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Desmond Stockdale, Founder and CEO a light haired man in a dark suit, smiles at the camera
Desmond Stockdale
Founder & CEO
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Desmond Stockdale, Founder and CEO a light haired man in a dark suit, smiles at the camera
Desmond Stockdale
Founder & CEO
Des has 20 years proven experience in running capital markets IT consultancies covering third party platforms including Summit, Murex, Front Arena, Sophis, Calypso and Kondor. He has built and sold two businesses, Excelian and Cititec, that have delivered products and services to clients across Europe, Asia/Pacific and North America.
Ian Ganney, Chairman of the Board, a suited professional smiling towards the camera
Ian Ganney
Chairman of the Board
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Ian Ganney
Chairman of the Board
Ian has owned, run and sold several businesses and is a qualified solicitor.
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Marcus Rule
Board Member
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Marcus Rule
Board Member
Marcus brings successful commercial experience to the Phi Partners’ Board, having founded Rule Financial Limited, subsequently acquired by GFT (2014).
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Tom Kozlowski
Board Member
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Tom Kozlowski
Board Member
Tom’s commercial track record includes the co-founding of Cowrie Financial Limited, in 2009, where he served as CEO and MD.
Senior Leadership Team
Neil Budd
Chief Revenue Officer
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Neil Budd
Chief Revenue Officer
As Chief Revenue Officer, Neil is responsible for all revenue generating functions and strategies within Phi. This includes defining and executing the organisations client engagement & GTM strategy across the Lines Of Business as well as the broader partner & ecosystem function. Neil has spent a large majority of his career within the Financial Services Consulting industry where he was focussed on supporting global financial institutions to think through and execute their strategic and tactical initiatives. Prior to joining Phi, Neil served as a Partner in Accenture’s Capital Markets practice and most recently as the Global Vice President of Managed Services at the Fintech, Finastra.
Phi's COO - John Mitchell
John Mitchell
Chief Operating Officer
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Phi's COO - John Mitchell
John Mitchell
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer John is responsible for leading and maturing our Professional Services strategy and producing favourable business outcomes for our customers. John is a proven senior leader in the Services, Sales, and Business Development industry with 28 years of experience in financial services enterprise software and services. Previously, he served as the Gobal Head of Professional Services at Allvue, responsible for all client engagements and outcomes, and prior to that, Vice President of Global Services at Finastra and was responsible for all implementation services conducted globally for the company’s Lending Business Unit.
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Helen Saunders
Chief Solutions Officer
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Helen Saunders
Chief Solutions Officer
Responsible for Solution Development, Pre-Sales and Marketing, Helen has more than 25 years’ experience of Trading Technology in a wide variety of technical and functional roles and leadership positions. Helen has overseen major transformation projects, application development projects, greenfield implementations, and support services. She has experienced financial technology from multiple perspectives having worked within front office, within application technology teams, and for a major software vendor prior to joining Phi.
Snehal Wadhar, Chief Financial Officer, dressed in a suit and blue tie, smiling
Snehal Wadhar
Chief Financial Officer
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Snehal Wadhar
Chief Financial Officer
Snehal has 15 years experience in Auditing, Accounting and Taxation dealing with wide range of clients with turnover in excess of £25m. He is qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2002 and is now a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
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Daren Whybrow
Chief Business Operations Officer
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Chief Business Operations Officer, Daren Whybrow, in front of a blue background
Daren Whybrow
Chief Business Operations Officer
As the Chief Business Operations Officer Daren is responsible for the operational performance of the business from the Company’s management system, the alignment of performance to the company strategy, executive reporting and key operational programs. Daren is a Chartered Management Accountant with over 25 years of experience across a mix of senior financial and operational roles in organisations such as HJ Heinz, IBM and Finastra.
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Chris Harper
Strategic Advisor
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Chris Harper
Strategic Advisor
Chris is a Chartered Accountant and has spent most of his executive career in private equity. During his 27 years at Baird Capital Partners Europe Limited he focused on investing in UK business service companies. He has subsequently developed a portfolio career and has sat on a number of private company boards as a Non-Executive Director or more frequently as Chairman as well as providing support for businesses and shareholders in M&A activities.
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Paul Beeke
Strategic Advisor
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Paul Beeke
Strategic Advisor
Paul has 35 years of international specialist staffing experience including in Software & Digital and Fintech. With 30 years at Board level, he has extensive international experience having launched ventures over 25 countries. Paul has been directly involved in over 20 successful M&A transactions and as founder and CEO he has built multiple mid-size specialist staffing companies iand taken them through to exit or investment transactions.
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Andrew Skehel
Strategic Advisor
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Andrew Skehel
Strategic Advisor
Andrew has held senior leadership and executive positions at some of the world’s leading software businesses during a 30-year career in the software and software services sectors. As the EVP for Global Services at Finastra he led the company through its extremely successful transformation journey over a six-year period and now advises younger companies on their own transformation journeys.
Leadership Team
Edouard Senhaji, Head of Sophis Services, a dark-haired professional smiling at the camera against a wide blue header
Edouard Senhaji
Head of Sophis Services
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Edouard Senhaji, Head of Sophis Services, a dark-haired professional smiling at the camera against a wide blue header
Edouard Senhaji
Head of Sophis Services
Edouard joined Phi in July 2019 and has extensive professional experience in finance, particularly in Asset Management. Most recently, Ed has lead our Sophis division and oversees client implementations, migrations, and managed services.
Jon Sturley, Head of Client Technology Services, a dark-haired, suited professional smiling
Jon Sturley
Head of Client Technology Services
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Jon Sturley
Head of Client Technology Services
As Head of Key Accounts at Phi, Jon focuses on service delivery for our E-Trading, Quant Services and Application Integration key client accounts and works on developing our strategy and technical & business expertise. Over the past 20+ years he has directed multiple teams and products, advising on major business programmes and leading business units of multiple developers, PMs and analysts.
Constantin Voronianu
Head of Summit Services
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Constantin Voronianu
Head of Summit Services
Constantin, also known as Costy, joined Phi in February 2024 as the head of Summit services based in Bucharest. Costy is a Summit technical expert with more than 20 years of experience in capital market systems. He has vast experience in delivery management, process workflow, and people management and is meticulous about every aspect of his work.
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Christoph Stegemann
Head of Managed Services
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Christoph Stegemann
Head of Managed Services
Christoph has more than 25 years of IT experience and has worked in various positions mainly in Summit and Sophis. He is currently Head of Managed Services at Phi Partners and has worked in the UK, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Singapore, Japan and Nepal. He holds a Master’s degree in Financial Engineering and has recently obtained the ITIL Managing Professional certification.
Ivaylo Vrabchev
Head of Cloud Services
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Ivaylo Vrabchev
Head of Cloud Services
Ivo has more than a decade in relevant technical and leadership positions providing architecture and engineering services for AWS transformation programmes. He is an AWS Ambassador with a proven track record helping financial institutions unlock scalability, cost efficiency and innovation.
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Justin Paty
Head of Research & Recruitment
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Justin Paty
Head of Research & Recruitment
Justin has a track record of establishing IT consultancy services from scratch, from leadership positions across EMEA. Bilingual in French and English, he has specialised in consulting across software programming, data engineering and digital transformation within financial services. Justin enjoys cultivating a high-performance sales culture and thrives on building meaningful relationships with his clients.
Les D'silva, Strategic Accounts, a suited professional man, smiling at camera
Les D’silva
Strategic Account Sales
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Les D’silva
Strategic Account Sales
Les is a highly experienced Technology Sales Director with over 25 years experience in Bluechip Financial Services organisations across multiple technology disciplines. He has established a strong commercial background as a leading capital markets expert within global markets and thrives on building deep relationships with executives across the Investement Banking and Trading community.
Harry Wilkinson, Summit Key Accounts, a dark-haired professional looking towards the camera
Harry Wilkinson
Strategic Account Sales
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Harry Wilkinson, Summit Key Accounts, a dark-haired professional looking towards the camera
Harry Wilkinson
Strategic Account Sales
Harry has over 10 years experience working in the Trading Application space. After starting his career at Phi Partners, Harry worked for both First Derivatives and Capco.
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Tommaso Lugli
Strategic Account Sales
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Tommaso Lugli, Head of Research and Strategic Accounts, dressed in a dark suit and smiling
Tommaso Lugli
Strategic Account Sales
Hailing from Milan, Tommaso has led numerous Sales and Research teams over the last decade.
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Romain Houllier
Head of Sales, France & Benelux
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Romain Houllier
Head of Sales, France & Benelux
Romain started his career as a Credit Risk Analyst working at BNP Paribas in London before joining Phi Partners in 2017 as a Researcher. He is currently Managing Director, in charge of sales for France, Benelux and French Speaking Africa. He holds a Master’s degree in Management as well as an MBA in Audit and Advisory which he obtained from Excelia Business School.
Dragos Tomescu, Head of Delivery Operations, a dark-haired man dressed smartly, smiling at the camera
Dragos Tomescu
Head of Delivery Operations
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Dragos Tomescu, Head of Delivery Operations, a dark-haired man dressed smartly, smiling at the camera
Dragos Tomescu
Head of Delivery Operations
As the Global Head of Delivery Operations, Dragos is responsible for all operational activities involving our delivery teams and the clients they work for. Working for 15 years in the IT industry in large technology enterprises, he has gained a wide range expertise in presales, project management and delivery/delivery operations management. Based in Bucharest, Dragos joined Phi Partners in 2016 as a Delivery Manager and moved shortly afterwards into his current role of Head of Delivery Operations.
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Paul Marshall
Head of IT and Information Security
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Paul Marshall, Head of IT, dressed in a white shirt and smiling at the camera
Paul Marshall
Head of IT and Information Security
Joining Phi in 2021 as Head of IT, Paul has held a variety of leadership positions over 22+ years of experience across financial and government sectors in IT Infrastructure, Cloud, Support, Technical Project management, and Cyber and Information security services.
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Matthew Cartwright
Commercial Legal Director
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Matthew Cartwright
Commercial Legal Director
Matt has over 20 years of experience in IT outsourcing and has been the Commercial Director at Phi Partners since July 2021. Before then, Matt held a variety of senior roles as an ITO sourcing advisor across industry verticals in Germany and the UK. More recently he lead the contracts and procurement team for a company specialising in providing hosting, connectivity and low-latency trading and market data services to global, tier 1 and tier 2 investment banks, brokers and hedge funds.
Vlad Morosanu, Head of Legal and Compliance, a professional man in glasses, smiling
Vlad Morosanu
Head of Legal and Compliance
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Vlad Morosanu
Head of Legal and Compliance
Vlad has 15 years of experience and is one of the first hires in the Romanian branch. He had a variety of strategic roles in Phi Partners mainly around Legal, Compliance & HR and is currently the Head of Legal & Compliance. He holds a degree in both Law & Psychology.