Stephen is the Chief Financial Officer of Lux Research. He came to Lux Research after 12 years at TowerGroup, a global advisory research firm focused on the financial services industry, where he was the CFO. At TowerGroup, Stephen was responsible for all financial administration, including guiding the firm through its global expansion, as well as its sale to Reuters in 1999 and MasterCard in 2004. Prior to TowerGroup, Stephen was a controller for Mercer Management Consulting and the Assistant Corporate Controller for Grubb & Ellis Company.
Stephen received his Bachelor's Degree from Bentley University and his MBA from the University of San Francisco. He is a CPA licensed in the State of Massachusetts and is a member of the AICPA and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Andrew Stockwell is the SVP of Research Product & Operations at Lux Research leading the company’s global intelligence, product strategy and development, and consulting teams. Andrew brings nearly two decades of experience at market insights firms helping clients thrive in the face of market disruption and innovation.
Prior to joining Lux Research, Andrew held executive leadership roles in product, strategy, marketing, and research with Kantar Retail, a leading provider of market insights, analytics, and consulting solutions for the retail and consumer packaged goods industries. Prior to Kantar Retail, Andrew spent over 13 years at Forrester Research where his most recent roles included leading the consulting organization supporting marketing and strategy professionals, leading the global eBusiness & Channel Strategy practice, and establishing Forrester’s marketing and strategy division as VP of Asia Pacific out of Beijing, China.
Andrew holds an MBA with honors from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College, and a BA from Hamilton College.
Cort Isernhagen is the Senior Vice President and Managing Director for the international divisions of Lux Research. Overseeing the commercial activities of the firm in Asia and Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Cort is responsible for driving the growth strategies of the company in these important global markets. Prior to his role at Lux Research, Cort spent 15 years with IDC, in various positions, most recently as Vice President for IDC's Insights businesses with responsibility for Asia/Pacific and EMEA. In this role he managed international research teams providing advice and guidance to executives supporting their technology investment and implementation plans. Cort has also held posts with Chinadotcom and International Data Group (IDG).
Cort holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Business from Hawaii Pacific University, and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the American Graduate School of International Management-Thunderbird.
Michael Di Pietro is the Senior Vice President of Operations at Lux Research with three main focus areas: retention of clients, new business and day to day operational efficiency while also leading our global Client Engagement team. Michael is an industry expert in building sales and service teams to effectively position offerings, engage and serve clients, and implement processes to renew and grow business. From an operational perspective, Michael focuses on people, process, metrics, and technology.
Prior to joining Lux Research, Michael was senior vice president of AMR’s research advisory service, with responsibility for research analysis and content, advisory products and the company’s overall client management service delivery. He was also managing director of international operations, based in London, where in 1999 he led the company’s launch into Europe. He later developed, launched and managed several products along with managing company’s sales, service and research organizations at various times during his tenure. When AMR was acquired by Gartner in 2009, Michael served as Managing Vice President of Supply Chain Products & Management integrating people, products and clients between the two firms. In 2014, he was responsible for aligning Gartner’s sales, service and research efforts to exceed growth and retention targets while working closely with all internal organizations and Gartner’s strategic clients.
In addition to his industry accomplishments, Michael is a passionate and active participant in mentoring programs, specifically Year Up and the RAMP Program at Suffolk University where Michael sits as Vice President of the Sawyer Business School Alumni Board.
Rachel Daricek is Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy, driving the vision, strategy, and execution of efforts to enhance and evolve the go-to-market approach and digital customer experience for Lux Research products and services.
Rachel brings over 15 years of experience including product strategy & marketing, account management & sales, operational excellence, and consulting. Prior to joining Lux Research, Rachel spent nearly 7 years with Quantia, Inc. (acquired by Physicians Interactive and re-branded as Aptus Health) in a variety of roles, most notably leading commercial product strategy and client services. She also previously held consulting roles and has worked closely with clients from many globally recognized organizations in pharmaceuticals, oil & gas, and other industries.
Rachel holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, an MEM (Masters of Engineering Management) in Product Innovation and Design from the Kellogg School of Management/McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University.
Marianna Ballinger is the Managing Director for EMEA Sales, leading the team of new and existing business in the EMEA region. Marianna is a visionary leader with a customer-centric approach to business growth who takes a long-term view on daily decisions. She has 10+ years experience in sales development across various industries, including insurance, banking and automotive. Marianna joined Lux coming from Tesla where she worked as a sales leader and where her last assignment was setting up a new sales division. Having worked in both the EMEA as well as APAC regions, she understands what it means to be sharing the same mission statement across continents and how to successfully manage for results.
Marianna studied Economics at the University of Zurich and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (BA).
Marcel van Galen is Managing Director for the Americas overseeing commercial activities and implementing growth strategies in this region. Marcel has an extensive background, spanning 20 years, in building businesses around data and insights and developing long-term strategic business relationships. Previous roles include being a partner at Emerging Energy Research (EER), a company Marcel helped build from start-up to a leading provider of business intelligence in clean and renewable energy. Prior roles include establishing and managing a European base for Pyramid Research and developing new, client focused, Insight services at IHS.