People moves: Falcon, Ideanomics, Aon and more

By Jenita Gandhi | 27 February 2019

FinFit announces new CFO

Virginia-headquartered FinFit appointed Matthew Fahy as chief financial officer on February 19.

At FinFit, Fahy will oversee the company’s financial strategy and operations.

Most recently, he served as CFO and EVP of global services at AgilQuest. Prior to this, he held the role of CFO for Public Access Technologies and He has also worked with companies such as KPMG and Paul Scherer & Company.

President of FinFit David Kilby said in a press announcement: “Matthew has a long history of leading finance and operations at some of the region's top tech firms. He brings a principled, engaging and rigorous approach to the CFO role, with a proven track record of driving profitable growth. We're excited for him to step into the CFO role at FinFit and continue to drive our platform forward, motivating behavioral change through financial education and personal development.”

Top of Mind Networks brings Alberga, Enright and Leiter to leadership team

Atlanta-based CRM solutions company Top of Mind Networks made three new appointments to its leadership team on February 14. The company named Nicolas Alberga as chief financial officer, Erik Enright as chief technology officer and Amy Leiter as chief success officer. Alberga brings over 20 years of experience in professional services and software industries.

Enright brings experience in managing large software groups and business teams, excelling in enterprise-level projects for various organisations such as CardinalCommerce and OEConnection. Leiter has experience in senior-level product, sales and solution leadership while working with various businesses ranging from small scale to Fortune 500 companies.

Ideanomics announces Bruno Wu to return as chairman, other management changes

New York-based fintech advisory and platform-as-a-service firm Ideanomics announced several strategic management changes on February 21. Dr Bruno Wu will return to the company as chairman, after serving as vice chairman and secretary general of the National Committee for China-US relations. Current COO Alfred Poor is promoted to the role of CEO.

In a press statement, chairman Dr Bruno Wu said: "I'm looking forward to being officially back as the chairman, with the company entering an important phase for employees and shareholders alike. After more than a year of transformation and build up, we are well-positioned for growth and profitability on the back of our previously announced deals and, with a healthy pipeline of meaningful deals; it's an exciting time for the company".

Xavier Clavel appointed global head of products & investments at Falcon

Zurich-based Falcon Private Bank has named Xavier Clavel as the global head of products and investments and a member of the executive committee, effective February 18. Clavel brings 20 years of experience in private banking and asset management. He will report to the CEO of Falcon, Martin Keller.

Clavel has held various management roles in several financial institutions such as Banque Cramer & Cie SA, HSBC Private Bank and GAM.

CEO of Falcon, Martin Keller, commenting upon the new appointment said in a press release: “I am delighted that Xavier Clavel is joining Falcon as our new Global Head Products & Investments. He will focus on creating added value for our clients particularly by further strengthening our distinctive product & service offering as well as our investment expertise.”

VXI bolsters leadership team with chief revenue officer

California-based customer experience firm VXI Global Solutions named James Jarrett its new chief revenue officer, the company announced on February 22. Jarrett will lead all marketing development functions. He brings with him over 22 years of cross-industry product, general management and business development experience. In addition, Jarrett will help the company expand its client base as well as to achieve its 2020 vision. Jarrett joins VXI from Konekti where he served as CEO. Prior to that, he worked at Arise Virtual Solution for 8 years in various roles. He also held management roles at several SaaS and service innovators such as MedeAnalytics, iPath Technologies and Intuit.

AST appoints Alan Eddie CTO

Data management and advisory firm AST named Alan Eddie as chief technology officer on February 20. Eddie will be responsible to handle the company’s technology and strategy operations and will report to AST’s President and CEO Marty Flanigan. Eddie brings with him wealth of experience in strategic technology planning, innovation and digital transformation. He joins from Europe-based bank Nordea where he held the role of chief information officer of trading technology. Previously, he was the managing director, technology at JP Morgan Chase and held various senior technology positions at both RBS Global Banking & Markets and UBS. He also served as vice president of cash management technology at Citigroup.

SS&C appoints Joseph Maxwell as technology head of hedge fund administration business

UK-based investment and financial software-enabled services and software provider SS&C appointed Joseph Maxwell as the technology head of SS&C GlobeOp’s Hedge Fund Administration Group. Maxwell will be responsible for the firm’s hedge fund technology and architecture.

Kenneth Fullerton, managing director and head of SS&C GlobeOp's Hedge Fund Administration business, said in a press statement: "We welcome the depth of technology and operations expertise Joe brings to one of our core businesses. He will manage all aspects of our fund administration technology and will work closely with clients to create greater efficiencies and innovation for their funds."

Jersey Finance appoints new CEO

Channel Islands-based financial services provider Jersey Finance has appointed Joe Moynihan as chief executive officer, effective February 18. He replaces Geoff Cook, who has stepped down after 12 years in the role. With a wide spectrum of experience in the financial services sector, Moynihan has worked in both the private and public sector including Government of Jersey and RAK International Corporate Centre in the UAE. He has also held roles like Chair of the Jersey Bankers’ Association.

FINCA Impact Finance announces new global chief operating officer

Washington-based financial services provider FINCA Impact Finance announced on February 8 that Caren Robb has joined the firm as the chief operating officer of FINCA Microfinance Global Services. In her new role, Robb will report to CEO Andrée Simon and will oversee the financial performance of FIF's network of 20 community-based banks and microfinance institutions. With over 18 years of experience, Robb has held senior roles with Standard Chartered Bank, RCS, Woolworths Financial Services, Letshego Holdings and AFB (now trading as Jumo World).

Aon appoints Lambrou as global CEO

London-based insurance company Aon named Lambros Lambrou as the global CEO on February 12. He will replace Mike O’Connor, who moved up to become co-president of Aon in May 2018. Lambrou has worked for most of his 30-year career at Aon’s wide range of solution lines and regions. He would continue his role of the chief commercial officer and CEO of Global Specialties for Commercial Risk Solutions.

Speaking upon his promotion, Eric Andersen, co-president of Aon commented told Insurance Journal: “Lambros has held leadership roles around the world and served our clients across multiple solution lines. His appointment will further strengthen our ‘Aon United’ growth strategy by increasing collaboration across the firm as we accelerate the development of new sources of value for clients.”

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