Janet Lustgarten CEO and Co-founder
Janet 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. Janet received a BA in Computer Science and Mathematical Logic from Mount Holyoke College and an MS in Computer Science from Columbia University.
Arthur Whitney Chairman and Co-founder
Arthur 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, at Morgan Stanley, he developed the A+ programming language, used to build trading systems, databases, and analytics for equities and fixed income. Arthur studied set theory, foundations, and computational complexity at the University of Toronto and Stanford University.
Simon Garland Chief Strategist
Simon is responsible for upholding Kx's high standards for technical excellence and customer responsiveness. He also manages Kx's participation in the Securities Trading Analysis Center, overseeing all third-party benchmarking. Prior to joining Kx in 2002, Simon worked at a database search engine company. Before that he worked at Credit Suisse in risk management. Simon has developed software using kdb+ and q, going back to when the original k and kdb were introduced. Simon received his degree in Mathematics from the University of London and is currently based in Europe.
Charles G. Skelton Chief Technology Officer
Charlie is responsible for Kx product development, enhancement, and support, with a particular focus on new features. Before joining Kx, he was the owner and principal consultant at Skelton Consulting GmbH, a product development and software consultancy specializing in financial-markets technology. Charlie has expertise in writing feed handlers and setting up very large, high-performance, infrastructure market data systems for Tier-1 banks. He has worked with specialized teams deploying Kx technology at financial institutions including JPMorgan, HVB, and Deutsche Bank. Charlie has a BSc (Hons.) in Applied Physics and is a regular presenter at Kx's annual conferences.
Michael O'Neill Global Head of Sales
Michael oversees Kx sales globally. He has a long history with Kx technology, having been COO of First Derivatives Plc for 12 years. Michael 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.
Mark Sykes Global Market Strategist
Mark is engaged in expanding Kx's reach in financial services and other industries around the world. He has over 20 years' experience in capital markets and data analytics. As Global Head of Algorithmic Solutions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch from 2010 to 2013, he managed the quant, trading, and technology teams, and introduced the FX execution platform built on kdb+. Previous roles include Director, Foreign Exchange at Citigroup, designing FX algorithmic execution strategies; and Director, Head of Algorithmic Trading at Deutsche Bank, implementing the bank's first tick history database using kdb+. Mark is based in London.
Fintan Quill Global Head of Sales Engineering
Fintan is responsible for Kx sales engineering globally. An expert in developing database analytic systems, Fintan joined Kx in 2012 after having worked extensively with quantitative teams at a variety of Wall Street investment banks, hedge funds, and trading shops building high-performance Big Data applications. After beginning his career with First Derivatives, a global financial technology consultancy based in Northern Ireland, he moved to the U.S., where he worked at Nomura, Barclays Capital, and other investment banks. Fintan is a graduate of Trinity College in Dublin with a specialization in Computing and Microelectronic Engineering.
Abby Gruen Chief Marketing Officer
Abby is involved in Kx sales, marketing, and business development. Prior to joining Kx in 2013 she worked as a business journalist focused on energy finance at SNL Energy. She has also worked as a reporter for The New York Times, The Star-Ledger, The Journal News, and The Stamford Advocate. Earlier in her career she worked as a marketing consultant, including for Kx Systems, and got her start on Wall Street as a financial analyst for Financial Security Assurance. Abby has a graduate degree in Journalism from Columbia University and a graduate degree in Economic Geology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Robert Fourr General Counsel
Bob serves Kx as legal counselor and advisor. He is the owner of his own law firm, Licensing Strategies, and has been practicing law for more than 25 years, the last ten of which with a focus on information technology. Previously, he was a member of Venture Law Group's intellectual property practice, as well as Senior University Counsel to Stanford University. Bob has a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and a law degree from Stanford Law School.