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USAM Announces New Clients, New Staff and New Website

USAM, the New York-based provider of integrated sales, marketing, and advisory services to growth-stage financial technology companies, has added five new clients to its roster: Urvin.ai, TransFICC, MAP Digital, eLoomina and Bodo.ai. The company has also recruited five new members of staff, across operations, sales and marketing and data science/programming, and has launched a new website to service both fintech providers and technology buyers.

Macrobond Appoints Larry Nieman as North America Business Development Director

Macrobond Financial, a provider of economic and financial data and analytics, has appointed Larry Neiman as Director of Business Development, effective 1 November.

Neiman, who joins Macrobond after 21 years at Haver Analytics, a provider of financial and economic data and analytic tools, where he most recently served as regional account manager, will be responsible for growing Macrobond’s business in the US and managing strategic customer relationships in the region.

Nieman holds an MBA in Economics and Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a BS in Economics & Political Science from James Madison University in Virginia, US.

Sentieo Doubles Staff in London and Expands Across EMEA

Research platform provider Sentieo has doubled the size of its team in London as it expands to service 50 clients in the EMEA region, with the addition of a director of UX design, a director of product, and three sales and client success executives. The company expects to double the sales team again over the next 12 months. Sentieo, whose cloud-based, AI-driven platform is designed to provide a central hub for the entire research workflow, recently closed a $20 million funding round from Centana and Ten Coves Capital, bringing their total capital raised to date to $62 million.

Neptune Appoints John Robinson as CEO

Neptune Networks, a pre-trade market utility for fixed income, has appointed John Robinson as CEO. Robinson, who has worked with Neptune as a senior consultant since November 2020, takes the helm from Interim CEO, Byron Cooper-Fogarty, who is remaining with Neptune and will form part of the Management Team as COO. Robinson has over 34 years’ experience with Morgan Stanley, including senior roles as US Head of Credit Sales, Head of EMEA Credit Sales and Head of Emerging Markets Sales.

Archax Launches Blockchain-Based Post-Trade Infrastructure Subsidiary Montis Digital, with Watkins as CEO, Lester as Chairman

Archax, the first FCA-regulated digital securities exchange, has created a new subsidiary, Montis Digital, to launch a blockchain-based post-trade infrastructure for tokenised assets, such as digital securities and security tokens. Montis will be led by CEO Martin Watkins, previously head of the exchanges and financial markets infrastructure practice at EY, and senior executive at AtosEuronext, Barclays, Cap Gemini and Credit Suisse. Former London Stock Exchange strategy chief and long-time Archax director David Lester will be chairman.

7 Chord Appoints Andrew Sundstrom as Chief Science Officer

Fixed income pricing and analytics vendor 7 Chord has appointed Andrew Sundstrom as its Chief Science Officer, to lead the new phase of development and innovation of its BondDroid proprietary machine learning engine. Sundstrom brings 28 years of cross-disciplinary scientific and industry experience, at Nortel Networks, IBM Research, Morgan Stanley, and most recently at Nanotronics, where he developed artificial intelligence methods to make factories smarter and more resilient to errors and sophisticated cyberattacks. Sundstrom will be joined by Tinatin Nikvashvili, a 2021 graduate of NYU’s Center for Data Science MSc program.

Broadway Technology Appoints Dan Romanelli as Head of Relationships

Front-office solutions provider Broadway Technology has named Dan Romanelli as Head of Relationships, to drive business development initiatives and client relationship management, and to oversee a global team of sales and relationship managers. Romanelli is a 25-year FinTech veteran, and joins Broadway from USAM Group Inc, where he served as co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer. Previously in his career, he held senior roles at Delta Risk LLC, NYSE EuroNext and Merrill Lynch, and has led turnaround projects for FinTech software startups, launching both data product business lines and electronic execution products.

TORA UK Presence Grows with London Office and Two New Hires

Multi-asset trading solutions provider TORA has expanded its presence in UK with a new London office to support continued growth, and two new hires. Peter Rank, Sales Manager, reporting to David Tattan, Head of Sales for Europe, joins TORA from Axe Trading and Bloomberg AIM, where he worked with clients across Europe. Chris Hopton, Professional Services Manager, was a Senior Account Manager at Trading Screen and SS&C, where he was responsible for delivery of fund solutions to clients. Chris will be joining a global team of professional service managers to help TORA to continue to provide software and workflow solutions, onboarding and client service to global institutional investors.

Encompass Hires VP of Customer Success and Delivery

Encompass, a provider of automated Know Your Customer (KYC) solutions, continues to build its executive team with the addition of Nicola Pickering to the newly created role of vice president of customer success and delivery. She has worked across client success management, programme delivery and product design, and will be responsible for ensuring an evolving list of customers continues to get the best from the Encompass product. The appointment comes as current head of customer success and delivery, Dr Henry Balani, transitions to the role of global head of industry and regulatory affairs.

Encompass Strengthens Executive Team to Support Entry into North America

Encompass, a provider of automated Know Your Customer (KYC) solutions, has added two  members to its executive team to support growth plans. Alan Samuels, previously head of products at the company, and Magalie Pimentel, former head of marketing, have been promoted to vice president, product and vice president, marketing respectively.

As well as overseeing the strategic direction of their functions, Samuels and Pimental join Encompass cofounders Wayne Johnson and Roger Carson, alongside other key leaders, as part of the group responsible for steering global output and achieving key objectives.

The management changes follow the move of Alex Ford, previously vice president of product and marketing, to a new role that will lead Encompass’ entry into North America later this year.