First Derivatives Names David Humphries as Chief Operating Officer

Humphries will report directly to Seamus Keating, the company’s CEO.

First Derivatives announced this Tuesday that it has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer (COO), with David Humphries taking on the role and reporting directly to Seamus Keating, the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

As the COO, Humphries will be globally responsible for the financial software and consulting company’s operations such as its business systems, methodologies, processes and controls.

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Furthermore, Humphries will be in charge of driving the firm’s operational efficiency and effectiveness to support First Derivatives growth goals, the company said in its statement today. 

Commenting on the announcement, Seamus Keating, First Derivatives’ CEO said in the statement: “We are excited to welcome David to the First Derivatives leadership team as our global COO. 

“David has a wealth of experience in technology and services companies where he has developed and operationalized growth strategies while delivering efficiency and effectiveness.”

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David Humphries’ career before First Derivatives

With more than three decades of experience across the professional services, software and financial services markets, before he joined First Derivatives Humphries was previously the finance director of Group Transformation for the Lloyds Banking Group.

During his career, Humphries held a range of senior finance and operational roles across software and professional services whilst he was employed at Logica plc and at Axiom Systems Limited.

Humphries kickstarted his career in London when he joined Deloitte. Here he worked for a decade in the company’s corporate finance and insolvency practices.

“It’s an exciting time to join First Derivatives. FD has a strong services and consulting heritage in the financial markets where it supports the trading, analytics and surveillance operations for the world’s leading banks,” added Humphries. 

“This has enabled FD to expand Kx software into other industry sectors such as automotive, high-tech manufacturing, telco and oil and gas. There is enormous growth potential as we further operationalize our strategy focused on helping businesses change the game with actionable data insights.”

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