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Panopticon expands London office with three key hires

19 December 2005, London: As a result of rapid business growth Panopticon Software, the leading supplier of real-time visualisation tools to the financial markets, has doubled the head count at its London office with the appointment of three highly experienced market experts.

Arnaud Richards joins as Senior Sales Consultant after four years at Thomson Financial, bringing expertise in financial instrument performance and risk. Mike Kirkman, also Senior Sales Consultant, is experienced in trading floor operations and joins from Chisholm Roth after six years’ service. Toks Osokoya completes the team as Pre-Sales Consultant. An expert in financial market data and performance analytics with excellent knowledge of IT platforms, his appointment follows 11 years at Thomson Financial.

Commenting on the expansion, Martin Porter, business development director, said "Following successful growth of the business in the last year, we wanted to ensure a continued high level of service to the financial marketplace by bringing on experienced, talented individuals. Arnaud, Mike and Toks enhance our expertise in key areas and I am delighted to welcome them as key members of the Panopticon team."

With a client base of top-tier financial institutions including JPMorgan, Citigroup, Reuters and some of the world’s largest asset managers, Panopticon is the proven leading supplier of visualisation and treemapping technology to the financial industry. Panopticon’s London office is located in the heart of the City at 1 Liverpool Street.

Arnaud Richards has been appointed as a Senior Sales Consultant to further enhance Panopticon’s presence in the financial services market. Arnaud is a seasoned sales professional, bringing over eight years of financial services experience, with specific expertise in financial instrument performance. In his previous position, at Thomson Financial, he was responsible for introducing the market leading Performance Attribution solution and the integrated front office market data solution to the investment management community across Europe. Previously Arnaud worked at Strategic Asset Management Solutions, providing a leading performance measurement solution covering all asset classes to top tier asset management organisations in the European market.

Mike Kirkman has been appointed as Senior Sales Consultant at the Panopticon office in London. With over six years of sales experience in the finance sector, Mike’s previous role was at Chisholm Roth, a London-based consultancy specialising in capital markets and treasury product training. Prior to that Mike was a marketing manager at Dun & Bradstreet (D&B UK), a provider of credit business information. Mike is from New Zealand where he completed a BCom (marketing major) from Otago University and worked for Statistics New Zealand as a product manager, launching a Supermap tool covering their census data.

Toks Osokoya joins Panopticon as Pre-Sales Consultant. He has 12 years’ experience in the financial industry having worked at Thomson Financial and Datastream. Toks has vast experience of market data knowledge. Formerly a key member of the Californian-based Portfolio Analytics company, Vestek Systems, his key areas of expertise include portfolio measurement and attribution. While working at Datastream and IBES Toks held a number of different positions, including Account Management, Product Management and Pre-sales Consultancy.