StamfordNext

Leadership

We are a non-profit collaborative managed by a volunteer board and a dedicated Executive Director. StamfordNext is supported in part by CTNext.

Wes Bemus
Jack Mahoney
Mic Locker
Sakshi Kamath
Nicole Ward
Sebastian Oddo
Yvette Vargas
Martina Spinatsch
Mark Kowal
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Wesley Bemus - Executive Director

Wesley is responsible for overall management of the organization as well as overseeing the progress of StamfordNext funded projects and initiatives. Mr. Bemus comes to StamfordNext with diverse experience in organization development and project management as well as economic policy research and development. A Connecticut native, Wesley holds a Masters in Public Policy from Brown University as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations from Roger Williams University.

 

Margaret Feeney Malloy - Chairman

Margaret is the Head of Innovation in the US for NatWest Markets. In her role she manages US emerging technology initiatives, builds strategic relationships with both big tech firms and scaling startups, and manages emerging technology education for US employees. Previous to NatWest Markets, Margaret managed operations at a Stamford-based Hedge Fund Seeding Firm and started and managed a 501c3 that provided access to fresh fruits and vegetables to food deserts in Fairfield County.

Jack Mahoney - Vice Chair

Jack is the Chief of Staff to the COO at Indeed. Prior to joining Indeed in 2018, Jack served as Director of Product Strategy at Avant, a Series E start-up based in Chicago. Jack started his career at Morgan Stanley where he held various roles in Global Capital Markets and Investment Banking. Jack holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA in Finance and International Business from Georgetown University.

 

Sakshi Kamath

Sakshi is an Executive Digital data and analytics leader in the Treasury group at  General Electric (GE) company.  She is a Stamford resident and is passionate about innovation, promoting women & diversity through the GE Women’s network, sponsoring the GE Asian Pacific American Forum (APAF) and supports spreading Indian culture as a board member for the Indian Cultural Center (ICC). 

 

Mark Kowal

Mark joined WWE in 2001 as the Director of General Accounting and Financial Reporting. Throughout his tenure at WWE, Mark has adapted to the everchanging media and entertainment landscape overseeing significant improvements in systems and processes for the company. Prior to joining WWE, Mark was employed by Deloitte, a leading global provider of audit and assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services. Mark received his BA in Accounting from Bentley University in Waltham, MA and is a CPA.

 

Mic Locker

Mic is a Deloitte Consulting Principal and is the National Sector Leader for the Telecommunications, Media & Entertainment (TME) practice for U.S. Consulting. Mic specializes in leading organizations through transformational changes ranging from business model design, operating model redesign and capability alignment, process reinvention, operational cost reduction, and new business/product launches. Prior to becoming the TME Sector Leader, Mic led Deloitte’s Cognitive Advantage practice – helping clients transform work, decision-making and interactions by leveraging emerging cognitive technologies.

 

Sebastian Oddo

Sebastian is the Senior Vice President of Innovation for Octagon. He has followed emerging trends in the digital industry for more than a decade and leads a team of creators, designers, and developers that generates award-winning experiential concepts for Fortune 500 companies around the globe.

 

Martina Spinatsch

Martina is Vice President of Beauty R&D for Henkel Consumer Goods. Martina brings 30 years of experience leading research and development of branded consumer goods for beauty, laundry care, household cleaning, and air fresheners for Henkel and Procter & Gamble.

 

Yvette Vargas

Yvette is Executive Vice-President, Head of Development for Citizens Financial Group. She plays a critical role in developing colleagues and ultimately driving business performance. She architects an integrated strategy to build culture, leveraging talent management, leadership & organizational development, diversity & inclusion, education and training. Yvette has more than 25 years of experience in key leadership positions with a variety of firms including UBS Wealth Management, Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase.

 

Nicole Ward

Nicole helps people build narratives and communicate what they really want to say through short and longform writing, and use of visuals. She has expertise in corporate writing, video storytelling, and social amplification. She has a background in journalism, and currently works at Synchrony Financial. Nicole has seen the evolution Stamford has made over the past decade and values the opportunity to be part of the next wave of change. @NWardSays

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