First Derivatives appoints Seamus Keating as CEO

Maria Nikolova

Seamus Keating succeeds the Group’s founder, Brian Conlon, who passed away in July 2019.

Fintech company First Derivatives plc (LON:FDP) today announces the appointment of Seamus Keating as its Chief Executive Officer. The appointment is effective immediately.

Mr Keating succeeds the Group’s founder, Brian Conlon, who passed away in July 2019.

Seamus Keating has extensive leadership experience in the global technology sector, including executive roles in both finance and operations in multi-national technology companies. He has held a number of senior roles at Logica plc until its acquisition in 2012 by CGI Group, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, President of the Benelux region and chair of its worldwide Financial Services practice. Since 2012 he has worked with a number of growing technology businesses in the private and public markets as chairman and non-executive director.

Mr Keating appointed a Non-Executive Director of First Derivatives in December 2012 and Chairman in July 2013.

Also today, First Derivatives announces that Non-Executive Director Donna Troy has been appointed Chairman of the Group.

Donna Troy has vast expertise in both senior executive and non-executive roles within multi-national technology companies. She has held CEO, division general management and sales leadership roles in organisations including IBM, Partnerware, 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, TIBCO, Aptean and Curvature and was appointed a Non-Executive Director of First Derivatives in January 2018.

Following his appointment as CEO, Seamus Keating has stepped down from the Board committees of which he was a member. The Nomination Committee will now be chaired by Virginia Gambale. A search process has been launched for additional Non-Executive Directors.

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