Karen Cone is the former Microsoft General Manager, Worldwide Financial Services Sector, and CEO and Board Director of the advisory research firm, TowerGroup. She currently serves on the advisory boards of MondoBrain - innovative provider of augmented intelligence AI decisioning software; Alloy - FinTech with digital identity verification app's and API's; and StockSmart - startup providing a 3rd wave AI and blockchain-enabled platform, Ainstein, for Capital Markets. Ms. Cone is a venture partner for the Sybilla Masters Fund, a venture capital fund focused on women founders in technology.
Ms. Cone has held senior executive positions with increasing responsibility and scope at IBM, MasterCard. and Gartner. She has managed P&Ls from $25 million to $6 billion and led cross-functional, direct and matrixed teams worldwide with 2000+ people. Her global business acumen and multi-cultural intelligence is gleaned from working in the Americas, EMEA & Asia and living in the UK, Germany, Russia, France, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, and the United States. Ms. Cone is published in trade and industry journals and as a Gartner analyst, and is active with the National Association of Corporate Directors, the 2020 Women on Boards campaign, and the Athena Alliance which focuses on gender parity in the boardroom.