Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Nigel Kneafsey is founder and CEO of Options. He first launched Options in 1993 to provide outsourced IT services to the investment banking industry in Europe. Options quickly expanded its client base to traditional and alternative asset management firms, and brokerages. In 2000, Nigel developed and launched of the Options PIPE platform, Options’ global private cloud services platform.
Designed to minimise what he viewed as systemic inefficiencies in the financial sector’s IT implementation practices, the Options platform was the first, comprehensive infrastructure-as-a-service platform for financial services firms. Since 2000, Options has expanded into North America and Asia and now provides private cloud services to to over 200 firms globally.
Chief Operating Officer
Danny Moore is a former Chief Operating Officer of the NYSE Euronext trading technology segment, NYSE Technologies. Prior to joining NYSE in 2008, Danny served both as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer of trading technology firm Wombat Financial Software. Wombat, under his stewardship, was acquired by NYSE Euronext in March 2008.
Before joining Wombat, Danny worked with Newry-based First Derivatives Plc. In 2010, Danny established Belfast-based investment firm Lough Shore Investments. In late 2012, he joined Options as Chief Operating Officer responsible for leading the firm’s day-to-day global operations, in addition to overseeing the continued market expansion of the Options platform within both established and emerging financial markets.
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer, Jon Lambert, joins Options with more than 25 years of financial and operational experience within the infrastructure technology and financial services sector. From 2007, until its acquisition by NYSE Euronext in 2008, Jon served as CFO at Wombat Financial Software, a leading provider of low latency market data management solutions and infrastructure.
Previous to Wombat, Jon served as Senior Vice President and CFO at TIBCO, a real-time middleware integration software company. Most recently, Lambert was CFO of HotChalk, an education technology company. Prior to TIBCO, Jon served as audit manager for Ernst & Young. He holds certifications as a California Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Accountant in England as well as a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Bath University, England.
Chief Technology Officer
John Bryant was named Options CTO in November 2012 having first joined the company in mid-2008 as Head of Technology for Europe, where he oversaw the development of the European Momentum and Velocity low-latency market data product portfolios in addition to managing the company’s European data centre expansion program.
John has a wealth of experience in capital markets technologies including trading, market data, data applications and straight-through processing. He holds a joint bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from Liverpool University, holds a certification from the ITIL Foundation, and is a Prince II Practitioner.
SVP Global Sales
Tim Yockel is SVP for Global Sales at Options and brings 20 years’ experience in managing international sales organizations and selling complex technology solutions. Previously, Tim was the former Global Head of Sales for NYSE Technologies, a position he held from March 2008 until joining Options in March 2013.
Prior to NYSE, Tim was Head of Sales for the trading technology firm Wombat Financial Software, which was acquired by NYSE Euronext in 2008. While at Wombat, he was instrumental in establishing sales offices in New York, London, Chicago and Tokyo. Prior to joining Wombat, he spent six years with Reuters America, selling solutions to the firm’s top 40 focus group accounts. Tim is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned Bachelor’s degrees in both mathematics and economics.
Director of Sales, Europe
Richard Kingsley-Smith’s roles include managing the UK sales team on a day-to-day basis, assisting team members in more complex meetings, and personally managing the sales process of the largest business opportunities Options comes across. Richard also plays a key part in supplier negotiations.
Since joining Options as Head of European Sales, he has been instrumental in taking sales to a new level for Options, increasing turnover from £2m in 2002 to current levels.
SVP Corporate Development
Ken Barnes joined Options in October 2012, and his responsibilities include leading corporate and product strategy. Prior to joining Options, Ken was a Senior Vice President in the Global Platform Services Division of NYSE Euronext where he oversaw the launch of the Mahwah colocation facility and managed the SFTI and Platform Services business units.
Ken was a member of the management team behind Wombat Financial software’s meteoric rise in the industry, and has also held positions in business development, product marketing and trading operations at firms including NextSet Software, Reuters and Salomon Brothers. He holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and an undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont.
SVP Managing Director for Europe
Richard Hughes is Senior Vice President, Managing Director for Options in Europe with responsibility for focusing the teams efforts on driving new business growth, delivering service excellence and the development of strong regional relationships to further enhance Options position as the premier provider of infrastructure services (IaaS) to the Global Financial Services sector.
Richard is a former senior executive of NYSE Technologies, the commercial technology division of NYSE Euronext, where most recently he was responsible for Global Business Development. In addition to his most recent role at NYSE Technologies, Richard led both the European and global sales teams, and held the position of General Manager for Europe. Prior to NYSE Technologies, he oversaw international sales and client operations for NYFIX. NYSE Euronext acquired NYFIX in late 2009. Previous to NYFIX, Richard spent 13 years at Omgeo, the joint venture between Thomson Reuters and the DTCC where as Managing Director he oversaw the firm’s European business from 2000 to 2005. He is married with two young children, Poppy and Charlie and has a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities from Manchester Metropolitan University.
SVP Global Head of Account Management
Stephen Morrow is Options’ SVP, Global Head of Account Management and is be responsible for overseeing the firm’s key strategic accounts. Stephen was previously Vice President of the Exchange Solutions division at NYSE Technologies, NYSE Euronext’s commercial technology division. Previous to this, he held the position of Managing Director for the Exchange Solutions division at NYSE, focusing on product management and international deployment.
Prior to joining NYSE, Stephen was Director of Exchange Solutions at Wombat Financial Software.
Director of Buy-Side Sales, Americas
Callum Runcie joined Options in March 2012, and he oversees all North American sales of Options services to buy-side clients. Prior to joining Options, Callum was Sales Director for the Alternatives Business at HSBC Securities Services, where he was responsible for sales and client relationships with the firm’s hedge fund clients.
Before joining HSBC, he held senior-level sales roles at both Sophis and Sungard. Prior to joining Sungard in 2005, Callum spent more than four years as a trader at Starmark Trading Ltd. He received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Queens University and a master’s degree in International Securities Investments and Banking from the ICMA Centre Reading University.
Director of Asia Pacific
Simon Chivers joined Options in July 2006 to start the Asia business in Hong Kong. He is primarily responsible for sales, account management and client implementations in the region and also provides business management oversight. Since 2006 he has grown Options regional client base and expanded the operations to Japan and Singapore. Prior to joining Options, Simon worked for Credit Suisse in Hong Kong where he led a number of front-office application development streams.
Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2004, Simon held several consultancy roles and implemented front office application development projects for several leading investment banks in the UK. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Business Economics from the London School of Economics.
Chief Administrative Officer
Nick Bryant joined Options in August 2005, and is responsible for business operations and risk control across sales, vendor and partner relationships, and the management of various internal business functions.
Nick was the first employee hired for the US office, beginning as a support engineer before later moving to sales and regional P&L management. During his time in these initial roles he was able to develop a wide range of skills in both the technical and financial aspects of the business, and quickly became an integral part of the company’s strategic decision making.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Hons) in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Chief Information Officer
As well as working with senior management on the strategic technical development of the Options platform, Max Brown’s key role at Options has been leading the design, build, and management of a 20,000 ft2 purpose built, high power data centre facility at Park Royal in the UK. Through this role, Max has fully utilised his experiences in electronic engineering and large scale IT project management skills. In addition, Max also manages the relocation of Options’ equipment between locations and designs and implements projects for new data centre co-location clients.
VP Business Development
Samuel Farmer leads Options’ managed application business, Momentum, and is responsible for overall product delivery, strategy and growth globally.
Samuel joined Options in January 2012 having previously spent four years at Fidelity Investments managing support teams, projects and service delivery to key business units. Prior to this, he performed several project management and support roles for Morse.
Samuel’s professional qualifications include a BSc (Hons), Internet Technologies and Applications, from the University of Plymouth, Prince 2 and ITIL V3 in business relationship management and IT service management.