Milestone

MANAGEMENT TEAM


Jess Varughese, Managing Partner

Milestone's Managing Partner, Jess Varughese, has spent the past 27 years consulting as a trusted advisor to the senior management teams at several global financial institutions. Jess, a Chartered Accountant from the United Kingdom, was previously a Partner at KPMG Consulting where he led the firm’s focus on its major global financial clients. He also led the Global Financial Services Practice at Navigant Consulting, a 2,300 person publicly traded consulting company. He has advised U.S. and European clients in the areas of Merger and Integration, Operational, Financial and Technology Transformation, Risk Management and Global Sourcing Initiatives.


Konstantine Kostakis, Partner

Konstantine Kostakis, Partner, has spent the past 23 years consulting to several global financial institutions in the areas of Finance and Operational Transformation, Merger and Integration and Risk Management. He has worked with Investment Banks, Broker-Dealers and Mutual Funds. Konstantine is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst and was previously a Senior Manager in KPMG Consulting’s Financial Services Practice and a Director in the Financial Services Practice at Navigant Consulting. He has led significant process transformation initiatives within the areas of finance, middle office and operations and has advised clients on several banking and broker dealer regulatory initiatives.


Peter Bond, Partner

Peter Bond, Partner, has over 20 years of Financial Services consulting experience, supporting the senior management teams at several investment banks in the areas of Mergers and Integrations, Outsourcing, Operational and Technology Transformation and Risk Management. Prior to Milestone, Peter was a Manager in KPMG Consulting's Financial Services Practice and an Associate Director at Navigant Consulting. He has advised Investment Banking, Investment Management and Private Equity clients on tactical and strategic transformation efforts within the finance and operations functions, including large outsourcing programs and the coordination of multiple integration project management offices.


Robert Leifer, Managing Director

Robert Leifer, Managing Director, has over 24 years of experience in the financial services sector holding managerial positions in consulting, banking, risk management and accounting. His consulting experience has included advising global financial institutions in the areas of Finance and Operations Transformation, Forensic Accounting, Transaction Accounting and Risk Management. Prior to joining Milestone he worked at Nomura Securities holding Director level positions as a banker in their ABS / CMBS group and as a risk manager in their Market Risk group where he was responsible for managing the firm's fixed income trading strategies. Robert is a Certified Public Accountant and has previously held senior positions at KPMG in both their Risk Advisory practice and their Audit practice, focusing on the firm's Banking and Broker Dealer clients.


Patrick Canavan, Managing Director

Patrick Canavan, Managing Director, has over 27 years of experience in the Financial Services sector holding senior managerial positions in consulting, audit, investment banking and finance. He has advised global financial institutions in the areas of Finance Transformation and US Regulatory and Accounting Compliance in both the Banking and Securities sectors. Prior to Milestone, Patrick spent 17 years with UBS Investment Bank as a Managing Director, CFO and Regional Controller where he was responsible for legal entity financial and regulatory reporting. Patrick began his career with Deloitte & Touche LLP as an audit Manager in their Securities and Banking practice. Patrick is a Certified Public Accountant and has been registered with FINRA as a Financial & Operational Principal (Series 27 & 99).


Christopher Milham, Executive Director

Christopher Milham, Executive Director, has over 21 years of experience in the Financial Services sector. He has led significant finance and regulatory reporting transformation initiatives at global financial institutions; including business process reengineering, business requirements gathering and analysis, test strategy and execution, internal control reviews, historical balance sheet account analysis and reconciliation, and regulatory reporting analysis and documentation. Prior to joining Milestone he has held senior positions at various global institutions in consulting, wealth management, investment banking and audit. Christopher is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Project Management Professional.