Driving forces.

Janet Lustgarten

Janet Lustgarten
CEO and Co-founder


Lustgarten manages worldwide sales and operations for Kx. Prior to founding the company, she worked as a consultant for Price Waterhouse and two artificial intelligence companies, where she led projects for customers including DuPont, General Motors, and P&G. She received a BA in Computer Science and Mathematical Logic from Mount Holyoke College and an MS in Computer Science from Columbia University.

Arthur Whitney

Arthur Whitney
Chairman and Co-founder


Whitney is focused on forward-looking R&D projects, and participates as part of the technology team for product development and support. Prior to founding Kx, he was a Managing Director of Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) in New York, where he led an internal team that developed global trading and risk management systems using the k language. Earlier, Whitney was at Morgan Stanley, where he developed the A+ programming language, used to build trading systems, databases, and analytics for equities and fixed income. Whitney studied set theory, foundations, and computational complexity at the University of Toronto and Stanford.

Simon Garland

Simon Garland
Chief Strategist


Garland is responsible for technical support of Kx products worldwide. Prior to joining Kx in 2002, he worked for an international database search engine firm, as well as for Credit Suisse's risk management department. He has developed software using the k programming language and kdb since the products were introduced and has specialized in financial and business database programming, including global risk limit and search engine applications, since the 1980s. Garland received his degree in Mathematics from the University of London and is currently based in Europe.

Charlie Skelton

Charles G. Skelton
Chief Technology Officer


Skelton is responsible for Kx's product development, enhancement, and support with a particular focus on new features. Before joining Kx, Skelton was the owner and principal consultant at Skelton Consulting GmbH, a product development and software consultancy specializing in financial markets technology. He has expertise in writing feed handlers and setting up very large, high-performance, infrastructure market data systems for Tier-one banks. He has worked with specialized teams deploying Kx technology at financial institutions including JPMorgan, HVB, and Deutsche Bank. Skelton has a BSc (Hons.) in Applied Physics and is a regular presenter at Kx's annual conferences.

Michael O'Neill

Michael O’Neill
Director of Sales, North America and UK


O'Neill oversees Kx sales in North America and UK/Ireland. He has a long history with Kx technology, having been COO of First Derivatives plc for 12 years. Mr O'Neill began his career as an actuary with Lloyds TSB and has a BSc in Economics and an MSc in Computer Science from Queens University, Belfast.

Fintan Quill

Fintan Quill
Senior Engineer, North America


Quill is a primary sales contact in North America and an expert in building large structured numerical database systems. He began his career at First Derivatives plc and subsequently worked at several investment banks, including Nomura and Barclay’s Capital. Quill is a graduate of Trinity College in Dublin with a specialization in Computing and Microelectronic Engineering.

Abby Gruen

Abby Gruen
Director, Business Development


Gruen is involved in sales and client support as well as promoting Kx Systems technology in the marketplace to new industry sectors. Most recently Gruen worked as a business journalist writing for SNL Financial and the Star-Ledger. Prior to that she was a reporter for the New York Times, the Stamford Advocate, and the Journal News. Gruen has an M.A. from Columbia University’s Journalism School, and an M.S. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in geology.

Robert Fourr

Robert Fourr
General Counsel


Fourr has been practicing law for more than 25 years, the last ten of which with a focus on information technology. He has his own law firm, Licensing Strategies, and previously was a member of Venture Law Group's intellectual property practice, as well as Senior University Counsel to Stanford University. Fourr has a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and a law degree from Stanford Law School.