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
Apollo Global Management
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 a senior director at West Monroe. Sajjad joined West Monroe after the acquisition of Two Six Capital where he was co-founder and Managing Director. Two Six Capital is a technology-enabled private equity firm that has pioneered Data Science for Private Equity. The firm’s approach to due diligence transactions and value add post investment is backed by 25 years of IP and research in Data Science. The firm has analyzed over $100 billion in granular transaction level revenue data and has been involved in over $27 billion worth of private equity transactions that have closed.
Sajjad most recently worked with a private equity firm in Dubai. Prior to that he worked at Infosys where the firm grew from $0.5B to $3B. Sajjad had leadership team responsibilities focusing on large scale corporate transformations.
Sajjad started his career at M&T Bank. Sajjad 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 Wharton.
Ian Picache, WG'01
Ian is a senior director at West Monroe, a technology investor, and an entrepreneur. Ian joined West Monroe after the acquisition of Two Six Capital where he was co-founder and Managing Director. He has completed investments in 22 companies with 15 IPOs and acquisitions. These investments represent $400+ million of invested capital and achieved realized and unrealized returns of $1.2 billion. He co-founded and was the sole investor in two ecommerce companies, including the luxury flash sale site, Bergine (acquired by Gilt Groupe). 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 College 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.
Co-Founder, Senior Managing Director
Apollo Global Management, LLC
Randall J. Weisenburger, WG'87
Randall Weisenburger started Mile 26 Capital in January 2015. Previously, Mr. Weisenburger was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) from 1998 through 2014.
Omnicom, headquartered in New York City, is a strategic holding company that manages a global portfolio of leading marketing and corporate communications agencies with revenue of approximately $15.3 billion in 2014. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, direct and promotional marketing, public relations, interactive/digital media services and other specialty communications services to clients in more than 100 countries.
Before joining Omnicom, Mr. Weisenburger was a founding member of Wasserstein Perella and a former member of the First Boston Corporation. He left First Boston in 1988 with Bruce Wasserstein, Joe Perella and others to form Wasserstein Perella & Company (“WP”). While at WP, he specialized in private equity investing and leveraged acquisitions. From 1993 through 1998, Mr. Weisenburger was President and Chief Executive Officer of the firm’s merchant banking subsidiary, Wasserstein & Co. Additionally, he held various roles within WP’s portfolio of investment companies including: Co-Chairman of Collins & Aikman Corp, CEO of Wickes Manufacturing, Vice Chairman of Maybelline Inc., and Chairman of American Law Media.
Mr. Weisenburger currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors of Carnival Corporation & plc
(NYSE: CCL), Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) and Acosta Sales and Marketing Corp. He also serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and is a trustee of Eisenhower Fellowships. Mr. Weisenburger previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Health & Hospital Foundation and of the US Ski and Snowboard Foundation.
He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business (1987), where he was named the Henry Ford Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Accounting from Virginia Tech (1980).
Founder and Managing Partner
Mile 26 Capital
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.