John Read is CEO and founder at Prodktr. John is a successful Product executive with over 20 years extensive UK, Europe and International experience of leading and setting up successful Transaction Services, Derivatives, Collateral Management and Middle office businesses, operations and technology and high performance product development teams. John has led large, complex and custom client operating system and service provider implementations for Investment firms including Calypso, Misys and Murex technologies. John’s approach is to bridge and enable proven innovative technologies for his diverse Institutional, private and individual client network.
John held Global and Regional Director Investor Services Product roles at Citi, Northern Trust and JP Morgan. Recently John was Global Product Head and investor at Holr Media, a exciting US based social network disruptive start up.
With more than 29 years of experience in banking and financial technologies, Gerard has a track record of successful contacts and execution with C-levels on large strategic transformation projects.
Equipped with excellent knowledge of Capital Markets (Sell Side, Buy Side, Wealth Management & Treasuries) and of Sales/Marketing processes with a unique position to support financial institutions on strategic advisory:
Gerard joined Calypso in 2005, led the product management organization as the Chief Product Officer and helped architect what is the Calypso solution today: a full cross asset front to back enterprise solution.He worked very closely with the C-Level management in banks to help shape the product and the market.He has been very active in promoting the Standardization of Target Operating Models and the move to Utilities.
In 2015, Gerard took over the sales & marketing organizations as the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, he worked out the sales strategy and adapted the processes, boosted sales revenue which helped Calypso being acquired in 2016.
Prior to Calypso, he worked at Murex SA from 1991 until 2005. He held several executive positions at Murex, among which: Head of Development for FX/MM and Head of Sales for the EMEA region.