Technology provider First Derivatives (FD) announced today the appointment of Alan Coad as chief revenue officer for Kx, the firm’s analytics software business. Coad will report directly to Seamus Keating, FD’s chief executive officer.
In his new role, he will have global responsibility for Kx sales with a focus on accelerating the expansion of the Kx streaming analytics platform into other industries.
Coad brings a track record of growth and value creation at large, publicly-traded technology companies as well as early-stage, venture-backed businesses. He has been at the forefront of digital transformation and cloud journeys for many Fortune 500 companies, which is highly relevant to FD’s growth ambitions, according to the company.
Moving from Google
Coad joins FD from Google where he was managing director for Google Cloud in the UK and Ireland. Earlier, he headed the EMEA region for Pivotal Software, a cloud native and data modernisation platform pioneer.
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In both roles, Coad was credited with building exceptional teams and a customer-centric sales culture, FD said. He also helped shape many important global client partnerships and delivered significant growth, evidenced by Pivotal’s successful IPO in 2018 and subsequent acquisition by VMware.
“It’s a terrific time to be joining FD,” said Alan Coad. “Over the past decade I have had a front-row seat for many of the transformational changes being driven in tier one enterprises across various industries. Data has now come to the fore as a differentiator and source of new value for many of these businesses. With the Kx technology platform, we can unlock this vast market opportunity, helping organisations across many industries transform into intelligent enterprises leveraging the power of real-time and historical data.”
“We are delighted to welcome Alan to the FD leadership team. He brings almost three decades of enterprise software experience, including important domain expertise in cloud, SaaS, application and data modernisation as well as digital transformation. He is an accomplished business leader with an impressive track record for delivering revenue growth while also demonstrating a shared passion for nurturing an open, inclusive culture that values our people, our customers and our partners,” Seamus Keating, CEO at FD, noted.