Management Team

KGS-Alpha's management team has extensive background in the securities industry, including notable leadership experience in large institutional firms. Under the direction of our management team, the Firm has recruited experienced professionals in sales, trading and operations, which enables KGS-Alpha to provide a first-rate fixed income platform to institutional customers. With a seasoned professional team in place, KGS-Alpha has adopted the same client-driven, innovative problem-solving philosophy that has marked the careers of our founders.

Levent Kahraman, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Kahraman is the CEO and co-founder of KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, L.P. Mr. Kahraman brings significant trading and business-building experience to KGS-Alpha. Prior to co-founding KGS-Alpha, he spent five years as a Managing Director at Barclays Capital, building one of the top-ranked Agency RMBS Structured Products businesses. Mr. Kahraman started his career and spent eight years at Salomon Brothers, where his last position was Managing Director in CMO Trading. Before working in finance, Mr. Kahraman worked in management consulting, where he advised financial services firms on credit risk management. He holds an M.B.A. with Honors from Harvard Business School, a B.A. with Distinction in Economics and a B.S. with Distinction in Civil and Environmental Engineering, both from Cornell University.

Levent Kahraman

Daniel Goldman, Co-Founder and President

Mr. Goldman is the President and co-founder of KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, L.P. Mr. Goldman has over twenty five years of experience in the fixed income business. Mr. Goldman spent his entire career at Salomon Brothers/Citigroup, where he attained senior positions as a Managing Director, including Head of North American Fixed Income Sales, as well as Co-Head of the US Rates Business. As Head of North American Fixed Income Sales, Mr. Goldman was instrumental in building and managing a 250-person fixed income sales force that generated over $2 billion in annual revenues. Mr. Goldman is widely recognized as a sales leader, and he has trained and developed many of today's top fixed income sales producers. In addition to his sales role, Mr. Goldman also oversaw a multi-billion dollar global interest-rate trading business. As President of KGS-Alpha, he draws on his experience to recruit, train, and manage the sales and trading franchise. Mr. Goldman earned his B.A. in Economics from Middlebury College.

Daniel Goldman

Eric Wentzel, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Wentzel joined KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, L.P. in 2013, as Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for Finance, Operations, Technology, Credit, and Human Resources. Mr. Wentzel has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, as a senior executive, spending the majority of his career at Citigroup in various business treasury, balance sheet management, and liquidity portfolio management roles. Prior to joining KGS, he was Global Head of Balance Sheet Management for the RBS Group, responsible for developing liquidity management and transfer pricing processes and implementing strategies for managing the Group’s banking book market risk. Mr. Wentzel brings a wealth of knowledge about the financial, operational, and organizational process within financial institutions. He has extensive experience managing internal teams and building productive relationships with external constituents. Mr. Wentzel earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree from Babson College.

Eric Wentzel

Frederic Krieger, General Counsel

Prior to joining KGS-Alpha in 2010, Mr. Krieger was the head of the Regulatory Risk Group of the New York Stock Exchange Regulation, Inc. after serving as Managing Director of Citigroup, in charge of Compliance for fixed income, derivatives, and emerging markets. Previously, Mr. Krieger held a variety of legal and regulatory roles in the private practice of law, and at Salomon Brothers, Charles Schwab & Co., the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Krieger received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania cum laude and his J.D. from Emory University, where he served as Research Editor of the Emory Law Journal.

Frederic Krieger

Robert Seery, Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining KGS-Alpha, Mr. Seery managed an independent consulting practice supporting the accounting and operations of broker-dealers and asset managers. Mr. Seery has over thirty years of experience in financial services. He has served as senior executive and financial officer responsible for accounting, middle office, operations and treasury infrastructures at domestic and foreign broker-dealers including Miller Tabak & Co., SMBC Securities Inc, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp., and Commerzbank Capital Markets Corp., a subsidiary of Commerzbank AG. As part of his treasury functions, he has managed government and agencies proprietary trading, matched book and repo financing, corporate debt issuance and structuring special purpose vehicles collateralized with commercial and industrial loans, corporate debt, trade receivables, and mortgage securities. Mr. Seery has a BBA in public accounting from Hofstra University, an MBA with honors from Adelphi University, and a SDBL Certificate in Advanced Studies from Long Island University. He is a CPA licensed in New York and a member of the AICPA, New York State Society of CPAs and Global Association of Risk Professionals. His FINRA registrations include Series 9, 10, 24, and 27.

Robert Seery

Igor Smolyanskiy, Chief Information Officer

Prior to joining KGS-Alpha in 2010, Mr. Smolyanskiy was a Managing Principal of Jack Ryan Group LLC, a management consulting boutique which he co-founded in 2007. Before forming his firm, Mr. Smolyanskiy served as CTO at Stone Harbor Investment Partners, a fixed income asset management firm. Mr. Smolyanskiy was at Citigroup Asset Management where he held a number of roles, including head of project management for Institutional Operations and Technology, fixed income trade support and middle office manager. Prior to that, he worked at Lehman Brothers where he ran an execution services project management team responsible for designing and implementing business and systems flows for back and middle office operations and technology. Mr. Smolyanskiy has a BBA with honors from Baruch College. Mr. Smolyanskiy is a CFA charter holder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

Igor Smolyanskiy

Jim Tymeck, Head of Finance Desk

Mr. Tymeck joined KGS-Alpha in 2011 as Head of the Finance Desk. He brings a wealth of financing experience to KGS from Citigroup, where he was Managing Director and Head of Structured Repo Trading, and Bank of America. Mr. Tymeck has over 22 years of funding and global trading experience. He is a graduate of St. John's University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. His FINRA registrations include Series 3, 7, 24 and 63.

Jim Tymeck