Executive Leadership Team
Simon takes responsibility for Finastra’s strategic direction and growth. His leadership steers the company as it realizes its open platform vision, encouraging industry-wide collaboration to spark innovation and transform the next generation of financial services.
A firm believer in the principles of doing well by doing good, Simon chairs the World Trade Board and is passionate about how technology and open trade can drive financial inclusion and improve people’s lives.
An inspiring and trusted Fintech thought leader, Simon speaks regularly at large-scale events including the annual World Trade Symposium, Paris FinTech Forum and The Milken Asia Summit. He is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, with refreshing and candid views on equality in the workplace. He was also named in Bank Innovation’s ‘Innovators to Watch’ list for 2018.
Simon joined Finastra (formerly Misys) as President in 2015, was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2017 and became Chief Executive Officer in June 2018. He brings more than 20 years of sales, management and global leadership expertise to the company, having previously held the role of President, Industry Cloud, at SAP. Prior to that he was a senior consultant with McKinsey & Company.
He holds a degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the INSEAD Business School in France and a Bachelor’s degree in Business & European languages from the European Business School.
See Simon in action on stage here
Connect with Simon on LinkedIn here.
Based in Finastra’s London Headquarters, Eric takes responsibility for the company’s entire go-to-market organization including global sales, services and consultancy, as well as overseeing the Finastra partner ecosystem.
His career in the technology space spans more than 20 years, addressing a wide spectrum of large enterprises and small and medium size businesses. These include senior leadership positions at SAP and Oracle. Before joining Finastra in February 2019, he was Chief Customer Officer and member of the Management Board at Software AG, responsible for global sales, consulting services, customer support and marketing.
Eric is a visionary and inspiring business leader with a proven track record of delivering results. You can follow him on LinkedIn here.
Akber is responsible for Corporate and Business Development activities as well as the orchestration and delivery of our strategy across the business.
Akber previously worked at Colt Technology Services where he was general manager of its Data Centre Services business as well as holding various corporate roles across Business Development, Strategy and Architecture. He also spent three years on assignment in Asia, where he was accountable for investments into the region, and operations for an acquired business.
Before joining Colt, Akber undertook a number of commercial roles with several Silicon Valley start-ups in the software, digital and mobile sectors. Prior to this, he was a management consultant across the financial services and technology sectors.
Akber holds a B.Sc. in Economics. He also holds a M.Sc. in Information Systems and is a graduate from the London School of Economics (LSE) as well as being an AMP graduate from Harvard Business School.
As the Chief Product and Technology Officer, Eli is responsible for our Product and Technology organizations. His main areas of accountability include Product, Solution and Platform Strategy, Product Portfolio Management, Product Management, Innovation, Customer Centric Design, Architecture, Engineering, and Quality Assurance.
Eli brings more than 25 years of experience to the role, from product and platform strategy and architecture, to the solutions development lifecycle and data center operations. Before joining Finastra, Eli held leadership positions at NCR Corp, a global technology company. He was most recently CTO and Head of Product Management, driving the transformation from a hardware and services company to a global leader in platform, data and solutions for financial services, retail and hospitality.
As Chief Marketing Officer, Martin Häring is a member of the executive leadership team at Finastra and responsible for the global marketing organization and strategy.
A driver of innovation with over 25 years’ experience in technology marketing, Martin is an influential tech marketer and regular speaker and blogger on digital transformation within the world of financial services. Examining how technology can unlock the potential of people and businesses and enable financial inclusion, Martin is recognized for his thought leadership around Open Banking. He is also known for his focus on client engagement and pioneering ideas around enhancing the customer experience.
Martin joined Finastra (formerly Misys) in October 2013 as Chief Marketing Officer and, prior to that, held executive leadership positions at Sun Microsystems, Oracle and Akamai Technologies Inc. – a content delivery network and cloud security services provider.
You can follow him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/martinhaering/
As Chief Financial Officer, Mark has full responsibility for our G&A organizations including Finance, Risk, Legal and Procurement.
Mark joined Finastra in May 2019 and has extensive finance leadership experience in the software and technology space. Mark joined Finastra from Marketo Incorporated (a Marketing Technology company based in San Mateo, California) and served as its CFO since April 2017. He previously served as CFO of ACTIVE Network and was the CFO of Sabre Holdings for four years during the company’s ownership by TPG and Silverlake. During his 18 years with Sabre, he also served as the Chief Accounting Officer while the company was publicly traded on the NYSE, SVP of Financial Planning and various other operational finance positions. Over the course of his career, he has led multiple business transformation initiatives, completed more than 15 M&A transactions, and consistently driven operational and financial excellence.
Earlier in his career Mark worked for Ernst & Young, Hertz Corporation, and LTV Corporation.
Mark is a Certificated Public Accountant in Texas. He has an undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and an MBA in Finance from Rice University.
I’m Sharon the Chief People Officer, mother, author and champion of equality and inclusion that I passionately believe creates value for customers, communities, our ecosystem and the 10,000 plus fantastic people and their families that work in Finastra.
At Finastra, I’m focused on empowering our people to achieve our company’s mission, and together with them, create a culture that attracts and inspires our people to do industry disrupting work within Financial Services. I also have the privilege of leading the work we do with our communities, as we focus on using our technology to help some of the 2 billion unbanked, and volunteering programmes in our local communities across the world.
Before joining Finastra I was instrumental in the award winning diversity and digital work in Vodafone that transformed the culture and company. My journey prior including CHRO at Laing O’Rourke, HRD during the build of Heathrow’s Terminal 5. Extra curriculum focus has included Non Executive Director at Laing O’Rourke, Trustee at Regents University, member of the CEB Talent Board and the Vodafone Foundation Board. I’m a massive friend of the LGBTQ community and proud receiver of an Outstanding 2018 Ally Executives award.
We’re always looking for diverse disruptors to join the Finastra team. If you’re interested in shaping an open future check, out our opportunities link or just follow me on linkedin and stay part of the conversation.
Until June 2017, Tom held the role of COO for Misys. Between June 2017 and February 2018, Tom was fully dedicated to leading the planning and execution of the Integration of D+H and Misys to become one company, Finastra, with over 10,000 employees, 9,000 customers (including 48 of the world’s top 50 banks) and revenues of ~$2.1B.
As Finastra’s Chief Operating Officer, Tom leads around 3,000 of the company's employees around the globe striving for our customers' success, including Customer Support, Cloud Operations, Technology Enabled Managed Services and Financial Messaging Services. In addition, Tom oversees the company's HR, Real Estate and Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) teams.
Tom joined Misys in 2009. During a series of roles, he has been variously responsible for Customer Support, Cloud Enablement, Platform as a Service, Corporate Development, Finance, HR, IT, Legal, Facilities and Procurement. In 2012, Tom was Acting Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Misys plc, then listed in London. He led the company through a transition period, culminating in a take-private with Vista Equity Partners.
Prior to 2009, Tom spent eight years with GE Healthcare, a division of the General Electric Company, in a series of roles, ultimately as General Counsel, EMEA, where he was a member of a leadership team responsible for a business with revenues of more than $5B.
Tom began his career in the City of London. He is admitted as a solicitor (non-practising) in England & Wales. He graduated from Oxford University with a BA (Hons) in Metallurgy & Materials Science.