Executive Team

Seamus Keating

Seamus Keating

Chief Executive Officer

Seamus was appointed as CEO in January 2020. He was first appointed to the Board as an independent Non-Executive Director in December 2012 and was appointed Non-Executive Chairman in July 2013. He has over 20 years’ experience in the global technology sector in finance and operational roles and has held a number of non-executive roles since 2012. He was Chief Financial Officer of Logica plc from 2002 until 2010 when he became Chief Operating Officer and head of its Benelux operations. Prior to his role at Logica plc, he worked for the Olivetti Group in senior finance roles in the UK and Italy.

Ryan Preston

Chief Finance Officer

Ryan joined the Board of FD in January 2021 and has responsibility for the Group’s financial operations. Ryan was formerly Chief Financial Officer of Independent News & Media plc and at OVO Energy Retail, having spent the early part of his career in senior finance roles at Tesco, including Group Finance Director, Europe. He was appointed Deputy Chief Financial Officer at FD in January 2020.

Eric Raab

Chief Technology Officer

Eric has responsibility for research and development and the technology roadmap at KX, with a focus on accelerating the expansion of the KX platform across industries.

As an accomplished technologist and leader in software, cloud technologies, infrastructure, and SaaS product delivery, Eric brings a wealth of CTO experience gained at high-growth technology companies serving a broad range of industries including most recently Information Builders. Prior to that, Eric was CTO of Yodle Inc. a digital marketing firm acquired by Web.com (NASDAQ: WEB) and has also held CTO and senior engineering positions within telecoms and networking firms, including at M5 Networks and Line2.

Kathy Schneider

Chief Marketing Officer

Kathy was appointed as CMO in March 2020. Kathy brings extensive marketing leadership experience in the global technology sector, including senior marketing roles at privately-held as well as publicly-traded companies. Prior to joining FD, Kathy was Global CMO at Sungard Availability Services. Before Sungard AS, Kathy was Senior Vice President, Product and Marketing for EMEA at Level 3 Communications. At Criteo, she held a global role on the executive leadership team as Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications. Schneider moved from consumer products to the technology sector in 1999 when she joined Dell Inc., now DellEMC. While at Dell, she led various marketing functions at a country, regional and global level. She has spent the last 16 years working and living in London with her family and will be based in FD’s New York office.

Alan Coad

KX Chief Revenue Officer

Alan joined as KX Chief Revenue Officer in July 2020. In this role, Alan has global responsibility for KX sales and partners with a focus on accelerating the expansion of the KX streaming analytics platform into other industries, building on its strength in financial services. He brings a track record of growth and value creation at large, publicly-traded technology companies as well as early-stage, venture-backed businesses. Alan 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. Alan joins FD from Google where he was Managing Director for Google Cloud in the UK and Ireland. Prior to this, he headed the EMEA region for Pivotal Software, a cloud-native and data modernisation platform pioneer. In both roles, Alan was credited with building exceptional teams and a customer-centric sales culture. 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.

Gerry Buggy

Chief Strategy Officer

Gerry is an innovative, technology executive with over twenty years of enterprise software and financial services experience. He was the Founder/Co-Founder of four technology companies each with a successful onward sale. His career spans Tibco, NEON, MSB, Thompson Reuters, Fundclear and he has acted as advisor to IONA, Objectstore, Wombat and the NYSE. Gerry has a unique knowledge mixture of the technology markets with strong industry connections, deep knowledge of, management, sales, marketing, technology and capital markets trading. Global work experience split between London, New York and California. He is a highly motivated entrepreneur with a complete understanding of running a focused organization delivering technology solutions.

Catherine Harrison

HR Director

Originally graduating from Queen’s University Belfast with a BSc Honours in Accounting and Finance, Catherine started her career as an accountant in audit, management consultancy and forensic accounting at PwC. Since joining FD in 2009, Catherine’s background in finance, consulting, managing clients and internal teams have proved vital in her role as SVP of HR and Training. Catherine has been pivotal in leading the strategic growth and development of FD’s staff and clientele over the last decade, with her success recently culminating in her being named Deloitte’s Women in Technology Advocate MNC Patron in 2019.

David Humphries

Chief Operating Officer

David was appointed as Global Chief Operating Officer in June 2020. David has worked for more than thirty years across the professional services, software and financial services markets in a series of financial, operational and M&A leadership roles. Prior to joining First Derivatives, David was the finance director of Group Transformation for the Lloyds Banking Group. Before that, David held a number of senior finance and operational roles across software and professional services at Logica plc and at Axiom Systems Limited. David started his career at Deloitte in London where he worked for ten years in their corporate finance and insolvency practices.

David Collins

Managing Director, Managed Services & Consulting

David joined FD in July 2020. David started his career in banking, spending 10 years in derivatives trading at DLJ, BNP and Standard Bank. He then joined City Practitioners, a newly-formed professional services firm, where he built the trading systems business in London and New York. In 2007, the firm was sold to Capco and David joined the executive team of SuperDerivatives. There, he held various leadership roles across product strategy, strategic sales and business development. Prior to joining FD, David was Managing Director of the UK, US and Canada and member of the group executive board of GFT. In his role at FD, David will have global responsibility for all aspects of FD’s managed services and consulting operations.

Scott Matthews

Chief Executive Officer for MRP

In this role, Scott will have responsibility for leading MRP as it takes its enterprise-class predictive Account-Based Marketing (ABM) platform, Prelytix, into new customer segments. Scott will also lead efforts to continue driving MRP’s reputation as a world-leader in predictive ABM by focusing on the firm’s commitments to R&D and the competitive differentiation of the Prelytix platform.

Scott joins from Crowdtwist, a leading SaaS-based customer loyalty solutions provider that was acquired by Oracle (NYSE:ORCL). As CEO, Scott was instrumental in repositioning the firm’s go-to-market strategy to achieve its ambitious growth targets. He built a high-performing, motivated workforce and a culture that consistently delivered significant increases in revenues, annual contract value and customer loyalty.