Structure & Responsibility

Our Board Members:

  • Support the EACC by sharing relevant information about the EACC with their networks and initiating and/or facilitating connections with relevant companies/organizations.
  • Contribute targeted business activities and networking to the EACC, in accordance with the EACC strategic priorities and its overall mission
  • Actively help raise the profile and visibility of the EACC locally, nationally, and internationally
  • Meet at least every 6 months as a group to identify, plan, and accomplish programs and activities for the EACC and with the support of the EACC staff
  • Participate in annual meetings and on occasion at annual EACC strategic meeting.

Profile of Our Board Members

Our Board Members are:

  • Experienced business leaders and professionals who are committed and connected to deliver on the mission of the board and the EACC
  • Responsible for leading the organization’s vision and advising the staff on strategic actions.

James D. Rosener, Partner, Troutman Pepper LLP [President]

James Rosener is a partner in the Commercial Department of Troutman Pepper LLP. Mr. Rosener heads the firm’s International Practice Group, is managing partner of the New York office and has served as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. His practice is devoted primarily to international transactions, private equity, mergers and acquisitions and corporate financing.

Mr. Rosener has represented domestic and foreign private equity funds in transactions in over 70 countries throughout the world, including platform and follow-on acquisitions, distressed buyouts, including in bankruptcy, corporate carve-outs and restructurings. He also has represented U.S.-based companies in transactions throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia (particularly, India and China), as well as several European, Indian, South American and Japanese companies in merger and acquisitions, financing and licensing transactions involving the United States. In addition, he also has represented management-led groups in the acquisition of businesses from divesting corporations.

Within the corporate financing practice area, Mr. Rosener has represented domestic and foreign issuers, in public offerings (both U.S. and foreign listings), venture and mezzanine capital raising, and traditional bank financing transactions. In addition, he has represented a number of issuers and bondholder groups in debt restructuring, recapitalization and work-out plans. Mr. Rosener regularly acts as international legal counsel to issuers and underwriters on off-shore public offerings in India, the U.K. and Europe. 

Mr. Rosener worked in the corporate finance field for nine years before becoming a lawyer. His experience in senior financial positions included the initial and subsequent public offerings of equity and debt securities of a major international integrated oil producer and a health care company, the acquisition of several publicly held companies and the financing of several stand-alone projects.


James Newlands, Northeast Region Trade Leader, EY [Vice President]

James works with our teams serving accounts headquartered in the Northeast Region providing enablement and connectivity with key regions across the globe to ensure that we have the highest performing teams, delivering exceptional client service, worldwide, as our clients increasingly seek growth in global markets. He is also responsible for ensuring that we deliver on that promise to global clients headquartered in other markets with operations in the Northeast. In short, the purpose of the role is to bring the best of EY across the world to support our clients’ global growth agendas.

James also leads EY’s Americas-Africa Business Center based in New York. In this role he works with key EY accounts in the Americas, across a range of sectors, to assist them in developing, stress-testing and executing their Africa growth strategies, bringing to bear the practical experience he has gained in building EY’s business in Africa.

Prior to his current role James was responsible for leading the execution of EY’s Africa Investment Plan. This multi-year plan is focused on building capacity, expanding the firm’s footprint and enhancing EY’s brand across 28 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

James has more than 34 years’ experience in providing assurance and advisory services to a number of the firm’s leading clients in the Oil & Gas, Retail and Consumer Products and Life Insurance sectors. He has also held a number of leadership positions in the firm, including Africa Oil & Gas Sector Leader and Western Cape Regional Senior Partner.

James is a Chartered Accountant and has degrees in Accounting and Commerce from the University of Cape Town. He is an Advisory Board member of Afrika Tikkun USA Inc. and was previously a Board member of the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and a member of the Education Committee of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA).


Yann Coatanlem, Executive Director, (Club) Praxis [Director]

Yann Coatanlem is the Executive Director of an independent think tank, the Club Praxis (www.clubpraxis.com), which focuses on economic and social reforms in France. Most of the members of Praxis are French executives in various business, academic and government areas, who are well-positioned to bring fresh and “outside the box” ideas to policy debates in France. In recent publications the Club Praxis has proposed concrete reforms of the French tax system, financial regulation, pension systems, French institutions, and new ideas on how to handle France attractiveness and diversity issues.

Yann is also a Managing Director at the Institutional Client Group, the investment bank of Citigroup, and head of the Multi-Asset Quantitative Analysis Group. He has been at Citigroup since he joined the Arbitrage Desk of Salomon Brothers in 1994. 

Amongst various non-profit activities, Yann sits on the board of One-To-World, an institution which complements the Fulbright exchange program and brings future leaders from around the world together with Americans – one to one – sharing similarities and appreciating differences to build cultural understanding across the globe.

He graduated in Mathematics from Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique et de Mathématiques Appliquées de Grenoble (ENSIMAG), and from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris. 

Mitch Cohen

Mitch Cohen, Retired Vice-Chairman, PricewaterhouseCoopers [Director]

Mitch is a  retired Vice-Chairman of PwC. During his 36 year career he served as the client service partner on a number of the Firm’s largest clients. In addition to his clients, Mitch had a variety of management responsibilities including the Firm’s strategy, M&A, public relations and communications, innovation and corporate responsibility.

Mitch is co-author of a groundbreaking study and book on self-made billionaires. Since the publication of The Self-Made Billionaire Effect  Mitch has been a frequent speaker in the media and at colleges and universities on innovation and entrepreneurship.

Since retiring from PwC Mitch has concentrated on investing and working with various venture backed emerging companies. Mitch also serves on the Advisory Board of a wealth management firm.

Mitch is a graduate of Penn State University and serves on the Board of Visitors of the Smeal Business School. He also serves on the Board of Directors of DonorsChoose and Chairs the Audit Committee.

Mitch and his wife Carri have two children and live in New York City.


Sean Dowd, Managing Director, AlixPartners [Director]

Sean Dowd is an AlixPartners Managing Director in the Financial Advisory Services practice. He joined the firm’s New York office in 2007. Sean has spent more than 25 years performing a wide array of consulting services for Fortune 500 companies, as well as private-equity and law firms, across such industries as banking, defense, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, and securities. Those services have included global investigations, litigation support, expert-witness testimony, restructuring, valuation, strategy, due diligence, and operational and financial improvement.

Sean brings solutions and services to clients—primarily law firms and corporate legal departments. He advises corporate counsel and their outside attorneys in identifying and selecting the right expert or investigative resources relevant to particular matters—specifically, complex commercial litigation and corporate investigations. Sean frequently works with corporate executives, investors, and attorneys of leading law firms to help them develop innovative solutions to complex problems in both domestic and international matters, including government enforcement actions, major securities litigation, bankruptcy litigation, international arbitration, and situations that call for interim management. Prior to joining AlixPartners, he was with Ernst & Young, and he has held accounting, finance, and strategy positions at Fortune 500 and privately held companies.

Sean has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Providence College and is a board member of the European American Chamber of Commerce.

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James M. Gallagher, Senior Vice President, US Head of Coverage East, HSBC [Director]

Jim is the US Head of Coverage, East, in the Multinational Corporate Banking business at HSBC. Jim manages a team of senior bankers and associates that oversee relationships with subsidiaries and affiliates of multinational corporates, spanning many geographies abroad. Jim and his team provide strategic advice to clients navigating the ever-evolving banking and economic landscape.

Jim has nearly 15 years of banking experience, with his career beginning in HSBC’s Retail Banking and Wealth Management division.  Jim worked in US Corporate Banking for over 5 years, covering  a diversified industries portfolio of clients, including a concentration in professional service firms.  He transitioned to HSBC’s Multinational Banking team in late 2012, managing the NYC-based team from 2015, with continued focus on multinational clients across all sectors.  He expanded his responsibility to include the eastern half of the US in 2017; teams include Buffalo, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, D.C., Charlotte, Atlanta, and Miami.  Jim has advised corporates, firms, and organizations on a wide variety of financing and banking topics through focusing on value-added client solutions.

Jim graduated Cum Laude from Georgetown University with a Bachelor’s in History.  Although a banker, Jim has long enjoyed international interconnectivity, and looks forward to continuing this focus as a board member of EACC NYC.


Michael Malloy, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting’s Forensic & Litigation Consulting, FTI Consulting [Director]

Michael Malloy is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting’s Forensic & Litigation Consulting practice and is based in New York.  Michael has more than 29 years of experience in accounting, auditing, merger and acquisition advisory services, and litigation consulting services, including forensic accounting and fraud investigations.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting in October 2016, he was a Managing Director with Deloitte’s Audit practice in New York.  Michael began his career at Deloitte as a staff accountant and became a Partner in 2001.  During his tenure at Deloitte, Michael participated in hundreds of audits, and led more than one hundred audits.  He is an expert in the application of accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

His professional experience was primarily focused on serving both public and private companies in the following industries: technology, telecommunication, public sector clients, including government, non-for-profit (including hospitals and healthcare providers), and higher education entities; pharmaceutical companies, financial services companies; Japanese trading and manufacturing companies (particularly in the metals and plastic industries); private equity clients; venture capital companies; shipping companies, and companies in the energy industry.

At Deloitte, Michael led audits of financial statements prepared under accounting rules set by the Financial Accounting Standards Board and International Accounting Standards Board.


Guillaume Martinez, Managing Director, Transaction Advisory Group, Alvarez & Marsal  [Director | President, EACC Paris]

Guillaume Martinez has recently joined Alvarez & Marsal in Paris as a Managing Director in the Transaction Advisory Group. Mr. Martinez has over 22 years of experience in professional services, including more than 16 years in transaction services for both strategic and private equity clients. He has been working on over 200 buy-side, sell-side and financing engagements.

Mr. Martinez has extensive cross-border transaction experience globally in countries such as United States, United Kingdom, Nordics, Brazil, South-East Asia, Japan, and North Africa. His industry experience focuses on aerospace & defense, hoteling & leisure and TMT sectors. Mr. Martinez has worked on numerous large and complex transactions involving both multinationals and large cap financial investors.

Prior to Alvarez & Marsal, Mr. Martinez was a transaction services partner in a big four firm in Paris where he headed the practice development toward corporates. He also did a secondment in New York where he specialized in assisting French clients investing in the US, as well as US corporates and PE funds investing across Europe. He started his career with Arthur Andersen in the audit practice.  Mr. Martinez has a Masters of Science in Management from ICN Business School. He serves as Chairman of the Board of the European American Chamber of Commerce.


Amy Walsh, Partner, Orrick [Director]

Amy Walsh, a partner in Orrick’s New York office, is the former Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Walsh was an Assistant United States Attorney for 12 years in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where she led dozens of investigations and cases on behalf of the government, and supervised several sections within the Office.

Ms. Walsh is a trusted advisor to her clients, who hire her to handle matters involving government and internal investigations.

Throughout her time in private practice, Ms. Walsh has represented individuals and institutions in government investigations, enforcement actions, and prosecutions conducted by various government agencies including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Internal Revenue Service. Ms. Walsh litigates cases in federal and state court, negotiates with representatives of government enforcement agencies, and advises clients on compliance issues.

In addition, Ms. Walsh served as the court-appointed Independent Reviewer in JPMorgan Chase’s settlement with the United States Department of Justice, where she was responsible for ensuring JPMC’s fulfillment of its obligations under the settlement agreement and publicly reporting on JPMC’s compliance.

Ms. Walsh serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, and was named by Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 women lawyers in the New York metro area.


Kenton Atta-Krah, Managing Associate, Orrick [Proxy]

Kenton Atta-Krah is an associate in the White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance practice group.

Kenton represents clients in civil litigation and white collar matters, including domestic and international internal corporate investigations and regulatory agency investigations. He has trial and litigation experience before the United Nations Dispute Tribunal in New York, and has had experience responding to congressional subpoenas, investigating allegations of sexual abuse by faculty members at an educational institution, and responding to an institutional data breach affecting thousands of people in all 50 states and in several U.S. territories and jurisdictions.

Kenton is active in community service, in particular, through the representation of incarcerated individuals under the Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”), where he has been involved in Section 1983 civil rights actions and other civil matters.

Prior to joining Orrick, Kenton was an Associate at Day Pitney LLP. While in law school, he was a research assistant to Professor Doriane Coleman and interned with the CWS-RDU Immigration and Refugee Program, which provides legal assistance to individuals and families on immigration matters. He also spent time as a Summer Associate at Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah, a law firm in Accra, Ghana.

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Brian Jenkins, Director, AlixPartners [Proxy]

Brian Jenkins is a Director in the Financial Advisory Services practice of AlixPartners.  As a trusted advisor, Brian is adept at applying his strong foundation in accounting and financial concepts to the strategic review, analysis and synthesization of complex financial information.

He advises and counsels clients on a broad range of high-impact matters specializing in forensic accounting, financial investigations and dispute services.  Brian has consulted in a variety of international and domestic corporate investigations, litigation and regulatory matters, arbitrations and disputes, white-collar-prosecution and defense efforts, monitor and receiver roles, bankruptcy proceedings, and provided related financial advisory services.

Prior to joining AlixPartners, Brian was in the audit practice of Ernst & Young, servicing both public and private clients.  Brian holds a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Villanova University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

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Toni M. Mele, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting’s Forensic & Litigation Consulting, FTI Consulting [Proxy]

Toni Mele is a senior member of the Global Risk and Investigations Practice. With almost 25 years of litigation and investigative experience, Ms. Mele specializes in leading, supervising and conducting complex domestic and international corporate investigations for public and private corporations and law firms, with a focus on government and regulatory investigations, fraud and forensic investigations, embezzlement and kickbacks, anti-corruption and bribery (FCPA), internal investigations, anti-money laundering (BSA/AML), False Claims Act, due diligence and employee misconduct matters.

Ms. Mele also routinely advises companies on strategies to improve policies and procedures, internal controls, and governance, and leads compliance reviews to develop and strengthen compliance programs. Her work includes integrity advisory and monitorship engagements with financial institutions. Additionally, Ms. Mele manages expert litigation support services, including helping companies respond to subpoenas from governmental entities and discovery requests in complex civil matters that require collection, processing, hosting, and review of voluminous electronic data.

Ms. Mele draws on 20 years’ experience as a practicing attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, the financial services industry and private law firm practice to integrate investigative skills with technology and financial expertise to provide clients with valuable strategies to address complicated issues. Throughout the course of her career, Ms. Mele has conducted hundreds of grand jury, internal and regulatory investigations, managed and led complex criminal and civil cases, tried almost a dozen cases — six of which went to verdict before a jury — argued numerous, complex issues before federal judges in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, and made a multitude of presentations to senior management and business leaders in the financial sector. Her extensive experience makes her extremely qualified to assist corporations and law firms in all aspects of litigation, investigations, due diligence, and compliance work.

For almost a decade, Ms. Mele was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where she led several high-profile, multi-defendant investigations and prosecutions involving money laundering, white- collar fraud, including bank, mail, wire, credit card, mortgage and healthcare fraud, international drug trafficking, identity theft and corruption.

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Daniela Menghi, Vice President Senior Relationship Manager, HSBC [Proxy]

Daniela Menghi is currently a Senior Relationship Manager for Multinational Corporate Banking at HSBC USA. In this role Daniela is responsible for advising and supporting all banking needs for a portfolio of subsidiaries of large multinationals clients. Daniela also acts as the Professional Services Industry Champion, supporting other bankers and growing this industry coverage for HSBC in the Americas.  She joined HSBC in June 2016 and is based in New York.

Prior to joining HSBC, Daniela spent four years at Morgan Stanley in Corporate Treasury and Equity Research in New York. Daniela held prior positions at JP Morgan in Investment Banking in the Financial Institutions M&A Group in New York and at Citibank, where she spent almost six years in Corporate & Investment Banking in Brazil.   Daniela has also worked for Columbia Business School, where she helped establish a Value Investing Learning Center.

Daniela holds an MBA in Finance & Economics from Columbia University, where she graduated with High Honors, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas, FGV.  Daniela was an Executive Board Member and Treasurer for over three years for the Allendale Foundation for Education Excellence and held numerous volunteering positions for the Calhoun School in New York and for the Allendale School District. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. Her favourite activity is travelling with her family.


Robert Baker, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting’s Forensic & Litigation, FTI Consulting [Observer]

Robert Baker is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting’s Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment and is based in New York. Mr. Baker has more than 35 years of diverse financial services experience and has served on client projects worldwide. He is skilled in Financial & Regulatory Reporting, Accounting, Auditing, Forensic Investigations, M&A Due Diligence, Strategic Business & Transaction Evaluations, Fraud Risk and Control, Financial Internal Control, Corporate Governance and Compliance.  He has worked with clients across industries such as consumer products, technology, energy, financial services, food & enter-tainment, retail, media, pharma/life sciences, real estate and infrastructure construction.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Baker was a Partner in the Audit Practice and later in the FAS Group at Deloitte. While at Deloitte, Mr. Baker led an M&A support group which focused on the evaluation of regulatory issues (AML, OFAC and FCPA), environmental issues (RCRA, CERCLA and reserve reviews), and background investigations on target companies and individuals. Mr. Baker was also Co-Leader of Deloitte’s Italian Services Group where he directed Audits, Investigations and M&A Transaction Support between Deloitte U.S. and Italy.

As part of Deloitte’s U.S. practice he directed and executed all phases of worldwide audit engagements, including assessment and documentation of internal controls, and was responsible for communications with clients’ Boards of Directors and Audit Committees.

Subsequent to his career at Deloitte, Mr. Baker was a Partner at another Financial Services  organization, where he provided strategic advisory services in both “buy side” and “sell side” transactions, post transaction disputes and integration issues in the Construction, Oil & Gas and Hospitality industries. He also advised on an international investigation, led by the U.S. Department of Justice, into bribery in the sports industry.

His experience in dispute consulting includes both domestic and international projects, focusing on market timing issues, late trading, purchase price disputes (serving as a neutral arbitrator), insurance claims, compliance consulting (including fraud risk and control), AML, FCPA, accounting malpractice, white collar crime and financial statement fraud. Mr. Baker holds an MBA in accounting from Adelphi University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.