More about P. Howard Edelstein
Howard is widely recognized within the FinTech industry as a visionary leader and innovator. He has turned start-ups into industry leaders, led successful turnarounds, and successfully managed large organizations over a diverse career as a CEO, director and private equity executive spanning more than two decades. He has been the recipient of several “Industry Top 10 Innovator Awards” and in 2010 was named one of the “Legends” in the financial securities services industry over the prior 20 years. In 2015 he was the only private investor named to Institutional Investor's list of the 35 most influential people in FinTech Finance. Howard combines an entrepreneur’s nose for opportunity with the quantitative mindset needed to successfully scale an organization and the “soft” skills required to lead, align and motivate people and develop successful partnerships.
Howard has served as Chairman of a Goldman Sachs spin-off, REDI Technologies, since February 2014. REDI connects Institutional Buyside/investors and Sellside/Brokers in a global collaborative trading community and information network for securities processing. Previously, Howard was Chairman and CEO of BondDesk Group, a leading electronic bond trading venue for retail investors that was acquired by TradeWeb in October 2013. Before that, he led a turnaround of NYFIX following its delisting by NASDAQ, ultimately resulting in the sale of the company to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 2009. Earlier, Howard was President and CEO of Radianz, which he repositioned and led into a leading global mission-critical market infrastructure provider that is now part of BT Group. In the late 1990s, as founder and CEO of Thomson Financial ESG, Howard led the creation of the first competitive market for U.S. trade confirmation services and engineered the merger ofthe company with the Depository Trust and Clearing Corp. (DTCC) to form OMGEO, the industry standard for institutional equities post-trade processing.
In addition to REDI, Howard currently serves on the Board of FinTech provider AcadiaSoft, a global industry effort among 13 of the world’s largest banks and leading industry service providers, reinventing collateral management/processing and helping reduce capital requirements for banks.
Howard is also Chairman of BioCatch, an innovative rapidly growing Israel-based early stage company leading the field in utilizing behavioral-based cognitive biometrics as a next-generation authentication and fraud detection technique to enhance network security. He is also a strategic advisor, director and equity investor at Algomi, which leverages state-of-the-art data analysis and intelligent learning to find natural liquidity in the OTC market.
A graduate of the City University of New York, Howard holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering/Information Sciences from Stanford University.
Sample Board Work
Ness Technologies: NASD:NSTC – Board of Directors – Nominating, Compensation & Gov.Committees, as well as Chairman of Special Committee that took the company private.
$600M Global provider of IT services and solutions in software engineering, system integration, application development, and consulting.
NYFIX, Inc., NASD: NYFX - Board of Directors
Provider of innovative trading efficiency solutions and trade automation technologies
PalmSource: NASD:PSRC – Board of Directors – Audit & CompensationCommittees, as well as Special Committee work.
A global leader in mobile device software and the developer of the well known/regarded Palm OS Operating System
Skillsoft:NASD:SKIL. – Board of Directors – Audit & Compensation Committees
$350M. Worldwide e-learning, cloud-based learning solutions for global enterprises, government and education customers to mid-sized and small businesses.
BondDesk, LLC – Board of Directors
Nation’s largest retail bond trading venue, providing enterprise-wide fixed income solutions to many of the top broker-dealers
AcadiaSoft, Inc., – IndependentDirector 2009 – Present
Margin automation+communication services for counterparties engaged in derivatives trading.
Alacra, Inc.,. – Board of Directors – Compensation Committee from the start – exit in 2016.
Data concordance company focused on Compliance, KYC, and related information aggregation and analysis.