Our team

Our diverse experience gives us the tools we need to manage risk and create opportunity in a whole new way.

Meet the full Demex team—and a few of our furry and feathered friends.

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Stephen Bennett

Chief Product Officer

Steve is a weatherman-turned-entrepreneur whose 25-year career includes working for The Weather Channel and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, as well as founding EarthRisk Technologies. Steve’s mission is to bridge the gap between climate volatility and business operations.

Ed Byrns

President and CEO

Ed is the founder and mastermind of The Demex Group. He has spent more than 20 years working in commodity and weather markets and holds a PhD in Engineering and a MS in Economics. Before Demex, Ed served for seven years as Chief Technology and Innovation Officer of Munich Re Trading.

Arielle Catalano

Director of Business Analytics

With 14 years of climate research experience under her belt, Arielle specializes in data analysis and interpretation, which she uses to fuel her passion of communicating climate and weather risks.

Hui Chen

Software Engineer

With over seven years as a software engineer, Hui designs and develops the underpinnings of the Demex Solutions Center. His feline companion, Mocha, is known for glamour shots that adorn the walls of the Demex office.

Daniel Dalton

Senior Associate for Transaction Design

Daniel is an aerospace engineer turned financial analyst who has been analyzing Demex data since day one. He is part of our founding team and our leading fanatic for the Washington Nationals.

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Daniel Falvey

Demex Advisor

Dan is a Principal at Black Birch Advisors. He works with the Demex team to originate, identify and craft unique solutions for new Demex customers across the marketplace.

Ruth Foxe-Blader

Demex Board

Ruth is a Partner at Anthemis, a leading global venture capital firm focused on cultivating change in financial services by investing in, growing, and sustaining businesses committed to improving the world.

Bruce Garner

Chief Revenue Officer

Bruce leads sales and is focused on initiatives to identify practical client solutions. Bruce has 30 years of experience working in global financial institutions from London to Singapore, with a focus on commodity markets.

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Sasha Giacoppo

Demex Advisor

Sasha is Head of Product Design at Visible Alpha. He has spent more than 15 years in product design, UX and digital transformation. Sasha leverages his expertise to help bring Demex’s design and user experience efforts to life.

Andrew Janke

Director of Quantitative Systems

Andrew brings his extensive and specialized experience in FinTech to Demex. He develops quantitative analytic platforms that integrate multiple technologies and programming languages.

Matthew Jones

Demex Board

Matthew is a principal at Anthemis focused on early-stage investments in insurance and risk management-related technology.

Jennifer Kafka

Director of Weather Analytics

Jennifer draws on her more than 6 years of experience in atmospheric science to help discover and test new weather-centric datasets for pricing. Her cat, Tokyo, likes to join team video calls.

Ken Konecki

Chief Technology Officer

Ken is a technologist who draws on 30 years of experience in finance to lead our team of software engineers. He architects the Demex Solutions Center and builds innovative products at scale. Previously, he spent several decades in FinTech working at Citadel Investment Group.

Bruce Macdonald

Advisor

Bruce’s career has spanned decades in financial services, with expertise in capital markets and commodities. He spent 38 years at Royal Bank of Canada, most recently as the head of the Commodities and Discretionary Capital Group for RBC Capital Markets. Bruce is currently Chairman of the Canadian Depository for Securities Limited (CDS) and has been a member of the Board since 2006.  Bruce comes to Demex as an advisor on commodities, risk, and technology.

Madeline McFarland

Data Analyst

Madeline is part of the “connective tissue” of Demex. She spends her time deep in the matrix of company decisions and internal data analysis. She had prior experience in economic consulting and holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and history from Williams College.

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Stuart Mercer

Demex Advisor

Stuart is the CEO and Founder of Ventus Risk. He contributes decades of industry experience as an advisor to Demex with a unique career that spans both the re/insurance and capital market arenas. Stuart was a cofounder of Validus Re and the CEO of AlphaCat ILS Fund, as well as the CEO and founder of Ventus Risk Management.

Kevin Paley

Managing Director

Kevin is a risk specialist who is one half of the founding vision behind Demex Markets. For 20 years Kevin has translated complex data into groundbreaking insights. He leads channel development as well as broker and customer partnerships. Previously, Kevin worked in a variety of commodity trading roles, most recently as the Global Head of Commodities at the Royal Bank of Canada.

Michael Patterson

Director of Commodity Analytics

Mike is an analyst and technologist with deep experience in commodity and weather-focused parametric analysis. He crossed paths with Ed, Steve, Ken and Andrew at Citadel, where they all worked together. His daughter’s talkative feathered friends occasionally interrupt virtual team meetings.

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Matt Perlman

Demex Board

Matt is a partner at IA Capital Group dedicated to working with innovative entrepreneurs in venture and growth capital investments in the insurance technology and financial technology spaces.

Kieran Scannell

Software Engineer

Kieran is a physicist turned software engineer who appreciates the Demex critical thresholds for cold weather. Hailing from upstate Minnesota, he’s a recent college graduate building the Demex Solutions Center.

Taylor Sipple

Director of Demex Success

After spending seven years at Bridgewater Associates, Taylor joined Demex to lead business intelligence across sales, analytics and technology development. He doesn’t forecast the weather, but he certainly takes advantage of it as an avid skier and surfer.

Matt Thomas-Wicher

Front-End Designer & Engineer

Matt leads brand creativity, from research and prototypes to code and customer experience. He views things through a design lens and ensures that Demex products empower the Demex ecosystem.

Chuck Whitlock

Managing Director

Chuck is a strategist who leads core initiatives across all market verticals and is the other half of the founding vision behind Demex Markets. Chuck’s 25-year career spans operations, energy trading and risk management, strategy execution and business incubation.

Clarence Yuan

Client Fulfillment Associate

With more than five years of experience in sales and marketing, Clarence develops content that explains Demex solutions to clients. His leafy office mate is a trusted travel companion.

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