CHICAGO and LONDON, May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- GreenKey, creator of an award-winning voice-driven collaboration platform for global financial market participants, announced today the appointment of Richard L. Garnier to the new position of Chief Revenue Officer, effective immediately. A 30-year financial services and information technology veteran and former executive with Thomson Reuters, Garnier is responsible for the firm's global sales, service, marketing and strategic partnership initiatives.
GreenKey CEO Paul Christensen said: "Richard is a world-class performer with an exceptional track record. He has that rare breadth of international experience drawn equally from senior roles at large organizations and from early-stage, entrepreneurial growth ventures. Our client base includes the world's leading financial institutions, and Richard has navigated them all in his career. His energy and ability will help us scale the business and truly change the way the markets communicate."
Garnier said: "Communication via voice remains an essential component not only of voice trading in certain markets but throughout the pre- and post-trade processes in all markets. I have been fascinated by GreenKey's collaborative, innovative approach to capturing that important human element in a way that leverages advanced technology yet respects how people work. There's an incredible opportunity for GreenKey to be a positive force of disruption in the financial markets, and I'm delighted to play a role in that fintech revolution."
Garnier said he intends to build on the strong GreenKey team already in place and identify key hires in Asia, Europe and the U.S. He will operate out of the London office, traveling globally.
In the course of his career, Garnier has spearheaded multi-channel, multi-product teams of up to 400 professionals globally, responsible for revenues of up to $600 million. He has worked in London, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Paris, Moscow, Warsaw, Istanbul, Hong Kong and New York.
Over a 12-year period at Thomson Reuters and a predecessor, Garnier held a variety of leadership positions, including Managing Director for Northern Europe and for the firm's Asset Management business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He also had fiduciary and operational responsibility for Thomson Reuters' trading entities across all Nordic countries.
Prior to joining predecessor firm Thomson Financial as Managing Director, Europe, Garnier served as Commercial Director for RAW Communications, an innovator in Internet broadband technology applications within the global equities markets. He created and executed the global sales and partner strategy with leading financial institutions until RAW's acquisition by Thomson in 2002.
He has held management roles with several other early-stage growth firms, including in the late 1990s as Managing Director, Europe, for Internet Securities, a financial data firm covering emerging markets. In that role, he managed 11 country operations prior to the firm's acquisition by Euromoney Institutional Investor.
Garnier also served as Director of Sales for the Financial Times in the late 1980s.
With offices in London, Chicago, New York, and Singapore, GreenKey provides the most comprehensive, advanced voice workspace environment for firms involved in the financial markets. The firm's patented software turret functionality, encrypted global Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) network and searchable text files combine to make voice communication significantly simpler, smarter and more cost-effective. GreenKey's VoIP network is now deployed at more than 300 firms, including some of the world's largest banks, brokerage firms and trading firms. In 2015, GreenKey won Waters Technology's Most Promising Sell-Side Start Up Award and received an Innovator Award from FIA, the leading trade organization for the futures, options and cleared swaps markets worldwide. For more information, please visit www.greenkeytech.com.
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