Stephan Roche (T2008)

Stephan Roche has more than 15 years of experience driving growthstrategies, major marketing, and business development initiatives forhigh-profile companies. In January 2007 Stephan joined GuidantFinancial Group, a leading provider of self-directed IRA services andbusiness funding solutions, as President and Chief Operating Officer(COO).

In his new position at the Bellevue, Washington-based company, Stephanis tasked with creating greater operational efficiencies within thebusiness, developing management-team competencies, identifyingstrategic enterprise-level partnerships and executing major companyinitiatives.

Stephan most recently led all aspects of ShareBuilder Corp’s 401(k)business unit and served as one of four members of the company’sexecutive team. He joined ShareBuilder to head up their web marketing,partnership marketing and business development teams. In that role,Stephan was responsible for driving ShareBuilder’s growth agenda vianew customer account acquisition, new strategic partnerships, and newproduct opportunities.

Before joining ShareBuilder in 2004, Roche was a Senior Manager at Bain& Company, leading projects on growth strategy, businessdevelopment, marketing, and operational excellence for majorcorporations as well as private equity firms. Roche began his career inbrand management at Procter & Gamble and Church & Dwight.

In addition to being a 2006 Puget Sound Business Journal “40 under 40″honoree, Roche graduated cum laude with a B.A. from PrincetonUniversity and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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