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, around 200 of the world’s top investment managers and investors managing approximately $3.5 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

Andrea Gentilini, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

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Andrea is Chief Executive Officer at Novus and is responsible for expanding the firm’s global leadership in the areas of 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.

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.

Li Wang

Head of Operations

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Li Wang is Head of 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.

Courtney Muller, PHR

VP of Talent

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Courtney Muller is VP of Talent 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.

Aryn Castle

Head of Europe

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Aryn is the Head of Europe at Novus Partners.  Mr. Castle is responsible performing and delivering research, analytics, and risk management analysis to Novus’s hedge fund and asset allocator clients in the European and Asian markets. Prior to joining Novus, he worked at Cambridge Associates, a global leader of investment consulting services, where his focus was Private Investment Analytics. Mr. Castle holds a B.S. in Finance and Statistics from Miami University.

Charles Russo

VP of Client Analytics

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Charles is a Vice President and Team Lead on the Client Analytics team. He oversees Novus’ Analytics element for the southern, mid-western and western United States. He and his team work alongside asset managers, pensions, endowments, foundations and family offices. Prior to joining Novus, Charlie was an Analyst within Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Consulting Division, responsible for manager selection and due diligence. Charlie holds a B.S. from the University at Buffalo and an M.B.A. from the St. John Fisher School of Business.

Noah Zucker

VP of Engineering

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Noah is the Vice President of Engineering at Novus Partners. Prior to joining Novus, he was a Director at NYSE Technologies. While there, Noah developed and managed NYSET’s trading connectivity service: high-availability, low-latency FIX gateways connecting to a range of domestic and foreign markets—including NYSE, NASDAQ, Arca, SGX and BM&F Bovespa.  Mr. Zucker has over 20 years of technology experience and holds a B.A. from Columbia University.

Daniel Ronde

VP of Engineering

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DJ is responsible for managing the efforts and direction of all engineering projects at Novus. Prior to Novus, DJ was a Software Engineer at ZocDoc and a Trader at IMC Financial Markets where he traded metal futures, metal ETFs, metal options, and index equities. He graduated from MIT in 2013 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with minors in Mathematics and Theater Arts.

Advisors

Alix Pasquet III

Portfolio Manager, Prime Macaya Capital Management LP

Stuart Farr

President, Deltix

Madan Nagaldinne

Chief People Officer, Compass /

Josh Wolfe

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Lux Capital

Jason McDougall

Valinor Management, LLC

Rick Roberts

Managing Director, Global Evolution

Investors