Corporate Governance

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Leadership Team

  • Karl A. Roessner
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Paul W. Brandow
    Chief Risk Officer
  • Lance M. Braunstein
    Chief Information Officer
  • Michael J. Curcio
    Chief Brokerage Officer
  • Glory DeSimone
    Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Brett H. Goodman
    Chief Communications Officer
  • Michael A. Pizzi
    Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
  • Lori S. Sher
    General Counsel
  • Lea K. Stendahl
    Chief Marketing Officer

Karl A. Roessner


An E*TRADE veteran and proven leader, Mr. Roessner sets the vision and strategic direction for the Company.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors and is President of E*TRADE Bank, as well as a member of its Board of Directors.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Roessner served as General Counsel for E*TRADE Financial for more than seven years, overseeing all compliance and regulatory functions for the Company and its bank and brokerage subsidiaries. During that time, he also served as the Corporate Secretary to the Company's Board of Directors.

Prior to joining E*TRADE, he was a partner in the Corporate Practice group of Clifford Chance US LLP, one of the world's leading law firms. There, he advised clients on negotiated public and private transactions, management and leveraged buyouts, capital raising activities, and corporate governance matters.

Mr. Roessner earned his BA cum laude from Siena College and his JD cum laude from St. Johns University School of Law, where he was a member of the St. John’s University Law Review.

Paul W. Brandow


As Chief Risk Officer, Paul Brandow oversees E*TRADE’s Enterprise Risk Management function, as well as the Anti-Money Laundering and Compliance functions.

Prior to this role, Mr. Brandow served E*TRADE in several leadership positions since joining the Company in 2008 including Senior Advisor, and Chief Administrative Officer.

Mr. Brandow has more than 40 years of experience in financial services, coming to E*TRADE from JPMorgan Chase, where he last served as President, JPMorgan Securities Inc. In this role he was responsible for all operating activities of the broker-dealer and represented the firm in its relationships with regulators.

Mr. Brandow also served as Chief Operating Officer of JPMorgan Investment Bank, Americas, of JPMorgan Global Institutional Equities and of Chase Global Markets. Prior to these appointments, he held a series of international leadership positions with Chase Manhattan Bank in Europe, South America and Asia.

He earned an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Hamilton College. He holds a Series 7 and Series 24. Mr. Brandow serves on the Boards of the University Settlement Society and The Door, two New York based social services organizations.

Lance M. Braunstein

Lance M. Braunstein

As Chief Information Officer, Mr. Braunstein is responsible for developing and implementing E*TRADE’s overarching technology strategy. Lance leads a team of technologists that drive software development, system architecture, and production support.

Prior to E*TRADE, Mr. Braunstein was the Chief Information Officer of Aperture Group, LLC, the parent company of OptionsHouse before its purchase by E*TRADE in 2016. Prior to Aperture Group, Mr. Braunstein spent seven years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as the Head of Client Platforms and Banking Technology. Prior to these appointments, Mr. Braunstein spent 10 years with Morgan Stanley where he was responsible for infrastructure and development organizations in Wealth Management.

Mr. Braunstein earned his BA in mathematics from The University of Rochester, an MS in atmospheric science from Colorado State University, and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a technical advisor to Grand Central Technology and previously served on the board of directors of The Bridge, Earth Day Network, and The Bushwick Starr.

Michael J. Curcio

Michael J. Curcio

As Chief Brokerage Officer, Michael Curcio leads the retail brokerage business, including all Product, Digital Channels, all Marketing, and the Company’s Corporate Services channel.

Prior to E*TRADE, Mr. Curcio was the CEO of Aperture Group, LLC, the parent company of OptionsHouse. A respected veteran of the online brokerage industry, he has a 20-year track record of releasing award-winning products, implementing customer retention strategies, and building cross-functional teams. Before joining Aperture Group and OptionsHouse, Mr. Curcio spent 11 years at E*TRADE, last serving as the head of the Company’s brokerage business, in addition to the corporate services and market making channels. Prior to E*TRADE, Mr. Curcio spent 15 years at TD Waterhouse, last serving as EVP of Customer Relationship Management.

Mr. Curcio received a BS in Business from the State University of New York, at Plattsburgh. He previously served on the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange (PHLX), now NASDAQ OMX PHLX.

Glory DeSimone

Glory DeSimone

As Chief Human Resources Officer, Ms. DeSimone oversees E*TRADE’s enterprise-wide Human Resources function.

Ms. DeSimone brings a 30-year track record leading complex HR initiatives and driving large-scale business strategies.  Prior to E*TRADE, Ms. DeSimone founded and ran her consulting firm, Glory DeSimone & Associates. In this capacity she served clients ranging from small, high-growth companies to the Fortune 100, across a range of industries including financial services, professional services, industrial, and healthcare.  

Prior to this role, she served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and previously served at JPMorgan Chase, holding HR leadership roles in Investment Banking and Corporate HR functions.

Ms. DeSimone earned her BA from Douglass College of Rutgers University and her MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Brett H. Goodman

Brett H. Goodman

As Chief Communications Officer, Mr. Goodman is responsible for executive and corporate interactions with the Company’s most important public and internal constituencies, including its owners, employees, media, analysts, and rating agencies. He serves as the Company’s lead representative on reputational risk, Investor Relations, crisis communications, and disclosure practices, and is a key resource to the Board of Directors.

An E*TRADE veteran, Mr. Goodman joined the Company in 2005. Having steadily expanded his scope of responsibilities, he took charge of the Investor Relations function in 2008, Corporate Communications in 2013 and Corporate Events in 2015.

Mr. Goodman received recognition for excellence in investor relations in 2017, 2015 and 2012, voted one of America’s Best IR Professionals in Institutional Investor Magazine’s annual survey. He studied at Fort Lewis College, in Durango, Colorado, holds a FINRA Series 7 license, and is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI).

Michael A. Pizzi

Michael Pizzi

As Chief Financial Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Michael Pizzi is responsible for all operations, finance and accounting functions for E*TRADE Financial. Mr. Pizzi has been with E*TRADE since 2003 and most recently served as the Company’s Chief Risk Officer. Prior to that he served as the Corporate and bank Treasurer. During this time, he was responsible for all portfolio, capital and liquidity management. He also previously held various positions in E*TRADE’s portfolio management and derivatives functions.

Before joining E*TRADE, Mr. Pizzi worked in asset/liability management at both Lehman Brothers and First Maryland Bank, as well as in capital markets research for the Federal Reserve Board.

Mr. Pizzi earned a BA in Economics from Ursinus College, is a CFA charterholder, and holds the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation.

Lori S. Sher

Lori S. Sher

As General Counsel of E*TRADE Financial Corporation and Corporate Secretary of its Board of Directors, Ms. Sher oversees the legal function for the Company and its bank and brokerage subsidiaries. Additionally, Ms. Sher has oversight of the Human Resources function at E*TRADE, which is responsible for talent management, compensation and benefits, diversity and inclusion, and employee engagement. Ms. Sher has depth of experience in many disciplines, including board advisory, corporate securities, corporate governance, M&A and financings, executive compensation, and cybersecurity. 

Ms. Sher has been with E*TRADE since 2005 and most recently served as the Company’s Deputy General Counsel. Prior to joining E*TRADE, Ms. Sher was an associate in the corporate practice group of the international law firm, Holland & Knight LLP where her practice focused on advising technology companies on M&A and general corporate matters.

Ms. Sher earned her BA from Emory University, her MS from American University, and her JD cum laude from Tulane Law School.

Lea K. Stendahl

Lea K. Stendahl

As Chief Marketing Officer, Lea Stendahl is responsible for defining and driving E*TRADE’s brand and marketing executions across all channels.

Lea brings to E*TRADE deep, customer-centric marketing and leadership experience as the Company reclaims its position as the undisputed home for digitally inclined traders and investors. Under Lea’s leadership, E*TRADE’s iconic and irreverent brand has returned, bringing with it a bold and refreshed perspective on taking control of your finances through digital investing.

Prior to E*TRADE, Ms. Stendahl was a Managing Director of brand and marketing communications for TD Ameritrade. Previous to that position, Ms. Stendahl spent eight years at E*TRADE, last serving as Senior Vice President of marketing. Ms. Stendahl’s experience also includes leadership roles with Harrisdirect and Oak Brook Bank.

Ms. Stendahl earned her BA in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MBA in marketing from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.