With offices in Dublin, London and New York, Governor Software Ltd supports senior risk and compliance executives at financial institutions maintain governance and oversight through clear visualisation of their regulatory obligations and risk appetite.
Founded in 2015 by CEO Richard Pike, the Governor Software team have first-hand experience of the production and oversight of governance information within financial institutions. Empowered with this unique knowledge, Governor Software have taken a fresh approach to addressing these challenges; using visualisation technology to efficiently tackle the issues associated with governance and oversight in their entirety.
Governor Software believe the opportunity for compliance and risk professionals to make governance and oversight a more robust and effective process is significant.
Meet the team..
Richard has extensive experience of working with financial institutions throughout the world, assisting companies in managing enterprise risk more efficiently while addressing local regulatory guidelines and standards. As well as being the founder and CEO of Governor Software, Richard is currently Chairman of Citadel Securities (Ireland) Ltd and an Independent Non-Executive Director at permanenttsb bank, JPMorgan fund administration, JPMorgan hedge fund administration and Citadel Europe.
Prior to Governor Software, Richard has worked in various senior banking, insurance, credit and market risk roles at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, ABN AMRO, Bain, COMIT Gruppe and Quay Financial Software. He has analysed, designed and managed the development of core treasury and enterprise risk management systems for large financial institutions, including UBS, Citibank, Schroders and Unicredito.
In 2009, Richard was recognised as a "Top 50" Face of Operational Risk by Op Risk & Compliance magazine and was a contributing author to two books on risk management. He is also a board member of the Governance, Risk and Compliance Technology Centre which focuses on research in the area of financial services governance, risk and compliance. Richard has also received the designation of ‘Certified Bank Director’ by the Institute of Banking.
Head of North America & COO
As COO, Ian is responsible for all aspects of operations, finance and service delivery for Governor Software’s clients, in addition to heading up our North American business.
With a background as a chartered accountant, Ian has spent some 20 years in various senior finance and risk roles within European banks. These roles included managing product control for a large trading operation, running liquidity risk in a major institution during the credit crisis and leading the finance and risk streams for the largest German bank created in Europe as a result of the credit crisis.
Prior to joining Governor Software Ian spent four years at a major institution in Ireland where he was responsible for 2nd line market and liquidity risk. He also led the engagement with Ireland’s bail-out partners related to the negotiation and approval of a restructuring plan for the institution. As a result of his experience Ian has a deep understanding of banking regulations – particularly those related to capital adequacy and liquidity streams.
Head of EMEA
Paul is responsible for Governor Software’s EMEA business.
Joining the team in January 2018, Paul has over 30 years client-facing and management experience in the financial technology space, with companies including Matrix-IFS, Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, DST, Algorithmics and Reuters. Covering the front-, middle-office and compliance functions, Paul has a strong background in the regulatory challenges that EMEA-based institutions face in risk management, regulatory reporting, GRC, AML and fraud spaces.
Paul has been involved in several new technology global projects in the Banking and Insurance sectors, both from a technology and business perspective.
Head of Implementation & Support
Maria joined Governor Software in November 2017 and oversees all implementation, training and support for clients. She brings with her over ten years of regulatory and accounting experience from the banking, insurance, government and pharmaceutical industries
Prior to joining Governor Software Maria has worked for established players such as Bank of Montreal Ireland, Eircom, UBS and KPMG and well as co-founding her own Enterprise Ireland tech start-up Couture International.
Head of Marketing
Suzi is responsible for the marketing and communications activity at Governor Software. She has in-depth expertise marketing financial technology firms globally having completed a BCA in Marketing and Management and a BA in Psychology.
Suzi began her career in advertising at Saatchi & Saatchi and TBWA Simon Palmer before moving to Cap Gemini where she was responsible for financial services marketing and communications.
In 2001 Suzi co-founded the successful financial marketing and PR agency Cre8Results, which was acquired by Broadgate Financial in 2008. Following Broadgate Financial’s acquisition Suzi has worked with and advised a number of significant EU and US financial technology clients including ADP, Ameritrade, Apama, AXA, Broadridge, Funds Direct, JWG-IT, London & Capital, Nexus and Wolters Kluwer.
Nagaraja has over two decades of leadership experience in finance, risk, regulatory, analytics and technology solutions working with Global Banking and Financial Institutions. As a senior advisor to Governor Software he brings a unique combination of industry expertise, academic research experience and industry consulting.
Nagaraja supports Boards, Chief Finance and Chief Risk Officers navigate the complex regulatory landscape in the US and further afield utilising his extensive experience as banks seek to maintain regulatory governance and oversight through clear visualisation of regulatory obligations.
Damien joined Governor Software in October 2017 and is responsible for supporting operations, implementation and business development in North America. He brings with him over a decade of professional experience in the multi-national Pharmaceutical space for organisations including Ipsen and Merck.
Damien has a strong background in regulatory affairs, regularly dealing with organisations including the FDA, EMA, and local health authority agencies (e.g. HPRA) for audits and regulatory dossier filings. He also has extensive experience of 3rd party risk management, lean six sigma and project management.
Prior to starting at Governor, Damien obtained his MBA at Fordham University, and his PhD at University College Dublin.