Leadership Team

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Chairman, David Blumer

David joined FE fundinfo as Chairman in February 2020, where he oversees the strategic direction of the company, along with the other members of the Executive Committee.

An industry expert, he began his career at Credit Suisse after completing a degree in Economics at the University of Zurich. During his time at Credit Suisse, he undertook a variety of senior roles in their trading, sales and asset management divisions.

His last role at Credit Suisse was as CEO in their Asset Management division, where he moved to Swiss RE as their Chief Investment Officer in 2008. In addition to being the CIO, he became Chairman of Admin Re in 2010 and then subsequently moved to BlackRock in 2013. David was Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa for BlackRock, a member of the company’s Global Executive Committee and, more recently, Global Head of Blackrock Alternative Investors. He is the Chairman of BlackRock’s business in Switzerland and continues to serve in this role.

As Chairman, David is leading on the next phase of FE fundinfo’s growth, following the company’s creation in 2018, following a merger of FE, fundinfo and F2C.

CEO, Hamish Purdey

Hamish was appointed as CEO at FE fundinfo in March 2020. As CEO, he is responsible for the organisation’s direction, both strategically and operationally.

A proven leader with an impressive track record as CEO, Hamish began his career in his native Australia, before joining FFastFill, a leading SaaS provider for trading and risk management, serving the global capital markets community. Initially joining as Operations Manager, he worked his way up to Commercial Manager, Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Executive.

He joined Intelliflo, the supplier of specialist online software for financial advisers, as Chief Executive in 2014 and, during his tenure, led the company through a sustained period of rapid growth.

As CEO at FE fundinfo, Hamish works closely with Chairman David Blumer and the Executive Committee through this exciting period of growth.

Chief Commercial Officer, Matthew Lawrence

Having read Philosophy & Psychology at Oxford, Matthew joined Arthur Andersen and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Matthew then moved into banking, working at Halifax, Bank of Scotland and Lloyds leading a range of risk management sales teams, ultimately becoming MD for all Corporate derivative sales to Lloyds’ client base, globally.

Since leaving the City Matthew subsequently set up his own management consultancy working with clients ranging from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to a Fintech startup. He joined FE fundinfo in November 2017 initially as CFO to work with the Executive Committee to expand the business. In his current role as Chief Commercial Officer, Matthew is responsible for sales, product development and marketing.

Chief Financial Officer, David Pearce

David joined Standard & Poor’s in 1997 at the time of the acquisition of Micropal, where he was Group Financial Controller. Following this, he served as Finance Director for Standard & Poor’s Funds Services. More recently David was Vice President and European Controller for the McGraw-Hill Companies, the parent of Standard & Poor’s. In July 2002 David took up the position of Vice President, European Finance for Standard & Poor’s providing strategic and managerial direction for Standard & Poor’s European financial operations. In early 2006 David was promoted to Senior Vice President, Finance for Standard & Poor’s EMEA & Asia-Pacific. In July 2014 David was named Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of S&P Capital, before becoming CFO of S&P Market Intelligence following the acquisition of SNL Financial in 2015. In November 2017 David joined fundinfo, a Hg private-equity backed portfolio company. Following the acquisitions of both F2C and the FE group of companies, David is now group CFO for FE fundinfo.

Chief Data Officer, Michael Partin

Michael studied business administration at the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland, receiving his Doctorate in Banking in 1992. He began his career with a banking apprenticeship at Georg Hauck & Sohn in Frankfurt, before holding a number of positions in the credit sector and in foreign exchange trading in Luxembourg and Germany.

Michael then moved into the financial analysis and portfolio management sectors, working for Cantrade Privatbank in Zurich. There he also built up the database-supported fund research activities. Starting in 1998 he was responsible for investment management and fund research at Bank Leu before he and a small group of partners launched fundinfo.

Following the merger between FE, fundinfo and F2C, Michael became Chief Data Officer and is responsible for all of the organisation’s data management.

Chief People Officer, Kate Scarles

Kate joined FE fundinfo in January 2019 to take on a newly created role as Chief People Officer. She is responsible for all aspects of the talent strategy for FE fundinfo across 14 international locations and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Previously, Kate had a 20-year career with Standard & Poor’s (S&P) where she held the position of Senior HR Director. She was responsible for S&P Ratings in the EMEA region and Global HR business partner for Commercial Ratings and also completed short term assignments in both the Melbourne and New York offices.

Earlier in her career, Kate worked in HR Business Partner roles with Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse First Boston where she was responsible for various front office client groups.

Chief Technology Officer, Paul Ronan

Paul has more than 25 years’ experience as a technologist in the financial markets arena, working in world-class organisations across capital markets, brokerage, private banking and energy trading. He has also held senior roles in banks as well as software & FinTech consulting organisations.

Paul joined FE fundinfo in 2019 and leads our technology strategy globally.

Head of Business Development and Strategy, Philipp Portmann

Philipp completed a banking apprenticeship in Zurich and studied at The University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration.

After working three years for a Swiss private bank, Philipp co-founded ifund services AG in Zurich, which then became fundinfo in 2005. As Co-founder and CEO, Philipp helped lead the company from a start-up into a global leader in fund information.

Following fundinfo’s merger with FE and F2C, Philipp became Head of Business Development and Strategy and is responsible for the company’s expansion strategy and strategic partnerships across the world.

Head of Operations, Martin Pedwell

A graduate of Royal Holloway, Martin started his career with FE fundinfo as a Data Analyst. He then moved to India in 2005 where he held the position of Head of Indian Operations in Chennai, where he was responsible for managing the data and operations divisions.

Martin became a Director in 2007 and subsequently Managing Director India in 2015, he has overseen the expansion of operations in India and other locations across the globe.

As Managing Director India and Chief Change Officer, Martin sits on the Executive Committee and since the organisation’s merger has led on operations and customer solution projects.

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