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Templum Appoints Brian Nadzan as Chief Technology Officer

Templum, a FinTech company providing a marketplace for the primary issuance and secondary trading of alternative assets as smart securities, has appointed former AlphaPoint, TradingScreen, Lava Trading, and Bloomberg executive Brian Nadzan as chief technology officer. In this new role, Nadzan will oversee the connectivity of Templum’s technology into financial services firms, as well as…

ULTUMUS Hires Ex-Legal and General Exec to Head Up Index Operations

ULTUMUS, a provider of data creation, management and distribution services for index and ETF products, has hired Daniel Hodgetts as index operations head. Hodgetts will lead the global index and ETF support team based in London and Singapore, and assist in the support of key clients as ULTUMUS rolls out its managed data service to…

R3 Expands Blockchain Software Engineering Team

R3, provider of Corda blockchain software and a player in capital markets, plans to double the size of its London Wall hub to accommodate its growing engineering team. The extra space will also support a hiring plan to increase the company’s global headcount from 215 to nearly 300 by the end of the year. Of…

Itiviti Names Head of Customer Success

Itiviti has appointed Gavin Welsh to the new role of executive vice president, head of customer success. Welsh will define and drive Itiviti’s customer strategy, overseeing customer relations and the company’s support offerings, and reporting to Itiviti CEO Rob Mackay. Welsh joins Itiviti with more than 25 years’ experience of fintech customer support, most recently…

First Derivatives Founder Brian Conlon Dies

Brian Conlon, the Northern Irish founder and CEO of the £1 billion+ FinTech firm First Derivatives, lost his battle with cancer on July 28, 2019 at the age of 53. Conlon started at KPMG and worked briefly at Morgan Stanley and software firm Sunguard before starting First Derivatives. He listed the company in 2002 but…

Coleman Research Creates New Role for Isaac Karaev

Coleman Research has appointed entrepreneur Isaak Karaev to the newly created role of Executive Chairman. Most recently, Karaev founded and successfully exited InfoNgen, one of the first AI search engines for the financial services community. Karaev was also the founder, Chairman and CEO of Multex, a digital network to aggregate and distribute financial research documents…

Rapid Addition Taps Former TR Enterprise Chief Powell as CEO

High-performance trading technology supplier Rapid Addition has named Mike Powell CEO, reporting to Executive Chairman and FIX guru Kevin Houstoun. Powell is former managing director for the enterprise division of Thomson Reuters, now known as Refinitiv, responsible for the company’s core data feed and platform business under the Elektron brand. Powell has been working as…

Xceptor Names ex-GBST Exec Tom Edwards as Chief Operating Officer

Xceptor, a global data ingestion, automation and transformation software provider, has appointed Tom Edwards as chief operating officer with responsibility to support the company’s growth strategy. Most recently, Edwards was head of delivery at wealth management and capital markets technology provider GBST. Edwards has over 30 years’ experience in project implementation and professional services delivery…

BTON Financial Taps Schwieger and Walker as Non-Execs

BTON Financial, a startup that is offering outsourced smart broker routing targeting mid-tier asset managers, has appointed the London Stock Exchange’s Brian Schwieger and Merrill Lynch’s Tony Walker as non-executive directors. Schwieger and Walker have joined as advisors, helping BTON to promote its vision of offering SaaS-based, broker-neutral routing of buy-side orders to sell-side trading…

DataRobot Names Rob Hegarty to Lead Push into Financial Markets

DataRobot, an enterprise AI firm, has named Rob Hegarty as general manager of financial markets and FinTech with the remit to expand the company’s reach in these sectors. DataRobot helps clients build and deploy machine learning models to increase revenue, improve efficiency and client experience, and reduce risk. Before joining DataRobot, Hegarty was the founder…