Senior Leadership Team

Douglas L. Braunstein
Founder & Managing Partner
John Holland
Head of Research
Jeremy Nierman
Head of Trading
Jake Brown
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer
Michael Stellwagen, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer
Emma Sugarman
Head of Investor Relations

Douglas L. Braunstein, Founder & Managing Partner

  • Doug has 30+ years of industry experience, most recently serving as JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Chief Financial Officer until December 2012, as a member of the Company's Operating Committee, and as Vice Chairman from January 2013 to December 2014.
  • Prior to that, Doug was Head of JPMorgan's Americas Investment Banking and Global M&A departments from 2008 to 2010, Global Head of Industry Coverage and M&A from 2002 – 2007, and Global Head of M&A from 1997 – 2002. He also served as a member of JPMorgan's Executive Committee, the Investment Bank Management Committee.
  • Doug has been an advisor to numerous boards and management teams in the planning, structuring and implementation of the full range of corporate finance solutions. He has worked on over $1 trillion in transactions.
  • He is a trustee of Cornell University, a member of Cornell's Investment Committee for the Endowment and Co-Chair of the Finance Committee.
  • He also serves on Harvard Law School's Dean's Advisory Board. He is a member of the Economic Club of New York, a Board Member of the Foreign Policy Association, a member of the UJA of Greater New York's Wall Street and Financial Services Division, and on the Board of Directors of the Gordon A. Rich Memorial Foundation.
  • He received his B.S. from Cornell University in 1983 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986.

John Holland, Head of Research

John joined Hudson Executive Capital from FNY Capital where he spent over two years as an event-driven Portfolio Manager. From 2010 to 2011, John was Head of Research at Attara Capital, a long/short hedge fund that was a spinoff of the Atticus European Fund. Prior to Attara, John was an Analyst at Atticus Capital for seven years from 2003 to 2009, working as a generalist directly for Atticus Capital founder Timothy Barakett. Before Atticus, John worked as an investment banking Analyst at Robertson Stephens. John holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard College.

Jeremy Nierman, Head of Trading

Jeremy joins Hudson Executive Capital from Manatuck Hill Partners where he spent nearly six years as Head Trader. Prior to Manatuck, he traded for Pequot Capital Management from 2002 to 2009. Jeremy ran the small cap trading desk there from 2006 until his departure. In addition, he was responsible for managing the syndicate process for all of Pequot Capital from 2005 to 2007. Jeremy spent three years at National Discount Brokers trading institutional and retail orders before going to Pequot. From 1996 to 1999 he was a part of various settlement teams at Chase Manhattan Bank and The Bank of New York. Jeremy received his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College in 1996.

Brian Cogan, Research Analyst

Brian Cogan is an Analyst on the investment team at Hudson Executive Capital, having joined the Firm pre-launch and assisting in its formation. Prior to joining Hudson Executive Capital, Brian was an Associate in the Global Healthcare Group, Investment Banking Division, at Barclays. Brian began his career at Barclays as an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions group. He received a B.S. in Finance from Boston College in 2010.

Andrew Pataki, Research Analyst

Andrew Pataki is an Analyst on the investment team at Hudson Executive Capital, having joined the Firm in 2015. Previously Andrew was an Associate at Koch Industries, Inc., and an Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Sociology and Economics in 2012.

  • Head of Business Development and Investor Relations, Hutchin Hill Capital LP, 2012 – 2014
  • Global Head of Asset Management and Investor Relations, Highbridge Capital Management LLC, 2006 – 2012
  • Associate, Blackstone Alternative Asset Management, 2003 – 2006
  • Vice President, Banc of America Securities, 2002 – 2003
  • Associate, McKinsey & Co., 2001
  • Regional Sales Manager, Caterpillar Inc., 1996 – 2000
  • M.B.A., Kellogg School of Management, 2002; B.S., The Ohio State University, 1996

Jake Brown, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer

Jake joined Hudson Executive Capital in 2015. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Hoplite Capital Management, LLC. Prior to Hoplite, Jake was General Counsel of Atticus Capital, Assistant General Counsel at Soros Fund Management LLC, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Merchant Banking Division, and started his legal career as a corporate associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Before law school, Jake served as a U.S. Army Infantry Officer, including service in Saudi Arabia and Iraq during the First Gulf War. Jake graduated from the United States Military Academy with a B.S. in Mathematics of the Applied Sciences and received his J.D. from the New York University School of Law.

Michael Stellwagen, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer

Michael joined Hudson Executive Capital from Junto Capital Management, where he was Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Junto, Michael was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Breeden Capital Management. There he was responsible for all non-investment related activities of the firm. Prior to Breeden, Michael was Chief Financial Officer at Heartland Industrial Partners and Director of Operations at Saunders Karp & Megrue. Michael also served as Vice President, Finance & Administration, for BlackRock Financial Management. He also worked as a Senior Associate for Coopers & Lybrand. Michael is a graduate of Villanova University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Zachary Alexander, Research Analyst

Zach Alexander is an Analyst on the investment team at Hudson Executive Capital, having joined the Firm in 2015. Previously Zach was an Analyst in the Healthcare Investment Banking Group at Morgan Stanley. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Business Administration in 2014.

  • Business Development and Investor Relations, Corsair Capital Management LP, 2013 – 2015
  • Associate, PIMCO 2011 – 2013
  • Analyst, Morgan Stanley, 2010 – 2011
  • B.A., Emory University, Goizueta Business School, 2010
  • Office Manager, Heartland Industrial Partners LP & The CoveView Group, 2006 – 2014
  • Office Manager, CoastWood Capital Group LLC, 2003 – 2005
  • Office Manager, REACH Prep, Inc., 2000 – 2003
  • Marketing Assistant, Innovative Display & Design, Inc., 1994 – 1996
  • B.A., University of Rhode Island, 1994

Alexandra Alvelo, Office Manager

  • Senior Executive Administrative Specialist, JPMorgan Chase & Co. 2000 – 2015
  • Executive Assistant, Schroeder Wertheim & Co. 1997 – 2000
  • Paralegal, Gusmorino & Marx 1991 – 1997
  • Paralegal, Vito A. Napolitano, Esq. 1987 – 1994 concurrently with foregoing
  • Office Services / Personnel Manager / Legal Assistant, OPM / AIG Leasing Services, Inc. 1977 – 1987
  • Assistant, Equitable Life Assurance Society, 1974 – 1977
  • Queens College, Liberal Arts 1994 – 1997

Patricia Flaherty, Office Manager

  • Executive Administrative Assistant, Cadwalader Wickersham &
    Taft LLP
    : 2013 – 2015
  • Executive Administrative Assistant, JPMorgan Chase & Co.: 1993 – 2013
  • The Wood School, Associates Degree in Occupational Studies: 1993

Emma Sugarman, Head of Investor Relations

Emma joined Hudson Executive Capital in 2015. Previously, she was a Managing Director with Orchard Square Partners (now part of Neuberger Berman Fixed Income), responsible for strategy, business development and investor relations. Prior to Orchard Square, Emma was a Managing Director at BNP Paribas Prime Brokerage from 2008 to 2012, where she was Global Head of Capital Introduction. Prior to BNP Paribas, Emma was a member of the Capital Introduction team at Bank of America Securities, which was acquired by BNP Paribas, at BISYS Hedge Fund Services, and held investor relations roles at Olympius Capital, CapRock Services, Bowman Capital Management and Husic Capital Management. Emma holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Economics, Finance, Law, Communications and Human Resources from the Royal Society of Arts, London, England.

Ira Mosberg, Controller

Ira joined Hudson Executive Capital from Welch Capital Partners, where he was Controller. Prior to Welch, he was Controller at Bridger Capital, Assistant Controller at JWM Partners, a Manager at Rothstein, Kass & Company, and an Associate at Holtz Rubenstein & Company. Ira received his B.S.M. from Tulane University in 1998 and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Edward Kim, Investor Relations

Eddie joined the Investor Relations team at Hudson Executive Capital in 2016. Previously, he was a Vice President on the Investor Capital Services team at BNP Paribas Prime Brokerage. Eddie studied biomedical engineering at Columbia University and received his B.A. in Economics from the City University of New York in 2010.