Cefe Quesada is Russell’s Global Head of IT Applications reporting to the Chief Operating Officer. In this role he manages the strategy, execution and support for Russell technology in support of global business strategy. He shares responsibility for Global Technology in partnership with the Global Head of Infrastructure. This includes Russell’s retail, institutional and direct trading strategies across funds, indexes, ETFs and securities. In this capacity he manages a large team of resources in the areas of software development, support, architecture, strategy, planning and governance. This role is responsible for developing the IT vision as it relates to the core operational business systems and ensuring that the strategy is aligned with business goals. This includes platforms from front to back office and includes custom .NET portfolio management systems, Enterprise Data Management, Customer Relationship Management, trade order management, accounting, Swift, records retention and eBusiness.
Prior to that Cefe was Director of Global Application Delivery for Russell Investments. In this role Cefe oversaw all phases of application delivery for both in-source and outsource software development projects. His team is responsible for the day-to-day support of in-source and outsource enterprise-wide applications including Russell’s global trading platforms. In this role Cefe was responsible for developing the IT vision as it relates to the core operational business systems, ensuring that the strategy is aligned with business goals and the overall IT vision and strategy.
Cefe originally joined Russell in 1998, working in the investment management and research group. In this role, he focused on web based technologies, moving the group from paper to paperless dissemination, and instituting internal broadcast programs which brought investment information to Russell associates.
Prior to Cefe’s return to Russell in 2005, Cefe worked for a number of years as a senior technology consultant at NPower and Sierra Systems. He consulted on a diverse set of .NET projects with the Peace Corp, Office of Financial Management, Office of the Treasurer and Washington State Department of Agriculture. He has served as a business analyst, system architect, systems developer, build manager, and process engineer. In these roles he employed technologies such as .NET, COM, MTS, and ASP; and processes from the rational unified process to agile development.