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CAIS Executives Join Forbes Thought Leadership Councils

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Abby Salameh, Shane Williams, and Alessandra van der Meulen selected to Join Forbes’ Communications, Technology, and Human Resources Councils, respectively.

NEW YORK, NY - CAIS, the leading alternative investment platform, today announced that three senior executives have joined Forbes Councils, an invitation-only organization where top business leaders and entrepreneurs across industries share insights via educational content published on

Abby Salameh, Chief Marketing Officer, joins the Communications Council, Shane Williams, Chief Technology Officer, joins the Technology Council, and Alessandra van der Meulen, Director of People Experience, joins the Human Resources Council. All three leaders were vetted and selected by an independent review committee based on the depth and diversity of their respective experience. Criteria for acceptance includes a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors.

“We are delighted to see Abby, Shane, and Alessandra recognized as thought leaders in their respective fields,” said Timothy Shannon, President and CFO of CAIS. “Our company’s success is built on a foundation of great people with curiosity, empathy and drive. To have three leaders accepted to this esteemed group is a testament to the vibrant work culture CAIS has fostered, as well as our firm commitment to providing education, both internally and across our audience of independent financial advisors.”

As accepted members of Forbes Councils, the trio will pursue initiatives that highlight their domain knowledge and professional influence. This includes working with a professional editorial team to share insights in original business articles on, contributing to Q&A panels alongside other industry leaders, and publishing original content themed around their respective expertise.

“We are honored to welcome Abby, Shane, and Alessandra into the community,” said Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils. “Our mission is to convene proven leaders from every industry and function, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps members and readers grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world.”

The news follows CAIS securing a $225 million round of funding in January, which values the company at more than $1 billion as it revolutionizes how asset managers and financial advisors engage, learn, and transact around alternative investments.

About Forbes Councils

Forbes Councils is a collective of invitation-only communities created in partnership with Forbes and the expert community builders who founded Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). In Forbes Councils, exceptional business owners and leaders come together with the people and resources that can help them thrive.

For more information about Forbes Communications Council, visit To learn more about Forbes Councils, visit

About CAIS

CAIS is the leading alternative investment platform for independent financial advisors who seek improved access to, and education about, alternative investment funds and products. CAIS provides financial advisors with a broad selection of alternative investment strategies, including hedge funds, private equity, private debt, real estate, digital assets, and structured notes, allowing them to capitalize on opportunities and/or withstand ever-changing markets. CAIS also offers custom solutions for advisors seeking to create custom fund vehicles around ideas they source. 

As an extension of the platform, CAIS also delivers an on-demand, online learning experience, CAIS IQ, which is designed exclusively to help financial advisors deepen their knowledge and increase their confidence in alternative investment strategies. 

Most funds listed on the CAIS Marketplace undergo Mercer's independent due diligence and ongoing monitoring. Mercer diligence reports and fund ratings are available to advisors on the CAIS password-protected platform. CAIS streamlines the end-to-end transaction process through digital subscriptions and integrated reporting with the leading US custodians and reporting providers, which make investing in alternatives simpler. 

Founded in 2009, CAIS, a fintech leader, is empowering over 8,300 unique advisor firms/teams who oversee more than $3 trillion in network assets. Since its inception, CAIS has facilitated over $21 billion in transaction volume as the first truly open marketplace where financial advisors and asset managers engage and transact directly on a massive scale. CAIS has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco and London. For more information about CAIS, please visit

Securities offered through CAIS Capital LLC, member FINRA, SIPC.



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