Driving forces.

Arthur Whitney

Arthur Whitney Board Member 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.

Janet Lustgarten

Janet Lustgarten Chairwoman and Co-Founder

Janet founded Kx in 1993 with Arthur Whitney and led the company as CEO through 2015. Prior to forming Kx she worked as a corporate consultant and in the artificial intelligence industry. Janet received a BA in Computer Science and Mathematical Logic from Mount Holyoke College and an MS in Computer Science from Columbia University.

Brian Conlon

Brian Conlon CEO

Brian is CEO of Kx, as well as its parent company, First Derivatives. Brian trained with KPMG before joining the risk management team in Morgan Stanley International, London. After working at SunGard he founded First Derivatives in 1996. Brian has built First Derivatives into a leader in global technology services and products, working with some of the world's largest finance, technology and energy institutions. First Derivatives has been recognized as one of the most successful AIM-listed companies on the London Stock Exchange.

Mark Sykes

Mark Sykes COO

Mark manages Kx operations and new initiatives. He joined Kx in 2015 with over 20 years' experience in capital markets and data analytics. Previously, as Global Head of Algorithmic Solutions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, he managed the quant, trading, and technology teams, and introduced the FX execution platform built on kdb+. Prior positions 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+.

Charlie Skelton

Charles G. Skelton CTO

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.

Simon Garland

Simon Garland Chief Customer Officer

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.

Michael O'Neill

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.

Fintan Quill

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

Abby Gruen CMO

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

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.