Walter C. Vester - Chief Executive Officer

Before founding Huygens in 2011, Walter was a Managing Director in Blackstone’s Private Equity division, and was a buy-side equity research analyst at AllianceBernstein before that.  Early in his career, Walter designed and developed secure communication system algorithms at Harris Corporation. He has multiple US & UK patents.  

Walter has an MBA in Finance from Wharton, a BS in Computer Engineering from RPI, and an MS in Applied Physics from Case Western.  Walter has Series 3 and 65 licenses.

Adam R. Spilka - Chief Operating Officer

Before joining Huygens in 2012, Adam was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Artio Global Investors, a publicly-traded asset management firm spun off from Julius Baer Holding. Adam served on Artio’s Management Committee and oversaw Enterprise Risk Management.  Before that he was Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary of AllianceBernstein, where he headed the Corporate Practice Group.

Adam has a JD from the Cardozo School of Law and a BA in Art History from Columbia College. Adam has Series 3 and 65 licenses.


James Fields is President of Klingenstein, Fields & Co, a $3B+ New York-based private wealth management firm.  James was previously CFO of Citigroup Alternative Investments Private Equity.  He is a director of IndexIQ and viagogo.  James has an MBA from Wharton and a BA in Economics from Harvard.

Dr. John Liechty is a Professor of Statistics and Marketing at Penn State University.  He currently serves as a Systemic Risk Consultant to the US Treasury’s Office of Financial Research.  John is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, the American Statistical Association, and is an IBM Research Fellow. He has a PhD in Statistics from Cambridge University, and a BS in Physics and an MS in Statistics from Brigham Young.