Company History

Novus was founded in 2007 by a group of investors, data scientists and engineers to build a foundation that helps the world’s top investors generate higher returns. Simply stated, we believe investors need to innovate, adapt and increase the value they deliver. Today, almost 100 of the world’s top investment managers and investors managing approximately $2 trillion are using a single foundation that leverages all of their ideas and produces innovative technology on a regular, iterative cycle. At its essence, Novus is a platform for the industry’s top investors to collectively innovate.

Leadership

Basil Qunibi

Chief Executive Officer

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Basil founded Novus in 2007 and serves as the company’s Chairman and CEO. Basil has spent his entire career investing both as an investment manager and as an investor. He started his career at Merrill Lynch where he was responsible for over $4 billion in allocated capital across the Chemicals, Energy, Metals & Mining and Tobacco Industries. In 2004, Basil joined Ivy Asset Management to help build out Ivy’s credit focus and after two years joined the long/short equity team, responsible for over $6 billion in capital. Basil was disappointed with the industry’s over-reliance on historical return analysis and manager conversations as a foundation for research and decided to start Novus in 2007. Basil graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Economics. While at UVA, he founded Callscribe, the first company to transcribe quarterly earnings calls and was part of the McIntire Investment Institute, a student-run long/short fund.

Stan Altshuller

Chief Research Officer

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Stan is Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer at Novus. In his current role, he’s charged with spearheading research & content initiatives at Novus and frequently contributes to product development. His cutting-edge research is followed by nearly 50,000 investment management professionals, spanning across hedge funds, foundations & endowments, pensions, and other asset owners. To follow his work, visit Novus’ research library at www.novus.com/research-library/.

Before co-founding Novus in 2007, Stan worked in Ivy Asset Management’s Portfolio Management Group as part of a team responsible for constructing, monitoring and managing all of Ivy’s portfolios. At Ivy, he designed and implemented a set of tools and processes for analyzing multi-manager portfolios focusing on key drivers and risks across the entire product line. Prior to Ivy, Stan served at Lyster Watson & Co., where he was responsible for quantitative analysis, manager screening and portfolio modeling. Stan holds a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Economics from Brandeis University.

Andrea Gentilini

Head of Europe

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Andrea is a Managing Director responsible for developing the firm’s European presence across analytics, data and technology. Before Novus, Andrea launched and managed a $0.5 billion precious metals derivative fund for Union Bancaire Privée (UBP), also serving as Chief Operating Officer for the bank’s Asset Management division. Andrea was previously a Director for Barclays Capital (formerly Lehman Brothers), leading a global team focused on developing hedge fund research and delivering advisory services. His team was awarded several #1 industry rankings from 2008-10. Andrea also served as an Executive Director at UBS and a management team member of The Boston Consulting Group in New York and Zurich.

Andrea graduated summa cum laude with a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and also holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and two post-graduate degrees in Information Technology and Applied Statistics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich.

Scott Glazer

Global Head of Sales

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Scott Glazer is Global Head of Sales at Novus. He is responsible for leadership and revenue growth across all market segments that Novus serves. Prior to joining Novus, Scott’s had an extensive sales career, the last 10+ years focused on leading teams and selling products/services within capital markets. Scott joins Novus from Oxford Solutions, a cyber security firm where he was responsible for building out the sales organization for the early stage company. Prior to Oxford Solutions, Scott opened the US office for Third Bridge, a London-based primary research firm, and as Head of Sales was instrumental in helping the firm to achieve 6x global revenue growth during his 5 year tenure. He began his financial sales career as one of the top producing salespeople at TheMarkets.com, a leading online financial software platform providing sell-side research and estimates to the buy side.  He graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Business.

Sammy Qunibi

Managing Director, Client Management

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Sammy leads Novus’ Client Management Group and has been with the firm for over 7 years. His responsibilities include managing the Client Relationships, managing the operational projects on the desk, and collaborating with various teams at Novus with respect to strategic and organizational roadmaps. Prior to joining the team full-time, Sammy interned at the firm beginning in August 2008 as he finished his studies at Fordham University. Prior to Novus, Sammy attended the University of Texas at San Antonio for the first half of his college career before deciding to move to New York to pursue opportunities in his field of study. He holds a B.S. in Finance with a Specialization in International Business from Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business.

Courtney Muller

Talent Manager

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Courtney Muller is the Talent Manager at Novus. Courtney is responsible for leading and implementing strategic initiatives focused on finding, attracting and retaining top talent at the company. In her role, she manages all aspects of the talent life cycle and works closely with the management team to grow the unique culture and continue to improve employee engagement and satisfaction. In addition, Courtney is responsible for enabling and developing team members to grow and develop and ensure that career goals align with that of the company and its culture. Prior to joining Novus, Courtney was an Administrative Assistant at EmbraceCORTEL Technologies, supporting the sales team with contract management, handling social media efforts, and providing support to the CEO.  Prior to that, Courtney was a Store Manager at 3 different high volume retail locations where her main responsibilities included hiring and training teams, exceeding revenue goals, and delivering the highest level of customer service and store experience. Courtney holds a B.A. in English and minor in Writing from Drew University.

Adam Benenson

Managing Director, Product

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Adam Benenson is a Managing Director of Product at Novus and is responsible for product management, special projects and the development of data science and advanced analytics capabilities. He also oversees the extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) of client data and associated internal tooling. Prior to joining Novus he was a quant at Diamondback Capital where he managed portfolios based on public and market data and statistical arbitrage strategies. Adam received his B.S. in Economics from Duke University and lives in Rowayton, CT.

Dan Kushkuley

Managing Director, Product

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Daniel Kushkuley is Managing Director of Engineering at Novus Partners. As head of the Alpha product, Mr. Kushkuley is ultimately responsible for the vision and execution of new features on the platform. Prior to joining Novus, Mr. Kushkuley worked at Sixty Capital where he helped build the analytics engine responsible for research, trade ideation, and automatic execution. Before that he worked at Barclays Capital where he developed cutting-edge, low-latency exchange connectivity solutions in the equity space. Mr. Kushkuley holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Stephen Lihn

Managing Director, Quantitative Strategies

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Steve is the Managing Director of Quantitative Strategies at Novus Partners. Dr. Lihn is responsible for formulating quantitative strategies for alpha discovery and replication. This includes coming up with the algorithms and data analysis on Novus large public and private data repositories, removing the noises in the data and presenting the backtest results to investors. In this role, Dr. Lihn defines scope of data (e.g. 13F filings, hedge fund data, benchmarks), algorithms, data models, and the technology stacks required to perform the analyses. Prior to joining Novus, Dr. Lihn worked as an IT professional at Merck and Telcordia (formerly BellCore), where he acquired extensive experience in managing finance repository, database technology, web infrastructure, SOX auditing, and highly available systems. Mr. Lihn independently developed technology and website collecting data from SEC EDGAR, which was subsequently acquired by Novus. Dr. Lihn was also a certified investment adviser specialized in equity portfolio, when he was managing a family partnership until he joined Novus. He remains highly interested in quantitative algorithms and stochastic portfolio methods. Mr. Lihn holds a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Maryland, where he worked on low-temperature superconductivity research.

Brian KimJohnson

Director of Infrastructure

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Brian KimJohnson is the Director of Infrastructure at Novus. Before joining Novus, he worked at Audible.com – the largest seller and producer of audio books in the United States and Europe – with a focus on content discovery. Mr. KimJohnson led a team charged with helping listeners find their next audio book through innovation in content reviews, social experience and personalized recommendations. In addition to product responsibilities, Mr. KimJohnson was responsible for platform level upgrades and improvements to production support and support process. Mr. KimJohnson has over eight years of experience in software development and web system. He holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.

Li Wang

Director of Business Ops

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Li Wang is a Director of Business Operations at Novus. He is responsible for ensuring the planning and execution of internal business initiatives. He also assists with the strategy development process through business metrics analysis and reporting. Prior to his current role, Li managed Novus offshore operations and conducted client onboarding. Li holds a BA in Economics and Mathematics from New York University.

Liz Petoskey

Strategy & Ops Lead

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Liz leads Strategy & Operations at Novus. Her day-to-day involves managing the implementation and execution of projects and processes across all departments. She also maintains and reports key business metrics, ensuring project success and alignment. Liz has extensive project management experience in Chicago, Ghana, Liberia, New York and Washington, D.C. Most recently, Liz worked with a venture philanthropy fund, implementing operational procedures and systems for organizational growth to scale impact in Haiti, India and Kenya. Prior to New York, Liz worked on Capitol Hill to influence market-based development programs. She is a graduate of New York University with a MPA and focus on International Policy & Management. Liz holds degrees from Michigan State University in Political Science and Global Affairs.

Advisors

Alix Pasquet III

Portfolio Manager, Prime Macaya Capital Management LP

Joel Press

Founding Member, Press Management, LLC

Madan Nagaldinne

Head of HR, Facebook New York

Josh Wolfe

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Lux Capital

Jason McDougall

Valinor Management, LLC

Rick Roberts

Managing Director, Global Evolution

Stuart Farr

President, Deltix

Todd Rapp

Chief Risk Officer, Folger Hill Asset Management

Investors