NYIF 100 Year Anniversary: Student Stories

Matt McGowan

“In everything I’ve done, a grounding in finance, an understanding of how Wall Street works, and the ins and outs of the financial instruments that are available to companies are invaluable. NYIF helped me build that grounding and comfort zone in things such as finance, fixed income, capital markets, derivatives, portfolio management.”

Matt McGowan

NYIF Alum, GM at Snap Inc

About Matt

A born and bred New Yorker turned Torontonian; Matt has lived on 3 continents and has worked alongside many of the world’s best-known and thousands of lesser-known companies.

Matt’s executive management and organizational leadership experience have led him to believe that a focus on building strong diverse teams can mean the difference between a successful business and one that struggles to attain its KPIs. Moreover, ensuring decisions are made that build on operational excellence within defined and agreed upon strategic swim lanes is paramount.

Matt is a Director and General Manager at Snap Inc, the camera company that owns Snapchat, Spectacles, Toronto-based Bitmoji, and Zenly.

Currently, Matt sits on several boards in the tech, media, marketing, and advertising space as well as CPA Ontario, Big Brothers Big Sisters Canada, and the Banff World Media Festival. Matt is a partner in the early-stage fund C2 Ventures, which was founded on the belief that early-stage companies need more than capital. C2 Ventures offers capital, content, time, and experience to provide first-in-class service to our founders and Matt serves as a mentor for Adweek and Elevate.

Previously, Matt served as President and a member of the Board of Directors at the SaaS juggernaut Adestra; an enterprise martech Email Service Provider and Marketing Automation Platform. Adestra was acquired by Upland Software in Dec 2018. Prior to Adestra, Matt focused on expanding Google and YouTube’s leadership in the advertising and marketing space. He has also held leadership positions at Incisive Media (acquired), PropertyRoom.com, Headland Digital Media (acquired), and Charles Schwab.

Matt has a Masters from the University of Oxford, a BA from Lafayette College, and a certificate from the New York Institute of Finance.

About The New York Institute of Finance

The New York Institute of Finance (NYIF) is a global leader in professional training for financial services and related industries. NYIF courses cover everything from investment banking, asset pricing, insurance and market structure to financial modeling, treasury operations, and accounting. The New York Institute of Finance has a faculty of industry leaders and offers a range of program delivery options, including self-study, online courses, and in-person classes. Founded by the New York Stock Exchange in 1922, NYIF has trained over 250,000 professionals online and in class, in over 120 countries.

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