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TS Imagine Appoints Simarjit Johal as Head of Asia Pacific

TS Imagine, the global cross-asset class provider of trading, portfolio, and risk management solutions, has announced the promotion of Simarjit (Sim) Johal to Head of Asia Pacific (APAC). Currently serving as Co-Head of Professional Services & Account Management, Johal will assume the new role in September 2023, relocating to Hong Kong and joining TS Imagine’s Executive Leadership Committee.

Johal, who has been with TS Imagine for seven years and served in multiple roles, brings his cross-functional leadership skills to the APAC region, which is considered a key growth area for the company. Prior to his new role, Johal has held positions including Product Analyst in Client Support, EMEA Head, and Global Head of Professional Services & Account Management.

Julian Chesser Appointed as Delta Capita’s New Regional Head of APAC

Capital markets consulting, managed services and technology provider Delta Capita, the financial services division of Prytek, has appointed Julian Chesser as its new Regional Head of APAC, based in Singapore. Chesser will oversee all aspects of the business across the region, contributing to regional strategy development and future business expansion. His addition to the global executive team is expected to utilise his extensive experience in banking, asset management, and service provision to support Delta Capita’s growth.

Chesser brings with him over 25 years of experience in the financial markets, including regional and global roles. Before joining Delta Capita, Chesser was the APAC Regional Head and Exco member at OSTTRA, a joint venture between S&P and the CME Group, where he established their post-trade business. Earlier, he held a position as Managing Director at IHS Markit in Singapore, where he led their post-trade business.

Duncan Cooper Takes Role of CDO at Northern Trust Asset Servicing

Duncan Cooper, a data strategy, products and governance expert, has moved on from BNY Mellon to become CDO at Northern Trust Asset Servicing. Cooper joined Northern Trust early this month, having spent two years at BNY Mellon with responsibility for creating and operating the company’s OMNI digital services. During his 25-year career in the financial services industry, Cooper has also held senior roles at banks and companies including HSBC, SimCorp and Bloomberg.

Avelacom Appoints Lorenz Voss as US Managing Director, Opens Chicago Office

Ultra-low latency network provider Avelacom is broadening its US operations and has appointed Lorenz Voss as the new Managing Director for the US market. Voss, who brings over 15 years of experience in the telecom and capital markets industries, joins Avelacom from Tower Research Capital.

Voss will be responsible for expanding Avelacom’s market share in North America, bolstering existing client relationships, driving sales, hiring new team members, and supervising network deployments from the company’s newly established office in Chicago. The move follows Avelacom’s recent network expansions in the APAC, Middle East and Latin America regions.

Gresham Technologies Hires Dan Kennedy to drive North America Growth Plans

Gresham Technologies has appointed Dan Kennedy as senior vice president of sales, North America as part of the company’s continued expansion in the market. Based out of Gresham’s New York office, Kennedy will be responsible for all business development, sales, account management and partnering activities in the region. He joins with than 25 years of experience in enterprise technology solutions, including seven years at Corvil (now part of Pico) as managing director and head of sales, Americas focused on real-time data analytics, cloud, cybersecurity and managed service solutions for financial markets.

Gresham has grown its business in North America from winning its first customer in 2015, to having more than 150 customers in banking and investment management supported by a team of over 60 people on the ground.

GoldenSource Appoints New Chief Financial Officer to Accelerate Growth

GoldenSource has appointed Derek Apfel as chief financial officer. Based in New York, Apfel will lead finance, operations, HR and corporate development as the company seeks to accelerate global growth following its 2022 acquisition by private equity firm Gemspring Capital. Apfel previously held roles at firms including Citi, Bank of America, and most recently Tilting Point, where he was chief financial officer and oversaw rapid organic growth and several acquisitions.  Apfel will report directly GoldenSource CEO John Eley.

This hire is the second made by the GoldenSource management board this year, following the appointment of Swati Tyagi to chief product officer in February. Tyagi oversees product strategy and development.

American Financial Exchange Names John Shay as CEO Following 7RIDGE Acquisition

The American Financial Exchange (AFX), an electronic exchange for direct lending and borrowing for US banks and financial institutions, has appointed veteran financial services executive John Shay as CEO. The announcement comes after the recent acquisition of AFX by 7RIDGE, a growth equity firm investing in transformative financial services technologies.

With decades of experience in leadership roles within the financial sector, Shay will lead AFX in accelerating its growth trajectory, expanding its network of members, and furthering the adoption of the AMERIBOR benchmark. Under 7RIDGE’s ownership and Shay’s leadership, the exchange aims to bring significant value to regional and local banks, helping them to source deposits, lend, borrow and manage risk effectively.

Adaptive Financial Consulting Bolsters Board with Two Non-Executive Directors

Adaptive Financial Consulting has announced the appointment of two Non-Executive Directors, Dr Stephen Norman and John O’Hara, to its Board. Dr Norman, who brings two decades of capital markets experience and has held senior roles at RBS Global Banking and Merrill Lynch, will succeed Janhavi Dadarkar as Chair of the Board.

John O’Hara, a co-founder and former CEO of Taskize, has extensive banking technology experience, having held senior roles at JPMorgan, Bank of America, RBS International Bank, and BP Energy Trading. The appointments follow a period of rapid expansion for Adaptive Financial Consulting, including key company hires and a significant increase in headcount.

ESG Consultancy 7 Centre Launched by Orenda Founder

A new consultancy, 7 Centre, has been launched, dedicated to advising corporate and financial clients on ESG engagement and offering guidance on sustainability strategies and incorporation of ESG factors into decision-making processes. The company was founded by ESG thought leader Tanya Seajay, who created alternative data firm Orenda.

NeoXam Announces New CEO and Growth Plans Following Eurazeo Investment

Financial software company NeoXam has promoted Florent Fabre to the position of CEO, following the recent investment by Eurazeo, the international private equity company. Fabre has over 20 years of experience in the financial software industry, having served as NeoXam’s Chief Operating Officer and Group Managing Director since 2015.

Fabre’s promotion, together with Eurazeo’s investment, will support NeoXam’s growth in Data Management and Reporting segments, as well as expanding its international presence in Asia, Northern Europe, and North America. The investment will also provide internal resources to help with the company’s buy-and-build strategy, accelerating product development and international expansion.