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First Derivatives Founder Brian Conlon Dies
Brian Conlon, the Northern Irish founder and CEO of the £1 billion+ FinTech firm First Derivatives, lost his battle with cancer on July 28, 2019 at the age of 53. Conlon started at KPMG and worked briefly at Morgan Stanley and software firm Sunguard before starting First Derivatives. He listed the company in 2002 but remained its major shareholder. The firm began its search for a new CEO in May, when Conlon was first diagnosed. The search is ongoing.
Financial Machineries Makes Three Strategic Appointments
Financial Machineries, a provider of data lineage, sourcing, digital rights management and commercialisation of contributed market data, has appointed Keiren Harris, Frank Verstraeten and Daniel Muri to its team. They bring industry experience, regional insight, and networks of professional contacts from across APAC and continental Europe to the company, which is accelerating its ambition to become a strategic partner to globally systematic important banks (G-SIBS) creating data. Financial Machineries helps banks control the IP of their data, cut costs of data operations, and transform publishing processes to to drive commercialisation while remaining within regulatory bounds.
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.”