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Axyon AI Names Frank Abbenhuis Chief Commercial Officer

Axyon AI, a provider of artificial intelligence (AI) for capital markets, has named Frank Abbenhuis as chief commercial officer with responsibility to oversee the company’s expansion from Modena, Italy, to London and drive client development. Axyon AI products can solve problems such as anticipating the market impact of economic events to suggesting future syndicated loans that could interest firms. Abbenhuis brings almost a decade of financial experience to Axyon AI having worked at ING as vice president of business development for wholesale banking advanced analytics, and formerly as a FinTech mentor for Startupbootcamp.

FlexTrade Hires to Build Sell-Side OMS Strength in EMEA

FlexTrade, a provider of cross-asset execution and order management systems (EOMS), has appointed Lak Loi and Vahid Shirani as co-heads of sell-side OMS business development for the EMEA region.

Both Loi and Shirani come to FlexTrade with more than 25 years of combined experience in equities and derivatives trading technology. Since 1997, Loi has worked in London and on Wall Street as an equity trading systems consultant with investment firms such as HSBC, Santander, and Barclays, and technology providers Bloomberg and Fidessa. Shirani joins FlexTrade after more than eight years working with Fidessa in various roles across its equity and derivatives trading platforms.

Dash Names Venu Palaparthi Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Regulatory Affairs

Dash Financial Technologies, a capital markets technology and execution provider, has named Venu Palaparthi as chief compliance officer and head of regulatory affairs. Palaparthi will be directing Dash’s compliance strategy with regards to internal regulatory policies and compliance with government regulations. Peter Maragos, co-founder and CEO of Dash Technologies, says Palaparthi’s experience will be key, particularly with respect to the enhanced Rule 606 transparency reporting requirements coming into effect in May.

Cinnober Chairman Nils-Robert Persson Steps Down

Nils-Robert Persson, chairman of Cinnober, has stepped down from his position at the company after 20 years. Persson’s departure from Cinnober this month follows that of deputy CEO, Per-Anders Häll Bedman, who left the company in December 2018, shortly before its acquisition by Nasdaq.

Since the acquisition, OCC has selected to replace its legacy clearing operations with a system employing Cinnober’s TRADExpress RealTime Clearing. Persson, says: “In 2007, I defined 10 dream customers for Cinnober. With OCC, we now have eight of them. Unfortunately, I will not be involved in delivering to OCC, but wish all involved the best of luck.”

Brian Conroy Appointed Liquidnet President

Liquidnet, a technology-driven, global institutional investment network, has appointed Brian Conroy as president. In this role, Conroy will work alongside Liquidnet CEO and founder, Seth Merrin. Conroy brings over three decades of experience in the financial services industry to Liquidnet, joining the company from Fidelity International in London, where he served as president. He will be based in New York and report directly to the CEO.

Artur Fischer Steps Down from Role of CEO at Equiduct

Artur Fischer, CEO of Börse Berlin and responsible for founding Equiduct, is stepping down from his position as the joint CEO of Equiduct. David Murphy, who has served as chief operating officer and head of operations and business development at Equiduct, is set to succeed Fischer. Equiduct is a pan-European trading venue operated by Börse Berlin and offering trading platforms for professional investors and retail investors.

Horizon Names Philippe Thomas as an Advisory Board Member

Horizon Software has named Philippe Thomas as a member of its advisory board. Thomas has previously held executive positions at Ullink and SunGard, and joins Horizon from his role as a consultant and investor at New World Wind, a provider of sustainable electrical services. The appointment is part of the company’s expansion strategy following an MBO in June 2018 and requires Thomas to provide coaching on business strategies that will support Horizon’s global growth.

QuantHouse Appoints CTO and COO to Drive Growth and Innovation

QuantHouse has appointed its co-founder Denery Fenouil as chief technology officer (CTO) and Emmanuel Carjat, co-founder of Atrium Network, as chief operating officer (COO) to facilitate the company’s global growth. Rejoining the firm to oversee software and technology development, Fenouil was previously the architect of QuantHouse’s low latency market data solution. As COO, Carjat will manage QuantHouse’s operations and guide continued growth, which the firm says has escalated since the buyback from S&P in 2017, driven by product innovation and strategic investment.

FSB Names US Federal Reserve’s Randal K Quarles as Chair

Mark Carney will step down from the role of chair at the Financial Stability Board (FSB) at the end of this month, making way for Randal K Quarles, governor and vice chairman for supervision at the US Federal Reserve, to take the chair for a three-year term running from December 2, 2018 to December 1, 2021. Klaas Knot, president of De Nederlandsche Bank, becomes vice chair and will succeed Quarles as chair from December 2, 2021 to December 1, 2024. The appointments were recommended by a specially convened FSB nominations committee and unanimously agreed by the plenary of the organisation.

LSE Group Names Tom Dunlap as CDO of Information Services Division

London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has named Tom Dunlap as chief data officer (CDO) of its Information Services Division, which includes global index provider FTSE Russell. The role is new and gives Dunlap responsibility for developing and leading the division’s global data strategy, overseeing a global team across multiple sites, engaging with key global clients, and working collaboratively across LSEG’s business, operations and technology areas to drive future growth. Dunlap will be based in LSEG’s Fort Mill, South Carolina office.