Pat Brazel
Chief Commercial Officer

Pat has over 25 years of experience working in the international financial software industry. He was President of SunGard’s Trading and Risk division for many years, a founder of GoldTIer Technologies (now part of Refinitiv  – 2014) and chairman of Polarlake (now Bloomberg Polarlake – 2013). He was a non-executive director of First Derivatives for many years prior to joining the company in an executive capacity in 2015. He now leads the global Kx sales team.
He holds a Masters of Management Science from Trinity College. Pat is a member of the Board of the Dublin City University Educational Trust.

 

Gerry Buggy
Chief Strategy Officer

Gerry is an Innovative, technology executive with over twenty years of enterprise software and financial services experience. He was the Founder/Co-Founder of four technology companies each with a successful onward sale. His career spans Tibco, NEON, MSB, Thompson Reuters, Fundclear and he has acted as advisor to IONA, Objectstore, Wombat and the NYSE. Gerry has a unique knowledge mixture of the technology markets with strong industry connections, deep knowledge of, management, sales, marketing, technology and capital markets trading. Global work experience split between London, New York and California. He is a highly motivated entrepreneurial background with a complete understanding of running a focused organization delivering technology solutions.

 

Kevin Cunningham
Director

Kevin co-founded MRP in 2002. After years of successful growth in the US market, Kevin led the First Derivatives, PLC acquisition of MRP in 2008. Shortly after joining First Derivatives, Kevin was instrumental in establishing MRP’s presence in the European market. The Belfast office of MRP was launched in 2010 with less than 20 employees and has grown to more than 200. This presence has expanded MRP’s reach to include Europe, Middle East and Africa. In addition to his role as CEO, Kevin serves on the board of Executive Management for First Derivatives. Since 2007, he has also served on the Board of Trustees of Settlement Music School, the largest community school of the arts in the United States. Prior to founding MRP, Kevin held several sales and consulting positions with technology companies now owned by Infor and Oracle, and began his career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Delaware and earned his CPA license. Kevin enjoys music, cycling and travelling.

 

Graham Ferguson
Chief Finance Officer

Graham joined the Board of First Derivatives plc in September 2008 and has responsibility for the Group’s financial operations. 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.

 

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 such as CIO at Merrill Lynch, Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. Virginia is currently a Director of JetBlue Airways Corporation, the public company Regis Corporation, and is a member of the Advisory Board for Chicago Trading Company and Nutanix (leading Cloud Computing Provider).

 

Seamus Keating
Chief Executive Officer

Seamus was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of the Company on 10 December 2012, was appointed Non-Executive Chairman on 18 July 2013 and Executive Chairman on 29 July 2019. He has over 20 years’ experience in the global technology sector in finance and operational roles and was a main Board Director of Logica plc from 2002 until April 2012. He was Chief Financial Officer of Logica plc from 2002 until 2010 when he became Chief Operating Officer and head of its Benelux operations.

 

Keith MacDonald
Non-Executive Director

Keith is a Chartered Director, a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and a director of several companies with significant international operations. Keith was formerly the Global Head of Structured Corporate Finance for Lloyds Banking Group and possesses 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 being Asia-Pacific Head of Structured Corporate Finance. He has been a director of First Derivatives plc since June 2011.

 

Victoria Shanks
Executive Director

Victoria joined FD in 1998 following an Engineering Degree at Queens University Belfast and an MBA. Victoria worked as a Financial Engineer with FD in Dresdner Bank and Swedbank Markets for several years before joining the Business Development team in 2001. She now manages the Kx Services Business Globally and works with the Capital Markets Consulting Practise.

 

Mark Sykes
Chief Technical Officer

Mark manages Kx operations worldwide, as well as new initiatives. He joined Kx in 2015 with over 20 years’ experience in capital markets and data analytics. Previously, as Global Head of Algorithmic Solutions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, he managed the quant, trading, and technology teams, and introduced the FX execution platform built on Kx. Prior positions include Director, Foreign Exchange at Citigroup, designing FX algorithmic execution strategies; and Director, Head of Algorithmic Trading at Deutsche Bank, implementing the bank’s first tick history database using Kx; and Partner in an active trading firm specialising in strategies based on Deep Learning methodologies.

 

Dave Thomas
Chief Scientist

As Chief Scientist, Dave envisions the future roadmap for Kx tools. Dave has had a long and storied career in computer software development and is perhaps best known as the founder and past CEO of Object Technology International, formerly OTI, now IBM OTI Labs, a pioneer in Agile Product Development. He was the principal visionary and architect for IBM VisualAge Smalltalk and Java tools and virtual machines including the popular open-source, multi-language Eclipse.org IDE. As the cofounder of Bedarra Research Labs, he led the creation of the Ivy visual analytics workbench. Dave is a renowned speaker, university lecturer and Chairman of the Australian developer YOW! Conferences.

 

Donna Troy
Chairman

Donna has extensive experience in both senior executive and non-executive roles within multi-national technology companies. She has held division general management and 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 and is based in Austin, Texas. Donna joined the Board of First Derivatives plc in January 2018.