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Executive Team

Executive Leadership Team

Simon Paris
Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer, Simon has overall responsibility for Finastra including its strategic direction, growth and financial results.

Simon joined Finastra (formerly Misys) as President in June 2015, he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2017 and Chief Executive Officer in June 2018. He brings more than 20 years of sales, management and leadership expertise to the company. He came to Misys from SAP where his last role was President Industry Cloud. Formerly a senior consultant with McKinsey & Company, Simon holds a Master’s 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.

Akber Jaffer
Chief Strategy Officer & Chief of Staff

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.

Eli Rosner
Chief Product and Technology Officer

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.

Martin Haering
Chief Marketing Officer

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/ 

Rob Binns
Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Rob has full responsibility for our G&A organizations including Finance, Risk, IT, Legal, Facilities and Procurement.

Rob joined Finastra (formerly Misys) in February 2016 and has extensive experience as a senior level finance leader in the software and technology industry. Rob came to Misys from HP Inc where he held a variety of senior roles, including Group Treasurer, HP Inc, and Vice President and CFO, HP Software. Rob originally joined HP in 2007 as Finance Director for HP Software in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. Prior to this, Rob held finance leadership roles in the software industry in the UK and Canada, including tenures at Documentum Software (now owned by EMC Corporation) and Mercury Interactive.

Rob is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. In 2014 and 2015, Rob was ranked by Institutional Investor as a top investor relations (IR) professional in the technology sector.

Tom Kilroy
Chief Operating Officer

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. 

 


Finastra Leadership Team

Anand Subbaraman
VP and General Manager, Enterprise Retail

Anand has responsibility for all our retail banking and digital banking products and solutions for the Rest of World including product strategy, product management, development, quality assurance and delivery of all new product releases; as well as enablement of Sales, Professional Services, Customer Support and Partners.

Anand joined Finastra in 2018. He previously worked at Oracle  where he was VP of Products for the Cloud HCM Business. Anand spent 18 years at Oracle in several roles across engineering, product management and strategy both in the US and in India. Before joining Oracle, Anand worked at a Financial Services start-up in San Francisco and also did a stint in strategy consulting in Boston.

Anand holds a B.E. in Electronics Engineering from NIT Trichy and an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad both in India.

 

Andrew Skehel
Executive Vice President, Global Services

As Executive Vice President of Global Services, Andrew has responsibility for the global Professional Services field organisation.

Andrew joined Finastra (formely Misys) in September 2016 and brings more than 30 years’ international IT and services experience to the company. He came to Misys having worked as a private consultant with two premium UK-based private equity firms.

Prior to this, Andrew held roles as Interim Chief Operations Officer at AE Power International, Regional Managing Director at International SOS, Senior Vice President at SAP, and Vice President Northern Europe at SSA Global. Andrew’s career also includes roles with i2 Technologies, PwC, Oracle, Unisys Corporation and the British Forces. 

Boris Lipiainen
EVP and General Manager, TCM and Risk Management

As Executive Vice President and General Manager, TCM and Risk Management, Boris has responsibility for all our retail banking and treasury and capital markets products and solutions including product strategy, product management, development, quality assurance and delivery of all new product releases; as well as enablement of Sales, Professional Services, Customer Support and Partners.

Boris joined Finastra (formerly Misys) in June 2012 when Misys and Turaz, the Kondor+ business from Thomson Reuters, merged and became Global Head of Product Management, responsible for the Misys product strategy and product management. Prior to that Boris ran the R&D function for the Kondor+ business at Thomson Reuters since 2007.

Before joining Thomson Reuters, Boris was an Associate Principal in the McKinsey Business Technology Office in London, where his primary focus was on the banking and securities and software industries. Prior to that, he was a CIO/COO of a Russian bank.  He started his professional career in 1990 as a mathematician and a software engineer.

 

Brian Gibson
Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

As Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Brian is responsible for all elements of the development and management of Finastra’s partner ecosystem strategy globally.

Brian joined Finastra (previously Misys) in September 2013 from Accenture, where for the previous nine years he was responsible for all alliances aligned to Accenture’s key practice areas. Prior to his role at Accenture he held leadership roles at Siebel Systems, Oracle, Digital and ICL. 

Brian has worked in the hardware, software and consulting industry for more than 25 years in a variety of sales and partner leadership roles. He has a wide experience of leading partner and ecosystem management teams that are internationally deployed, working within global organisations.

Brian also has served on the Girls Day School Trust Academy Board and held various governor and chair positions within the education sector.

Charlotte deMetz
Senior Vice President, Culture & Talent Transformation

As Senior Vice President of Culture & Talent Transformationat Finastra, Charlotte architects strategically important human capital management milestones that shape the organization’s future growth capability and financial performance.

Charlotte joined Finastra (formerly Misys) in June 2012 when Misys and Turaz, the Kondor+ business from Thomson Reuters, merged. Prior to this Charlotte spent 12 years with Ventyx where she was HR Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the Asia Pacific. During her time with Ventyx, Charlotte was responsible for providing strategic and operational support across all functions in the regions.

Chris Zingo
Senior Vice President, Enterprise Sales, Americas

Chris is the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Sales, Americas, leading the development and execution of the go-to-market strategy for Finastra’s large enterprise business in the region. He is responsible for cross-functional alignment, capacity development, and support of a solution-based approach, designed to create a better end-user experience for customers.  

Chris brings to Finastra over 20 years of experience leading global sales teams in financial software sales and strategy. Throughout his career, he has focused on expanding sales capacity by developing, implementing and managing infrastructures to support a solution-based sales methodology. Prior to joining Finastra (then Fundtech), he was Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at Calypso Technology, and had previously held positions with SuperDerivatives and Thomson Reuters. 

Elona Ruka-Wright
Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

As Chief Risk Officer, Elona is responsible for a broad portfolio of risk management matters across Finastra and leads the company’s continued focus on world-class risk management strategies, including information security, regulatory compliance, enterprise risk management and governance, working closely with regulators, clients and partners.

Prior to joining Finastra, Elona was SVP, Enterprise Risk Management, at Black Knight, with overall accountability for development, implementation, and governance of the company’s Risk framework and supporting programs.

Elona brings more than 15 years of experience from large financial institutions, building foundational components and driving transformational maturity efforts in Enterprise Risk Management, Information Security, IT Governance, and Regulatory Compliance programs at U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo Bank.

She is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise Information Technology (CGEIT), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), and holds an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.

Gareth Burton
Chief Information Officer

As Chief Information Officer, Gareth is responsible for our global Information Services team, including core infrastructure, employee collaboration and IT services, while delivering our key business and financial applications.
 
Prior to joining Finastra, Gareth was Chief Information Officer at Laing O’Rourke – a global, privately-held, engineering and construction business – leading the IT functions. With most of his career focused in global IT and technology leadership roles within the telecommunications and oil and gas industries, Gareth has experience in leading large digital transformation programs. He also holds a non-executive board position with an industry leading European SaaS software business.

Greg Root
Senior Vice President, Customer Support

As Senior Vice President, Customer Support, Greg has responsibility for the global Customer Support organisation at Finastra.

Greg brings more 20 years of experience in the financial services and technology sectors.  He was previously Group Head Customer Support at Finastra (formerly D+H).  Before joining Finastra he was Executive Vice President Sales at Dealfind.com.

Prior to this, Greg held roles as Vice President Customer Operations and Service Delivery MTS Allstream. Prior to this Greg held a variety of senior roles at Bell Canada: Vice President Customer Experience, Vice President Process Transformation and Vice President of Small and Medium Business.

John Driscoll
Vice President, Internal Audit

As the Vice-President of Internal Audit, John is charged with leading the Internal Audit function to achieve world-class standards. In his role, he is responsible for sharpening the Audit team’s focus on key risks that affect the Company’s strategic objectives. 

John joined Finastra (formerly D+H) in 2014. Prior to joining Finastra, John previously managed audit teams at Phillip Morris International, AIG & CIT Group. John has over 25 years of experience in Internal Audit, Compliance/Risk and Fraud Prevention in the financial services and law enforcement sectors. 

Mike Dionne
Senior Vice President, Community Markets, Americas

Mike serves as Senior Vice President of Community Markets, Americas, at Finastra. 

Mike is responsible for developing the company’s go-to-market strategy as well as overseeing all sales and account management activities. Further, he chairs a board of cross-functional leaders responsible for the well-being of over 4,000 Finastra community banks and credit union clients across North America.

Mike brings more than 30 years of experience helping community banks and credit unions meet their objectives. His insight into the continuing evolution of how these unique institutions serve the needs of their customers and members, is relied upon by senior executives that view him as a consultative partner regarding growth strategies, industry trends and strategic planning.

Prior to his successes at Finastra, Mike has led teams in sales and strategy at Bankserv Inc., a leading provider of payment technologies to the financial industry, and at Netik, Inc., a UK based data warehousing and middleware firm.  Throughout his career, he has maintained a focus on delivering an exceptional customer experience.

Mike is an established thought-leader on the North American community markets and is called on regularly by media outlets including American Banker, Banking Exchange, Credit Union Times, and CU Broadcast, to name but a few.

Natalie Gammon
Chief Cloud Officer

As Chief Cloud Officer at Finastra, Natalie Gammon oversees the company’s data center operations, client-facing technology, and information security groups. In this role, she is responsible for driving Finastra’s cloud and data center roadmap, establishing enterprise-wide technology strategies, standards, policies, programs and processes, as well as managing all aspects of the company’s client-facing data center operations and IT functions.

Natalie joined Finastra (formerly Misys) in 2017. In addition to her significant executive experience, Natalie’s expertise includes the design, build and optimization of complex infrastructure and application solutions across a broad range of industry sectors. Prior to joining Finastra Natalie held senior roles with FNZ and Deutsche Bank.

Ryan Keough
Executive Vice President, Sales, EMEA and APAC

As Executive Vice President of Sales for EMEA and APAC, Ryan is responsible for client relationships, go-to-market strategy, pipeline development, and key strategic initiatives that will drive growth for our business across all products and the EMEA and APAC territories. Ryan brings over 30 years of experience in running software businesses and sales leadership.

Ryan has held several leadership positions at Misys (now Finastra), with the most recent being Global Head of Sales. Ryan joined Misys in March 2012 from SunGard, where he was Managing Director for EMEA for the Trading Segment and ran the sales teams for front and back office trading systems. Prior to SunGard, Ryan was the Head of Americas for GL Trade, where he ran all aspects of the business unit and was responsible for building the Latin American business later acquired by SunGard.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. After graduation, Ryan also served as a Captain in the US Army Reserves for 11 years where he held various leadership positions.

Sagive Greenspan
SVP and General Manager, Payments

As the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Payments, Sagive has responsibility over the strategy and development of the end to end payment business. His mission is to make sure our customers are deriving the maximum possible value from our payments system and solutions.
 
Embracing his passion of connecting technology, innovation and people, over the last 20 years Sagive has held many diverse executive roles within the telecoms industry. Prior to joining Finastra, Sagive worked at Amdocs as Division President of their System Integration Services and New Ventures business.

 

Simon Dowler
Senior Vice President, General Counsel

As Senior Vice President, Group General Counsel, Simon is responsible for all legal, compliance and commercial operations across Finastra’s global business. In addition to these responsibilities, Simon regularly chairs the global deal approval committee. 
 
Simon has been with Finastra since 2008.  Prior to joining the company, Simon worked as an attorney in private practice for a leading firm of lawyers in the City of London, before moving into industry where he has held senior roles in several well-known international technology companies.
   
Simon is involved in all aspects of Finastra’s business, drawing upon his broad business management skills as well as his extensive experience in managing transactions with international technology customers.  

Torsten Pull
SVP and General Manager, Corporate Banking

As Senior Vice President and General Manager for Corporate Banking, Torsten is responsible for continuing and expanding Finastra’s leadership position in the Corporate Banking space, where we are a key global provider of all of the functionality that a business requires from its bank. Under his purview fall all Corporate Banking products and solutions, covering Lending, Trade, Supply Chain Finance, Cash Management, Corporate Channels, and Connected Corporate Banking components, such as Master Data Management, CRM Integration and Analytics. He is accountable for Product Strategy, Product Management, Development, Quality Assurance and Delivery of all new product releases; as well as enablement of Sales, Professional Services, Customer Support and Partners.

Torsten joined Finastra in July 2018, coming from Deutsche Bank where he spent over 19 years in various leadership positions in Investment & Transaction Banking Technology. Recently, he held the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Cash and Global Head of Cash Operations as well as interim CIO for Trade Finance. Torsten was also responsible for defining the technical open API strategy for Deutsche Bank’s Global Transaction Banking business.

Torsten holds a MSc in Business Economics from the University of Trier .

 

 

 

Vincent Pugliese
SVP and General Manager, US Retail & Lending

Vincent Pugliese is our Senior Vice President and General Manager for US Retail and Lending, responsible for P&L, product strategy, execution, and overall Go to Market of the products and solutions targeting the US Community Markets. Vincent recently joined Finastra from NCR, where he was the VP, SW Product Management & Engineering, Platform, accountable for the company’s cross-industry platform business strategy and execution. Vincent led the transformation of NCR from a product company to a platform company, focused on removing points of friction to build out the ecosystem of platform producers and consumers. He also held key software engineering and product management leadership roles across Retail and Financial Services in his tenure there. Prior to joining NCR in 2013, Vincent held roles at Audatex (a Solera company), MedImpact Healthcare Systems Inc., Mitchell International, Stellcom, and Quake Wireless.