Executive Team

Nadeem Syed

Chief Executive Officer

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

Nadeem joined Finastra (formerly Misys) in June 2012 as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in June 2013. He came to Misys from SumTotal, where he most recently served as COO. Nadeem led the company's strategic initiatives overseeing services, support, hosting, product management and engineering since early 2010. Before this, he spent over 19 years in numerous positions at Oracle.

Simon Paris

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

As Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Simon is a member of the Finastra Executive Leadership Team. He is responsible for the entire Go-to-Market organization including Global Sales, Field Operations, Marketing and our Partner Ecosystem.

Simon joined Finastra (formerly Misys) as President in June 2015 and brings more than 20 years’ 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.

Kellie Bickenbach

Chief Risk Officer

As Chief Risk Officer, Kellie 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.

Kellie has more than 20 years of strategic planning, risk management and governance experience in a variety of settings, including global Fortune 50 companies. Prior to joining Finastra (formerly D+H), Kellie was Chief Risk Officer, Technology and Operation Services, at U.S. Bancorp. Prior to that, she held progressive leadership positions at Bank of America Corporation, spanning M&A, business and operations management, and improving operational risk companywide.

Kellie has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration, a Master of Science in Business Administration, and a Six Sigma Green Belt. She was previously a member of the Bank of America National Trust Delaware Board of Directors and Vice Chair of The Clearing House (TCH) Enterprise Risk Committee. Kellie was recognized by American Banker as a top female leader in 2015, for cultivating strong professional and personal networks and charitable efforts.

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.

Akber Jaffer

Chief Strategy Officer & Chief of Staff

Akber is responsible for Group Strategy, Corporate and Business Development activities, as well as the orchestration and delivery of our strategy and transformation agenda 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.

Robin Crewe

CTO, Lending & Transaction Banking

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Lending and Transaction Banking, Robin is responsible for all our lending and transaction banking products and solutions.

Robin joined Finastra (formerly Misys) in May 2010 as Chief Technology Officer. He started his career in the financial services consulting practice of Arthur Andersen (now Accenture) and went on to work for two different investment banks, Swiss Bank and Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. He then co-founded his own company, Propero, which specialised in desktop virtualisation software and was acquired by VMWare in 2007.

Hugh Cumming

CTO, Platforms

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Platforms, Hugh Cumming is responsible for the cross-product technology organization, leading Finastra’s software engineering and technology strategy globally.

Hugh has more than 20 years of product development and technology experience and is a recognized leader in bringing scalable SaaS platforms to market. Before joining Finastra (formerly D+H), Hugh was Executive Vice President at SecureKey Technologies Inc. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at The Co-Operators Insurance Group, and Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at ADP. Hugh was also the co-founder of WebHelp, a SaaS-based e-CRM product platform for online support, ranked Canada’s #1 startup by Profit Magazine in 2000 and holds patents in application security and interactive web technologies.

Martin Haering

Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer, Martin is responsible for our Global Marketing Organization.

Martin joined Finastra (formerly Misys) in October 2013 and brings more than 20 years' technology marketing and executive leadership experience with global market players to the company. Martin came to Misys from Akamai Technologies Inc. where he was the Vice President Marketing and Channels responsible for all marketing functions and channel sales divisions across EMEA.

Prior to this he was the worldwide Marketing Vice President for Oracle's Hardware Line of Business and the EMEA Vice President Marketing and part of the EMEA Executive Board for Sun Microsystems.

Tom Kilroy

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Tom oversees our customer-facing operations, including Customer Support, Global Services, and Global Technology and Cloud Operations. In addition to these responsibilities, Tom leads our Integration
Management Office (IMO) and Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) teams.

Prior to the creation of Finastra, Tom was the Chief Operations Officer at Misys, responsible for delivering support services to that company’s customers worldwide, as well as for growth initiatives, including Cloud Enablement and Corporate Development. In 2017, Tom stepped out of that role to be dedicated full-time to leading the integration of D+H and Misys. Tom originally joined Misys in August 2009 and has held various roles since, including as Acting CEO during the period when Misys and Turaz, the Kondor+ business from Thomson Reuters, merged. Before joining Misys, Tom spent eight years with GE Healthcare, a division of the General Electric Company.

Boris Lipiainen

CTO, Retail Banking and TCM

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Retail Banking and TCM, 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.

Greg Root

Global Head of Customer Support

As Head of Global Customer Support, Greg has responsibility for the global Customer Support organisation.

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.

Andrew Skehel

Head of Global Services

As Head 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.

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.