For more than 30 years, Catherine A. Allen has been an outstanding thought leader in business innovation, technology strategy, and financial services. She is Chairman and CEO of The Santa Fe Group, the strategic advisory services company with expertise in cybersecurity, emerging technologies, and risk management. The Santa Fe Group provides management for strategic industry and institutional projects, including the Shared Assessments Program, focused on third party risk management. From 1997 to 2007, Catherine was the founding CEO of the financial services industry consortium, BITS. Earlier in her career, Catherine served in several senior executive positions at Citicorp, Dun & Bradstreet and, CBS, Inc. She represented Citibank as founding Chair and President of the multi-industry Smart Card Forum. Catherine currently serves as a board member of Synovus Financial Corporation, El Paso Electric Company, and Analytics Pros, and is a member of the Risk, Energy and Natural Resources, External Affairs and Nominating and Governance Committees. She also serves as the Chair of the Security Committee for El Paso Electric. She formerly sat on the Advisory Committee for Houlihan Lokey and served on the board of Stewarts Information Services, NBS Technologies, and 3G. Catherine serves as Co-Chair of the University of Missouri’s Capital Campaign and sits on the Research and Development Committee. She is also on the advisory board of Women Corporate Directors and the Executive Women’s Forum. She chaired the Board of Trustees and is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and currently chairs Appleseed New Mexico. She is also a member of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, International Folk Art Alliance, Lensic Center for Performing Arts, Communities for Schools in New Mexico, and the Mark Twain Research Foundation boards. She is a former Trustee of the Valles Caldera.