About us

Our core team and advisors have extensive relevant experience in loyalty, finance, capital markets, and technology development

ACE Board

Oliver Althoff

  • Managing Director at Seabury Capital
  • 15+ years of experience in specialty finance, aviation and aerospace, originating and structuring financing solutions
  • Held managing positions ay Waypoint Leasing, CIT Group, GE Capital, and Bank of America
  • MBA from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania

Jerry Baker

  • Entrepreneur with 31 years of experience in international insurance
  • Co-founder and Chairman of Benefit Architects, insurance brokerage firm
  • Founder and CEO of LifeSpan Partners, life insurance distribution company

Atanas Christov

  • Serial entrepreneur, seasoned executive, 27 years in relevant roles
  • Built a Loyalty Finance & Strategy advisory, Affinia Volo Inc. (New York)
  • Senior McKinsey consultant focusing on Airlines and Financial Institutions
  • Experience in loyalty finance, strategy advisory, consultancy of airlines and financial institutions
  • Harvard Business School graduate

Akrati Johari

  • Chief Growth Officer at Zanbato
  • Former Global Co-Head of Digital Innovation at J.P. Morgan
  • 10+ years of experience in strategy, fintech investments and acquisitions, corporate and venture finance
  • MBA from Columbia Business School

Andreas Pierroutsakos

  • Managing Director, Head of Aviation & Healthcare Leveraged Finance at J.P. Morgan
  • 20 years of experience in raising syndicated loans and high yield bond financings serving aviation and healthcare clients
  • Chartered Financial Analyst

ACE Advisors

Francesca Carlesi

  • Cofounder and CEO of Molo Finance, UK’s first digitally native mortgage lender, with a successful exit via sale to ColCap
  • Former MD, Chief of Staff and Global Head of Regulatory Affairs at Deutsche Bank
  • Former Global Head of Strategy, Business Planning and Analytics at Barclays
  • 10 years experience at McKinsey & Company, advising large European banks on corporate finance, M&A, growth strategy and retail banking

Michel Dembinski

  • Executive with 30+ years of experience in aviation finance
  • Former MD, Head of Aviation, Structured Finance Office for EMEA, MUFG Bank
  • Worked at Banque Indosuez, Credit Agricole and DVB Bank
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate

Dimitar Karaivanov

  • Executive with 15+ years of experience in finance and strategy
  • Chief Operating Officer at Community Bank System, Inc.
  • Former MD at Lazard and RBC Capital Markets

Michael Simon

  • Principal at Damaron LLC, experienced attorney in financial services regulation, providing consulting services to Exchanges and Broker-Dealers
  • For 18 years Head of the Legal and Regulatory Division of the International Securities Exchange
  • For 9 years Assistant Director at U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Head of SEC’s CAT project

Howard Wettan

  • 20+ years of experience in the fintech space, licensing and commercial transactions in the payments sector
  • General Counsel at Deep Labs; Former Partner at White & Case LLP and Senior in-house Attorney at both Visa and Apple
  • Counsel to participants in recent loyalty finance deals for U.S. airlines

ACE Partners

  • ACE and JP Morgan landmark strategic partnership announced in 2020
  • JP Morgan, a strategic investor in ACE, has supported the Company to develop its launch strategies
  • Structurer, underwriter and distributor, JP Morgan has unrivalled expertise in the product through long-term collaboration with ACE
  • ACE technology is underpinned by Nasdaq's industrial-grade capital markets infrastructure, powering 130+ markets globally
  • Nasdaq offers a regulatory and governance expertise, technical support, robust capital markets services suite including surveillance, compliance and analytics
The proposed services of the Alternative Trading System are subject to US regulatory approvals by FINRA and SEC. ACE does not serve retail investors or the general public.