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Executive Team

Executive Leadership Team

Simon Paris
Chief Executive Officer

Simon takes responsibility for Finastra’s strategic direction and growth. His leadership steers the company as it realizes its open platform vision, accelerating collaboration and innovation in financial services, creating better experiences for people, businesses and communities.   

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. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Everbridge, a critical event management (CEM) software company.

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.

Eric Duffaut
President & Global Head of Field Operations

Eric is responsible for the company's entire go-to-market strategy and organization, including sales, services and consultancy, as well as overseeing the growing partner ecosystem.

An inspiring and high-energy leader, Eric's relentless ambition is to empower every customer to unlock their full potential through technology, for sustained success in the new digital era.

He is a strong believer in creating meaningful, long-term relationships with customers and partners, built on trust and collaboration, and that his organization has the vision, passion and tools to support and accelerate Finastra customers’ transformation journey.

Eric has a rich history in the technology sector, drawing on 30 years' experience in global sales, consulting services and customer support, and includes global and senior leadership positions at SAP and Oracle. Prior to joining Finastra, he was Chief Customer Officer and a member of the Management Board at Software AG.

He holds a master’s degree in economics and finance, as well as a business degree. He also completed the advanced management program at the Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (INSEAD).

Connect with Eric on LinkedIn.

Akber Jaffer
Chief Strategy Officer & Chief of Staff

Having spent several years immersed in Silicon Valley tech startups, Akber is passionate about the power of technology to transform and disrupt.

He is a keen supporter of the startup and VC-based communities, as well as a champion for a culture of internal innovation. He combines a long-term commercial vision with practical experience to connect ideas, technology and people, in order to bring propositions to life and create customer value.

Akber joined Finastra (formerly Misys) from Colt Technology Services, where he managed its Data Centre Services business, as well as holding various corporate roles across Business Development, Strategy and Architecture. He spent three years on assignment in Asia, where he was accountable for investments into the region and operations for an acquired business. He has also been a management consultant across the financial services and technology sectors.

Akber holds a BSc. in Economics. He also holds a MSc. in Information Systems and is a graduate from LSE, as well as being an AMP graduate from Harvard Business School.

Connect with Akber on LinkedIn.

Eli Rosner
Chief Product and Technology Officer

A well-respected figure and innovative thinker, Eli writes regularly on how open platforms, multi-sided networks, data and emerging technologies are providing the foundation for greater collaboration and product innovation, driving the roadmap for long-term customer success.

He is an advocate for accelerating business transformation through technology, in particular AI, cloud, open APIs and open development platforms.

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.

He has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Computer Science from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

See Eli at Sibos 2019  and Money20/20 2019.

Connect with Eli on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Gary E. Bischoping Jr.
Chief Financial Officer

With an extensive financial leadership background in the technology sector, Gary has responsibility for all of Finastra's traditional finance and accounting activities, as well as managing the Risk, Legal and Procurement functions.

Over the course of his career, he has been responsible for multiple transformation projects, including the optimization of capital allocation processes to accelerate investments for growth.
Gary has a keen interest in the intersection of finance and technology. As well as envisioning the financial models of the future, he is passionate about how innovative technology can optimize Finance operations, having previously developed and implemented a pioneering internal machine learning-based finance tool.

Before joining Finastra, Gary was CFO and, later, President of the Interventional Solutions, for Silicon Valley-based Varian, a mid-cap medical technology multinational. Prior to that, he spent 17 years at Dell in various senior positions, working his way up to Senior Vice President, CFO Client Solutions Group, a $38BN business.

Gary holds an MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, as well as a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Oswego. He passed the Certified Public Accountants examination in 1991.

Connect with Gary on LinkedIn

Sharon Doherty
Chief People Officer

Sharon is Finastra's Chief People Officer, as well as a mother, author and champion of equality and inclusion. Her mission is to empower people to achieve their goals and, together with them, create a culture that attracts and inspires Finastra's people to disrupt the sector.

She is an avid supporter of technology for good and committed to community empowerment, whether that's creating solutions that help bring some of the 2 billion currently unbanked into the financial ecosystem, or creating sustainable skills through Finastra's volunteer programs in local communities across the world.

Sharon is a driving force in equality in the workplace, and a huge supporter of the LGBTQ community. She is the extremely proud owner of an Outstanding 2018 Ally Executives award.

Before joining Finastra in 2019, Sharon was instrumental in the award-winning diversity and digital work in Vodafone that transformed the culture and company. Prior to this, roles included CHRO at Laing O’Rourke and HRD during the build of Heathrow’s Terminal 5.

Extra-curricular activity includes a position as Non Executive Director at Laing O’Rourke, Trustee at Regents University, member of the CEB Talent Board and the Vodafone Foundation Board.

Read about Sharon's 90 Day Checkpoint at Finastra, or catch her at Women In Technology talking about Inclusion and Diversity for Good.

Connect with Sharon on LinkedIn and join the diverse team of disruptors at Finastra by seeing our opportunities here.

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.