Our research and advisory team is led by veteran industry practioners who bring together years of expertise as award-winning analysts, technology executives, and research innovators. MGI analysts on average have over 20 years of experience with running and/or advising technology companies, technology buyers or investors. Our lead analysts are:
Jim Mendelson is a Managing Director of MGI Research. Prior to co-founding MGI Research with Messrs. Stenmark and Dailey, Jim was a leading Wall Street enterprise software analyst. Starting out on Wall Street in the late 1970s, Jim has covered a broad range of software companies in a variety of different information technology sectors. Jim was with Morgan Stanley from 1978 to 1993, initially covering emerging growth companies. He was one of the first analysts on the Street to initiate focused coverage of the software industry during the early 1980s. Jim left Morgan Stanley in 1993 to become a partner at SoundView Technology Group - at the time the leading technology investment research and banking firm closely affiliated with Gartner Group. Following the sale of Soundview to Charles Schwab, Jim held a brief stint at Lazard Capital Markets. During his career as an analyst on Wall Street, Jim was highly ranked by Institutional Investor, as well as by Reuters and Greenwich Research polls. In addition to writing numerous reports, he has hosted a wide range of different investor oriented events such as investment conferences, tech industry bus tours, conference calls, as well as Q&A discussions on various topics. Jim has been a speaker at Gartner Group conferences, and was featured on a number of occasions by CNBC and Bloomberg TV and radio. As part of his tenure on Wall Street, Jim has participated in numerous equity offerings as a lead or co-manager, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, private equity offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Jim has a Bachelors Degree in Economics and English from Bucknell University, and an MBA in Finance from New York University.
Igor Stenmark is a Managing Director of MGI Research. Mr. Stenmark's background encompasses over 25 years in entrepreneurial, strategic, investment and executive roles in the technology industry. Prior to MGI Research, Igor acted as a strategist and counsel advising technology industry investors and executives, helping enter new markets, optimize positioning, create value and achieve liquidity. Mr. Stenmark served as an advisor and/or board member to numerous technology start-ups, research firms and investment companies such as Warburg-Pincus, Credit Suisse and others. Mr. Stenmark's practice was focused on emerging growth trends as well as on creation of strategic value through efficiency optimization of technology businesses. During this period, Mr. Stenmark founded Stenmark Capital, an investment firm focused on technology and merger arbitrage investments. Between 1992 and 2001 Mr. Stenmark served as the Group Vice-President of Gartner's Enterprise Systems Research Group. In this role Mr. Stenmark had P&L, strategic and operational general management responsibility for research and advisory business with over $70 million in revenues. Under his leadership, the Enterprise Systems Research Group entered new markets, grew its revenue and profitability, expanded its research coverage and staff to over sixty five senior analysts covering network and systems management, information security, databases, application integration, enterprise servers, storage and software asset management. During his nine-year tenure at Gartner, Mr. Stenmark authored numerous research articles and industry scenarios, including a number of in-depth reports on software vendors such as Computer Associates as well as seminal research on the theory and practice of mergers and acquisitions in the technology arena. While at Gartner, Mr. Stenmark advised numerous technology companies on strategic alternatives such as business combinations, IPOs, spin-offs and re-capitalizations. Prior to Gartner, Mr. Stenmark was the co-founder of Spectrum Concepts Software where he initially led the research and development of its XCOM 6.2 communications software product and then served as the company's senior business executive with responsibilities for international sales and business development, leading in 1992 to a successful sale of the company to Legent Corporation (now part of CA Technologies). Following the acquisition by Legent, Mr. Stenmark served as an advisor on strategy and M&A to Legent's Vice-Chairman. Prior to Spectrum, Mr. Stenmark worked as a communications software consultant in the energy industry and acted as a lead developer and project manager of several international projects at Mobil Corp. Mr. Stenmark holds Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Cooper Union School of Engineering and New York University respectively.
Andrew Dailey is a Managing Director of MGI Research. Mr. Dailey has over twenty years of diversified technology and financial services experience. Prior to MGI Research, Dailey was a partner at the Jetstream Group, a management consulting firm advising Fortune 500 CIOs on software procurement negotiations, enterprise applications strategies and outsourcing/offshoring strategies. In this role, Mr. Dailey advised clients such as British Petroleum, Applied Materials, JPMorganChase, McDonald's, McKesson, Nissan, Sun Microsystems, and Tetra Pak. His report on BPO, call centers and outsourcing was featured in cover stories by BusinessWeek and Time magazine. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Marketing for Baan Company, a Nasdaq and Amsterdam Exchange-listed ERP software company. He was responsible for product marketing, events, and managed five global industry solution centers. Mr. Dailey spent eight years at Gartner Group, where he co-founded the Software Asset Management practice, and launched the ERP and supply chain management advisory businesses in Europe. While at Gartner, he received multiple awards for his research, including Analyst of the Year honors. Mr. Dailey is the author of numerous industry research papers and has lectured at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, UCLA's Anderson School of Management, and The Charles University, Prague. Mr. Dailey has served on both public and private company boards of directors, and currently serves as the Lead Director for Project Bandaloop, a San Francisco-based aerial dance company. A four-time NCAA All-American in tennis, Mr. Dailey holds a BA degree from Swarthmore College.
Vincent (Vince) Wicker is a Research Director and co-head of Supply Chain Management practice at MGI Research. Previously, Mr. Wicker spent over twenty years as an industry executive and senior advisor in private practice helping companies optimize their supply chain strategies and technology acquisition plans. Vince has held global marketing and operating roles in the packaging industry as well as at companies such as Barclays Bank, The Northern Trust and Fiat-Chrysler. Vince has also served in executive and senior technology roles at companies such as Manugistics (now JDA Software) and Synquest and provided strategic counsel to numerous providers of supply chain management technology. Vince has also lectured on enterprise supply chain technology at Emory University’s Graduate Business School. In addition to his broad expertise in supply chain, Vince has in-depth expertise in industries such as telecom, retail, consumer packaged goods, mobile, beverage, apparel, automotive, pharmaceutical, medical and process chemical industries. His research work at MGI focuses on the next generation of supply chain management and optimization technologies, including on-demand, cloud-based delivery models. Vince holds a BBA from the Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan and an MBA from Emory University’s Goiutzeta School of Business.
Michael (Mike) Wayne is a Research Director and co-head of the Supply Chain Management practice at MGI Research. Previously, Mr. Wayne spent the last 19 years working in supply chain and technology as an industry consultant, enterprise architect, and most recently as a technology executive advising clients on the development of cloud-based supply chain services. As an industry analyst Mike draws on his unique perspective as a practitioner and a strategist. Mr. Wayne started his career at Bender Management Consultants solving complex supply chain problems for companies such as Praxair and Georgia Pacific. Through the SynQuest acquisition and eventual IPO, Mr. Wayne assumed the role as a supply chain product architect, driving the development of commercial off the shelf demand planning solutions for Fortune 1000 companies. Mr. Wayne went on to serve as CTO of a supply chain startup, architecting optimization and simulation tools for forward-looking manufacturing organizations. Mr. Wayne has designed supply chain processes, engineered supply chain strategy models, and led enterprise supply chain integration efforts in the retail, grocery, energy, process chemical, paper, telecommunications, and consumer packaged goods industries. While at Willis Towers Watson he has deployed distributed enterprise architectures solving complex actuarial problems. Mike was also involved in architecting supply chain systems for companies such as Loblaws, Sprint, Univar, and Pactiv. His research work at MGI is focused on the strategic and technical challenges facing companies looking to optimize supply chains for the 21st century. Mike has also worked extensively on establishing a set of objective, industry-standard metrics and criteria with which to evaluate, acquire and adopt supply chain solutions. Mr. Wayne holds a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Toledo, has worked extensively in Agile Methodology and holds several technology specific certifications.
Matthijs Koorn is a Research Director and Head of Payment Strategies Practice at MGI Research. Matthijs is a recognized payment technology industry expert with a deep knowledge of the entire payment processing cycle. He has a broad international experience and a successful track record as an executive, research leader and a strategic advisor. Matthijs brings to MGI over 20 years of deep expertise in payments, cards and issuers, e-commerce and related regulatory issues that affect all parties in an electronic payment as well as processors, issuers, technology suppliers and tax and regulatory authorities. At MGI, his research and advisory work is focused on helping clients modernize their payment technology capabilities, optimize strategies and align their payment practices and metrics with industry best-in-class. Matthijs focuses his industry research on the cutting edge between payments and payments processing on the one hand and economic viability on the other hand. In addition to working closely with B2C and B2B enterprises, Matthijs has advised numerous technology suppliers on opportunities and risks of e-Commerce payments, on strategy and regulatory issues, on market entry and exit, market sizing and on internal turnarounds and re-organizations. Prior to MGI Research, Matthijs held senior research, sales and executive roles with companies such as Gartner, Tower Group, MasterCard, Avangate, WorldPay and others. Matthijs holds a degree in International Business Studies from the European Business School in London. He is based in The Netherlands where he lives in The Hague with his wife and three sons and enjoys running and spending time with his family.