Former eBay and Apple executive Steve Fisher has been named a non-executive director of First Derivatives Group (FD), effective 15 September.
Fisher brings an extensive array of product development experience in technology and software ranging from telecoms to enterprise software and online transaction platforms. He was formerly chief technology officer of eBay, where he led the core product and technology team responsible for eBay marketplace, eBay’s global payments business and its multi-channel marketing platform and operations team. Prior to that he spent 10 years at salesforce.com in software engineering and product management leadership roles, culminating in leading the technology team responsible for the development, quality, service delivery and operations of its customer relationship management (CRM) and collaborations software and the force.com cloud platform. Fisher has also held senior technology development positions within telecoms and networking, including at Apple and AT&T Labs.
FD says Fisher’s combination of enterprise technology development and leadership expertise in software platforms, software as a service and cloud is highly relevant to its growth strategy. In particular, his expertise in the development and scaling of market-leading enterprise software will assist the expansion of the Kx streaming analytics platform into other industries adjacent to and outside of its capital markets heritage.
“As the pace of digital transformation across industries continues to accelerate, the capture and analysis of real-time data at scale to drive decisions has become a top priority for businesses,” says Fisher. “I see significant opportunities for Kx to underpin the data management and analysis infrastructure businesses require to extract the full value of their data.”
Donna Troy, chairman of FD, adds, “Our Board comprises outstanding industry leaders across the technology and software space with the experience and skills to support our vision and high growth potential. Steve’s technology development experience, gained at innovative, world-class companies, will enable him to make a significant contribution to our development. I am delighted to welcome him to the Board.”