Management, LLC, a leading alternative asset manager focused on contrarian and value-oriented investments across private equity, credit-oriented capital markets, insurance and real estate.
Marc currently serves on the boards of directors of Apollo Global Management, LLC, Athene Holding Ltd., and Athora Holding Ltd. He has previously served on the boards of directors of numerous other entities, including Apollo portfolio companies, other entities affiliated with Apollo, and other entities. Marc is a founding member and Chairman of Youth Renewal Fund, the Chairman of the Board of Overseers of The Wharton School, and a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Board of Trustees. He serves on the board of directors of Jerusalem U and several technology-oriented venture companies.
Marc graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a BS and an MBA in Finance.
Apollo Global Management, LLC
Philip L. Yang, Jr., WG'83
Philip L. Yang, Jr. began his career at Caxton Corporation, now Caxton Associates, L.L.C. (“Caxton”), a commodity trading advisory firm. At Caxton Mr. Yang traded a proprietary discretionary account and developed systematic trading models. Mr. Yang was later named Director of Research, and ultimately Senior Vice President and Director of Commodity Trading. Mr. Yang founded Willowbridge in 1988 building upon the success of the systematic models he had developed and managing a proprietary discretionary trading approach. Mr. Yang has extensive experience in both systematic and discretionary trading styles. Mr. Yang obtained a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He received his master’s degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Founder, Chairman of the Board, Chief Investment Officer
Willowbridge Associates Inc.