First Derivatives has appointed David Humphries as chief operating officer reporting directly to Seamus Keating, First Derivatives’ CEO.

Humphries will have global responsibility for the firm’s operations including its business systems, methodologies, processes and controls. In this role, First Derivatives says he will drive the company’s operational efficiency and effectiveness aligned to its strategy and in support of First Derivatives’ strong growth goals.

“We are excited to welcome David to the First Derivatives leadership team as our global COO,” says Keating. “[He] has a wealth of experience in technology and services companies where he has developed and operationalized growth strategies while delivering efficiency and effectiveness.”

Humphries 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, he was the finance director of group transformation for the Lloyds Banking Group. Before that, he held a number of senior finance and operational roles across software and professional services at Logica and at Axiom Systems.

“It’s an exciting time to join First Derivatives,” says Humphries. “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. 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.”

Colin Lambert

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