Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Prior to serving his position as CEO of Morgan Drexen, Walter Ledda was one of the founding executives of the nation’s first Internet-based mortgage provider. Subsequently, as an executive with a former debt-relief services company, he pioneered the automation of debt resolution services. Ledda saw a demand in the financial market for the automation of complex documentation and the outsourcing of paraprofessionals to American law firms. He has been involved in the financial world for almost two decades and has implemented complex automation to keep up with society’s ever-changing needs. A well-kept secret is that Mr. Ledda is a very talented, trained concert violinist. His compassion for children has recently led Morgan Drexen to an affiliation with Make-A-Wish and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).
Chief Operating Officer
Rita Augusta attended Northeastern University in Boston and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She is a founding member of the executive group responsible for launching Morgan Drexen. Ms. Augusta is responsible for the monitoring and continual improvement of internal workflows, operational procedures and efficiencies to ensure profitability. In addition, she oversees departmental workloads and proper reporting relationships throughout the organization to meet high ethical standards and ensures that the clients’ needs are always met. She heads the management committee whose purpose is to ensure that information is disseminated throughout the company and that proper training and oversight of staff is maintained.
Chief Information Officer
Avi Gupta has worked for Morgan Drexen since its inception. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from Pune University (India); and has over 15 years of experience in project management, business analysis, application lifecycle and development of Web-based and client-server applications. He has in-depth knowledge of Microsoft® .NET Framework, COM architecture, Oracle® 7.3, SQL Server 6.0, C++, and Microsoft® Access, among others. He previously held positions with Visibility (Boston, USA), an ERP solution provider, Goldman Sachs; (New York, USA), as a senior developer, and Digital Equipment Company (London, England), as a senior programmer analyst, Dunlop Malaysia Industries Bhd. (Malaysia), as a system architect, London Financial Group as lead programmer and analyst, and United Consumer Law Group as a lead programmer and analyst.
Chief Financial Officer
David Walker has over 15 years of strong financial and operational experience with numerous “Fortune 500″ companies, a mixture of small, publicly held, middle market companies, and private equity groups. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and chartered financial analyst (CFA) with a BA in Economics and a masters in accounting (MACC) from Brigham Young University. He began his career with Deloitt & Touche, LLP before becoming the divisional president of RSM EquiCo, a subsidiary of H&R Block. He also has experience as vice president of finance and international controller of a sports manufacturer, chief financial officer and chief operations officer of a property maintenance company, chief financial officer of a video game distributor, and vice president of a financial due diligence firm where he provided transaction advisory services across a broad range of industries for senior lenders, private equity, and institutional investment clients. Mr. Walker brings to Morgan Drexen a strong command of financial theory, and is particularly skilled at managing cross-functional teams and implementing financial metrics and processes to improve productivity.
Jeffrey Katz received his juris doctorate (JD) from Hastings College of the Law at the University of California where he was a member of the National Moot Court team. His legal career spans over 20 years. He was a litigator for a large Los Angeles-based law firm, where his practice followed in employment, business transitions, and music law. In 1998, he was recruited to become general counsel for a dental health maintenance organization (HMO) with over 150 locations in the Western States and 3,000 employees. He was a director of regulatory affairs (for two years) with an HMO that created consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services in 20 states, in addition, he acted as general counsel for a dental HMO with over 70 locations in California and Nevada.
Vice President of Sales
Sean Roberts brings a wealth of experience to his position as Vice President of Sales. Prior to his arrival at Morgan Drexen, he worked in strategic business development and marketing at several companies, creating one of the largest privately held mortgage companies in the country. In 2001, Sean was recognized as a Top Performer by Fannie Mae and in 2002, he was named Fannie Mae’s number one Desktop Originator. Sean is past Vice President of Gateway Bank, FSB and a past member of the advisory boards of Champions Group, LLC, Greater Acceptance Mortgage Corp and Mortgage Corporation of America. He does volunteer work for the Girls and Boys Scouts of America. Sean lives in Newport Beach with his wife, and their four children. In his free time, Sean likes to play tennis and plays to an eight handicap on the golf course.