Finance Advisory Council

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James Dixson
Vice President, Corporate Strategy
Nasdaq OMX
New York, NY

John Falb
Managing Director
The Private Bank
Minneapolis, MN

Allen Hamood
Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer
Transunion Corporation
Chicago, IL

Tim Larsen
Senior Vice President
Houlihan Lokey
Chicago, IL

Eric Malchow
Managing Director and Co-President
Lincoln International, LLC
Chicago, IL

Jennifer Marietta-Westberg
Deputy Director
Division of Risk, Strategy, and Financial Innovation
Securities and Exchange Commission
Washington, D.C.

Sridip Mukhopadhyaya
Principal Analyst
ERM at Exelon
Chicago, Illinois

Daniela Spassova
Managing Director, Global Projects
Principal Capital Management
Des Moines, IA

Mark Traster
Portfolio Management, Equities
Nuveen Asset Management
Minneapolis, MN

Mr. Hamood is responsible for overseeing TransUnion's financials and helping it achieve its strategic growth goals. Prior to joining the company in 2008, he was CFO for the U.S. Region of Electronic Data Systems (EDS), providing a broad portfolio of business and technology solutions. His professional experience includes roles within EDS as a vice president of investor relations and senior director of corporate strategy and planning. He also held the role of corporate director of finance and business development for Walt Disney International and managerial roles within the audit practice of Deloitte and Touche. A graduate of The University of Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance, Mr. Hamood also earned his Juris Doctorate, with Distinction, from Southwestern University School of Law.

Mr. Larsen is a member of the Consumer, Food & Retail Group, focusing on food & beverage. He has worked on a variety of engagements, including sell-side and buy-side merger and acquisitions transactions, other corporate finance assignments, fairness opinions, purchase price allocations, and company valuations. Tim first joined Houlihan Lokey's Consumer, Food & Retail Group nearly nine years ago. He also previously worked for Goldman Sachs in New York. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with honors, and a BBA in finance from the Tippie College of Business, where he graduated with distinction. He is registered with FINRA (formerly the NASD) as a General Securities Representative (Series 7 and 63) and a Limited Representative - Investment Banking (Series 79).

Mr. Malchow joined Lincoln International during its founding in 1996. He is a member of the firm's Management Committee and co-heads the Global Industrial Group. Additionally, he is very active in coordinating the firm's activities with the private equity community. Eric manages key client relationships, leads global deal teams and is active in marketing the services of Lincoln International. Eric has approximately 20 years of transactional experience focused in middle-market mergers and acquisitions assignments. Eric's clients include leading private equity groups and publicly-traded corporations. His experience includes advising on the sale and acquisition of companies which are market-leading, overleveraged, distressed or proceeding through the bankruptcy process. His experience includes advising on numerous cross-border transactions. Eric's intense client focus and passion for mid-market transactions has led to deep long lasting client relationships and numerous repeat clients. Prior to founding Lincoln. Eric worked as an Associate for two years with Peers & Co., an international mergers and acquisitions advisory firm. Prior to Peers, he was an officer at Heller Financial, Inc.'s (now GE Antares) Corporate Finance Group. At Heller he concentrated on leveraged buyout financings of middle-market companies on behalf of private equity groups. Eric earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The University of Iowa.

Mr. Mukhopadhyaya is Manager, Portfolio Analysis, at Allsteel Inc. (part of HNI Corp). In this position, Sridip conducts business analytics using predictive modeling, creates quantitative models for recommending value-based pricing strategies and determines optimal responses to competitor behavior using analytical frameworks and models to maximize Allsteel’s profitability. Prior to joining Allsteel, Sridip worked as a Portfolio Manager, Quantitative Strategies at Aegon USA, managing over $6.5 Billion in assets using a quantitative, model-based approach to forecasting economic regimes and asset class performance. Sridip has a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of Iowa. Sridip is a CPA and holds the CFA and FRM designations.

Ms. Spassova's responsibilities encompass a wide array of large scale projects involving new product development, operational improvements and business management of some of the boutiques that comprise Principal Global Investors. Previously, Daniela was a fixed income portfolio manager managing multi-sector total return, liability driven, investment-income oriented strategies for external clients. Daniela joined the firm in 1999. She received an MBA from The University of Iowa and a Master of Arts from Sofia University. Daniela has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI). She is a member of the CFA Institute. She is also a member of the independent advisory board of The Henry Fund, an endowed equity portfolio managed by MBA students from the Tippie School of Management.

Mr. Traster is the co-manager of the Small Cap Core strategy and related institutional portfolios. He joined the team managing Small Cap Core in 2004 and was named co-manager in 2008. He was previously an equity research analyst for the same team. Mark began working in the financial industry in 1992. Prior to joining the firm in 2004, Mark served as a large- and mid-cap industrials and materials analyst for Principal Global Investors and as a small-cap analyst for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board covering the biotechnology, telecommunications, energy, financials, media and entertainment, and materials industries. Mark earned a BBA and an MBA in finance from The University of Iowa. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Minnesota.

Mr. Dixson was named the vice president of corporate strategy of NASDAQ OMX, in 2012. In this role, Jim is responsible for the strategic and financial analyses and execution of all corporate and business unit investments such as merger and acquisitions, joint-ventures and other business combinations. Prior to joining NASDAQ OMX, Jim spent 10 years on Wall Street, most recently as Director in Barclays Capital Global M&A group, where he provided counsel and executed over $100bn of transactions on behalf of clients across multiple industries and throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Jim received an MBA from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelors of Business Administration from The University of Iowa.

Mr. Falb opened The PrivateBank's Minneapolis-based regional office in January, 2008, focusing on corporate banking. In July, 2011, John was named regional manager of the bank's Midwest Region which includes offices in Des Moines, IA and Denver, Colorado and coverage an approximate 12 state region. Falb leads three of the eight PrivateBank operations outside of its Chicago headquarters and is responsible for the strategic positioning, growth and general activities in these communities and geographies.

Previously, John was Senior Vice President and Region Head of LaSalle Bank's Minneapolis based business covering Minnesota, North and South Dakota and north and western Wisconsin. John directed a team of experienced corporate bankers and staff and was responsible for managing and developing corporate banking relationships with new and existing middle market companies in diverse industries throughout this geographic region.  Previously, John held key commercial banking positions with Firstar/US Bank, GE Capital and Northern Trust.

John's background and experience is leading and managing teams of banking/finance professionals focused on relationship based corporate banking, advising middle market companies regarding appropriate capital structures and financing solutions driven by merger and acquisition transactions, private equity and leveraged buyout transactions, recapitalizations and organic growth strategies. The PrivateBank provides the senior debt portion of the applicable capital structures. In addition, corporate banking provides a broad array of capital markets, private banking, treasury management and other services and products to its clients.

John is a member of the Board of Trustees of Upper Iowa University, the largest private college in the state of Iowa, and member of the Board of Directors of Northern Star Council, among the largest scouting organizations in the United States. Most recently, John was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Children's Service Society of Wisconsin.

John earned his bachelor's degree in business from The University of Iowa in 1984 and his MBA from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business in 1992.

Dr. Jennifer-Marietta Westberg is a Deputy Director and Deputy Chief Economist of the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA) at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She oversees the provision of economic analysis in support of Commission policy and rulemaking in the areas of asset management, financial intermediaries, market microstructure, and financial innovation. She also oversees many of DERA's economic analyses in support of international initiatives. Dr. Marietta-Westberg joined the Commission in 2006 as a Visiting Scholar, and she became an Assistant Director in 2010. Prior to joining the Commission, Dr. Marietta-Westberg was an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Ph.D. in Finance in 2000. Her research interests include initial public offerings, universal banking, and investments, and her research has been published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, European Financial Management, and the Journal of Behavioral Finance.