Panel: Transitioning from Finance to Tech
|Justin Hwa (W ’10)
Justin is a business leader, corporate innovator, and investor, with deep experience across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and North America. Currently, Justin leads eBay’s Commerce Innovations venture studio, based in Berlin. The studio is focused on launching new platforms, products, and businesses that augment and enhance the shopping experience on- and off-eBay. Prior to running Commerce Innovations, Justin led eBay’s M&A and Strategic Partnerships functions for EMEA. He was also an investment banker at Moelis & Company based in New York and Hong Kong. Outside of work, Justin serves as a Board Member at Watershed Collaborative, an education and technology non-profit, and as an Advisory Board Member at Jitjatjo, a contingent labor platform and staffing marketplace.
|Caroline Merin (WG ’15)
Caroline is the Chief Operating Officer of Rappi based in Mexico City. Rappi is the fastest growing on-demand delivery start up in Latin America, based out of Colombia with a presence in 9 countries throughout the region. Rappi is a marketplace that connects users who want to purchase items with independent contractors who can fulfill those needs. It also has a digital bank that offers money-transfer service as well as debit cards and credit cards. Previously, Caroline worked at Uber focused on opening new countries for Uber Rides, where she launched Uber in Uruguay and Argentina, and later opening Uber Eats in Latin America. Immediately prior to joining Rappi, she was the General Manager of Uber Eats in Mexico. Before joining the Tech industry, Caroline worked in Finance in investment banking at Credit Suisse in New York and later at Endeavor in Buenos Aires, and at Tresalia Capital in Mexico City.
|Rohenne Lee (WG ’15)
Rohenne is an experienced business leader in the online marketplaces space. Currently she’s leading the Product Insights Analyst team at Airbnb focused on providing insights to product teams on improving the user experience. Prior to Airbnb, she had experience managing teams at Uber and eBay. Having worked across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, she approaches everything with a global perspective. Rohenne’s transition from Finance to the Tech industry took place post MBA. Before Wharton, she spent five years with Credit Suisse as an Equity Sales Trader in Taiwan. Outside of work, you will find her cooking or looking for new restaurants to try, and when travel opens up again, she will be out exploring places she hasn’t been.
|Stephanie Landry (WG ’15)
Stephanie has diverse professional experience across top companies in the Finance, Tech and Entertainment industries. Currently, she manages Marketing Strategy for Netflix's Creative Marketing Production team, with the goal of providing operational insights and strategy guidance to support the company's off-service promotional marketing efforts. Prior to Netflix, Stephanie spent almost 5 years at Apple as the global lead for iPhone demand generation activities across Greater China, Southeast Asia and Latin America. During her time at Apple, she also worked as the Product Manager for the company's global hardware sales partnerships application. Prior to Wharton, Stephanie worked in Finance at Citadel in Chicago and Bridgewater in Westport, CT. Outside of work, you will find her hiking Runyon, playing volleyball at the beach or exploring new LA restaurants.
|Robert Chen (WG ’19)
Robert is a partner at Exec-Comm, a global communication skills training consultancy focused on helping Fortune 100 leaders and their teams communicate, influence, and lead effectively. Besides his corporate client work, he teaches Managerial Communication, Impromptu Speaking, and Advanced Persuasion and Storytelling at Wharton for their full-time and executive MBA programs. Robert also serves on the executive committee for the Wharton Club of NY as their VP of Career Development.