Press Release

Finastra appoints Carissa Kell as Chief Financial Officer

London, UK, – June 8, 2021 – Finastra has appointed Carissa Kell as Chief Financial Officer.

Carissa joined Finastra in July 2020 as SVP and Head of Finance. Prior to Finastra, she spent several years leading the Finance organization for Quest Software, a mid-cap privately held enterprise infrastructure and identity management software company. She also spent five years at Dell Technologies in various finance leadership positions, including Divisional CFO of the North America Small & Medium Business segment, a $7bn business. Prior to Dell, she held various finance and corporate development roles at Medtronic, a publicly traded global producer of medical devices and therapies, as well as Sprint Nextel, an American telecommunications company.

Carissa will serve as a member of the Finastra Executive Leadership team, reporting to CEO, Simon Paris.

Carissa replaces Gary E. Bischoping Jr, who has decided to step down from his role to pursue a unique opportunity outside of the company. Gary has served as CFO of Finastra since March 2020, leading a transformation within the finance function and managing the Business Enablement Team, which includes Procurement, Travel, Information Security and Legal.

With Gary’s departure, the scope of the CFO will change, with the Head of Legal and the Chief Information Security Officer now reporting into the Office of the CEO.

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Finastra is building an open platform that accelerates collaboration and innovation in financial services, creating better experiences for people, businesses and communities. Supported by the broadest and deepest portfolio of financial services software, Finastra delivers this vitally important technology to financial institutions of all sizes across the globe, including 90 of the world’s top 100 banks. Our open architecture approach brings together a number of partners and innovators. Together we are leading the way in which applications are written, deployed and consumed in financial services to evolve with the changing needs of customers. Learn more at

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