Our Experienced Leadership

Joseph Neu

Founder, President and CEO

Joseph Neu is the Founder and CEO of NeuGroup. Joseph founded NeuGroup 25 years ago to provide insight to treasury and finance leaders to help them succeed. In 2001, he transformed the company into a membership organization for leading peer knowledge exchange, starting with the tech sector, via peer groups segmented by company size, sector or job role. This carefully curated network now includes many of the world’s most iconic companies and over 500 corporate finance and treasury professionals from a variety of sectors.

With its current mission, NeuGroup seeks to connect every corporate finance and treasury professional who wants to share and learn with others willing to do the same and we distill insight from these exchanges to help them succeed.

Joseph oversees business development and act as chief connector for growing the network to connect members, partners and our facilitators with new sources of insight to share and learn from and find solutions to problems screaming to be solved. He is also a master distiller of insight for all NeuGroup stakeholders and a regular contributor to NeuGroup Insights, the company’s digital newsletter.

Prior to starting NeuGroup, Joseph worked in various roles at the Economist Group, serving as Managing Editor or its Finance & Treasury publication and as a Research Analyst on numerous projects involving global treasury, derivatives markets, and overseas business development. He also was a frequent contributor to the finance and treasury events of the New York division of the Economist Conferences.

He holds an M.A. in international banking and finance from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a B.A. in international relations from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He lives with his wife and two boys in South Salem, New York.

Anne Friberg, CTP

Senior Director, Peer Groups

Anne Friberg joined NeuGroup in 2006 and is now Senior Director, Peer Groups, where she oversees the peer group leadership function and leads or oversees the leadership of half of the peer groups NeuGroup offers, including Tech20 Tech Treasurers’ Peer Group, all regional groups for EMEA, AsiaPac and LatAm and functional specialty groups for FX, investments and cash management, in addition to the Women in NeuGroup initiative.

Anne started her career at Anheuser-Busch Companies (now Anheuser-Busch Inbev) where she held positions in corporate planning, international treasury and investor relations. She subsequently also managed the investor relations function at two technology companies.

Anne has a Master of International Management from Thunderbird in Phoenix, Arizona and an international business degree from the School of Economics and Law in Gothenburg in her native Sweden. She is multilingual and a keen traveler. And loves dogs.

Ted Howard

Associate Director, Peer Knowledge Exchange • Managing Editor, iTreasurer

Ted Howard joined NeuGroup in 2005. He serves as Associate Director of Peer Knowledge Exchange and Managing Editor for iTreasurer and its related website. In this capacity, he works with NeuGroup leaders on the research and content development processes for multiple peer groups and also coordinates the Internal Auditors' Peer Group (IAPG).

Prior to joining NeuGroup, Mr. Howard was a writer and researcher at Institutional Investor. He has more than 15 years of experience as a journalist covering the financial markets and has worked in various roles in the business and financial communication industry, writing for corporate clients and financial websites.

Mr. Howard holds an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. in history from Boston University.

Julie Zawacki-Lucci

Director, Peer Groups

Julie Zawacki-Lucci, joined NeuGroup in June 2015, overseeing the survey and benchmarking processes across the NeuGroup Network to provide best-practice data for all peer groups. As the leader of NeuGroup Peer Research, she analyzed trends and related research to create content for members, sponsors and partners across our various knowledge exchange platforms such as peer group meetings, neugroup.com and NeuGroup Insights (fka iTreasurer). In 2018, she moved into role of Peer Group Leader and now leads several peer groups, including GCBG, TIMPG and TIMPG2, and oversees all related planning, research and member and sponsor relationships. She continues to participate in research processes across the NeuGroup Network and is a contributor to NeuGroup Insights.

Prior to joining NeuGroup, Ms. Zawacki-Lucci served as Senior Manager, Capital Markets & Foreign Treasury Operations, at CVS Health Corporation, where she was responsible for capital structure initiatives, global cash management, affiliate capitalization, international investments and bank relationship management. She also held a variety of key treasury and investor relations positions at Hasbro, Inc. During her time as Manager of Capital Markets at Hasbro, Inc., she was an active member of NeuGroup’s Foreign Exchange Managers’ Peer Group.

Ms. Zawacki-Lucci holds an M.B.A. from Bryant University and a B.A. in psychology and English from the University of New Hampshire and is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP).

Scott Flieger

Director, Peer Groups

Scott joined NeuGroup in 2019 and is now Director, Peer Groups, where he leads or oversees the leadership of half of the peer groups NeuGroup offers, including the Treasurers’ Group of Mega-Caps, Treasurers’ Group of Thirty Large Cap, Treasurers’ Group of Thirty, Life Sciences Treasurers’ Peer Group, Bank Treasurers’ Peer Group, Assistant Treasurers’ Group of Thirty, Assistant Treasurers’ Leadership Group, and functional specialty groups including the Pension & Benefits Roundtable, Internal Audit Peer Group, and Enterprise Risk Management.

Scott had a lengthy career of Wall Street holding several positions in the investment grade debt market including bond trader, syndicate manager, and debt capital markets coverage officer. He began his career at Bear Stearns and also worked at Credit Suisse First Boston, JPMorgan, and Deutsche Bank.

Scott has a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science in American History from the State University of New York College at Brockport where he is currently the Treasurer of the Brockport Foundation. Scott resides in New York City and in his spare time enjoys playing ice hockey for a New Jersey-based team in Hockey North America.

Antony Michels

Director of NeuGroup Knowledge Content

Antony Michels joined NeuGroup after working for almost three decades as a journalist, primarily covering business, markets and finance for major media organizations. After graduating from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, Antony began his career in print, covering corporate finance for the magazine Investment Dealers’ Digest; he also spent five years as a reporter at Fortune magazine, where he wrote for the magazine’s personal finance section. He made the move to television in the mid-1990s when CNN created the business channel CNNfn, working as a writer, producer and script editor, eventually moving to write and produce stories and shows for CNN business news. Antony spent 11 years at Bloomberg Television as a writer, editor and producer and was part of a team that won the 2008 Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting for “401(k) Hidden Fees.” His television career continued at Al Jazeera America, where he wrote, produced and edited scripts for shows on business, politics and international affairs hosted by anchor Ali Velshi. Antony spent more than a year at Yahoo Finance, writing and producing livestreamed shows and contributing articles to the website before joining NeuGroup. A native of northern California, Antony has a BA in English and a minor in French from the University of California at Berkeley. He and his wife live in Brooklyn, New York and have a daughter attending college.