Our Team

Jeffrey Cohen
Executive Vice President

Jeff serves as Executive Vice President of Equity Plan Solutions. As a key member of AST’s management team, Jeff oversees the Equity Plan Solutions group and is responsible for implementing strategic initiatives that attribute to the growth of the business.

Jeff has over 15 years of experience in the employee plan business. He has a track record of success with Computershare and BNY Mellon, including previously serving as Managing Director of Product Strategy and Management. He has also served as the Managing Director of Relationship Management and has been the lead manager of two major stock plan services business integrations.

Jeff is an active member of the Global Equity Organization and serves on the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals Executive Advisory Committee. 

Ralph Sanchez 
Senior Vice President for Operations

As Senior Vice President of Operations, Ralph is responsible for managing all equity plan operations for the US and Canada, including trading, share issuance, reconciliation and correspondence.

Ralph brings with him over 24 years of experience in the financial industry with over 21 years managing operations teams including claims, implementation, reorganization, reconciliation and Equity Plan products, with over 12 years of experience in managing Equity Plans operations.

Ralph earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from New York University. 

Ralph Balzano 
Director of Relationship Management 

Ralph serves as the Director of Relationship Management for Equity Plan Solutions. He is responsible for overseeing the relationship management team and related client satisfaction initiatives for the group.  

He brings over 20 years of experience in the equity plans administration business to the firm. Prior to joining AST, Ralph previously served as Vice President, Relationship Management at Morgan Stanley.

As a member of the management team, Ralph serves on committees focused on client onboarding and product development. He is an active member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals.