FD Directors

Seamus Keating

Chairman

Seamus was appointed as an independent Non-Executive director of the Company on 10 December 2012 and was appointed Non-Executive chairman on 18 July 2013.  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.

Brian Conlon

Chief Executive Officer

Brian founded First Derivatives in 1996 and has led its development ever since. His background is in the capital markets sector where, following training with KPMG, he joined the risk management team in Morgan Stanley International, London. He then joined SunGard, a major global derivatives software house, as a capital markets consultant, during which time 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 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).

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.

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 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.