25th Annual Securities Operations Summit

March 24 - 27, 2019 | Boston, MA

The Program Book is now available! The Program Book includes the Agenda at a Glance, Full Agenda with session abstracts, speaker bios, Working Group, Forum and Committee Agendas and much more.
*Please note that all times, sessions and speakers are tentative and subject to change.

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Agenda at a Glance

Detailed Agenda


General Session Topics, Speakers & Abstracts

Opening Keynote Address: Financial Services Disrupted: Driving Business Change by Harnessing the Power of Disruption
John Plansky, Chief Executive Officer, Charles River Development, a State Street Company
The pace of industry change remains unrelenting. Regulation, cost and fee pressures, advanced technologies, and new forms of competition are all combining to force industry participants to adapt or wither.  Incumbents continue to hold a meaningful advantage due to their client relationships and distribution reach, their operational and technology scale, and their data. However, they cannot stand pat, and they’ll need to accelerate their change, adapt their business models, and take a more open architecture / ecosystem-oriented approach to their businesses, including how they work with smaller FinTech firms. Those who emerge successfully will maintain a strong sense of urgency in driving business change to help their clients attract more assets, enhance investment returns, manage risk and compliance, and increase operational efficiency.  Join us to hear John’s unique industry perspectives on industry change and the need for adaptation, based on his experience as a start-up founder, industry consultant and most recently as the CEO of Charles River Development and architect of State Street’s “front-to-back” strategic initiatives.

Closing Keynote Address: U.S. Macro-Economic Outlook: Growth, Interest Rates, and Risk of a Recession
Satyam Panday, Senior Economist, S&P Global
Dr. Panday will provide an overview of the current US economic landscape, including GDP growth, unemployment rate, and interest rate prospects. He will also discuss key near term and long-term risks to the economic outlook, including risks from trade policy, monetary policy, and fiscal policy.



 Fintech Meeting Securities Operations – Asset Services Disrupted
Mason Borda, CEO, TokenSoft
Artem Korenyuk, Executive Director, Business Development and Fintech Strategy, DTCC
Jason Ward, Vice President, Business Architecture in FPCMS division, Fidelity Investments
Join ISITC for an in-depth panel discussion to hear perspectives from securities operations and industry experts regarding how distributed ledger technology, blockchains and associated cryptoassets can have on asset services. The discussion will explore the spectrum of opportunities from operational efficiency plays to the evolution of new business models enabled by these emerging innovative technologies.

Technology Trends in Financial Services: Enabling Change & Transformation
Moderator: David Scola, Head of North America, SWIFT
Gary Chan, Managing Director, JP Morgan
Richard Robinson, Data Strategy, Standards and Open Symbology, Bloomberg, LLC
The transformation of financial services is underway – driven by the emergence of new technologies, increasing customer demands and regulatory pressures. But how can firms respond to the pace of change and transform their businesses to remain relevant and competitive? Which technologies hold the promise of truly transforming financial services and which are less likely to live up to the hype? Join this interactive session, where senior leaders from across the financial services industry will assess the threats and opportunities in store for the financial industry in the years to come.

Why AI and Robotics? The Allure of Intelligent Automation
Jason Baldesare, Director, Strategy and Solutions Management, FIS
Gordie Sands, Executive Director, IT Architecture and Office of FinTech Strategy, DTCC
Dushyanth Sekhar, Senior Director, Center for Automation, Robotics & Extraction, S&P Global
Laurie Stiles, Global Head of Data Management, Bloomberg, L.P.
As the discussion on Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics continues its marathon the financial community tries to connect the dots. Robotics is giving firms the innovation they need to adopt intelligent automation across the departments seeking to increase efficiency and accelerate workflows. Although Machine Learning continues to intrigue the community, there is still a lot to uncover. What is the strategy, where does artificial intelligence it fit?  Why are firms investing in robotics?  How do they handle risk? How do organizations make these capabilities available to all employees? The potential to reduce operational risk and improve efficiencies while contributing to the industry’s commitment to taking on emerging technology can be alluring. With the promising focus on automating tasks and not jobs, it's clear that intelligent automation has its advantages — and challenges.

Data Disrupted: What's Changed, What's New, What's Next?
Moderator: John Bottega, Executive Director, EDM Council
Chris Bradford, Senior Leader for Investment Management Division Operations, Goldman Sachs
Genevy Dimitrion, Senior Vice President, State Street Corporation
Tim Lind, Managing Director, DTCC
Marty Williams, Head of Business Development & Reference Data, ICE Data Services
Data has emerged from the back office and is now front-and-center as a strategic asset - to be used to discover insights in the market, better understand customer’s preferences and behaviors, and to provide new and innovative products and services. But what does this mean to the way business is (or should be) run? Is data (and data management) truly becoming part of the fabric of organizations? How has this discipline evolved over the past 10-12 years since the first Chief Data Officer emerged? How is AI/ML changing the industry? How has data management impacted and/or created new careers? How are data providers modifying their business models to address these changing conditions? This panel will explore these questions and give insights into what’s next.

Sunday & Monday Innotribe Session

SWIFT Innotribe Workshop: Platform Design – Shaping Strategy & New Market Opportunities
Charles Boniver, Senior Securities Expert, Standards, SWIFT
Stephen Lindsay, Heads of Standards, SWIFT
Innes MacLeod, Innovation Manager, SWIFT
Markos Zachariadis, Visiting Prof. of FinTech at Ivey Business School & Associate Professor in Information Systems Management at Warwick Business School
Launched in 2009, SWIFT Innotribe was created to identify the emerging technologies and innovative trends surrounding the financial services industry and generate discussions on their potential impact moving forward. Benefitting from SWIFT’s central position, Innotribe provides a platform to the global financial community to understand the dynamics behind technology changes and to help focus on the opportunities for transformation rather than the threats to current market practices.

In the last couple of years, the impact of “platforms” has been discussed from many angles as businesses realize they will succeed based on their ability to captivate third parties and connect them to each other through creative interactions. There is a real appetite from the financial industry to explore how platform companies create radical adjacencies and new horizontal markets, and how they fit in the overall digital frame.

In this facilitated workshop, SWIFT Innotribe will provide an overview into the thinking behind the platform economy, and guide participants through a journey from a pain-point to a potential solution. By using components, processes and potential platform market players, the aim is to capture common industry requirements that are not a source of competitive differentiation and would fit a shared platform or utility solution – mutualizing development and operational costs to improve efficiency at a market or industry level. At the end of the workshop, groups will have the opportunity 'pitch' their solutions to a panel of experts.

Wednesday Women's Breakfast

How ‘Fearless Girl’ Gave Rise to Greater Gender Diversity
Dominica Ribeiro, Head of Institutional Marketing,State Street Global Advisors
In just 12 hours after her placement in New York City’s financial district, Fearless Girl generated more than one billion impressions on Twitter alone. Hear from Dominica Ribeiro Head of Institutional Marketing, North America at State Street Global Advisors, about how ‘Fearless Girl’ helped the firm – one of the largest asset managers in the world – take bold action to promote greater gender diversity in senior leadership. Learn about the innovative thinking that gave rise ‘Fearless Girl’, and how the firm measured her business impact.

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Full Conference Registration (Sunday-Wednesday)

Member: $795.00 USD
Non-Member: $995.00 USD
Vendor: $1,500 USD   *Applies to: Vendor/Utility attendees whose firm is not Exhibiting/Sponsoring. See below for more details.
All registrations include: Access to the Exhibit Hall; Working Group, Forum and Committee Sessions; General Session; the exhibitor cocktail receptions on Sunday and Monday evenings; and all conference meals.

One-Day Monday Registration

Member/Non-Member: $350.00 USD *This registration type is not available to non-Exhibiting/Sponsoring Vendors.
Registration includes: Access to the Exhibit Area on Monday, General Sessions on Monday, and all meal functions on Monday excluding the Monday Evening Dinner (can be purchased separately).

Women's Breakfast & Session Registration (Wednesday)

Member/Non-Member: $50.00 USD
Registration includes: Access to the Wednesday Women's Breakfast and Session only.

The cost for Vendors to attend the Securities Operations Summit will be $1,500 per person. You may also choose to purchase an exhibit booth which comes with two complimentary Full Conference registrations and many of our sponsorship categories come with complimentary Full Conference registrations as well. If your firm chooses to exhibit or sponsor the event, individuals from your firm can then register at the Non-Vendor rate. One-Day Monday Registration is not available to Vendors who are not exhibiting or sponsoring.


Cancellation Policy
The policy provides a full refund if the ISITC Administrative Office is notified in writing 5 working business days prior to the conference. NO REFUND will be given for cancellations that occur on or after the 5th day before the conference. If a paid attendee is unable to attend the conference they may send a replacement, fees will not be returned. ISITC is unable to transfer conference payment to a future event. To cancel your conference registration, please e-mail usainfo@isitc.org.

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Exhibit Fees

On or Before February 22, 2019: $3,000
After February 22, 2019: $3,500

On or Before February 22, 2019: $3,800
After February 22, 2019: $4,300

Exhibitor & Sponsorship Brochure


BackBay Communications
CUSIP Global Services
EDM Council
Fidelity Corporate Actions Solutions
FTF News
SmartStream Technologies, Inc.
Taskize Limited











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