Leadership Team

Gary Mandelblatt

Gary is a Managing Partner at NextGen Strategic Advisors with over 35 years of experience working with financial institutions in managing market, credit and operational risks, managing regulatory relations, implementing regulatory requirements, defining strategies and building businesses.  Gary was the Chief Risk Officer for Nomura Americas and Chairman of Nomura’s Global Dodd-Frank Implementation program. 

Prior to Nomura, Gary was a Managing Director at the Lehman Brothers Estate where he was responsible for building the valuation capabilities for 1.2 million derivatives contracts and hedging open risk exposures.  Prior to that, Gary was the Global Head of Fixed Income Strategy at Lehman Brothers and helped build the commodities and emerging markets businesses. 

Before joining Lehman, Gary was Managing Director at Smith Barney, Salomon Smith Barney and Citigroup and was a senior Market Risk Manager for Fixed Income and supported numerous regulatory efforts.  Prior to that, Gary was a consultant with Coopers & Lybrand and First Manhattan Consulting Group.

Donna Parks

Donna is a Principal Consultant with 30 years of comprehensive risk management and banking experience.  Donna’s global experience extends across the Americas and Asia in all aspects of risk management including enterprise, credit, market, and operational risks, managing regulatory relations, implementing regulatory requirements, defining strategy, building businesses and governance.  

Donna was Chief Risk Officer for Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), Americas and the accountable executive for the implementation of Section 165 of the Dodd-Frank Act.   Prior to this role, Donna was Senior Regional Credit Officer for SCB, Asia based in Hong Kong.  She was responsible, with her team, for managing 70% of SCB’s credit portfolio and supported the build out of the global commodities and hedge fund businesses. 

Before joining SCB, Donna was Managing Director at Citigroup and was a senior Credit Risk Manager for Banks and non-Bank Financial Institutions.  In addition, she managed a Governance team that was responsible for regulatory relations and implementation of various regulatory projects.

John Monaghan

Risk and Regulatory Compliance Leader with global expertise, delivering strategically aligned and profitable, regulatory compliant solutions for Financial Service Industry clients. John has a successful demonstrated track record in leading every significant capital markets, regulatory compliance change program of work including Basel II; Dodd-Frank CFTC SD and SEC SBSD; MIFID II; FRTB; LIBOR transition; CFTC SD Capital and Reporting rules.

He has operated as a strategic program manager who has led and delivered business and regulatory-driven transformation initiatives that have achieved multimillion-dollar savings fueled by successful risk avoidance and reductions in operational losses.
John has also been a driver of change and operational excellence in setting the vision for influencing the business and functions, whilst fostering stakeholder engagement across business lines, to deliver business and regulatory objectives.
John possesses leadership competencies that include a drive for results, strategic thinking capabilities, leading change and ensuring high standards, and creating a culture that promotes accountability and collaboration across global, diverse, and multi-functional teams.