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2014 Board
The 2014 Board. Back Row, from left to right: Hajime Matsuura, Sheila Mullan, Sharon Gamsin, Stephen Foley, Michael Shari, Pierre Paulden. Front Row: Jan Alexander, Carolyn Crapo, Claudia Deutsch, Steve Govoni and Imogen Rose-Smith.



President: Pierre Paulden, Bloomberg
Vice President: Terry Wooten, Crosstie Media Services
Treas.: Stephen Foley, Financial Times
Secy-Asst Treas: Katy Burne, Wall Street Journal

Board of Governors:
Jan Alexander, Institutional Investor's Alpha
Carolyn Crapo, Freelance
Claudia Deutsch, Freelance
Bill Egbert, Community Newspaper Group
Hajime Matsuura, The Sankei Shimbun
Sheila Mullan, Market News International
Imogen Rose-Smith, Institutional Investor
Michael Shari, Barron's  
Maryellen Tighe, Debtwire Municipals

Nominated for Associate Representatives:
Sharon Gamsin, MasterCard, retired
Steve Govoni, Lord Abbett
Peter Phelan, MediaMath

2014 President's Blog

President: Pierre Paulden is an editor at Bloomberg, which he joined in 2007 from Institutional Investor Magazine. He currently edits the global mortgages column and has previously been a reporter and editor covering credit markets. He's been an NYFWA board member since 2008, helping to write the Follies. Pierre lives in Brooklyn and holds a B.A. in Modern History from St. Anne's College, Oxford University.

Vice President: Terry Wooten is the editorial director and owner of Crosstie Media Services, which specializes in editing, writing and other editorial projects. He was most recently the consulting editor-in-chief of Kitco News, a division of Kitco Metals in Montreal, Canada, developing resource news coverage and editorial staff. From 2004 until 2009 Wooten was the Managing Editor/Commodities, Americas for Dow Jones Newswires, directing journalists and editors in North America and South America. Earlier, he was vice president and editor-in-chief of Futures World News, a financial news service, which became OsterDowJones Commodity News in a merger with Dow Jones. Wooten has worked in Kansas City, Chicago and London as an editor and reporter, covering financial and commodity markets as well as economic news. He also reported on and directed coverage of Group of Seven meetings, the World Economic Forum, EU finance minister conferences, the OECD and the 1992 exchange rate mechanism turmoil in Europe. He also spent eight years with United Press International, covering civil rights, politics, and government in Mississippi, Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina. He studied journalism at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. In 2011 he was selected for the prestigious Silver Em Award, the highest honor given by the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at Ole Miss.

Treasurer: Stephen Foley is US investment correspondent for the Financial Times, covering the asset management industry, hedge funds and institutional and retail investment issues. He previously spent 13 years at The Independent in London and New York, latterly as Associate Business Editor. He has covered personal finance, the UK stock market and the global pharmaceuticals industry, and has been a newspaper share tipster and columnist. In March 2009, he was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards for his coverage of the Credit Crisis.

Secretary-Assistant Treasurer : Katy Burne is a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, owned by Dow Jones & Co., where she has covered credit markets and derivatives for three years. Previously, she was managing editor of Derivatives Week, a Euromoney Institutional Investor newsletter, and before that she was managing editor of Power Finance & Risk, also at Euromoney. Katy has a post-graduate diploma in magazine journalism from Harlow Journalism Center in the U.K. and a BA from the University of Newcastle-on-Tyne in psychology. An actor in the Follies since 2010, Katy lives in Brooklyn with her husband.  

Governor: Jan Alexander is a senior writer at Institutional Investor’s Alpha, where she covers hedge funds and the global economy. Her articles have appeared in Forbes Woman, CBS BNET, Institutional Investor, Private Wealth, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek International, Money, the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Far Eastern Economic Review and the Harvard Management Communication Letter. As a features editor at Worth from 2003 to 2009 she oversaw the magazine’s coverage of the financial crisis and the economic outlook under Obama. She has a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and has worked in Asia and taught a survey course in Chinese civilization at CUNY Brooklyn College, in addition to publishing a novel about business and political intrigue in China.

Governor: Carolyn Crapo currently works at Dubick & Associates, where she writes primarily about financial services with a concentration on the options markets. A graduate of Wellesley College, she worked for a Thomson-owned company in Boston covering pharmaceutical industry M&As as well as MFS Investment Services before moving back to her native New York. She joined the NYFWA in 2006 while she was at Thomson covering Canadian equities, among other topics. As a freelancer, Carolyn has worked for Market News and many other outlets. She has been a cast member in the Follies since 2007 and is living in hope that her singing and dancing skills will someday match her level of enthusiasm.

Governor: A former president of the New York Financial Writers’ Association and an awarding winning journalist, Claudia Deutsch returns to the board as a governor. Now retired, Claudia spent the bulk of her career at the New York Times, initially as an editor on Sunday business, then as a commercial property columnist on Sunday real estate and ultimately as a reporter for Business Day. Prior to the New York Times, her career also included stints at Chemical Week Magazine, Business Week and Stores Magazine, among others.

Governor: Hajime Matsuura is Advisor to the Board of Directors/Senior Columnist of The Sankei Shimbun, news and publication arm of Japan's largest media conglomerate FujiSankei Group. Hajime started his career as an investigative journalist at The Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) where he won numerous prizes for uprooting the causes of Japanese economy's  two decade long malady. Hajime's weekend hobbies, data mining and reading financial statements, made him a coauthor of two books on financial disclosure fraud, "Olympus Syndrome" and "Seibu Railways." Although he originated in the land of Karaoke, Hajime cannot sing nor dance, which explains why he became an avid spectator, not a performer, of the Follies. 

Governor: Sheila Mullan is a senior bond reporter at Market News International. She has also worked as a freelance writer at the New York Times and New York Post's Sunday Business news sections, and as an IPO reporter at IFR Magazine in New York and Hong Kong, and a bond analyst at Standard & Poor's MMS in Hong Kong. She was president of the NYFWA in 2007.

Governor: Michael Shari is a Contributing Editor at Barron’s in New York, where he covers hedge funds and capital markets. His articles have appeared in other magazines, such as Time, BusinessWeek, Institutional Investor, Global Finance, Risk Professional and Maclean’s. He has also written for newspapers including the Financial Times, the New York Post, the Miami Herald and the Wall Street Journal. He has won 12 external journalism awards, most recently First Place in the Excellence in Journalism Award for Magazine Business Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists’ New Jersey Chapter for an article about the origins of the global financial crisis in Risk Professional in 2011. Previously, he spent 19 years in Asia, where he covered business, finance and politics for Agence France-Presse in Bangkok, Nikkei in Tokyo, Time in Jakarta, and BusinessWeek in Singapore. He has a bachelor of arts in literature and languages from Bennington College. Born in Manhattan, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

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Governor: Maryellen Tighe is reporter at Debtwire Municipals, covering utility debt, tax allocation bonds, Detroit's bankruptcy and Puerto Rico. She previously covered the oil and gas sectors and insurance. She joined the NYFWA in 2013 after being peer pressured at the hacks v. flacks softball game two years in a row. 

Associate Representative : Steve Govoni is a Senior Financial Writer-Market Analyst with Lord Abbett, an 85-year-old money management firm based in Jersey City. Before moving to the “buy side,” Steve worked as a supervisory analyst for Morgan Stanley, UBS, and Lehman Brothers. During his journalism career, he was executive editor of Financial World, a story editor at The New York Times, and a senior editor at Corporate Finance magazines. As a newspaper reporter, he received a number of prizes, including a Deadline Award for exposing the fraudulent collapse of trucking companies in New York in New Jersey. A graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications and Columbia University’s Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics & Business Journalism, Steve joined the NYFWA in 1986, served on the board from 1991 to 1993 and 2006 to 2013, and performed in seven Follies productions. Since rejoining the NYFWA board in 2006, Steve has photographed numerous association events, including the Follies, for the association’s website.

Associate Representative : Peter Phelan has been contributing song lyrics and jokes (both live and recorded content) for The Financial Follies for over a decade.  Although he's a human resources executive by day, the financial writing bug won't leave Peter alone and he's always noodling with some article or other. His background includes bachelors and masters degrees in Business/Management from University College Dublin and senior HR roles within Bloomberg, Publicis Groupe, WPP and currently at MediaMath (The Marketing OS). His ability to articulate a clear people management vision has led to dozens of publications in that arena (e.g. Employee Benefit News, HR Magazine, Washington Post). Peter and his wife, Andie, enjoy raising their two "city kids" (a son and daughter) who are native Manhattanites. In his spare time Peter enjoys comedy writing and performing stand-up.

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