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Michael V. Marrale is an American finance executive who currently serves as CEO of M Science, the pioneer in alternative data-driven research. An early adopter of alternative data in the investment process, he has led one of the largest data-driven research organizations globally, combining the best of data science and analysis to uncover valuable insights for corporations and financial institutions.

Founded as Majestic Research in 2002, Michael joined M Science’s predecessor in 2012 as Head of Research, Sales & Trading. During this time, he played a major role in the 2015 sale of the group’s energy research business, Ross Smith Energy, to Warburg Pincus for over $120 million. In 2016, he led the sale of Majestic Research to Leucadia Investments, a division of Jefferies Financial Group.

Under Michael’s leadership, M Science has emerged as the preeminent global leader in data-driven research and analytics, and has expanded its sector coverage and data solutions across the U.S., China, and Europe. A frequent panelist and keynote speaker at industry conferences, Michael plays an active role evangelizing the use of alternative data in the institutional investment and corporate business communities. He is featured in multiple major publications including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Forbes, Reuters, and Institutional Investor.

Earlier in his career, Michael held senior roles RBC Capital Markets and Lehman Brothers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Binghamton University School of Management and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

Joe is the COO of M Science, responsible for overall business and financial operations and is a member of the executive team. He was formerly COO of the Research, Sales and Trading division at Investment Technology Group, and earlier was Operations Director at Majestic Research, which he joined in 2005 and where he was responsible for overall operations, technology and compliance. Joe also ran operations and compliance at broker/dealer Hornblower Fischer & Co. Joe lives with his wife and two children in New Jersey.

Alessandro is the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of M Science. Most recently Alessandro was with ITG where he was a Managing Director and served as Associate General Counsel. Alessandro was previously General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of SAB Capital Management and spent 13 years at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling working in mergers and acquisitions/capital markets. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Gerard Varjacques is the Global Head of Sales for M Science, responsible for all sales functions and marketing and is a member of the executive team. Prior to joining M Science, Gerard ran global sales for the EBS division of ICAP. Previously, Gerard was Chief Operating Officer of Traiana and Chief Executive Officer of the US division of GL Trade. Gerard obtained his BA in Math and Physics from Lycee Saint-Louis and holds a Masters in Engineering and Information Technology from Ecole Centrale de Nantes.

Sunaina heads Data Acquisition at M Science and is a member of the executive team. She is responsible for sourcing global alternative data, identifying use cases, onboarding data partners and is integral to executing the firm’s data strategy. If you have unique data – reach her at sunaina.swaminathan@mscience.com.

She has had the opportunity to work in multiple industries – food, retail & technology – and around the globe including China, Hong Kong and India. Her combination of sales experience, an MBA degree from Syracuse University and a certificate in negotiation mastery from Harvard University gives her all the tools to be successful in this fast-paced industry.

She loves travel, having visited 23 countries and counting, hiking in remote national parks and experiencing new cultures. She is also a food connoisseur and is currently working on her bouldering skills.

Elizabeth is Head of Product at M Science, responsible for developing all aspects of product strategy across the company. Elizabeth previously was Director of Strategy at Tomahawk and VP at Evercore ISI. Elizabeth lives in Brooklyn with her husband and graduated from Trinity College with a BS in Economics.

Dana is the Head of Human Resources at M Science, and is a member of the executive team. She is responsible for supporting all M Science offices around the globe and is a member of the company’s executive team. Prior to M Science, Dana was a Global Human Resources Business Partner at Barclays supporting the Front Office Technology organization. Previously, she led talent acquisition and graduate development at Investment Technology Group. Dana lives in Manhattan with her husband, enjoys volunteering and is an avid soccer fan.

Ajay is Head of Data Science & Engineering at M Science and a member of the executive team. He is responsible for bringing together cutting-edge technologies and machine-learning techniques to continue M Science’s penchant for out-of-the-box innovation.

After graduating from the Graduate School at Carnegie Mellon University, he wore multiple hats at Citadel LLC, working in the Systematic Trading Team in Global Fixed Income and then moving to establish the Alternative and Big Data team in Equities.

Ajay’s deep interest in the marriage of Mathematics and Computer Science began at Cisco Systems where he was a key player in the realization of their LTE goals.

He currently lives in Manhattan and has a keen interest in sports cars and motorcycle racing.

John is the Head of Consumer Research for M Science and a member of the executive team. He has been an integral part of the M Science team since 2005 and has championed the buildout of the consumer vertical. Prior to joining the firm, John was the Senior Auto Retail Analyst for the Prudential Equity Group after serving as the Senior Associate for an Institutional Investor-ranked automotive team. He received an MBA in finance from Wake Forest University and a B.S. in accounting.

Steve is the Head of TMT Research for M Science and a member of the executive team. Prior to M Science, he was lead Internet Analyst at Investment Technology Group and earlier was a Partner at Pacific Crest where he led the firm’s global internet research initiatives, which included co-managing the IPO’s of several high-profile domestic and emerging market internet companies. Steve’s work has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal’s Best in the Street and Institutional Investor All Star Survey. Steve lives in Portland, OR, with his wife and 5 sons.


Kyle Billings

Head of Corporate Information Services

Kyle is the Head of Corporate Research at M Science, where his team is responsible for generating industry leading competitive intelligence and market insights by utilizing a mosaic of alternative data. In conjunction with leading the corporate product development group, Kyle works with Data Acquisition at M Science uncovering new datasets and potential partnerships. As a lifelong resident of the Northwest, Kyle currently lives in Portland. Kyle holds a BS in Mathematics and a MS in Economics from Portland State University.

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