ADS Securities, one of the heavyweight brokerage firms in Europe and the Middle East, today announced in a corporate statement the appointment of Emmanuel Coulon to the role of head of IT as the group continues to place a broader focus on developing a more robust technology offering.
Emmanuel, who has nearly three decades of experience in senior technology roles, will report to Philippe Velay, the Chief Technology Officer at ADS Securities.
The new role will see Coulon become involved in the build-out of ADSS’ technology offering for institutional and retail clients during a period of significant growth that saw volumes almost doubling each year.
The new appointment also marks the group’s latest emphasis on the OREX platform, which has been the subject of multiple updates in last months already.
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Coulon is no stranger to financial markets, having worked in the space for over 20 years. This includes several leading roles at other service providers such as the CIO Deputy, CTO at TP ICAP, the world’s largest interdealer broker. During his long tenure with ICAP, he was responsible for voice trading and corporate enterprise environments across two data centers supporting over 800 brokers and 20 markets.
He began his career at Thomson Reuters in 1991, according to information made public on his Linkedin profile. Per the move, Coulon steps into the new role with immediate effect and will be based out of the company’s head office in Abu Dhabi.
Commenting on his appointment, Emmanuel Coulon, said: “At a time when many investment firms are reducing capital expenditure ADS Securities is taking the opposite approach. They recognise that technology, and in particular new systems and applications, are able to provide the secure and transparent trading solutions which investors want. Now is the right time to accelerate the development of technology so, for me, this was the only company I wanted to be part of.”
Philippe Velay, CTO at ADS Securities, added: “Technology differentiates and defines companies in the financial services sector. It is therefore essential that forward thinking dynamic firms like ADSS employ the best people who bring the latest skills and knowledge. So, we are very pleased that Emmanuel has joined the team and will continue to build our reputation as a leader in trading technology.”