The telecommunications industry and the FX business represent two entirely different business models, however, if they are to share a similarity, it is that companies operating within both industries are heavily reliant on keeping abreast of the very latest technological innovations, in order to maintain their market share.
For this reason, unlike when selecting executives for other leadership positions, it can be certainly feasible to recruit a technological lead to an FX firm from the telecommunications industry.
Canadian FX company OANDA has done just that, today announcing that Graeme Whittington has been appointed Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at the firm, having joined from his previous executive role at compatriot manufacturer of mobile telecommunications devices, Blackberry.
During his tenure at Blackberry, Mr. Whittington held a series of senior positions, including roles in product management and software with a focus on infrastructure systems.
He also brings with him global market experience, including work with telecommunications’ regulatory bodies whilst at Blackberry. Previously, Mr. Whittington was part of IBM Canada’s consulting arm, with a focus on business and information technology strategy.
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Upon assuming his position at OANDA, Mr. Whittington will be responsible for leading the development and delivery of OANDA’s products and services.
K Duker, CEO of OANDA Corporation, today welcomed Mr. Whittington to his post by making a statement on behalf of the company, “Graeme boasts a world-class track record in designing and developing highly scalable software products and services.”
“Graeme’s proven strengths in leadership and quality execution, are in strong alignment with OANDA’s mission to be a technology leader and the most trusted broker in forex and CFD trading services,” concluded Mr. Duker.
Mr. Whittington further added, “”OANDA is a highly-respected, global financial technology company with a solid track record of innovation and transparency in the products and services it provides, I am honored to join the team.”
“OANDA was built on a true foundation of technological engineering excellence, and my aim in this role is to help continue a legacy of delivering industry-leading desktop and mobile trading platforms that delight our clients.”