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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.

Syniti Appoints Jules Beck as President Europe & Africa; Clive Bellmore as Chairman

Syniti, a global data solution provider, has named industry and region veteran Jules Beck as President for its Europe & Africa (EUAF) region, succeeding Clive Bellmore, who will assume the post of Chairman for Syniti EUAF. A known leader in the industry, Beck has led rapid growth of several software and services businesses, including Axon Solutions (acquired by HCL Technologies), HP Enterprise Global SAP business (merged with CSC to form DXC Technologies), and most recently ServiceNOW where he served as VP & GM, Customer Outcomes and Professional Services in EMEA.

Moody’s Named to the 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Quality Index

Top marks to Moody’s, which has been named to the 2020 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI) for the first time. The GEI tracks the financial performance of public companies committed to supporting gender equality and considers five pillars: female leadership and talent pipeline; equal pay and gender pay parity; inclusive culture; sexual harassment policies; and pro-women brand. The company has also received a score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.

Finantix Hires in Singapore and London

Finantix, a technology provider to the wealth management, insurance and banking industries, continues to hire with a view to developing its Asian and European capabilities and building local teams to support client relationships. Michael Gantenbein joins as account delivery director in Singapore, having previously held senior roles at Flowable, Soreco and Itartis. Gareth Williams joins as business development director in the UK, with responsibility to grow Finantix’s presence, help R&D enhance the firm’s product suite, and provide account management to clients in the region. Williams has previous experience at Brewin Dolphin, Investec Wealth & Investment UK, and Hambros Bank.