FD Directors

Seamus Keating


Seamus has over twenty years’ experience in the global technology sector in both finance and operational roles and was a main board director of Logica plc from 2002 until April 2012. He was Logica Group CFO until 2010 when he became COO and head of its Benelux operations. He also chaired the group’s worldwide Financial Services practice. Prior to his role at Logica, he worked for the Olivetti Group in finance roles in the UK and Italy. Seamus’ wealth of experience and expertise are instrumental in leading the board in the strategic development of the company.

Brian Conlon

Chief Executive Officer

Brian has worked in the capital markets sector since 1990. Brian trained with KPMG before joining the risk management team in Morgan Stanley International, London. He joined SunGard the NASDAQ-quoted derivatives software house as a capital markets consultant. During his time with SunGard, he worked with more than 60 financial institutions worldwide. He left in 1996 to set up First Derivatives.

Graham Ferguson

Chief Finance Officer

Graham joined the Board of First Derivatives plc in August 2008 and takes responsibility for the financial operations of the Group. He formerly held senior roles with KPMG, Bank of Ireland and Silverwood Property Developments Limited and is a Qualified Chartered Accountant. During his career he has worked on numerous corporate acquisitions and restructuring projects and has experience in Business and Acquisition Finance.

Keith MacDonald

Non-Executive Director

Keith was formerly Managing Director of Structured Corporate Finance for Lloyds Banking Group with responsibility for operations in Europe and North America. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge of capital markets. Prior to joining Lloyds Bank Group, Keith had a 16 year career with Citigroup during which time he held a variety of senior positions in Europe and Asia including the position of Asia-Pacific Head of Structured Corporate Finance. Keith is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and is a director of several other companies with significant international operations.

Virginia Gambale

Non-Executive Director

Virginia joined the Board of First Derivatives plc in March 2015. A U.S. citizen, she is managing partner of Azimuth Partners LLC, which assists in the development of strategies for growth, innovation and international expansion. Prior to forming Azimuth, Virginia was a partner at Deutsche Bank Capital Partners and has also held senior management positions at Merrill Lynch, Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. Virginia is currently a Director of JetBlue Airways Corporation and Dundee Global Corporation.

Donna Troy

Non-Executive Director

Donna has extensive experience in both senior executive and non-executive roles within multi-national technology companies. She has held sales leadership roles in organisations including IBM, McAfee, SAP, Dell and Epicor, delivering revenue and margin growth and implementing global go-to-market strategies. She currently holds non-executive roles at Pivot3 and TIBCO. Donna joined the Board of First Derivatives in January 2018.