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Catherine Wood

Catherine Wood

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Investment Officer

Catherine Wood

Catherine Wood

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Investment Officer

Cathie registered ARK Investment Management LLC (“ARK”) as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in January 2014. With over 40 years of experience identifying and investing in innovation, Cathie founded ARK to focus solely on disruptive innovation while adding new dimensions to research. Through an open approach that cuts across sectors, market capitalizations, and geographies, Cathie believes that ARK can identify large-scale investment opportunities in the public markets resulting from technological innovations centered around DNA sequencing, robotics, artificial intelligence, energy storage, and blockchain technology. As Chief Investment Officer (“CIO”) and Portfolio Manager, Cathie led the development of ARK’s philosophy and investment approach and has ultimate responsibility for investment decisions.

Prior to ARK, Cathie spent twelve years at AllianceBernstein as CIO of Global Thematic Strategies where she managed over $5 billion. Cathie joined Alliance Capital from Tupelo Capital Management, a hedge fund she co-founded, which in 2000, managed approximately $800 million in global thematic strategies. Prior to her tenure at Tupelo Capital, she worked for 18 years with Jennison Associates LLC as Chief Economist, Equity Research Analyst, Portfolio Manager and Director. She started her career in Los Angeles, California at The Capital Group as an Assistant Economist. Cathie received her Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Finance and Economics from the University of Southern California in 1981.

Cathie has been recognized as an influential fund manager across various outlets. In 2018, editors at Bloomberg acknowledged Cathie by selecting her to its second annual Bloomberg 50 list of people across business, entertainment, finance, politics, technology, and science who have defined global business. Additionally, Fortune named Cathie to its exclusive roundtable of experts in the annual Fortune Investors Guide: The Best Investing Advice for 2019 From Fortune’s Experts. In 2016, Cathie received the “Women in Finance – Outstanding Contribution Award” from Market Media. Cathie also has been a featured speaker at the World Economic Forum (China) in 2016 & 2017, the World Strategic Forum (Miami) in 2017, The Sohn Hearts and Minds Investment Leaders Conference (Australia) in 2018 and 2019, and Singularity University’s Exponential Finance in 2017 and Global Summit in 2019.

In 2018, Cathie launched the Duddy Innovation Institute at her alma mater, Notre Dame Academy in Los Angeles. The institute offers a challenging educational experience for young women eager to stretch their learning beyond the boundaries of traditional acquisition of knowledge, while influencing a new way of thinking and learning throughout campus.

*The Adviser did not pay a fee to be considered for or granted any awards. The Adviser did not pay a fee or was required to be a member of an organization to be invited as a speaker at any of the noted events. For full Award Disclosure please go to our Terms & Conditions page. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus

Catherine's favorite innovator

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Artificial Intelligence | Autonomous Vehicles | Bitcoin | Economics | Electric Vehicles | Genomics | Market Insights | Market Review
Artificial Intelligence | Autonomous Vehicles | Bitcoin | Economics | Electric Vehicles | Genomics | Market Insights | Market Review

Innovation Stocks Are Not in A Bubble: We Believe They Are in Deep Value Territory

Artificial Intelligence | Blockchain | DNA Sequencing | Energy Storage | Good Deflation | Inflation | Macroeconomics | Robotics
Artificial Intelligence | Blockchain | DNA Sequencing | Energy Storage | Good Deflation | Inflation | Macroeconomics | Robotics

The Rotation From Growth Into Value Stocks Has Strengthened This Bull Market

Brett Winton

Brett Winton

Director of Research

Brett Winton

Brett Winton

Director of Research

Brett joined ARK in February 2014 and has worked alongside Cathie for almost 15 years since their time at AllianceBernstein. As Director of Research, Brett guides and manages the proprietary research of ARK’s investment team. The team recognizes that disruptive innovation demands a dynamic and universal approach. By researching across sectors, industries and markets, ARK’s investment team seeks to gain a deeper understanding of the convergence and market potential of disruptive innovations, and thus size investment opportunities more appropriately.

Prior to ARK, Brett served as a Vice President and Senior Analyst on the Research on Strategic Change team at AllianceBernstein. In that role, Brett conducted thematic research, served on the thematic portfolios strategy committee under Cathie Wood’s stewardship, and advised portfolio managers across asset classes. His research topics included Global Energy in the Face of Carbon Dioxide Regulation; Social Media and the Rise of Facebook; the Reformation of the Financial Services Landscape; and the Emergence of Electric Vehicles. He also is the Founder and Principal at iamB Consulting, providing strategy consulting to early stage startups. Prior to 2007, Brett worked in business development in the Radio-Frequency Identification industry after serving as a founding teacher at a charter high school in Los Angeles. Brett earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Alexander Winton

Alexander Winton

Brett's favorite innovator

Sam Korus

Sam Korus

Associate Portfolio Manager

Sam Korus

Sam Korus

Associate Portfolio Manager

Sam joined ARK in July 2015. As Associate Portfolio Manager, Sam works directly with Cathie Wood and the investment team to drive ARK’s investment process and make investment decisions. Sam joined ARK as an Analyst on the Autonomous Technology and Robotics strategy and still assumes these responsibilities. In this capacity, Sam focuses on automation, robotics, energy storage, alternate energy, and space exploration.

Prior to ARK, Sam was a business development intern at Graphiq, a knowledge graph and visualization company. Prior to Graphiq, Sam worked as a captain for Sail Caribbean. Sam graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Cognitive Science with a concentration in Computation and Cognition.

Sam has appeared on CNBC, BNN and Cheddar TV, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, the Los Angeles Times, among other publications.

Daniel Bernoulli

Daniel Bernoulli

Sam's favorite innovator

Nicholas Grous

Nicholas Grous

Associate Portfolio Manager

Nicholas Grous

Nicholas Grous

Associate Portfolio Manager

Nick joined ARK in July of 2018. As Associate Portfolio Manager, Nick works directly with Cathie Wood and the investment team to drive ARK’s investment process and make investment decisions. Initially, Nick served as ARK’s Trading/Research Associate. Afterwards, he transitioned into the role of an Analyst on the Next Generation Internet strategy and still assumes these responsibilities. In this capacity, he focuses on digital media, streaming technology, and online gaming.

Prior to ARK, Nick worked at York International Insurance and Vestorly, a New York-based tech start-up. He also interned at Deutsche Bank, and Gamma Real Estate – a boutique commercial real estate firm. Nick graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Entrepreneurship.

Nick has been quoted by Business Insider for his research on video streaming services.

Galileo Galilei

Galileo Galilei

Nick's favorite innovator

Renato Leggi, CFA, CAIA

Renato Leggi, CFA, CAIA

Client Portfolio Manager

Renato Leggi, CFA, CAIA

Renato Leggi, CFA, CAIA

Client Portfolio Manager

Renato “Ren” joined ARK in October 2018. As ARK’s Client Portfolio Manager, Ren works directly with ARK’s investment team to communicate in-depth knowledge of investment-level detail to internal and external clients.

Prior to ARK, Ren was Vice President and Director of Investment Research & Due Diligence at Capital One’s Wealth & Asset Management division. He was responsible for leading the expansion of investment research, third-party investment manager platform, strategic asset allocation framework, and portfolio construction. He also worked as a client-facing portfolio manager, developing and maintaining institutional and high-net-worth client relationships. Prior to Capital One, Ren held various portfolio management, investment due diligence and analyst roles at Morgan Stanley Private Bank, Nomura Holdings, and Legg Mason, Inc. Ren is a CFA® and CAIA® charterholder, and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Master of Science in Finance from Loyola University Maryland.

Alan Turing

Alan Turing

Renato's favorite innovator

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Disruptive Innovation | Emerging Markets | portfolio composition | Thematic Investing
Disruptive Innovation | Emerging Markets | portfolio composition | Thematic Investing

Strategic Allocation To Innovation: A Comparison to Emerging Markets

We believe a strategic allocation to innovation probably will evolve into a sub-asset class, as did the “niche” strategy of the 1980s—emerging markets.

Thomas Hartmann-Boyce, CFA

Thomas Hartmann-Boyce, CFA

Client Portfolio Manager

Thomas Hartmann-Boyce, CFA

Thomas Hartmann-Boyce, CFA

Client Portfolio Manager

Thomas Hartmann-Boyce joined ARK in June 2021. As Client Portfolio Manager, Thomas works directly with ARK’s investment team to communicate in-depth knowledge of investment-level detail to internal and external clients.

Prior to ARK, Thomas was Vice President, Lead Portfolio Manager within the multi-asset solutions business at Goldman Sachs Asset Management for over five years where he managed customized portfolios for institutional clients. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 2015, Thomas held various client-facing positions at MSCI Inc. over the span of four years, with a key emphasis on business development within the exchangetraded funds team. Thomas is a CFA charterholder, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Management & Business from Skidmore College.

Sir Frederick Banting

Sir Frederick Banting

Thomas’s favorite innovator

Dan White, CFA

Dan White, CFA

Client Portfolio Specialist

Dan White, CFA

Dan White, CFA

Client Portfolio Specialist

Dan joined ARK in February 2021. As ARK’s Client Portfolio Specialist, he partners with ARK’s investment team to create and deliver insight and analysis to internal and external clients.

Prior to ARK, Dan was Vice President and Investment Strategist at Bank of America. His primary responsibilities were investment manager due diligence and portfolio construction for the model portfolios offered at Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust Private Bank. Dan is a CFA Charterholder, and earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Rhode Island.

Robert Goddard

Robert Goddard

Dan's favorite innovator

Tasha Keeney, CFA

Tasha Keeney, CFA

Analyst

Tasha Keeney, CFA

Tasha Keeney, CFA

Analyst

Tasha joined ARK in January 2014 and is an Analyst for ARK’s Autonomous Technology and Robotics strategy. She covers autonomous cars, additive manufacturing, infrastructure development, and innovative materials.

Previously, Tasha spent almost three years as a management consultant for Applied Value, working primarily with manufacturing and automotive clients. Tasha is a graduate of Boston University’s Collaborative Degree Program with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Finance concentration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Statistics with a Pure and Applied Mathematics concentration.

Tasha frequently appears on CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and Fox Business. She has been quoted and her research has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired, the Verge, Bloomberg, CNNMoney, and Marketwatch, among other publications. She has been a featured speaker at the Annual Meeting for the Transportation Research Board, a division of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine for the United States and at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on autonomous driving.

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla

Tasha's favorite innovator

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Autonomous Vehicles | Electric Vehicles
Food Delivery | Robotics
Yassine Elmandjra

Yassine Elmandjra

Analyst

Yassine Elmandjra

Yassine Elmandjra

Analyst

Yassine joined ARK in July 2018. As ARK’s Blockchain/Cryptoasset Analyst, his research focuses on cryptoasset portfolio allocation, cryptoasset institutionalization, and Bitcoin mining.

Prior to ARK, Yassine was a Summer Analyst at Rembrandt Venture Partners, a SaaS focused early stage venture capital firm; and Arena Investors, a registered investment adviser that originates investments with borrowers and other counterparties who need access to financing and are otherwise not able to access conventional sources. Yassine graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Wharton and a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from The School of Engineering.

Yassine has been quoted on Yahoo, Yahoo Finance, Coindesk, Bitcoin Magazine, and Asia Times, among other publications. Additionally, Yassine was a featured speaker at The Fidelity Mining Summit and has been a guest on notable crypto-focused podcasts, including Marty Bent’s Tales from the Crypt, Laura Shin’s Unchained, Bitcoin Magazine, and Anthony Pompliano’s Off The Chain.

Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman

Yassine's favorite innovator

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Bitcoin | Blockchain | Cryptoassets
Bitcoin | Blockchain | Cryptoassets

Debunking Common Bitcoin Myths

Maximilian Friedrich

Maximilian Friedrich

Analyst

Maximilian Friedrich

Maximilian Friedrich

Analyst

Max joined ARK as an Analyst for ARK’s Fintech strategy in December 2018. He focuses on payments, digital wallets and the venture capital space.

Prior to ARK, he spent nearly two years at Redstone, a Berlin-based venture capital firm. Max also was Research Assistant at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) where he studied the syndication behavior of venture capitalists and subsequent effects on their portfolio companies. Max obtained his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Heidelberg.

Max has appeared on TD Ameritrade Network and has been quoted in Financial Times, Forbes, CNBC, among other publications.

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton

Max's favorite innovator

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Digital Wallet | Fintech
Digital Wallet
Digital Wallet

Cash App Could Be the Fastest Growing Digital Wallet in the US

Square’s Cash App seems to be the fastest growing digital wallet in the US. As disclosed by Square, the number of Cash App monthly active users (MAUs) has more than tripled in the last two years.

Simon Barnett

Simon Barnett

Analyst

Simon Barnett

Simon Barnett

Analyst

Simon joined ARK as an Analyst on the Genomic Revolution strategy in October 2018. His focus is on next generation DNA sequencing, molecular diagnostics, bioinformatics, and synthetic biology.

Prior to ARK, Simon was an engineering intern at Tissue Analytics—a software firm that utilizes computer vision and machine learning to analyze chronic wounds. Previously, Simon was a research intern at South Texas Accelerated Research Therapeutics (START) and Oncopath Laboratory, where he focused on novel anticancer agents and molecular tissue profiling, respectively. Simon graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a focus on computational biomedicine.

Simon has appeared on Cheddar TV, Investor’s Business Daily, and TD Ameritrade.

Paul Dirac

Paul Dirac

Simon's favorite innovator

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Cancer | Genomics | Liquid Biopsy | Oncology
Cancer Treatment | Gene Editing | Genomics | Oncology
Cancer Treatment | Gene Editing | Genomics | Oncology

The Genomics Age of Cancer Screening: Earlier Cancer Detection

Alexandra Urman

Alexandra Urman

Analyst

Alexandra Urman

Alexandra Urman

Analyst

Alexandra “Ali” joined ARK as an Analyst on the Genomic Revolution strategy in February 2020. She focuses on gene editing, stem cell and novel immunotherapy technologies.

Prior to ARK, Ali conducted clinical cancer research at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Montefiore Medical Center; and was a Senior Research Program Manager at IBM Watson Health. Ali incorporated her own consulting firm in 2018.  Ali has a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Masters in Epidemiology and Community Health from New York Medical College. She has additional training from the MIT Labs in Human-Computer Interaction for User Experience Design.

Ali has published over 25 articles spanning cancer research, AI and space medicine. She has three filed patents and received the Manager’s Choice Award in 2017 and 2018, and the Rookie of the Year Award in 2017 from IBM Watson Health.

Marie Curie

Marie Curie

Alexandra's favorite innovator

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Artificial Intelligence | Biotech | DNA Sequencing | Gene Editing | Genomics
Artificial Intelligence | Biotech | DNA Sequencing | Gene Editing | Genomics

Technology Could Boost the NPV of Biopharmaceutical Pipeline Assets Significantly

Will Summerlin

Will Summerlin

Analyst

Will Summerlin

Will Summerlin

Analyst

Will joined ARK in March 2021. As an Internet Analyst, his research focuses on artificial intelligence and software-as-a-service.

Before joining ARK, Will worked in product management at Lyft. Prior to joining Lyft, he was the Founder and CEO of Pinn AI, where he raised $10 million in venture capital and developed an award-winning AI-powered security platform. Will has served as an advisor to AtYourGate, the leading in-airport delivery company, and to Story Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm. Additionally, he has consulted growth-stage startups and large enterprises on strategy, M&A, and product management. Will has been a featured speaker at industry events including the Applied AI Conference, KNOW Identity, Gartner IAM, and Money2020.

Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson

Will's favorite innovator

Frank Downing

Frank Downing

Analyst

Frank Downing

Frank Downing

Analyst

Frank joined ARK in April 2021. As an Analyst for ARK’s Next Generation Internet strategy, Frank focuses on Cloud Computing, Software-as-a-Service, and Cryptoassets.

Prior to joining ARK, Frank was a Senior Technology Consultant in Deloitte’s Cloud Engineering practice. His skill set lies in data engineering, full stack web development, product management, and technology strategy. Additionally, Frank is passionate about the disruptive potential for decentralized applications across industries.

Frank holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, with a focus in Technology and Information Systems and a minor in Computer Science.

Henry Ford

Henry Ford

Frank's favorite innovator

Pierce Jamieson

Pierce Jamieson

Research Associate

Pierce Jamieson

Pierce Jamieson

Research Associate

Pierce Jamieson joined ARK as a Research Associate for the Genomic Revolution strategy in July 2021. His role involves supporting analyst coverage of companies through data acquisition and analytics, and performing due diligence on ARK research areas.

Prior to ARK, Pierce received his B.S. in Biology from Texas A&M and subsequently attended the Texas A&M Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology for his graduate studies. There he enjoyed a multidisciplinary training and published several papers, reviews, and commentaries in the field of molecular plant pathology. Pierce’s research interests included the pervasive plant and human pathogen Fusarium oxysporum, as well as the effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl contaminants on plant physiology and development. Pierce also started a small hedge fund before working at ARK which focused on the rapidly evolving Ethereum blockchain/ecosystem and decentralized finance space.

Barbara McClintock

Barbara McClintock

Pierce's favorite innovator

David Puell

David Puell

Research Associate

David Puell

David Puell

Research Associate

David joined ARK in January 2022. As a Research Associate, he focuses on Bitcoin and cryptoasset on-chain and market research.

Prior to ARK, he was Head of Research at Adaptive Capital in 2019 and 2020. He is best known for pioneering the emergent field of cryptocurrency on-chain analysis and has created a dozen metrics used industry-wide today, including the MVRV Ratio and the Puell Multiple. His metrics are featured in most major cryptoasset data platforms such as Glassnode, Coin Metrics, and CryptoQuant. David has been quoted in Bitcoin Magazine, Coindesk, among other publications, and has been featured in the Bitcoin Magazine Podcast, Will Clemente’s Blockware Intelligence Podcast, and The Pomp Podcast.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

David's favorite innovator

Nathaniel Mahowald

Nathaniel Mahowald

Research Associate

Nathaniel Mahowald

Nathaniel Mahowald

Research Associate

Nathaniel joined ARK as a Research Associate for ARK’s Autonomous Technology and Robotics strategy in January 2022. He focuses on alternative energy, 3D printing, and energy storage. Prior to ARK, Nathaniel was the lead data scientist at Sivo, a debt-as-a-service fintech.

Nathaniel graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Data Science. While in college, he modeled a variety of systems, including nuclear weapons proliferation, water main breaks, and the Software-as-a-Service ecosystem. In his free time, Nathaniel runs, rock climbs, works on short films, and makes slow improvements to his converted Sprinter van.

Herb Kelleher

Herb Kelleher

Nathaniel's favorite innovator

Andrew Kim

Andrew Kim

Analyst Intern

Andrew Kim

Andrew Kim

Analyst Intern

Andrew joined ARK in September 2020. As an Analyst Intern, he provides assistance to the analyst team and broader firm. He primarily supports ARK’s Next Generation Internet strategy.

Prior to ARK, Andrew interned as an investment banking summer analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York and a growth equity summer analyst at BlueRun Ventures (BRV Capital Management) in Seoul. Andrew is currently an undergraduate at Harvard University studying economics and statistics.

Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy

Andrew's favorite innovator

Will Scherer

Will Scherer

Trading Manager

Will Scherer

Will Scherer

Trading Manager

Will joined ARK in October 2014. As Trading Manager, Will manages execution of trades, monitors portfolio performance in real time, and keeps the investment team apprised of breaking news effecting portfolio companies. Will works directly with Cathie, Tom, and the analyst team to implement desired investment strategies.

Prior to ARK, Will was an intern at TIAA-CREF with responsibilities including financial modeling and forecasting for numerous business and technology projects. He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting, cum laude, from Bryant University in Rhode Island. Will currently is studying to earn a Master of Business Administration from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business.

Alan Turing

Alan Turing

Will's favorite innovator

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Matthew Milazzo

Trader

Matt Milazzo, Team Page

Matthew Milazzo

Trader

Matt joined ARK in February of 2022 as a member of the Trading Team. He has over 20 years of buy side equity trading experience, beginning at SAC Capital (now Point72 Asset Management). In 2000, Matt joined Allianz Global Investors in New York City as Vice President and was primarily responsible for the trading of their mid cap and large cap value strategies. In 2007, he joined Goldman Sachs Asset Management as Vice President within their Central Trading Desk team with a primary focus on equity trading for the Fundamental Equity growth strategies. He later joined Logan Circle Partners (a Fortress Investment Group company) in Tampa as Head of Trading, leading the newly formed group in their trading and operations efforts and infrastructure. Prior to ARK, Matt was also Head of Trading at Vinik Asset Management in Tampa, responsible for overseeing trade execution and market intelligence. He’s held similar Head Trading roles at Oakpoint Advisors (Tampa), Datum 9 Analytics (Miami) and MAC Alpha Capital Management (Tampa). Matt graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business.

Stéphane Tarnier

Stéphane Tarnier

Matt's favorite innovator

Nathan Gemmell

Nathan Gemmell

Trader

Nathan Gemmell

Nathan Gemmell

Trader

Nate joined ARK in October 2019. In his role as Trader, Nate works closely with ARK’s Operations and Portfolio Management teams to help manage ARK’s investment strategies.

Prior to ARK, Nate worked at ITG and later Virtu (who acquired ITG in 2019) on the Execution Management System and Workflow teams. His responsibilities included training clients on ITG’s trading systems, creating custom workflows to more efficiently execute in the markets, and running various analyses to determine potential cost efficiencies. Nate received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from The University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce with a concentration in Finance and Information Technology.

Benoit Mandelbrot

Benoit Mandelbrot

Nate's favorite innovator

Julian Falcioni

Julian Falcioni

Assistant Trader

Julian Falcioni

Julian Falcioni

Assistant Trader

Julian joined ARK in January 2021. In his role as Assistant Trader, Julian works closely with ARK’s Research, Investment, and Compliance teams to help manage model portfolios and execute trades.

Prior to ARK, Julian worked as a Senior Associate at Preqin, an alternative asset research firm. At Preqin, he conducted and published research on hedge fund trends, provided global macro market commentary to clients, and helped advance the quality of their proprietary database. Julian graduated from Fairfield University, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance. Julian has competed in financial trading competitions, presented to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and has been quoted in Hedgeweek and Institutional Investor. 

Alfred Winslow Jones

Alfred Winslow Jones

Julian's favorite innovator

Tom Staudt

Tom Staudt

Chief Operating Officer

Tom Staudt

Tom Staudt

Chief Operating Officer

As ARK’s Chief Operating Officer, Tom manages and oversees the daily operations of the firm, screens financial markets for new opportunities, and evaluates and implements ARK’s product portfolio. Tom joined ARK in June 2014 and was responsible for building out ARK’s trading desk, trade integrations, and day-to-day ETF operations. He later became Head of Product Development and led the launch of additional ARK investment solutions in the US and overseas.

Prior to joining ARK, Tom worked in a sales and consulting role for WILX. Prior to WILX, Tom interned at Fidelity Investments in its mutual fund department and consulted on millennial investing behavior at TIAA-CREF. Tom received his Bachelor of Business Administration, magna cum laude, in Finance and Economics from the University of Notre Dame; a Master of Arts in Telecommunications Policy from Michigan State University; a Master of Science in New Media Management from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University; and his Master of Business Administration from Cornell University.

Julius Nieuwland

Julius Nieuwland

Tom's favorite innovator

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Streaming | Video Streaming
Streaming | Television | Video Streaming
Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

Chief Financial Officer

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

Chief Financial Officer

As ARK’s Chief Financial Officer, Paul is responsible for the financial aspects of the firm, including reporting, treasury, accounting, tax, and financial controls.

Before joining ARK, Paul was Chief Financial Officer for ORIX’s U.S. business with approximately $80 billion of assets under management, administration, and servicing, including $10 billion held on the balance sheet.  At ORIX, Paul held positions on the U.S. Board of Directors and its significant subsidiaries in corporate finance, M&A advisory, real estate, and private and public equities.  He is a CPA with extensive M&A, tax, corporate development, treasury experience.  Before joining ORIX, Paul worked in public accounting with Ernst and Young.  Paul received his Bachelor degree in Accounting and Master’s degree in Tax from Baylor University.  Paul currently serves on the board of Healing Hand Ministries, a community-based healthcare center providing barrier-free access to healthcare for the uninsured and underinsured in its areas of operation, and is an advisor to two other charities, Retina Foundation of the Southwest and Family Gateway, a charity serving the homeless families.

Nathan

Nathan "Nate" Most

Paul's favorite innovator

ARK, Remote Work

Mark Keller

Chief Technology Officer

ARK, Remote Work

Mark Keller

Chief Technology Officer

Mark joined ARK in May 2022. As Chief Technology Officer, he manages and oversees ARK’s technological strategy, roadmap, and infrastructure.

Prior to joining ARK, Mark was Head of Strategy and Innovation at WPP, where he set out a robust Strategic Technology operating model that spanned core technologies, collaboration, identity, and cloud services. He developed and launched Cloud Studio, a virtualized creative desktop and storage platform. Prior to WPP, Mark served as Global Chief Information Officer at Wunderman and Principal Solutions and Enterprise Architect at Coretech, both WPP companies. One of the defining moments of Mark’s career was co-founding Hogarth Worldwide. Mark built this business into a highly successful $300 million global enterprise that resulted in its acquisition by WPP. He pulled on his technical engineering and creative background to design, develop and launch a new ‘studio in a box’ concept and built 30 post-production studios across the globe. Mark also created and commercialized ZONZA, a Digital Asset Management and delivery solution, and FIDO production platform, the first software tool that managed integrated advertising campaigns. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Advanced Computer Programming from King’s College London.

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton

Mark's favorite innovator

Jana Haines

Jana Haines

Chief Strategy Officer

Jana Haines

Jana Haines

Chief Strategy Officer

Jana joined ARK in March 2021. As ARK’s Chief Strategy Officer, Jana oversees all strategic business opportunities for the firm.

Prior to joining ARK, Jana spent more than 14 years at MSCI, most recently serving as a Managing Director and Head of Index Products, Americas & EMEA and Global Head of Fixed Income Indexes. She was a member of the Index Risk and Regulatory Committee and Investment Committee for MSCI’s US Retirement Plan. In her prior role, Jana served as Managing Director and head of MSCI’s Chicago office, where she built and led a team of top performing institutional sales specialists and consultants. Prior to MSCI, Jana garnered extensive global finance experience in diverse roles, among them Global Head of Equity and Equity Index Derivatives Market Making at HypoVereinsbank in Munich and Convertible Bond Arbitrage Portfolio Manager at Richie Capital, a Chicago-based hedge fund. She also co-founded the Private Equity Group in Prague and held several roles at Chicago Research and Trading Group (CRT). Jana holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

John Amos Comenius

John Amos Comenius

Jana's favorite innovator

William

William "Bill" Cox

Principal Financial Officer of Investment Products

William

William "Bill" Cox

Principal Financial Officer of Investment Products

Bill joined ARK as the Principal Financial Officer of Investment Products in June 2018. With over 30 years of experience in fund accounting and administration, he leads investment product, account, and fund procedural activities for ARK.

Prior to ARK, Bill was Fund Principal Financial Officer at Foreside Financial Group, LLC, where he served as outsourced Chief Financial Officer for the ARK ETF suite. Bill worked at State Street Corporation for over 15 years, rising to Department Head and Vice President of Fund Administration. Over the period, Bill served as Fund Treasurer/Assistant Treasurer for 56 clients with 750 funds, totaling approximately $70 billion in assets, and oversaw a team of 125 professionals. Before State Street, he was an Assistant Vice President for Putnam Investments in Boston for almost five years, covering Compliance, Risk Reporting and Financial Reporting. Bill is a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”), and started his career as a Senior Auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co. Bill is a CPA and graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor of Science in Management Advisory Services (Accounting and Computers).

Satoshi Nakamoto

Satoshi Nakamoto

Bill's favorite innovator

Althea Stewart-Antoine

Althea Stewart-Antoine

Executive Assistant
Office Manager

Althea Stewart-Antoine

Althea Stewart-Antoine

Executive Assistant
Office Manager

Althea joined ARK in April 2014. As Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, Althea oversees and manages ARK’s administrative support for Cathie Wood and the executive team. She serves as a main point of contact between all employees and external partners.

In 2002, Althea began her career at AllianceBernstein where she worked for twelve years as an Administrative Assistant to Cathie, who was the Chief Investment Officer for Global Thematic Strategies. On behalf of the Thematic team at AllianceBertstein, Althea also collaborated and coordinated with several senior level managers and investment professionals around the world.

Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker

Althea's favorite innovator

Alexandria Lloyd

Alexandria Lloyd

Administrative Assistant

Alexandria Lloyd

Alexandria Lloyd

Administrative Assistant

Alexandria “Alex” Lloyd joined ARK in October 2019. As Administrative Assistant, Alex manages day to day tasks for the executive team, sourcing and coordination for special events and the document archives.

Prior to ARK, Alex worked in Digital Marketing at L’Oreal USA and the Equities division at Deutsche Bank Securities. Alex earned her Bachelor of Arts in English & Creative Writing with a Certificate in Gender Studies from The University of Maryland at College Park.

Wes Anderson

Wes Anderson

Alex's favorite innovator

Beth Bilyeu

Beth Bilyeu

Administrative Assistant

Beth Bilyeu

Beth Bilyeu

Administrative Assistant

Beth joined ARK in October 2021. As Administrative Assistant, Beth manages day to day tasks for the executive team and assists any others where needed. Prior to ARK, Beth worked five years as Executive Assistant for MHK, a healthcare organization based out of Tampa, FL. Beth is currently attending online courses at WGU college.

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison

Beth's favorite innovator

Lisa Dodd

Lisa Dodd

Director of Marketing

Lisa Dodd

Lisa Dodd

Director of Marketing

Lisa joined ARK in July 2015. As Director of Marketing, Lisa is responsible for facilitating ARK’s marketing strategy and overseeing its implementation across channels and partners. She also oversees ARK’s global corporate communications and public relations strategies.

Prior to ARK, Lisa worked for five years at the Pioneer Companies, a national commercial real estate company headquartered in Syracuse, New York. As Marketing Manager, she collaborated with all departments to design and implement marketing strategies across platforms that built brand recognition and fostered business development. Lisa received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Colgate University and was a member of its Division I Women’s Varsity Ice Hockey program. She also received a Master of Science in New Media Management from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Lisa's favorite innovator

Pascal Stegmann

Pascal Stegmann

Digital Lead

Pascal Stegmann

Pascal Stegmann

Digital Lead

Pascal joined ARK in September 2021. In his role as Digital Lead, Pascal helps leverage data and technology to expand ARK’s digital offerings as well as support internal operations.

Previously, Pascal spent over four years at Bosch where he helped start and scale an AI startup in the manufacturing space. Pascal graduated from TU Munich with a Bachelor of Science in Technology and Management, as well as a Master of Science in Information Systems. During his studies, Pascal had the chance to work at ARK as an Analyst covering the Next Generation Internet strategy. Over the last few years, he’s also contributed to the team as a Theme Developer.

Claude Shannon

Claude Shannon

Pascal's favorite innovator

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Katie Vann

Katie Vann

Research Content Editor

Katie Vann

Katie Vann

Research Content Editor

Katie joined ARK in November 2021. In her role as Research Editor, Katie supports ARK’s technology analysts and facilitates the release of their research to the public. ARK employs an open, thematic research approach that integrates deep technology analysis with financial research. All our research is shared freely, creating a more transparent and interdisciplinary investment process. Katie provides developmental editing and copy editing inputs in order to contribute to the quality of ARK’s open knowledge ecosystem.

Prior ARK, Katie was the Managing Editor of Science, Technology, and Human Values (SAGE), a peer-reviewed journal in the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies. In that role, Katie managed content flow and coordinated the double-blind peer review of manuscripts, cultivating a broad international network of volunteer subject-matter experts. She also worked with authors, providing developmental editing and copy editing to support the publication of original, long-form, social science research. Before turning to editorial work in 2008, Katie conducted ethnographic fieldwork focused on technology development, deployment, and use in complex, high-intelligence work organizations. She has studied interdisciplinary expertise, collaboration, and tech-mediated work in both public and private sector organizations in North America, Scandinavia, and South Asia. Katie earned her PhD in Communication from the University of California, San Diego. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy.

John Cassavetes

John Cassavetes

Katie's favorite innovator

Caroline Wood

Caroline Wood

Marketing Manager

Caroline Wood

Caroline Wood

Marketing Manager

Caroline joined ARK in September 2016. In her role as a Marketing Manager, Caroline implements and manages ARK’s social media and marketing strategy. Additionally, she manages and produces all photography and video content for ARK’s website and social media platforms.

Prior to joining ARK, Caroline worked for a photography studio and art gallery while devoting her free time to fundraising at Save the Children. She graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Art History.

Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori

Caroline's favorite innovator

Matthew Staudt

Matthew Staudt

Marketing Manager

Matthew Staudt

Matthew Staudt

Marketing Manager

Matthew joined ARK in January 2021. In his role as Marketing Manager, Matt implements and manages ARK’s social media and marketing strategy. In addition, he also helps to create and maintain ARK’s workflow and client communication processes.

Prior to joining ARK, Matthew launched a digital media consulting firm where he aided companies, including ARK, in online marketing and social media strategy and execution. Prior to launching his firm, Matthew worked seven years as Associate Athletics Communications Director at Purdue University where he developed public relations strategies and ran social media accounts for the department. In 2016, the USTFCCCA recognized Matthew for his efforts with the association’s Excellence in Communications award. Matthew is a Purdue University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Rhetorical Advocacy.

Gottlob Widmann

Gottlob Widmann

Matthew's favorite innovator

Michael Kromer, ARK Invest, ARK Team, Team Page

Michael Kromer

Marketing Associate

Michael Kromer, ARK Invest, ARK Team, Team Page

Michael Kromer

Marketing Associate

Michael joined ARK in September 2021. In his role as Marketing Associate, Michael operates as a fund marketer and digital generalist, working on email campaigns, podcast publishing, and web content.

Prior to joining ARK, Michael worked at Diamond Hill Capital Management, where he managed the podcast publishing process, operated social media channels, built web content, and ran digital ads. Before Diamond Hill, Michael worked at a boutique digital marketing agency called The Media Captain where he led two client accounts, shot and edited video and photos, and managed a blog. Michael graduated from Ohio University Magna Cum Laude in 2020, earning a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, a Marketing Minor, and a Social Media Certificate.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Michael's favorite innovator.

D. Forest Wolfe

D. Forest Wolfe

General Counsel

D. Forest Wolfe

D. Forest Wolfe

General Counsel

As ARK’s General Counsel, Forest is responsible for overseeing and advising on all legal and compliance matters of the firm.

Prior to joining ARK, Forest was the General Counsel of Angelo, Gordon & Co., L.P., a leading, multi-national alternative investment manager, where he led the global legal and compliance functions for nearly 12 years. Prior to Angelo Gordon, Forest was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, where he oversaw U.S. legal coverage of the Private Wealth Management Division.  Prior to that, Forest provided legal coverage for a variety of Morgan Stanley businesses, including structured investments, restricted securities and several capital markets groups. Forest began his legal career at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP where he worked in both London and New York, specializing in securities, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law. Forest holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Emory University and a Juris Doctorate with High Honors from Emory University School of Law. Forest is admitted to practice law in New York.

 

Cai Lun

Cai Lun

Forest's favorite innovator

Kellen Carter

Kellen Carter

Corporate Counsel
Chief Compliance Officer

Kellen Carter

Kellen Carter

Corporate Counsel
Chief Compliance Officer

Kellen joined ARK in April 2016. As ARK’s Corporate Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Kellen provides a full range of regulatory, compliance and legal advice to ARK on all business matters.

Kellen began his career at the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) as a Securities Compliance Examiner at the Office of Compliance, Inspections, and Examinations (“OCIE”) in the SEC’s New York regional office. After OCIE, Kellen was an Attorney-Adviser in the SEC’s Division of Investment Management’s Risk and Examinations Office. Subsequently, Kellen was a Management Consultant at Ernst & Young, LLP in the Wealth and Asset Management group. Kellen received his Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development with a concentration in International Development from Vanderbilt University and his Juris Doctorate degree from Howard University School of Law. Kellen is admitted to practice law in New York and Georgia.

Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker

Kellen's favorite innovator

Kathleen “Katie” Fontano

Kathleen “Katie” Fontano

Director of Compliance

Kathleen “Katie” Fontano

Kathleen “Katie” Fontano

Director of Compliance

Kathleen “Katie” joined ARK in November 2020. In her role as Director of Compliance, Katie works closely with ARK’s Chief Compliance Officer and is responsible for drafting, maintaining, implementing, and testing ARK’s compliance policies and procedures.

Katie has over 16 years of industry experience. Prior to ARK, Katie served as Director of Compliance for Atlantic Investment Management (“Atlantic”) and maintained the firm’s compliance infrastructure, including implementing, monitoring and updating the firm’s policies and procedures, and facilitating all regulatory filings. Prior to Atlantic, Katie was Vice President at EII Capital Management for over 10 years, working directly with the Chief Compliance Officer to oversee the firm’s compliance program, including its two SEC Registered Investment Advisers as well as its Registered Investment Company. Katie graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace

Katie's favorite innovator

Romane Somaroo

Romane Somaroo

Director of Compliance

Romane Somaroo

Romane Somaroo

Director of Compliance

Romane joined ARK as Director of Compliance in June 2018. He assists the Chief Compliance Officer in providing a full range of regulatory and compliance advice and oversight.

Romane has over 23 years of industry experience and began his career as a Case Manager at Ernst & Young LLP in the General Counsel’s Office. Romane then joined Morgan Grenfell (a subsidiary of Deutsche Asset Management) as a Compliance Officer supporting the Small & Micro Cap equity business and later transitioned to a Client Portfolio Manager role.  Subsequently, Romane accepted a position as Vice President of Separate Account Compliance at J. & W. Seligman Inc. and later transitioned to several senior administration and investment operations roles, culminating as the Vice President of Private Funds, Wrap & Trust Administration for Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC.  Romane graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies and History, and was a member of the US Army Reserve component.

Flavius Belisarius

Flavius Belisarius

Romane's favorite innovator

Ariel Harrison

Ariel Harrison

Due Diligence &
Compliance Manager

Ariel Harrison

Ariel Harrison

Due Diligence &
Compliance Manager

Ariel joined ARK in August 2019. As ARK’s Due Diligence and Compliance Manager, Ariel is responsible for the project management and completions of RFPs, RFIs and DDQs as well as reviewing ARK’s marketing materials to ensure compliance with regulatory and firm guidelines.

Prior to ARK, Ariel worked as a Senior Compliance Associate at WisdomTree Asset Management. In that role, she supported the sales and marketing departments by reviewing advertising, RFPs, and DDQs. At WisdomTree, she enhanced the firm’s compliance program by testing and drafting compliance policies and procedures, among other things. Prior to that, she worked as a Senior Paralegal at OppenheimerFunds. In that capacity, she reviewed advertisements and helped prepare regulatory filings. Ariel earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from Scripps College.

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

Ariel's favorite innovator

Harry Skirlis

Harry Skirlis

Compliance Manager

Harry Skirlis

Harry Skirlis

Compliance Manager

Harry joined ARK in April 2021. In his role as Compliance Manager, Harry works closely with ARK’s CCO and Compliance team, primarily focusing on trading and investment compliance oversight.

Harry has worked in the securities industry for over 23 years. He began his career with Vanguard Brokerage and Fleet Securities trading both Fixed Income and Equities. In 2002, Harry joined The Bank of New York Capital Markets trading desk and in 2005 was appointed Managing Director and Head of Institutional Trading and Sales. Harry successfully built and executed an equity trading program that facilitated the trading for the bank’s institutional clients which included: Family Office, Hedge Funds, Pensions, Endowments, Corporations, etc. Harry led his trading team at BNY Capital Markets in building an Exchange Traded Product desk where they became the Authorized Participants for the bank’s ETF issuers. Harry has spent the past four years in Compliance with Lincoln Investments. His primary focus has been ensuring compliance with all aspects of trade supervision and surveillance.

Archimedes

Archimedes

Harrry's favorite innovator

Waihan Wyche

Waihan Wyche

Due Diligence Manager

Waihan Wyche

Waihan Wyche

Due Diligence Manager

Waihan joined ARK in January 2022. In her role as Due Diligence Manager, she supports ARK’s product positioning and company branding through the creation of investment proposals and questionnaires.

Prior to joining ARK, Waihan worked as an Investor Relations Senior Associate at White Oak Global Advisors (“White Oak”), where she was responsible for managing investor due diligence workflows and producing marketing materials across various private credit strategies. Prior to White Oak, Waihan was an Investor Relations Associate at Menlo Equities, where she serviced existing investors and supported the fundraise of their flagship real estate fund. Waihan received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, with minors in Chinese Language and Agricultural & Natural Resources Law, from University of Florida and her Master of Science in Finance from Villanova University.

Song Ci

Song Ci

Waihan's favorite innovator

Makenzi Cella

Makenzi Cella

Compliance Associate

Makenzi Cella

Makenzi Cella

Compliance Associate

Makenzi joined ARK in April 2021. In her role as Compliance Associate – Code of Ethics & Product Compliance, Makenzi is responsible for the supervision and implementation of the firm’s Code of Ethics program and private vehicle oversight processes.

Prior to ARK, Makenzi served as a generalist Compliance Analyst for King Street Capital Management (“King Street”) for four years. At King Street, Makenzi spearheaded the firm’s KYC/AML and Code of Ethics programs, facilitated all regulatory filings and handled the review of all third-party relationships. Prior to King Street, Makenzi worked in multiple roles at HSBC for three years.

Makenzi graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson

Makenzi's favorite innovator

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