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Milestone Group Appoints APAC Head

Fund processing and oversight automation specialist Milestone has appointed Marian Azer as Managing Director for Asia Pacific (APAC) based in Sydney, Australia. Reporting to London based CEO Paul Roberts, Marian will have overall responsibility for market engagement, client success and go-to-market strategy across APAC, with particular emphasis on the Australian and New Zealand markets. Previously, Azer held the position of Managing Director at RBC Investor & Treasury Services, with responsibility for the APAC and Global Middle Office Product functions, as well as Chief Operating Officer, Global Client Coverage for Australia. Marian was previously Head of Product, Investor Services in Australia & New Zealand at J.P. Morgan Chase. She has also held senior roles at Mercer and BNP Paribas.

Etrading Software Expands Managed Service Offering with New Hires

London-based Etrading Software, an independent provider of technology-led solutions designed for financial institutions and industry initiatives, has announced three new hires in its London office, as well as a new operational layer in Asia. In Europe, the firm has strengthened its outsourced services delivery capability through the appointment of James Haskell as Business Operations Officer, David Lane as Technical Operations Officer and Will Palmer as Chief Information Security Officer. Haskell, who joined the firm in May 2020, has over 20 years’ experience working in financial services and operations in London, New York and Hong-Kong, including 13+ years with Goldman Sachs. Lane also has 20+ years’ experience in both tier one investment banking and derivatives exchange trading environments, including a cloud migration speciality. As the new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), with over 25 years’ experience in IT within the financial services sector in both London and Asia, Palmer is tasked with building a company-wide security strategy for the firm.

Beeks Appoints Matthew Cretney as Head of Product Management

Beeks Financial Cloud and Velocimetrics have appointed Matthew Cretney as the head of product management. Cretney is an experienced technologist with decades of working in FinTech and infrastructure, with most of those years spent with Reuters/Refinitiv. At Thomson Reuters he was the technical product lead for Refinitiv’s SaaS multi-tenant white-labelled FX eTrading capability and oversaw the development of Refinitiv’s FX Spot and Forwards Matching services.

“With the ongoing investment in the Velocimetrics product set, Beeks and Velocimetrics are demonstrating a better, faster, cheaper answer to an increasingly complex set of requirements and I want to be part of that new future,” says Cretney.

GLEIF Announces New Chairperson to Support Banking Collaboration

The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) has appointed Steven A. Joachim as the new Chairperson. Based in the US, Joachim holds over 40 years of leadership experience across not-for-profit, governmental and corporate organisations, with a specific focus on financial technology and innovation. He joins GLEIF from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), where he was Executive Vice President of Transparency Services.

Gresham Appoints Marc Binck as Head of Cloud Services

Gresham Technologies (Gresham), has appointed Marc Binck as Head of Cloud Services to accelerate the firm’s cloud strategy across global markets. Previously Director of Operations, Cash Management, Marc has been instrumental in developing Clareti’s multi-banking connectivity arm over the last two years. In his new role, Binck will be responsible for the continuous delivery and integration of cloud services across the entire Clareti platform of data reconciliation, cash management and payments solutions.

The announcement comes off the back of a tier one bank contract win for the firm and successful FY2019 results, in which it reported a 30% increase in Group revenues to £25m and twelve new Clareti wins in 2019.

André Helfenstein Joins the Board of Directors of SIX

Shareholders at SIX’s AGM yesterday elected André Helfenstein to the Board of Directors. He becomes the representative of Credit Suisse with immediate effect, replacing Thomas Gottstein. The 53-year-old Swiss and British citizen is CEO of Credit Suisse (Switzerland) and a member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse Group, responsible for the bank’s entire Swiss business. He has been with the bank for over 12 years, holding various management positions in different areas of the private clients business as well as in the corporate and institutional clients business. Before joining Credit Suisse he spent over 10 years with Boston Consulting Group. He is also a member of the Boards of Directors of Neue Aargauer Bank and Venture Incubator.

Warren Barkley Joins Clearwater as CTO

Clearwater Analytics, an SaaS solution for investment data aggregation, reconciliation, accounting, and reporting, has appointed Warren Barkley as Chief Technology Officer. Barkley was formerly General Manager in the AWS Machine Learning Group at Amazon and has held roles at Microsoft and SMART Technologies, as well as holding over 60 worldwide patents in networking, wireless, communications, and machine learning and playing an active role in the VC community. He is expected to bring his expertise in delivering cloud computing solutions to the business world to his role at Clearwater.

Asset Control Appoints Daniel Kennedy to Drive APAC Sales

Cloud-based data management specialist Asset Control has hired Daniel Kennedy as its new Head of Sales for Asia Pacific, based in Singapore and reporting to Head of International Sales Gary Appleby. Kennedy will be responsible for leading the firm’s sales team in the region. He joins from banking software provider FIS, where he acted as VP and Head of Sales, also based in Singapore, leading the commercial team responsible for both buy- and sell-side solutions across Southeast Asia and Australia.

Neudata Opens Shanghai Office, Hires China-Focused Data Strategist

After seeing an increase in demand for data scouting services in Asia, London-based independent data sourcing and research service Neudata announced today that it has opened an office in Shanghai and hired Helena Yu to manage its client data requests in the region. The Neudata Scout platform captures over 3,500 datasets across sentiment, social media, weather, web-tracking, transactional, ESG and more, with analysts based in New York, London and Shanghai. Yu, who joins Neudata as a data strategist, has spent 10 years working with alternative data sources for the financial services community. Most recently, she was the associate director of sales operations for UBS Evidence Lab, where she drove the rapid growth of the firm’s data research products in the Asia-Pacific region.

Brett Schechterman Leaves Rimes for IHS Markit

IHS Markit has hired asset management technology expert Brett Schechterman as the Global Head of cross-asset class investment management platform thinkFolio. Schechterman will report to Senior Vice President and Head of Solutions Andrew Eisen. He was formerly Head of Fixed Income Platform Solutions at UBS Asset Management and has also held senior roles at Legal & General Investment Management America and Goldman Sachs Asset Management. He joins He joined IHS Markit from Rimes, where he was North American Head of Product.