Peter Chirlian, Chief Executive Officer

Peter Chirlian’s extensive financial services experience was key in the founding of Armanta.  Throughout his career, he has worked with some of the most complex products and processes for the largest financial institutions in the world.  As Chirlian leads Armanta into its next phase of growth, he continues working with customers to help them achieve the Armanta advantage of Seeing the Big Picture so they can make Better Decisions.

Prior to Armanta, Chirlian was Managing Director and head of the Financial Strategies Group at Prudential Global Asset Management, where he developed a new portfolio and risk management system that was used to manage over $150 billion in Fixed Income assets. He also led the Fixed Income electronic trading business at Goldman Sachs. Peter Chirlian has held management, trading, and development positions at other global companies including Lehman Brothers, First Boston and Bell Laboratories.

Eric Kaplan, Chief Technology Officer

Eric Kaplan brings deep expertise in IT architecture and operations to Armanta. Prior to the Company, Kaplan was Global Director of Fixed Income Electronic Trading at Merrill Lynch and held key management positions as systems architect and technical development lead with Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers. Eric Kaplan was formerly a senior consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), where he led the development of large, mission-critical client/server systems. Kaplan holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.

Michael Armellino

Mr. Armellino is a retired partner of the Goldman Sachs Group, LP. He spent 25  years with the company, and was serving as chief executive officer of Goldman’s asset management division at his retirement.  Early in his career, he made a name for himself as a senior transportation analyst and served in various other capacities, including partner in charge of research.

Armellino served on the board of Canadian National Railway for eighteen years, where he chaired the strategic planning committee. He has also served as a board member of Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation, and on the board of trustees of the Peddie School, Hightstown, N.J.  He is actively involved as a senior advisor to the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, whose mission is to provide healthcare services to those without insurance coverage.

Minder Cheng

Mr. Cheng serves on the board of directors of Investment Technology Group Inc. (“ITG”) and MediaCrossing Inc. He is also a Senior Advisor to Executive Networks Inc. Until July 2010, Mr. Cheng was Chief Investment Officer for Index Equity and Capital Markets globally at BlackRock Inc. (“BlackRock’). Mr. Cheng joined BlackRock at the time of its 2009 acquisition of Barclays Global Investors (“BGI”), where he worked in a variety of capacities for the prior 10 years, most recently as Chief Investment Officer of BGI’s Equity and Capital Markets worldwide. Prior to BGI, Mr. Cheng held research, strategy and proprietary trading roles at Convergence Asset Management in Connecticut, Sumitomo Finance International in London, Salomon Brothers in Tokyo, and the New York Stock Exchange in New York.

Mr. Cheng holds an MBA, MS and PhD in Finance from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA from National Taiwan University.

Michael Jones

Mr. Jones is Google’s Chief Technology Advocate, charged with advancing the technology to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. He was formerly CTO of Google Maps, Earth, and Local-the teams responsible for providing location intelligence and information in global context to users worldwide. A computer programmer since the fourth grade, he is a prolific inventor, a developer of scientific and computer graphics software, an engineering and business executive.