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ESG Book Names RegTech Veteran Fitzpatrick as New Chief Executive

ESG Book has named Justin Fitzpatrick, the founder and executive of several UK-based RegTech companies, as its new chief executive replacing global sustainability leader Daniel Klier.

The Germany-based data and tech company, which made headlines in 2021 when it put a large part of its ESG database on a free-to-use platform, said Fitzpatrick has “deep expertise in scaling and accelerating growth in investor-backed software companies”.

This will benefit ESG Book’s “global expansion and deliver its future success as a leader in sustainability data and technology”, said Nazo Moosa, an advisory board member at the company.

ESG Book, which was founded in 2018, operates a SaaS-based platform that delivers data on more than 200,000 corporate disclosures worldwide. It is part of the Arabesque Group, which also operates an asset management business. Its free database was launched in December 2021 backed by an alliance of institutions, including HSBC and Deutsche Bank, to help corporates, investors and standard setters with their sustainability operations.


Fitzpatrick joins ESG Book from FullCircl, a RegTech software provider that he co-founded and where he was chief operating officer. Before that, he co-founded and headed RegTech research firm DueDil. He is also a founder and non-executive director of UK FinTech industry group Innovate Finance.

“This is a business extremely well positioned to meet the fast-growing need for sustainability solutions across capital markets,” Fitzpatrick said, adding that he would continue to expand ESG Book’s “partnerships with financial institutions, reduce the friction for corporates in meeting ESG disclosure requirements, and deliver market-leading analytics and tools to help our clients achieve their sustainability goals.”

He replaces Klier, who has become an ESG leader following high-profile appointments as global head of sustainable finance at HSBC, where he devised the bank’s net-zero target, and as chair of the Bank of England’s Climate Working Group. He sits on the boards of the global sustainability reporting standard GRI and the international organisation Sustainable Energy for All and recently took the chief executive role at climate consultancy South Pole.

AccessFintech Appoints Ex-JPM Data Leader Naveen as Product Chief

Financial markets data company AccessFintech has appointed Naveen TV as head of product to lead development of the UK-based company’s services on its Synergy data infrastructure.

Naveen joined the real-time data feed provider from JP Morgan, where he was global head of data strategy and AI. In a 12-year career at the global bank he collaborated with AccessFintech to build data networks with its brokers, agent banks and buy-side firms. Before that, he was a vice president at Goldman Sachs overseeing client onboarding, client relationship management and middle office operations.

AccessFintech’s Synergy platform uses real-time data and AI root-cause analysis to surface insights on derivatives, cash and loans markets. Its offerings include Synergy DataLake, which enables the industry to share data and optimise operations through collaboration. Synergy Network enhances data and workflows and underpins the transformation of operations using transaction lifecycle management and benchmarking insights from across the financial ecosystem.

DTCC Welcomes Four New Directors to Board of Directors

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), has added four new members to its Board of Directors.

Brian Gallagher, Global Head of Markets Operations at JPMorgan Chase, brings over 23 years of experience in various leadership roles within the firm. Christopher Gelvin, Chief Operating Officer of Group Operations and Technology Office at UBS, has been with UBS for nearly 20 years, focusing on strategic planning and data governance. Jon Herrick, Chief Product Officer at the NYSE, oversees product development and competitive strategy for the exchange’s transactions and market data businesses. Igor Modlin, Global Head of Prime Services Product Development at Goldman Sachs, has held significant roles since joining the firm in 2005.

These appointments aim to strengthen DTCC’s strategic direction, risk management, regulatory compliance, and innovation in financial technology.

Delta Capita Appoints Bradley Szu-Tu as Head of Client Lifecycle Management in APAC

Delta Capita, the Capital Markets consulting, managed services, and technology provider, has appointed Bradley Szu-Tu as the Head of Client Lifecycle Management (CLM) in the APAC region. Based in Singapore, Szu-Tu will oversee the expansion and management of Delta Capita’s CLM business across consulting, services, and technology for financial services clients, which currently number over 20 in APAC.

With more than 15 years of experience in risk and compliance, Szu-Tu has previously held significant roles at Promontory, IBM Consulting, and Credit Suisse. This appointment follows Delta Capita’s recent acquisition of Client On-Boarding technology from the London Stock Exchange Group and the appointment of Liliana Girao-Tavares as Head of CLM in the US.

Szu-Tu aims to provide tailored CLM solutions to address the complex challenges faced by clients in the APAC region, enhancing value and efficiency while reducing Capex/Opex requirements. Julian Chesser, Head of APAC at Delta Capita, welcomed his addition to the team, emphasising the company’s commitment to a practitioner-led approach in the increasingly regulated capital markets sector.

London Stock Exchange Group Appoints Pascal Boillat as Chief Operating Officer

The London Stock Exchange Group plc (LSEG) has appointed Pascal Boillat as Chief Operating Officer, effective 1 July 2024. Reporting to CEO David Schwimmer, Boillat will be based in New York and will lead LSEG’s global operations division, supporting both internal and customer services. He will also join the Group’s Executive Committee.

Boillat brings over 35 years of experience in senior operational and technology roles within the financial services sector. His most recent position was Group Executive, Enterprise Services & Chief Information Officer at Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He has also served as Group Chief Information Officer at Deutsche Bank and Head of Operations and Technology at Fannie Mae.

CLS Appoints Five New Directors to Board at 2024 Annual General Meeting

CLS, the financial market infrastructure group, announced the appointment of five new directors to its Board of Directors at the CLS Annual General Meeting on 4 June 2024. The new board members are Teddy Cho (BNY Mellon), Scott Lucas (JP Morgan Chase), Akila Raman (Goldman Sachs), Peter Whitelaw (National Australia Bank), and Michael Lawrence (Independent).

Teddy Cho brings over 30 years of experience in technology roles at major financial institutions. Scott Lucas, Head of Markets DLT at J.P. Morgan, has a background in trading product development. Akila Raman, Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer of Transaction Banking at Goldman Sachs, has extensive strategic and operational experience. Peter Whitelaw, Executive General Manager at National Australia Bank, specialises in risk management. Michael Lawrence, a former Citigroup Managing Director, has a strong background in operational and compliance risk. The CLS Board now has 21 directors, including eight outside or independent directors.

IPC Announces Leadership Transition: Kurt Adams Named CEO, Stuart C. Harvey, Jr. Appointed Chairman

As part of a planned leadership transition at IPC, the trading communications and infrastructure solutions provider, Kurt Adams will succeed Bob Santella as CEO, bringing over 25 years of experience in the financial and technology sectors. Adams previously served as CEO of Optum Financial and held executive roles at Fleetcor Technologies, U.S. Bank, and other financial institutions.

In addition, Stuart C. Harvey, Jr. has been appointed Chairman of IPC’s Board of Directors. Harvey brings extensive experience in capital markets and financial technology, having held a number of senior roles in the industry. Michael Chin, who currently serves as CEO at DUCO, is named as an IPC Board Member.

Fenergo Strengthens EMEA Presence with Appointment of Ruth Ormsby as MD in the Region

Fenergo, a provider of know your customer (KYC), transaction monitoring and client lifecycle management (CLM) solutions, has bolstered its presence in EMEA with the appointment of Ruth Ormsby as managing director in the region. Based in London, Ormsby is tasked with strengthening Fenergo’s presence in the corporate and institutional banking sector as it seeks to adopt more robust controls for AML and KYC compliance, while driving operational efficiency gains.

Ormsby brings over 24 years of experience in building high-performance teams and working with large enterprise customers at board level to Fenergo. She joins from Salesforce, where she served as senior vice president of all industries in the UK and Ireland. Prior to that, Ormsby was managing director, head of strategy and growth for technology for UK and Ireland at Accenture. She previously held roles at Capgemini and Ernst & Young.

IEX Group, Inc. Appoints Bryan Harkins as President, Ronan Ryan as COO, and Florian Seifferer as CSO

IEX Group, Inc. (IEX) has announced the appointments of Bryan Harkins as President, Ronan Ryan as Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Florian Seifferer as Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). Harkins brings extensive experience in multi-asset exchange trading, fintech, and capital markets, having held senior roles at Cboe Global Markets, BIDS Trading, BATS Global Markets, Direct Edge, and Trumid.

As Group COO, co-founder Ryan will focus on corporate development and strategic planning to drive IEX’s growth and profitability. Seifferer, as CSO, will be responsible for identifying new market opportunities and partnerships, overseeing the advancement of digital assets and other key initiatives.

Rimes Relocates Global Head of Data Management Office to Manila

Rimes, a provider of enterprise data management and investment management solutions, has announced the relocation of Mark Sedgwick, global head of the firm’s data management office, to Manila in the Philippines. In addition to his existing position, Sedgwick will head up the growing Manila office. Rimes employs about 150 people in Manila and is looking to expand this number in line with increased business demand across its product range. The region is strategically important as it provides access to a pool of highly skilled talent in a time zone well positioned to support the company’s global operational support model.