September 9, 2018

Laureate Execs

Meet the Executive Team

Laureate bringing together leaders from the asset management and technology industries for one purpose: disrupt the current model in order to empower investors to earn compelling returns for them and not Wall Street.

Lawrence C. Newhook

Founder & CEO

Lawrence Newhook is a veteran investment professional with a 20+ year track record investing globally across all asset classes. He has built successful investment and hedge fund portfolios for the pension, family office, and high net worth investor communities, with a particular focus on identifying and extracting sources of alpha from both public and private markets.

Nicole L. Biernat

President and COO

Nicole Biernat has over two decades of experience in the alternative asset management industry, encompassing operations, investor relations, strategic business development, due diligence, and marketing.

Nicole brings to bear her extensive network of industry professionals and broad-based experience with the products and service providers in the industry in creating and managing the infrastructure of Laureate Digital.

Dr. Mark Antonio Awada

Chief Risk and Data Analytics Officer

Mark Antonio Awada's distinguished career spans finance and academia. He has held leadership and executive roles at blue chip investment banks, and also managed capital at both a global investment firm which he founded and also at a top tier hedge fund. His academic background is in theoretical physics, and included post-doctoral research with Dr. Stephen Hawking as well as subsequent professorial positions at US universities.


Sean W. Pitcher

Director of Finance

Mr. Pitcher recently joined Alpha Innovations as Director of Finance and Interim Chief Compliance Officer. His responsibilities include oversight of accounting and financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, compliance, regulatory requirements, and negotiating competitive terms and managing relationships with various service and infrastructure providers. Mr. Pitcher identifies and drives areas for improvement across all processes, procedures, controls and systems to develop an accurate and efficient platform to support the company’s aggressive growth strategy to meet investor expectations.

With over ten years of experience in the asset management industry Mr. Pitcher brings a wealth of knowledge of corporate finance and financial markets to Alpha Innovations. Prior to joining Alpha Innovations Mr. Pitcher worked in finance and investment roles for a London Stock Exchange listed specialty re/insurer and a Bermuda based hedge fund manager. Mr. Pitcher began his career in financial services at Ernst & Young in Bermuda where he qualified as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Mr. Pitcher graduated from the University of Guelph, Canada with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree.