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Director, Global CTO Infrastructure

East Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
August 14, 2018

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Nuzhat Halani

*** ******** *****, ******, **

Phone: 973-***-****



Success driven IT Leader offering 20+ years of success and expertise in IT strategy, managing technology and business driven infrastructure delivery initiatives via engagement and design, business continuity/disaster recovery/resiliency testing, transformation initiatives such as virtualization, automation, operations and support, data center consolidation, liaising with business, IT Security enhancements, non-permitted technology remediation, and organizational health and support of servers, networks and desktops. Excels in delivering high return on technology investments and instituting cost effective technologies. Responsible for delivery and successful project implementation to clients through business functionality, project delivery, business case achievement, automation, and risk management.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Director, Global Markets CTO 1/2008 to Present

Lead for Global Markets (FICC, Equities, COO and Architecture and Strategy), leading a team responsible for infrastructure design, delivery, and end-to end implementation of technology and business driven initiatives.

Led several technology driven initiatives such as Non-Permitted Technology remediation, Data center consolidation and exit, Business Resiliency/Disaster recovery failover and testing, Patching and vulnerability remediation and physical to virtual migrations.

Directed major transformation initiatives such as Virtualization; build out of Hadoop as a Service (HAAS) and Automation.

Achieved major cost saves ($15M) by reducing physical footprint globally from 2600 to 1300 servers as part of the overall Red Hat 5 remediation effort by virtualizing as well as consolidation of servers. As a part of this initiative, also addressed and remediated1800 Tier1 and Tier2 vulnerabilities.

Built the etrading platform at the co-lo facilities for Fx NextGen with a targeted revenue growth of $30M in 2018. Also, currently working on the consolidation of the Equity NextGen trading platform in the Savvis co-lo facilities. Recognized as one of the top business driven initiatives for 2018.

Designed, planned and co-ordinated end to end delivery of regulatory driven audit items such as Counterparty portfolio, Consolidation of systems for Counterparty Risk and Portfolio Trading and Mifid2.

Partnered with peers in IT and business units in the development and implementation of enterprise-wide Cloud strategy.

Initiated the Automation and Adoption of server provisioning and post build checkout to gain efficiencies of scale and achieve faster provisioning times.

Migrated platforms from legacy trading platforms to new ones resulting in $10M of cost reduction to the business.

Currently managing 150+ projects in the technology space for technology and business driven initiatives.

Successfully delivered 110K grid nodes and 200+ servers for Fed MRIA involving CVA remediation onto the new Counterparty platform within a span of 6-8 months to meet the Fed mandate.

Conducted analysis for 50+ applications and productions footprint for BCP/ARC testing and built out the contingency environment to support BCP 5+ day failover and testing.

Led the migration of 400+ servers from the Kansas, Arizona data centre in and currently working on 300+ servers from Hearst Tower, North Carolina to metro strategic datacenters addressing declining and non-permitted technologies, consolidation and operating system upgrades.

Provisioned and delivered infrastructure to expand the current Hadoop footprint to on-board other global market applications and led effort to purge data.

Created and implemented annual IT Strategic/Operational/Business plans

Managed the NextGen team at the Savvis co-lo facility and provided production support as well as execution of network upgrades, network management and remediation.

Led all aspects of process analysis and improvement projects including acquiring and quantifying project requirements, developing and maintaining the business case, and managing client expectations.

Raised SIAI (Self-Identified Audit Items) and worked with the risk and application teams on remediation.

Met with executive management on a regular basis to present IT department’s completed deliverables and current and future projects.

Achieved IT operational objectives by maintaining current systems; evaluating, recommending, testing and installing new technology; contributing information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews; resolving problems; completing audits; identifying trends; determining system improvements and implementing change.

Established annual IT budget of eight-ten million dollars for the group and ensured expenses stayed within budget every year.

Oversaw management of financials, allocations and charge-back to the business to help reduce the billing to the business

Led discussions with vendor and product management to rollout Messaging as a Service (MAAS) to the Sales Research desk for products such as Symphony and CME Pivot.

Reviewed financials with the business and managed the buyer and seller side utilization as well as forecasting of volumes.

Implemented solutions by monitoring project progress; tracking action items; conducting design and implementation reviews; examining, researching, and resolving issues; escalating issues to appropriate authority; responding to team members' concerns.

Oversaw planning, design and build out of the Chicago and Savvis co-lo data centers which included network design, rack design, IP schema, phone systems, firewalls, routers, switches, telecom circuits, cabling, cooling, power requirements, fire suppression and risk mitigation.

Hired, managed and retained technical staff/contractors while fostering productivity, quality and initiative.

Provided excellent and prompt customer service to the user community by effectively managing daily operations of the team.

Built and successfully managed vendor relationships and worked to resolve issues.

Coordinated annual DR tests and recovery staff management, created plans for testing, participated in tests and created test results reports for reviews by senior management and auditors.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

VP, Infrastructure Solutions Manager (ISM) 6/2000 to 12/2007

Managed concurrent projects involving interdepartmental or cross-functional teams working very closely with Technology, Production support and Application teams.

Created design for major initiatives such as the Fx and Rates etrading platform and built these environments at the co-lo facility.

Led major projects that involved moving servers to an offsite location to provide cost savings and work efficiencies for the business.

Worked with the application teams and quantified and secured project requirements and scope for project engagement.

Created standardized Project Plans for complex process analysis and improvement projects.

Managed the deployment of new systems infrastructure for Bank proprietary development and production platform.

Developed project cost estimates and managed project budgets and resources.

Oversaw major cost savings projects where we moved applications to Virtual environments resulting in efficient utilization and addressing space issues.

Managed all contingency/disaster recovery for the applications and handled all audit and OCC requirements.

Generated ongoing reporting on assigned projects and communicated project updates and progress reports to all stakeholders.

Built sponsorship with clients by establishing and managing project scope, and delivering quality deliverables on assigned projects.

Facilitated communication of both technical and non-technical program issues with Business, Technology, and Vendor Partners

Managed small to moderate process analysis and improvement projects with both regional and global organizational scope.

Coordinated with Technology, Application Support teams and Application Development teams to lead investigation of problems, restoration of service, and creation of incident summaries and root cause analysis documents.

Determined IT operations service requirements; prioritized modifications to systems and resolved organizational conflict.

C-Shell Inc., NJ

Systems Engineer 12/1998 to 5/2000

Project Lead/Team Lead on various projects involving the following:-

Performed Risk Analysis/Impact Analysis to analyze the existing situation with a focus on IT Systems, Applications and a physical inspection of the IT infrastructure.

Planned, coordinated and prepared project plans for different network deployments including firewalls, switches and routers.

Led and directed project teams on various networking and contingency and recovery projects.

Created, documented and implemented standards and procedures for network management and security.

Revised security procedures and implemented firewalls and proxy servers to provide protection from hackers, spam and other denial of service attacks.

Supervised the maintenance of networks with 300+ workstations in a multi-server environment

ALPHANET SOLUTIONS INC, New Jersey, U.S.A 12/1997 to 11/1998

Network Analyst

N.G.VOHRA & CO., Mumbai, India 6/1995 to 07/1996

Systems Engineer


Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY

Master of Science, Management Information Systems, May 1998, GPA: 3.8/4.0

Bombay University, Bombay, India

Bachelor of Science, Electronics Engineering, May 1995, GPA: 3.7/4.0

Board of Technical Examinations, Bombay, India

Diploma, Computer Engineering, June 1992, GPA: 4.0/4.0


Excellent personal and professional references available upon request.

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