Management Team

Management Team

Here’s the team behind Zenus bank and their professional backgrounds

MUSHEGH TOVMASYAN

(Chairman & Founder)

FinTech entrepreneur and a veteran of the online trading industry. C-Level management experience with regulated financial services companies in the United States, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Switzerland, Cyprus, Armenia, Japan and New Zealand. A serial entrepreneur at heart, Mushegh has a good eye for spotting individual talent and untapped opportunities in the market. Mushegh is fluent in English, Spanish, Russian & Armenian and has a track record of forging strategic alliances across industries and developing new business opportunities. He has been involved in a number of traditional M&A transactions on both sides of the table. He led acquisitions of various regulated financial services entities in North America, Europe, Asia and East Africa, and also raised funds for various projects in Finance, Technology, and the Sport & Hospitality space. He is the principal behind seed & venture capital firm Forexify most recently exiting from two successful ventures – Divisa Capital and Equiti Group in order to focus full time on Zenus Bank.

JOSE A. DIAZ

(Chief Executive Officer)

Experienced banker with a proven history and performance in the commercial and retail banking industry. Jose used to manage the Puerto Rico operations of various top tier banks such as Citi, Santander and Scotiabank and held board advisory roles at MasterCard and Visa. Strong business development professional skilled in Banking, Credit Analysis, Consumer Marketing, Retail Sales Analysis, Insurance, Operations, Treasury, Risk, Strategic Planning and Commercial Banking. Previously President of Puerto Rico Bankers Association, Jose has forged a long record of leadership and governance roles in North America & the Caribbean with deep relationships across industry and with agencies and regulators.

WEIYEE IN

(Chief Strategy Officer)

Extensive experience in finance and technology with major banks as a leading publishing Wall Street analyst and equity strategist, head of equity research and also head of Environmental Social Governance (ESG). Expertise in semiconductor technologies, artificial intelligence, semantic taxonomies, workflow design, machine learning, data analytics, robotic process automation, software development, standards bodies and strategic planning. Led teams of Wall Street analysts across New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, and Taipei. Managed regulatory compliance, intellectual property, innovation, technology and strategic projects in major financial institutions as well as data aggregation vendors – worked for: Bloomberg, BNP Paribas, TNI, UBS, WPP, McGraw-Hill. 

GABRIEL VIERA

(Chief Compliance Officer)

Gabriel is an integral part of the bank’s executive management team implementing a comprehensive Compliance Program while managing the Know Your Customer, Financial Intelligence, Risk Testing and the Corporate Compliance Training Units. Gabriel has a long-standing relationship with the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions (OCIF) and the Federal Reserve of New York, adding tremendous value and experience to the development of Zenus Bank. Gabriel is an alumnus of the University of Puerto Rico who has an extensive knowledge of local, United States and international markets and regulations, having worked for both local and international banks of Banco Popular and Activo Bank International.

JORGE SOLTERO

(Head of Risk)

Jorge is a capital markets executive with over 20 years of US and international trading and risk management experience working for bulge bracket investment banks. He began his trading career in 1994 at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the currency and Eurodollar options pits. Since then, and for the past 20+ years, Jorge has been a trader and desk head for a variety of Equity and Fixed Income products for firms in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and London. Prior to joining Zenus, Jorge was a Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

John Woods

(Chief Marketing Officer)

An experienced international CMO, John has built marketing functions, led transformational change and driven accelerated growth in multiple companies. Having held numerous senior roles at Barclays Bank and successfully re-launching the online business bank he moved into FX trading, leading CMC Markets through a digital transformation for their successful FTSE 250 IPO. More recently he’s led Samsung’s European digital operations and assisted Bain Capital in the separation and launch of a new business, Zellis (The UK’s largest payroll provider).

STEPHANIE CABRET, Esq.

(Chief of Staff)

Ms. Cabret is integral in supporting the executive team and manages all HR, Corporate & Administrative tasks in the organization. She is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico in Business Administration and holds a Juris Doctor from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Her work experience spans roles in banking compliance as well as litigation in the private sector.

Vannesa Ortiz, CPA

(Finance Director)

Vannesa is a specialized Certified Public Accountant in the banking sector with an extensive career with leading banks in various Finance and Risk functions. She started her professional career with Big Four accounting firm PwC auditing local and international banks. In 2011, she transitioned to BBVA and later to Scotiabank into Risk Management & Reporting functions for credit and loans.  

MICHAEL PEEN

(Independent Board Director)

Michael is an executive director of a diversified investment fund advising on strategic investments in PE and VC while serving as a board member in portfolio companies. In parallel, he advises companies in technology and finance industries, serving on the advisory board of Data Capital Management – a U.S.-based hedge fund driven by artificial intelligence and big data. From 2010-2018, Michael served as Chief Commercial Officer in KAZ Minerals PLC, a FTSE250 natural resources group, leading strategy, business development and commercial operations. He is a member of the WEF and YPO and has earned an MBA from Kellogg-HKUST in addition to graduating from INSEAD’s Executive Management Program.

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