Our mission is to apply decades of successful experience in the industries we represent to identify impact players, meaningfully qualify candidates, and significantly streamline the hiring process for our clients.
Peter Wagner, Managing director
Founder Peter Wagner came to New York City in 1992 with a freshly minted master's degree in Computer Science from Brown University. He spent the next 20 years building front-office trading and risk systems for some of the largest and most prestigious firms in the financial industry. Peter managed the development of the strategic, fixed-income risk platform for Lehman Brothers - still the primary front-office risk platform now in use at Barclays. At Morgan Stanley, he was responsible for the credit derivatives risk reporting system and managed the firm's data warehouse providing all transaction data to the credit risk and capital systems of the bank. Peter also has significant experience building and managing offshore teams. With his wealth of technology and industry experience, Peter is uniquely positioned to find and evaluate talented individuals who excel in the high-pressure environment of the financial industry. His writing appears in QuantNet, and his quarterly assessments of the financial IT hiring landscape are widely read.
Armine khudinyan, RECRUITER
Armine started her career in recruitment and human resources administration at the Academy of Learning in Canada, where she coached the school’s graduates in the areas of job search, interviewing and resume writing. After a subsequent move to the United Kingdom, Armine joined the London-based head office of Kate Spade New York. There she provided high-level HR support to the store managers and drove the efforts to attract and recruit top retail talent. Armine has been with Affinity North since 2016. She helps streamline the recruitment process and provide exceptional client and candidate experience. Armine holds a Master’s Degree in English Language and Communications, a Diploma in HR Practice from West London College as well as a Certificate in Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness from New York University.
alan todtenkopf, industry advisor
Prior to joining Affinity, Alan was Head of US Software Development at Eton Park Capital Management. Alan started in the financial industry in 1994 with a background in pharmaceutical robotics, a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the financial industry he spent 23 years building and managing software development teams, remaining a hands-on developer through0ut. Alan has worked at buy side, sell side, and vendor firms giving him broad exposure to the financial industry. Before Eton Park Capital Management, Alan was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley and prior to that he was at EJV/Bridge/Reuters. Alan's focus was trading, pricing, and risk management systems for Fixed Income, Equity and FX derivatives products. As a hiring manager, Alan developed a highly respected track record of identifying strong candidates based on numerous criteria including technical strength, future leadership potential, understanding of finance and/or matching personality to the culture of the hiring organization. He now shares these valuable skills to bring the financial industry's top talent together with our highly demanding clients.
Raj mistry, researcher