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Torstone Hires Sam Farrell as Head of North America

Torstone Technology, the SaaS platform for post-trade securities and derivatives processing, has appointed Sam Farrell as Head of North America, based in Toronto. He will have oversight of all Torstone’s US and Canadian operations and will be tasked with expanding Torstone’s footprint in North America.

Prior to joining Torstone, Farrell spent the last 35 years in Canadian financial services, having previously worked at RBC, TD Securities, Scotiabank, and most recently at Credit Suisse Canada as a senior operations leader. Over his career, he has led a number of significant initiatives, including the Credit Suisse migration to Torstone’s Cloud Platform.

Avelacom Appoints Timothy Wong as VP of Sales in APAC and Opens Hong Kong Office

Avelacom, the low latency connectivity, IT infrastructure and data solutions provider, has appointed Timothy Wong as VP of Sales for the APAC region. Wong joins from Xenith IG (formerly Superloop Asia) and brings over 15 years of experience working in data and network systems across sales, business development and technology.

In addition, the company has taken on new office space in Hong Kong to support its expansion in the region.

OpenSee Positions for Growth with New Hires in US

OpenSee, the financial data analytics company, has made one global appointment and added three executives in its New York office to drive sales and broaden support for international and domestic clients in the US. Abdul Anwari and Michael Bailleux join as US Sales Directors, reporting to Rodrigo Medgenberg, who was appointed as VP Sales late last year. The company also recruited Stéphane Sesquin as its New York-based Head of Solutions.

The appointments form part of Opensee’s global growth strategy following the company’s €11 million Series A funding round in December.

BMLL Hires Industry Veteran Rob Laible as Head of Americas

Following its recent US$26 million funding round, BMLL, the independent provider of harmonized, historical Level 3 data and analytics, has appointed industry veteran Rob Laible as Head of Americas, with plans to open a New York area-based office. Laible comes with over 30 years’ experience of running global institutional businesses across sales and trading, technology, compliance, risk and operations.  Most recently he served as Global Head of Equities at Liquidnet. Earlier in his career, he worked for global organizations such as Macquarie Securities, Nomura, Lehman Brothers and ITG.

Laible will report to Paul Humphrey, BMLL’s CEO, and join the senior leadership team to drive the company’s US expansion.

Pico Appoints Bo Zhou as Head of APAC

Pico, the technology services, software, data and analytics vendor, has named Bo Zhou, Ph.D., as Head of APAC to oversee Pico’s continued growth in the region. Zhou brings more than 15 years of financial markets industry experience and was most recently Partner and Senior Managing Director for IHS Markit (now S&P Global). Previously, she served in various leadership positions at Bloomberg.

As Head of APAC, Zhou will drive Pico’s expansion efforts in Asia Pacific while overseeing all sales, operations and engineering throughout the region, in partnership with key global executives.

Taskize Hires James Pike as Head of Business Development

Taskize, the provider of inter-company workflow to the financial services industry, has announced the appointment of former Morgan Stanley Managing Director James Pike as Head of Business Development. Based in London, Pike brings over 24 years’ worth of industry knowledge and experience across securities and derivatives, having most recently held the role of EMEA Head of Client Operations and Global Head of Institutional Client Services at Morgan Stanley. Prior to that he was Global Co-Head of Equity Operations.

Pike’s role will be to continue the growth of the Taskize network, which has passed over 530 financial institutions, growing from 289 in January 2021.

Appital Appoints Matthew Jefford as Business Development Executive

Appital, the equity markets technology solution vendor, has appointed Matthew Jefford, an experienced equity markets specialist, as Business Development Executive. Jefford will help accelerate Appital’s growth strategy, specifically working with the asset management community to deepen platform liquidity, and support the firm’s mission to bring innovation and automation to equity markets.

Jefford brings over 30 years of experience working in the global financial markets. Prior to joining Appital, he was Electronic Sales Trader at ICAP and previously worked with Liquidnet, Bloomberg Tradebook and Instinet on Sales, Electronic and Automated Trading, covering clients in the EMEA region.

DTCC Appoints Nashira Spencer to Head Security

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), the post-trade market infrastructure provider, has appointed Nashira Spencer as Chief Security Officer (CSO), responsible for managing DTCC’s enterprise-wide global information security, physical security, employee safety, and crisis/incident management functions. She will report to Tim Cuddihy, DTCC’s Group Chief Risk Officer.

Spencer brings 20 years of leadership and expertise in security management to DTCC, including serving the last 6 years as Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and, most recently, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Anywhere Real Estate, a leading provider of U.S. residential real estate services.

Integral Hires Judy Goh to Head APAC Sales

Integral, the FX technology provider, has appointed Judy Goh as Managing Director and Head of Sales for APAC. Based in Singapore, Goh brings 16 years’ experience in the foreign exchange market, with management roles in e-FX institutional sales and business growth spanning across major financial institutions. Most recently, she held the role of Vice President of KX’s Trading Solutions in Asia. Prior to this, Goh was regional Sales Director at Deutsche Börse – 360T. She has also held roles at Deutsche Bank and OANDA.

In her new role, Goh will be responsible for continuing to drive the significant growth Integral has seen in the region.

TS Imagine Appoints Frederic Villain to Head Asia Pacific Sales

TS Imagine, the trading and risk management solutions vendor, has appointed Frederic Villain as Head of Sales for Asia Pacific. He will lead TS Imagine’s APAC sales team across its offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo, and will be responsible for growing the business in the region.

Villain brings over 25 years of sales experience in management roles. He was previously Head of Sales, Asia Pacific, for Itiviti, and earlier in his career he led regional sales in Asia Pacific for Bloomberg, Ullink (now part of Itiviti) and SunGard (now part of FIS).