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GFT expands global team, adding modern applications practice lead, further strengthening Cloud technical expertise and creating a dedicated Cloud partner management team

London, 11 October 2018 – GFT, the global provider of business, IT and software services to the financial services community, announces a significant expansion of its global client delivery capability, with the formation of the Modern Applications and Cloud Adoption practices.

- Wayne Ross joins to lead new Modern Applications practice
- Jill Paterson appointed to manage global relationships with strategic cloud partners
- Soheil Negahbani is the new Global Technical Director for GFT’s Google Cloud Practice (GCP)
- Tania Carvalho is a new client director focussed on expanding relationships within the FinTech, Asset
Management and Insurance communities

A recent GFT cloud research survey highlighted that the adoption of cloud microservices by tier one and tier two financial institutions is a top priority. The newly formed GFT Modern Applications and Cloud Adoption practices have been created to support this fast growing requirement. The new hires are all highly skilled practitioners and experts in their respective fields, adding increasingly hard to find experience to the business. In parallel, GFT has also committed to recruit and train 1,000 Google engineers, making the firm one of the largest delivery agents for the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) across the global financial services arena.

Wayne Ross, who is based in GFT’s London office, joins from Excelian (part of Luxoft Financial Services) to head up the new Modern Applications practice. At Excelian, Wayne was Global CTO, delivering large-scale transformation programmes for a wide range of global financial services clients. Prior to this he was Head of Engineering at Lab 49, where he was involved in developing cutting edge, single dealer platforms for global investment banks.

Soheil Negahbani joins from Accenture, where he was the GCP professional services lead. His role at GFT as Global Technical Director of the Google Cloud Practice includes further developing and expanding GCP technical expertise throughout the organisation. Soheil is based in the firm’s New York office, where his deep understanding of the GCP environment will help to reinforce GFT’s position as a leading global provider of GCP services.

UK based Jill Patterson was most recently with BT Openreach, where she was client services director, managing blue chip customers including TalkTalk, Microsoft and Sky. Jill is leading GFT’s new global cloud partner team and is tasked with further developing the firm’s existing relationships with GCP, AWS and Microsoft Azure.

Tania Carvalho, also based in London, is a new business development client director. Prior to joining GFT she enjoyed a successful career in sales within high profile firms including ICE, Thomson Reuters and the London Stock Exchange. Her role at GFT is to establish new relationships within the rapidly expanding FinTech community, asset management firms and the insurance sector.

David Collins, Head of GFT’s Atlantic Region commented: “Many financial firms are having to cope with the urgent need to transform their businesses in order to stay competitive but are hampered by the severe lack of specialist skills required to support this requirement. There is a real ‘war for talent’ going on, so I am particularly delighted with both the calibre and experience these important new hires bring to the firm. Combining deep sector domain knowledge and cloud delivery experience is a very compelling proposition which is resonating with our customers and prospects, many of whom are actively seeking to engage with us. I believe GFT is now uniquely positioned to rapidly deploy highly experienced and skilled teams to support and accelerate the delivery of our clients’ technology estate transformation objectives.”

Working with our key cloud partners is a great example of how GFT’s new technology focussed approach is working across multiple sectors for our clients; delivering collaborative teams that drive enhanced customer value, utilising new technology and innovation.