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The Alight Executive Team is frequently featured in business, technology and trade press. We can make our CEO or any other expert on the Alight team available for comment on topics that include: SaaS and cloud-based technology; forecasting and budgeting; the issues keeping CEOs up at night; fintech; diversity in the work place; leveraging the Millennial workforce; and others.

Contact: David Eaton, Vice President, Marketing

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Alight, Inc.

Alight delivers vertical enterprise-class applications for real-time, dynamic scenario comparison and analysis. The platform integrates historical and operational data from across the business to help management teams see the financial ripple effects of decisions, before decisions are made. Made possible because the value chain specific to each industry is prebuilt into the vertical applications.

The company is vertically organized, with each of the industry-specific divisions maintaining its own set of industry-experienced teams spanning leadership, product management, professional services, sales and marketing. Alight works with firms in dynamic and complex industries—including mortgage lending and mining—with more industry verticals slated for H2 2017.

 

Alight Mortgage Solutions

Alight Mortgage Lending™ is a strategic planning, financial forecasting and what-if scenario analysis application built by mortgage industry veterans for independent mortgage banks and financial institutions. Alight helps mortgage banks and financial institutions manage risk, make more money and create enterprise value.

Alight Mortgage Solutions customers include: Loan Depot, Union Home Mortgage, Village Mortgage, Sierra Pacific Mortgage, Guild Mortgage

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Alight Mining Solutions

Alight Mining Solutions enterprise-class, cloud-based applications are built by mining industry experts. Alight pulls in source data from mine planning and ERP systems, eliminating siloed planning and encouraging a more collaborative decision-making environment.  Mining executives and their teams can immediately see how operational decisions would impact financials—like free cash flow, profit margins, EBITDA and NPV—before decisions are made.

Alight Mining Solutions customers include: ArcelorMittal, Barrick Gold Corporation, Shell, Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL), KGHM, Evolution Mining, Osisko Mining, Mount Gibson Iron, GTUIT

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Executive Team

Michele McGovern, Chief Executive Officer

Michele McGovern, Chief Executive Officer of Alight, Inc., has over 20 years of executive experience transforming and leading financial services software companies. She was CEO of Iris Financial Solutions, a trading and analytics software company that was acquired by Mascon Global Limited and, previously, CEO of Argenesis Corp., a provider of applications for the securities, investment management, and banking industries. At Argenesis, she led the acquisition of Longview Group and then sale to Linedata Services SA (EPA:LIN). Michele founded the McGovern Group, a technology consulting firm that worked with leading investment banks including Barclays Global Investors (now BlackRock) and Franklin Templeton Investments. She is a graduate of Northeastern University with a Bachelor’s of Science, Finance and Accounting. She began her career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and is also a CPA (inactive).

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Steve Warren, Chief Technology Officer

Steve Warren is the Chief Technology Officer of Alight. In that role, he manages the company’s production operations, technology, and product development. An accomplished technology leader in the financial services industry, Steve co-founded of MyVest, a pioneer in the field of holistic wealth management. He served as Chief Technology Officer for Argenisis, the financial services vertical of Tenfold, a software products and services company, leading teams in building and deploying diverse application solutions in securities lending, energy trading, and other areas. In 1986, Steve was commissioned as a second lieutenant for the United States Army Corps of Engineers and is currently a retired reservist. He graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering in electrical engineering.

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David Eaton, Vice President, Marketing & Communications

David Eaton has more than 20 years of experience in strategic marketing and communications, with a focus on financial services and biotechnology and is currently Vice President, Marketing & Communications at Alight, Inc. David’s experience ranges from early-stage startups to multi-billion dollar publicly traded firms. Prior to joining Alight in 2014, David held senior marketing roles at IDEXX Laboratories (NASDAQ: IDXX), including responsibility for its brand, all direct-to-customer communications, and international marketing. He also held executive marketing roles at Mascon Global Limited, Iris Financial Solutions, Argenesis (part of publicly traded TenFold Corporation), and Paris-based Linedata Services. Early in David’s career he held key roles at Thomson Financial and leading agencies. David earned a bachelor’s degree in French and Music at The Honors College, University of South Carolina.

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Jackie Holen, Vice President, Business Solutions

As Vice President of Business Solutions, Jackie Holen designs and implements scalable processes, procedures, and infrastructure solutions to support Alight’s vertical business units and product launches. Prior to Alight, Jackie held product marketing and product management leadership roles and consulted to software companies ranging from small startups to Apple Computer and SAP. She was Director of Applications Products and a product manager at TenFold Corporation. Jackie holds an MS in Scientific Computing and Computational Mathematics from Stanford University and a BSE summa cum laude in Civil Engineering from Princeton University.

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Andrew Benedict, Vice President, Talent

As Vice President, Talent, Andrew Benedict leads talent sourcing, recruiting and hiring in order to help Alight hit its goals and objectives. A talent acquisition professional with over 20 years of experience, Andrew has worked with Fortune 500 companies, early stage startups, and everything in between in fintech, enterprise software, e-commerce, mobile, SaaS and gaming. Prior to Alight, Andrew worked as a talent acquisition manager for Accela, Inc., an award-winning platform of cloud-based productivity and civic engagement software and a senior technical recruiter at RichRelevance, a San Francisco-based omnichannel personalization technology company. He also spent a number of years on the agency recruiting side helping build early stage companies. Andrew has a BA in finance from California State University, Fullerton.

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Heidi Bastel, Vice President, Finance

Heidi Bastel joined Alight from Coursesmart/VitalSource, where she held a senior finance role encompassing the creation and implementation of scalable finance infrastructure systems and processes, along with a charter to build and mentor teams. Previously, she held positions in finance and administration at Heliodyne, Fisher Investments, and Barclays Global Investors. Heidi holds an MBA and BS from San Francisco State University and a Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts, California Culinary Academy.

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Rand Heer, Executive Vice President & Founder

Rand Heer is one of the original pioneers in the financial planning and analysis space. Rand launched planning and forecasting technology with his first startup, Pillar Corporation, which was acquired by Hyperion and then by Oracle. He founded Alight in 2006 with a vision for the next-generation planning platform. Rand’s financial management and startup experience spans manufacturing, biotechnology, software, and IT services. Prior to Alight, he founded three other technology companies—all with successful exits—focusing on financial systems and OLAP reporting. Rand holds an MBA from Harvard University.

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Vertical Leadership

Jared Huff, Managing Director, Alight Mortgage Solutions, a Division of Alight, Inc.

Jared Huff leads Alight Mortgage Solutions working with customers across the mortgage lending industry. Prior to Alight, Jared held senior roles in financial analysis at Russell Investment. Jared began his affiliation with Alight as a customer while holding senior finance roles at Weyerhaeuser. Jared holds a BS in accounting from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

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Tom Struttmann, Group Executive, Alight Mining Solutions, a Division of Alight, Inc.

Tom Struttmann leads Alight Mining Solutions bringing over 30 years of mining industry experience in operations, M&A due diligence, M&A post merger integration, transformation, supply chain, MRO, asset management and capital planning. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Caterpillar, Citibank, Freeport-McMoRan, Newmont, Barrick, BNP Paribus, AngloGold Ashanti, Elliott Advisors, Acacia Mining, Newcrest Mining and Metalloinvest. Prior to Alight, Tom was CEO of Struttmann Consulting, a management consulting firm dedicated to the mining industry. Tom spent over 20 years at Caterpillar as a global account manager responsible for pioneering a global account framework that reshaped the company’s service delivery model. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois.

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Board of Directors

Steven Berger, Chairman  View Bio

Michele McGovern, CEO 

Rand Heer, Executive Vice President & Founder

Jeffrey L. Walker, Director  View Bio

Michael Young, Caterpillar Ventures, Board Observer

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