ACE Software Solutions (ACE), a leading global provider of intelligent financial transaction management and sanctions compliance technology for banks and corporates, has today announced the appointment of Karl McGowan to lead ACE’s expansion in the Middle East and Africa. Karl joins ACE from IBM and will hold the position of Head of Sales for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) in ACE’s new Dubai office.
Based in Dubai, Karl brings more than 18 years of business development, sales, operations, partner strategies and financial experience to the role. Prior to joining ACE Software Solutions, Karl was leading IBM’s Middle East & Africa's Commerce practice, including banking and eCommerce solutions for the past two years based out of Dubai. Karl has also worked in London, spending over six years working in the Banking, Financial Services & Insurance markets, with clients such as Barclays, Visa, JP Morgan, Brit Insurance and Prudential. He also headed up a team who provided Business Process Management (BPM) and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) delivery services across Europe for clients such France Telecom, Vodafone, Ahold, IRI, Orange and KWB. During his early career, he spent time as a European IT manager, supporting 200 staff in 5 countries.
Parth Desai, CEO of ACE Software Solutions, comments; "2014 will be an interesting year for ACE as we expand into the Middle East and Africa. MEA is an exciting and growing market and we are lucky to have Karl leading ACE’s investment and expansion in this region and heading up our new office in Dubai. With his unique insight on financial services business issues, delivery requirements and understanding of the underlying infrastructure of medium and large global businesses, Karl is a great asset to the ACE team. He has regional experience and contacts, is extremely customer focused and he delivers results - we look forward to exciting opportunities in MEA in 2014 and beyond.”