Christos M. Cotsakos, Ph.D.Founder, Chairman and CEO, Pennington Ventures, LLC Senior Advisor, New Mountain Capital Former Chairman and CEO, E*TRADE

    Considered to be one of the visionary architects and entrepreneurs of e-commerce and e-finance, Dr. Cotsakos has been the founding member of multiple entrepreneurial ventures and served on the board of directors for numerous public, private, and non-profit companies. He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Pennington Ventures, LLC, and Co-Founder and Chairman of Mutasian Media, LLC and Mutasian Entertainment, LLC. Previously, Dr. Cotsakos served as the Founder, Chairman, CEO, and President of EndPlay, Inc., Chairman and CEO of E*Trade Group, Inc., Founding Co-Managing Partner at ArrowPath Ventures, and global Co-CEO of ACNielsen. He also held several senior executive positions at Federal Express Corporation. Additionally, Dr. Cotsakos is among a team of co-inventors listed in multiple patent applications covering methods and data structure for obtaining, distributing, managing, and utilizing information in online networking systems.  He is a national best-selling author and philanthropist.

    Dr. Cotsakos holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of London and an MBA (summa cum laude) from Pepperdine University. He received a BA (cum laude) in Communications from William Paterson University, which, in 2001, named its business school after Dr. Cotsakos.