"I am very pleased and excited to join Access International and look forward to leading this highly talented team," said Mr. Buckner. "Accessâ innovative product portfolio and strong development team present a compelling value proposition to our customers. The company is well positioned to become the industryâs leading products and services organization that directly addresses the challenges that exist within the reference data marketplace."
In making todayâs announcement, Access International Chairman and co-founder Jeffry Metter said, "John is a tremendous talent who has proven to be very effective in building and managing companies that deliver products and services into the financial services industry." Added Metter, "John is uniquely qualified to ensure that Access leverages the tremendous potential for our entire software product suite."
Formerly, Mr. Buckner was CEO of Symphoni Interactive, a securities-industry consulting company chartered to provide value-added project management consulting services to banks, broker/dealers, and the vendors that serve them. Originally, Mr. Buckner founded Symphoni Interactive then known as IMIS Inc. and, over a ten-year period, was successful in building the IMIS organization into a multi-million dollar entity, culminating in the sale of IMIS Inc. to Mastech Systems Corporation.
Throughout his career, Mr. Buckner has been exposed to many brokerage and banking capital markets operations and has extensive experience in the evaluation and implementation of large-scale back office applications capable of processing enterprise-wide securities activities.
"John's expertise in managing the implementation of back office applications within the financial services arena will be invaluable to Access as the company grows," said Rob Stavis, partner at lead investor Bessemer Venture Partners. "We believe that the combination of its recent financing and John Bucknerâs leadership will position the company to leverage the opportunities that we see in the reference data marketplace," added Stavis.