First Derivatives Appoints David Collins as a Managing Director

Collins is Managing Director, managed services and consulting.

First Derivatives, a financial software and consulting company, announced this Monday that the firm has appointed David Collins as Managing Director, managed services and consulting.

In this new role, Collins will be reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of First Derivatives, Seamus Keating. As the MD of managed services and consulting, he will be globally responsible for all aspects of the company’s managed services and consulting operations.

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Collins career spans across the financial services industry, starting off in the banking sector, where he spent a decade in derivatives trading at DLJ, BNP and Standard Bank. After this, he went on to work for City Practitioners, a newly-formed professional services firm. During his time with the firm he built the trading systems business in London and New York.

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Commenting on the appointment, Seamus Keating, CEO of FD, said in the statement: “We are thrilled to welcome David to the First Derivatives leadership team. He brings extensive expertise in the business processes and technology underpinning capital markets as well as a successful track record leading professional services organisations serving trading firms.”

Collins joins First Derivatives from GFT

Following the sale of City Practitioners to Capco in 2005, Collins joined the executive team of SuperDerivatives. In this capacity, he worked in a number of leadership roles which stretched across product strategy, strategic sales and business development. 

Before joining First Derivatives, Collins was at GFT, where he’s spent the past four years, having joined in July of 2016, his LinkedIn states. His most recent role with the company was Managing Director of the UK, US and Canada and member of the group executive board. 

“FD has a strong reputation for its exceptional people and deep expertise of capital markets. It’s an exciting time to join as we look to accelerate our growth by building on the success FD has achieved across its practice areas serving the financial services industry,” Collins added in the statement.

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