Brian S. Strauss, Chairman
Brian S. Strauss serves as Chairman of RMA NY and is a former Chairman of the Capital Markets Credit Analysts Society (CMCAS). Brian is the Chief Credit Officer at Celsius Network, a cryptocurrency lending platform founded in 2017. Prior to joining Celsius, Brian was Executive Director and Senior Credit Officer at Natixis North America LLC, where he and his team were responsibile for managing the firm's credit risk to Financial Institutions and Structured Credit counterparties. Before joining Natixis, Brian worked for several years as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and then eDelta Consulting, advising financial institutions on risk management, regulatory and compliance-related matters.
Prior to joining PwC, Brian served as Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer of KCG Americas LLC, as well as Deputy CRO of KCG Holdings, Inc. Brian previously served as CRO of Knight Capital Group, a predecessor firm, where he had global responsibility for credit, market and operational risk management. Before being promoted to this newly-created role in September, 2012, Brian had served as Chief Credit Officer of the firm.
Brian was previously a Managing Director and Senior Credit Officer at UBS Americas Inc., where he served as Co-Head of Hedge Fund Credit in the Americas. While at UBS, Brian was the primary risk liaison to the domestic and international equities businesses and the exchange-traded derivatives businesses globally. Prior to joining UBS, Brian was employed by Bank One N.A. as a Managing Director and Capital Markets Credit Officer, where his responsibilities included managing the bank's exposure to hedge funds, securities firms and money managers, and overseeing the ISDA documentation group.
Brian received a B.Sc. in finance from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. in finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.