The Analytics at Wharton Advisory Board provides essential advice and guidance to incubate new ventures and strategic initiatives, fuel faculty research, and expand student experiential learning opportunities to create tomorrow’s business leaders through analytics.
David Blitzer, W91
Global Head of Tactical Opportunities, Blackstone
Victor Cho, W93
Former CEO, Evite
A passionate consumer advocate, Cho was most recently the CEO at Evite where he led the company successfully through COVID19 and returned it to growth, financial health, and a successful corporate buy-out. Before that Cho was the CEO during a multi-year turnaround effort at Kodak Gallery (formerly ofoto.com). He served as the Vice President and leader of Intuit’s web channel, taking the business from $300 million to $1.3 billion+. Cho also spent seven years at Microsoft, where he launched some of the company’s earliest Internet commerce and SaaS initiatives.
Cho has received numerous awards for his work, including being named the Internet Person of the Year by the Internet Marketing Association and receiving a Knighthood from the Royal House of Savoy for his philanthropic efforts–which have raised over $30M for charities and non-profits. He is also the creator of the 4th Stakeholder Framework (www.4thstakeholder.com) on improving stakeholder capitalism.
Cho currently serves on the boards of Evite, Emovid (video AI), and ModoPayments (payments orchestration) as well as the advisory boards of the Internet Marketing Association and several other start-ups. He earned a BS from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Roger Gu, PAR23
Co-founder and President, Wacai
Mr. Roger Gu is the Co-founder and President of Wacai, one of the largest independent mobile-based platforms for comprehensive personal wealth management in China. Prior to founding Wacai, Mr. Gu has dedicated over 20 years of his career to data-driven business leadership roles in the United States and Europe at Capital One Financial, and in Asia at Standard Chartered Bank.
Throughout his professional journey, Mr. Gu has developed a profound expertise in Decision Analytics, Risk Management, and entrepreneurship in the Fintech sector. In addition to his role at Wacai, he also serves as an Independent Non-executive Director of Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Ltd.
Mr. Gu holds four advanced degrees, including a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and a B.S. in Business Administration, an M.S. in Electronic Engineering and an M.S. in Computer Science, from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Nobel Gulati, W94
Chairman and CEO, Numeus Group
Nobel is the Chairman and CEO of the Numeus Group, a global investment firm focused on Digital Assets. Over the past three decades, Nobel has proven to be an entrepreneurial executive with a demonstrated history of building and managing investment and trading businesses, leveraging the power of data science and technology. He spent twelve years at Two Sigma where he led the growth of the company across various dimensions, including the expansion into new geographies, asset classes, as well as adjacent businesses such as market making and insurance. Most significantly, Gulati was responsible for scaling the investment management business, as CEO of Two Sigma Advisers, LP, which encompasses Two Sigma’s asset management division that provides solutions for institutional investors. Under his leadership the company’s assets grew from $3.7B in 2007 to $60B in 2019.
Prior to Two Sigma, Nobel worked at various investment banks, including NatWest Markets, ABN Amro and Citigroup in Equity Research and Global Equities. Nobel began his career with Raymond James, where he established the firm’s first Asian office in India. He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, as a Joseph Wharton Scholar, with a bachelor’s degree in international finance.
Nobel is a non-executive director on the board of Pictet Asset Management. Nobel is a guest lecturer at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and also serves on the Executive Board of the Undergraduate Wharton School. He is the co-founder of the Gulati Family Foundation.
Sajjad Jaffer, WG01
GrowthCurve Capital, ex-Co-Founder Two Six Capital
Sajjad is the Head of Data Analytics and Machine Learning and a member of the Investment Committee at GrowthCurve Capital. He joined GrowthCurve at its inception in 2021 as part of the founding Senior Leadership Team.
GrowthCurve Capital is a private equity firm focused on building world-class businesses by leveraging data, analytics, and machine learning, combined with a comprehensive approach to human capital, to accelerate growth and drive value creation. Founded by Sumit Rajpal, former Global Co-Head of the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division, the firm focuses on control private equity investments primarily across the financial and information services, healthcare, and technology sectors.
Prior to joining GrowthCurve, Sajjad co-founded Two Six Capital, the Silicon Valley firm that pioneered Data Science for Private Equity. Sajjad’s arc at Two Six began as a startup entrepreneur in 2012 when he found 25 years of Ph.D. research developed at Wharton. He launched Two Six in 2013 building a team of Data Scientists and Data Engineers that applied this research to private equity investing. The company evolved into a technology platform as the team deployed large-scale engineering and data science models to over $30 billion of global private equity deals closed across industry sectors. This technology platform was acquired in 2020 as an AI asset by West Monroe Partners and Sajjad concluded his Two Six tenure through its successful exit.
Sajjad’s work and Two Six have been profiled by Private Equity International, Mergers and Acquisitions magazine, Knowledge@Wharton, Private Equity Technology podcast, Forbes, FT Fundfire, Institutional Investor, and Business Insider.
He holds a B.A. from Bowdoin, where he double majored in Computer Science and Government and minored in Economics, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School. He serves on the Board of Analytics at Wharton.
Eric Leathers, C95, W95
Founding Partner, Further Global Capital Management
Eric W. Leathers is a Founding Partner of Further Global Capital Management, a $2.5 billion private equity firm focused on the financial services and business services sectors. Prior to co-founding Further Global, Mr. Leathers was a Partner with TPG Capital and led the firm’s investment efforts in the financial services sector. He has over 25 years of experience investing across the insurance, asset management, specialty finance and depository institutions sectors. Mr. Leathers currently serves on the board of Global Benefits Group, US Claims LLC, Coaction Specialty Insurance, AA Ireland and Fidelis MGU and has previously served as a director of numerous privately held and publicly traded companies. Mr. Leathers was previously a Partner with both Pine Brook Partners and Capital Z Partners, where he shared responsibility for the management of those firms’ financial services investment activities. Mr. Leathers began his career in the investment banking division of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions for financial institutions. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of Business and a B.A. in History from the College of Arts and Sciences and is a Senior Research Fellow within the Harris Alternative Investments Program at the Wharton School of Business.
Founder and Partner, Foundry.ai
Jim was founder, CEO and Chairman of Applied Predictive Technologies, which became the world’s largest cloud-based AI software company. Prior to founding APT, Jim developed pattern recognition software at AT&T Laboratories, and worked as a corporate strategy consultant. He is the author of several software patents, as well as the 2014 Harvard Business Review article “The Discipline of Business Experimentation.” Jim received an SB in mathematics from MIT, and was subsequently awarded a Dean’s Fellowship in statistics to the doctoral program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Louis Salvatore, WG96
Senior Managing Director, Blackstone
Louis Salvatore is the Co-Head of Blackstone Credit’s Performing Credit team and a member of the Performing Credit investment committees. Mr. Salvatore is responsible for sourcing, diligencing, structuring and managing performing credit investments. He is a Joint Portfolio Manager of Blackstone Credit’s mezzanine and direct lending funds. Before joining Blackstone Credit, then known as GSO Capital Partners, in 2005 Mr. Salvatore was a Principal of DLJ Investment Partners, the mezzanine fund of CSFB’s Alternative Capital Division. Prior to that, he worked for Kidder Peabody.
Mr. Salvatore received a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the Board of Saint David’s School and North Park Hockey.
Daniel Schwab, W91, PAR25
Co-President, D&H Distributing
Dan Schwab loves family, friends, community, his company, sports, and giving back. Luckily, all those things have revolved around each other. He inspires his teams with simple insights: “Self-deprecation is a good thing; laugh at yourself,” he says. “Work hard but have fun, and make sure those around you do the same. Lead by example. Be kind. Hire smart people and stay out of their way.” Dan has served alongside brother Michael Schwab as Co-President at D&H since 2008. Their leadership has driven the company to its current status of nearly $6 billion in revenues. Dan is a graduate of the Wharton School of Pennsylvania and serves on its Undergraduate Executive Board. He is a regular guest lecturer at Wharton for both undergraduate and MBA courses in topics ranging from negotiation to strategy to scaling your business. Dan, his family, and the rest of the D&H management team made D&H an ESOP company in 1999 as a way to vest employees in the business, ostensibly making it their own. The organization has risen to as high as the # 84 spot on the Forbes List of America’s Largest Private Companies. Dan’s vision, positivity, and open-minded approach to collaboration has been a motivational force, driving strategy and sales since he joined the company more than 25 years ago. D&H is now the third-largest distributor in the technology sector, having demonstrated resilience and growth even through pandemic conditions.
Founding Partner, Capital Today
Ms. Xu has 28 years of experience in venture capital investments in China. She has led many successful investments, including JD.com, MeiTuan-Dianping, Boss Direct, Netease & Yifeng Pharmacy Chain.
Ms. Xu founded Capital Today in 2005, which is one of the first independent venture capital firms in China. It currently has USD3.5 billion under management. Capital Today’s vision is to build business for China. It is dedicated to help Chinese entrepreneurs build No.1 brands and sustainable businesses. Capital Today is a strong believer of power of branding and power of compounding. Capital Today has a 28-year evergreen fund and its investments are focused on 5 sectors: Consumer Brand, Retail Chain, Consumer Internet, Electric Vehicles and Robotics.
Ms. Xu was awarded one of the “Global Top Venture Capitalist” by Forbes’s “The Midas List” from 2019 to 2022. She was also awarded one of the “China Top Venture Capitalists” by Forbes from 2008 to 2022, and “The Best Female Investor in China” from 2018 to 2023 by Forbes.
Prior to Capital Today, Ms. Xu was a partner and the China Head at Baring Private Equity Partners Asia, and prior to that, she worked as an investment manager at Peregrine Direct Investments. Ms. Xu is an honorary trustee of Nanjing University.
Philip L. Yang, WG’83
Founder, CEO, and CIO, Willowbridge Associates Inc.
Philip L. Yang is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of Willowbridge Associates Inc., an alternative investment management firm. Mr. Yang founded Willowbridge in 1988, building upon the success of quantitating trading models he had developed and his experience managing a proprietary discretionary trading approach. Mr. Yang began his career at Commodities Corporation and later joined Caxton Corporation, where he was named Director of Research and Director of Commodity Trading. Mr. Yang has extensive experience in both quantitative and discretionary global macro trading styles.
Mr. Yang graduated magna cum laude and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Yang earned his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Jason Young, W’04
Head of the Direct Investments Group (North America), GIC
Jason Young is the Head of the Direct Investments Group (North America) for GIC, the sovereign wealth fund of Singapore. In this role, Jason oversees the firm’s large scale private equity investments in companies in North America. He is a member of GIC’s Global Leadership Group as well as the Management Committee and Investment Committee of GIC Private Equity. Jason currently serves on the board of directors of Valtech and Veritas Technologies and was previously on the boards of BMC Software, Neustar, Refinitiv, and Turnitin. He is also on the Analytics at Wharton Advisory Board.
Prior to joining GIC, Jason was a Principal at Silver Lake Partners, a technology-focused private equity firm, in New York and Hong Kong, where he helped establish the firm’s business in Asia. Earlier in his career, he was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in the Technology, Media, and Telecom group in New York.
Jason graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology with a B.S. from the Wharton School and a B.S.E. from the School of Engineering and Applied Science.