The Vera Dinner

An exclusive dinner discussion for C-level executives and IT leaders of prominent firms in New York

Hosted by CDI and Dell EMC, The Vera Dinner was set up to offer a relaxed and intimate forum for C-level executives and IT leaders of prominent firms in New York to discuss, debate and share experiences over a fine dining experience.

Our discussions were very much inclusive and involving all the wealth of experience from the senior peers in the room.

You can find some pictures and videos of past events on our Instagram page: All discussion abide by Chatham House Rules.

C-level executives and IT leaders of prominent firms in New York.

Attendance was by invitation only and complimentary. 

Shaping the financial services of the future

Many financial services firms still struggle with making a digital transformation. Legacy systems, processes, and relationships make innovation extremely difficult, even as new technology ramps up clients’ expectations and attracts new competitors.

Optimizing the benefits of technology in a cost-efficient manner could mean re-evaluating on and off-premise infrastructure investments, making changes in staffing and skills training, engaging more deeply in line of business, encouraging more Chief Digital Officer/Chief Marketing Officer collaboration, and up the commitment to ITaaS delivery.

  • Which IT developments are financial service firms investing in the most?
  • Which functions will be replaced by fully digital cores?
  • Preparing data for machine learning means storing, organizing, and curating data. How much of a priority is this data-labeling task?

6:30 pm: Arrival and drinks reception
7:00 pm: Welcoming and opening address
7:10 pm: Discussion instigated by the moderator and continued by the group
8:10 pm: Dinner served as the discussion is brought to a close
9:00 pm: Change of seats before dessert

Benoit New York
60 West 55th street
New York, NY 10019
Between Fifth
& Sixth Avenues

Wednesday, 22nd of August 2018

Benoit Restaurant, New York City


Chairman & CEO at Prospect 33

Founder & Research Chairman at TABB Group

Partner at ACA Compliance Group

Partner at Evercore

Partner – Cybersecurity & Risk at ACA Compliance Group

COO & EVP at Numerix

CTO at Mission Capital Advisors

CTO at Neuberger Berman

Head of Platform Engineering at Axioma Inc.

Head of Information Security at Point72 Asset Management

Head of Data Analytics at ITG

Head of Global Markets Technologies at Natixis

Global Head of Product at ITG

SVP, Head of Investments & Risk Technology at OppenheimerFunds

VP, Global Head of QA at S&P Dow Jones Indices

VP, Decision Analytics at EXL Service

Director of Engineering at LendKey

Executive Planning Director at McGarry Bowen

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