Co-Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Nigel Kneafsey is founder and Co-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 250 firms globally.
President and Co-Chief Executive Officer
Danny Moore is a former Chief Executive Officer of the trading technology firm Wombat Financial Software and Chief Operating Officer of the NYSE Euronext trading technology segment, NYSE Technologies.
Before joining Wombat, Danny worked with Newry-based First Derivatives Plc. In 2010, Danny established Belfast-based investment firm Lough Shore Investments.
As President and Co-CEO at Options, Danny is 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 Operating Officer
Stephen Morrow is Options’ COO and is responsible for overseeing the firm’s key strategic accounts and global operations. 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.
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.
Chief Security Officer
Options’ Chief Security Officer John Gracey has over 18 years’ experience gained with some of the world’s leading technology companies including Yahoo!, IBM and BT.
Prior to joining Options in 2017, John provided security expertise to a wide range of clients across both public and private sectors, including many deemed Critical National Infrastructure. He holds the CISSP certification in addition to having attained multiple, internationally recognised qualifications from organisations such as CNSS, ILM, ISEB, Microsoft, Cisco, Juniper, HP and Brocade.
John’s industry leading expertise enables Options to provide clients with the highest standards of security and state-of-the-art solutions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Managing Director, Head of Asia
Jun Ashida is responsible for Options’ Asia-Pacific business operations, delivery of critical operations support for Options’ global engineering teams and overall regional growth across Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Jun brings over a decade of industry experience to Options from Credit Suisse, where he advised Prime Brokerage and Private Wealth clients on the expansion of institutional-grade infrastructure and asset management. At RBS he oversaw the development of the firm’s technology, legal, compliance, HR and trading operations. Previous to that, while at Merrill Lynch, Jun facilitated a range of business development initiatives, including the opening of the firm’s regional offices across Europe.
VP Product Management
Micah Kroeze is responsible for the development of Options’ Managed Colocation services, cybersecurity offering and the overall delivery of the firm’s product roadmap.
Kroeze brings nearly a decade of industry experience to Options from NYSE Technologies and Vela Trading Systems, where he oversaw the growth of the firm’s market data and hosted services product lines. He has been directly responsible for deploying global multi-tenant colocation environments and information security programs to investment-bank standards, and in January 2018 was elected to the FISD Executive Committee.
VP Product Management
Michael Russo is responsible for the development of Options’ Managed Application services, cloud offering, security and the overall delivery of the firm’s product roadmap.
Michael brings nearly two decades of industry experience to Options from Finastra and OpenLink Financial, where he oversaw global business development and growth of the firm’s burgeoning cloud-based solutions. He was a key contributor and leader in the expansion and development of the firm’s cloud strategy, market analysis, business development, and overall service delivery.