Today Our Family Grows by 6: Welcome to our Newest Work-Bench Mentors


From our 50+ executive briefings a year with teams from the likes of Merck, Samsung, Santander, UBS, and Cushman & Wakefield, to our countless Fortune 1000 roundtables and breakfasts, corporate engagement is at the heart of everything we do at Work-Bench.

Over the past two and a half years of connecting Fortune 1000 executives with our community of startups, two things have become clear: (i) how generous some individuals are with their time and expertise to support our community and (ii) how helpful mentors can be in everything from accelerating go-to-market strategies to providing critical insights on product roadmaps, enterprise use cases, and even technical architecture.

Which is why, today, we’re excited to welcome a select group of those individuals, who have gone above and beyond in their support of Work-Bench and our community, into our family as Work-Bench mentors. Among them, you’ll find leading Fortune 500 executives, current and former CISOs and CTOs of some of the world’s largest financial institutions, and a wealth of unmatched experience across markets. One thing they all have in common though is their unwavering leadership, domain expertise, and passion for helping grow the next generation of enterprise entrepreneurs.

With that, we’re excited to continue on our mission by adding 6 titans of the IT industry as Work-Bench mentors. Please welcome to the Work-Bench family:

Frank Fanzilli

Frank Fanzilli is an Information Technology professional with 25+ years of executive leadership and hands-on experience, in both financial services and the technology community at large. He is a seasoned software veteran and advisor to early and late stage software companies and, through his work with those companies, the venture capital community, and private equity firms, Frank has helped a number of firms achieve significant growth and notable exits.

Frank previously served as the Global Chief Information Officer of Credit Suisse, where he was a Managing Director and a member of the Firm’s Operating Committee and IT Executive Board. Frank has held and still holds board seats in a number of notable technology companies, both public and private. Formerly, he was a board member of PeopleSoft (until its acquisition by Oracle), Avaya (until its acquisition by Silverlake/TPG) and InterWoven (until it’s acquisition by Autonomy/HP). Recently, Frank was a board member of 1010Data, helping to structure it’s acquisition in 2015 by Advance/Newhouse for more than $500 million. He currently sits on the boards of CommVault (NASDAQ: CVLT), Calypso Software, Sugar CRM, and Enterprise DB, as well as the Linux Foundation, where he chairs the Audit & Finance committee.

Jim Rutt

Jim Rutt is the Chief Technology Officer at the Dana Foundation. His responsibilities include providing strategic planning for information and technology management and overseeing all back office technology operations necessary to support the Foundation. Jim is an early adopter of cutting edge cloud security solutions, having led Dana through a complete cloud transformation three years ago. Jim has frequently spoken to peer organizations on corporate cybersecurity strategy and risk management, and also advises early stage technology companies on their sales strategy to the financial and healthcare sector.

Jim is a graduate of Stetson University, where he received a B.B.A. degree. He has 20 years of technology experience (spanning financial, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors) and has been at Dana for six years. Jim has presented at the most recent CSA Summit in Manhattan in 2015, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal for his view on mobile security and governance. Jim is a board director of Technology Affinity Group (TAG) and is a member of Society for Information Management, SIM Foundation of NJ, CIO4Good, as well as a founding advisory board member of BWG Strategy LLC, and also serves on the advisory boards of Vera, Okta and Lightspeed Ventures, a Silicon Venture capital company.

Joyce Shen

Joyce leads the Thomson Reuters enterprise and CTO efforts on emerging technology strategy, startup partnerships & ecosystem, and investments globally. She is a regular speaker and panelist on emerging enterprise technology, business model and product innovation. Before joining Thomson Reuters, Joyce was the founding member and CFO of Bluemix enterprise cloud platform at IBM. She also spent several years working in enterprise technology M&A. Joyce holds bachelor’s degrees in Statistics and Economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Nels Marin

Nels Marin was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse IT for 17 years. Following his tenure at Credit Suisse, he held senior management roles at Barclays Capital in London, Citigroup in New York, and the European American Bank, as well as becoming a Professor of Economics and Market Strategy. He is currently engaged in technology development, management consulting, and networking in the New York area, specializing in advising startups seeking to penetrate the New York City marketplace. His clients include startups ranging from cyber security, information & data management, CRM, performance tools, big data, and other related technology disciplines.

Richard Anfang

Richard was most recently a Managing Director of Global Technology at JPMorgan Chase. Previously, he was at Morgan Stanley, where he served as a Chief Technology Officer, Managing Director, and Global Head of Enterprise Infrastructure. He is senior technology executive with over 30 years of experience working in global financial services organization, and he is a uniquely qualified individual who has held key senior management positions in managing technical infrastructure. He has an extensive track record delivering innovative technology solutions to solve business problems within the financial services sector, and has software application development as well as Front-office business experience.

VJ Viswanathan

VJ Viswanathan is an accomplished Cyber Security, Privacy, Compliance and Risk Management executive with seasoned experience in creating and leading highly effective and successful Risk management programs at multiple global brands. He is the Chief Information Security officer for HD Supply (NASDAQ:HDS), HDS is one of the largest industrial distributors in North America. VJ serves on startups, industry & professional advisory boards. As a strategic advisor for early and growth stage technology ventures, he specializes in developing competitive product roadmap and guides in opportunity mapping. VJ has developed a unique intelligence sharing network with his key industry peers to effectively combat cyber threats in real time that has grown organically over time.

Are you interested in becoming a Work-Bench mentor? See our other Work-Bench mentors, and let us know here.

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