Thomas Seifert joins First Derivatives as non-exec director

Maria Nikolova

This appointment to the Board is the latest senior hire by First Derivatives to deliver continued business growth.


Fintech company First Derivatives plc (LON:FDP) today announced the appointment of Thomas Seifert as a Non-Executive Director of the Group with effect from July 13, 2020.

Mr Seifert is Chief Financial Officer of Cloudflare Inc. (NYSE:NET), the security, performance, and reliability company helping to build a better Internet, where he is also responsible for the company’s business data analytics and data science. He has deep experience across the cloud, SaaS and data analytics, which is highly relevant to First Derivatives’s growth ambitions. In addition, he has a wealth of operating expertise growing and scaling technology companies across cybersecurity, software and semiconductors.

Prior to his current role Mr Seifert was Chief Financial Officer of Symantec Corp, a leading cybersecurity company, where he was responsible for the implementation of transformation and M&A strategies. He was also CFO at Advanced Micro Devices, where he held an interim CEO position.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration, an MBA from Friedrich Alexander University, Erlangen, Germany and an MA in Economics from Wayne State University, Detroit, USA.

This appointment to the Board is the latest senior hire by First Derivatives to deliver continued business growth. Earlier in July, First Derivatives appointed Ayman Sayed as a Non-Executive Director of the Group.

Donna Troy, Chairman of First Derivatives, commented: “We continue to expand the Board with outstanding industry leaders to support our vision and high growth potential. Thomas’s strategic and global growth management expertise, developed within sectors that are highly relevant to FD, will enable him to make a significant contribution to the Group’s development. I am delighted to welcome him to the Board.”

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