Product Solutions Team

Chris Flynn, CFA

Principal, Manager

Chris has been with CEM since 2003 with increasing responsibilities.  He is currently responsible for CEM’s IT strategy and for working with client service representatives to ensure the best solutions for clients' needs.  He provides structure to CEM's development processes and product solution designs, oversees solution implementation and communicates technical requirements to the Engineering team. Chris has experience presenting benchmarking results and research to clients and has testified as an expert on pension fund costs.  Prior to working at CEM, Chris worked as a developer at an investment management firm. 


Alex Beath, Ph.D.

Senior Research Analyst

Alexander Beath is a senior research analyst on the Product Solutions team at CEM Benchmarking and has been with the team since 2010. He is responsible for model development, research for both clients and for the public, and general product support. Prior to coming to CEM he conducted post-doctoral research studies at the University of California San Diego in the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics. Alex graduated with a PhD in Physics from McGill University in 2007 where he published extensive research on large scale simulations of spin glasses, mathematical solutions to disordered magnetic models, and experiments using accelerators, nuclear reactors, and other cool toys.


Norayr Vardanyan, MBA

Senior Analyst

Norayr joined CEM in 2012 and provides development support for CEM’s benchmarking models as well as analytical support for CEM best practice research projects.  Experience in Canada and the United States as a business systems analyst and IS Manager complements years of experience gained at the World Bank IT Enterprise Incubator in Armenia as an IT, financial and business analyst.  Norayr has conducted requirements analysis, business analysis, financial modeling, reporting, automation, software development and testing, project management, data and statistical analysis.  He has an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MS Computer & Electronics Engineer from the State Engineering University, Yerevan, Armenia.