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GoldenSource Names Ramesh Pulandaran as Head of Sales for Asia-Pacific

GoldenSource has named Ramesh Pulandaran as head of sales for Asia-Pacific reporting to managing director of global sales and client operations Neill Vanlint. Pulandaran is based in Singapore and will help GoldenSource grow its customer base in the Asia-Pacific region.

Pulandaran has more than 18 years of experience in financial services, including stints at SunGard and Broadridge Financial Solutions. His experience spans broking, trading, operations and sales.

John Eley, CEO of GoldenSource, says the Asia-Pacific region is offering opportunities for the company as banks face more stringent stress tests and the challenge of implementing Fundamental Review of the Trading Book regulations; exchanges look to invest in data management platforms to underpin operations; and funds implement cloud-based data warehouse solutions to manage data centrally and address portfolio holdings disclosure and product dashboard requirements under the MySuper and Stronger Super regimes.

Confluence Names Joe Bree as Senior Global Strategic Account Executive

Confluence, a provider of investment data management automation for regulatory, financial and investor reporting, has named Joe Bree as senior global strategic account executive. He has responsibility for expanding Confluence’s global relationships with fund and asset management clients, as well as other service providers and intermediaries. He will also work with the broader Confluence sales team to coordinate, streamline and enhance direct sales plans and strategies for the firm’s largest global accounts.

Bree joins Confluence with 20 years of experience in financial services, most recently serving as senior vice president of business development at US Bank Global Fund Services. In this role, he drove new business revenue for registered investment product services including fund administration, fund accounting, transfer agent, distribution, custody and securities lending. Previously, Bree was chief financial officer and executive vice president at US Bancorp Fund Services. At Confluence, Bree reports to Domenic Ionadi, who was recently promoted to vice president, North America business development.

Fenergo Hires James Follette as Global Head of Commercial and Retail Banking

Following its recent expansion into the commercial and retail baning space, client lifecycle management solutions provider has appointed James Follette as its new Global Head of Commercial and Retail Banking. Follette was formerly responsible for client onboarding and know your customer (KYC) transformation at Citi.

Refinitiv Names Sherry Madera as Global Head of Industry and Government Affairs

Refinitiv has named Sherry Madera as global head of industry and government affairs with a view to enhancing its engagement across government, policy initiatives, industry trends and regulatory developments. Madera joins Refinitiv from the City of London Corporation and has over 20 years’ experience across both the public and private sectors, including corporate finance, banking, asset management and, more recently, global policy leadership and advocacy in financial and professional services. At Refinitiv, Madera and her team will engage with customers, industry groups, regulators and governments to help tackle key customer challenges and advocate for fair, efficient and sustainable financial markets.

RegTek.Solutions Hires ex-IHS Markit Exec Chris Cornish to Strengthen SFTR team

RegTek.Solutions has hired Chris Cornish as a consultant business analyst based in London. He joins from IHS Markit where he was a senior business analyst and a Securities Financing Transaction Regulation (SFTR) specialist. He was previously at ICBC Standard Bank, where he worked on SFTR implementation. At RegTek.Solutions, Cornish will focus on Validate.Trade, a product used by banks and asset managers to monitor the quality of reporting data, with a view to adding SFTR reporting quality assurance.

Accuity Promotes David Wilson to Role of MD and CEO

Accuity has promoted David Wilson to the role of managing director and CEO with responsibility to deliver innovative solutions for payments, risk and compliance, develop strategic partnerships, and deliver high quality client service. He steps up to the role after 18 months as chief operating officer (COO) at the provider of financial crime compliance, payments and Know Your Customer (KYC) solutions.

Wilson replaces former CEO and president Hugh Jones, who moves on to become a global managing director of Accuity’s parent company RELX Group, with ongoing oversight of Accuity. Also promoted is Tom Golding, who steps into the COO role.

GLEIF Seeks Applicants to Join Board of Directors

The GLEIF is calling for applications from C-suite level executives in the UK, Switzerland, China and India to join its board of directors. New board members will be appointed in June 2019 in line with the mandatary rotation of members of the board and to ensure the right balance of jurisdictional and skill representation. Details of the application process to join the board can be found here. Applications must be submitted by Monday February 11, 2019.

Fintech Advisor Amar Rajani Joins VTFinTech Board

VTFinTech, a provider of index management and research evaluation services, has named Amar Rajani as a member of its board with immediate effect. Rajani is the founder and managing director of Argella, an advisory firm specialising in fintech and with specialist knowledge in research, data and analytics. Prior to founding Argella, Rajani spent 17 years at Bloomberg, where he was responsible for a range of buy-side and sell-side products.

VTFinTech manages investment portfolios and bespoke benchmarks through its Parity One solution and provides independent evaluation of investment research through Parity One Research, helping firms comply with EU Benchmarks Regulation and the research unbundling requirements of MiFID II.

Rajani says: “VTFinTech has come together to transform the way investments are done today by introducing intelligent quantitative techniques and automation into various investment functions. Its unique offering is a game changer in today’s post MiFID II research environment.”

FSB Names US Federal Reserve’s Randal K Quarles as Chair

Mark Carney will step down from the role of chair at the Financial Stability Board (FSB) at the end of this month, making way for Randal K Quarles, governor and vice chairman for supervision at the US Federal Reserve, to take the chair for a three-year term running from December 2, 2018 to December 1, 2021. Klaas Knot, president of De Nederlandsche Bank, becomes vice chair and will succeed Quarles as chair from December 2, 2021 to December 1, 2024. The appointments were recommended by a specially convened FSB nominations committee and unanimously agreed by the plenary of the organisation.

FCA Seeks New Director of Innovation

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority is on the hunt for a new Director of Innovation to head up its newly created Innovation Division. The role will have responsibility for driving the FCA’s engagement with technological innovation within the financial services industry while developing, new, innovative and data-led ways of regulating.

“This role will have a large impact on the FCA and the achievement of its objectives through helping build approaches in innovation, fintech, regtech, advanced analytics and data,” said the FCA in the job advert, which was posted in mid-November 2019.