Ghassan Hakim – CEO

Ghassan Hakim, Senior Vice President at Franklin Templeton Investor Services has served as Chief Executive Officer at Riva Financial Systems since 2007. Ghassan has in excess of 30 years of experience in financial services and has been instrumental in a number of large scale industry transfer agency projects in the United States and globally. During his career Ghassan has held a number of executive positions with a global focus and as CEO of Riva Financial Systems he is responsible for the strategic direction of the company. Ghassan has a Bachelor of Science, in Chemistry from the American University of Beirut, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), in Management Information Systems from DePaul University.

Tony Parker – Director: Chief Financial Officer

Tony Parker is a founding member of Riva Financial Systems and is responsible for Finance, Human Resources, Regulatory and Compliance. Additionally Tony is also responsible for Riva’s Blockchain and other Fintech investigations. A Chartered Accountant, Tony started his career at PKF, formerly Pannell Kerr Forster, before moving to Global Asset Management (IOM) in 1993. Tony also undertook a number of permanent and consultant roles in London and Luxembourg, working with well-respected established asset managers such as Schroder’s, Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and Brown Brothers Harriman, gaining a depth of understanding of the European asset management industry primarily in Cash Management, Foreign Exchange, Accounting and Fund Accounting. Tony has an honours degree in Applied Chemistry from the University of Greenwich.

Tim Leeming – Director: Chief Administration Officer

Tim Leeming is a founding member of Riva Financial Systems and is responsible for Business Development, Client Relationship Management and Training. After gaining his BSc (Hons) from Leeds University Tim initially started out as a Scientist, before moving into the finance sector with GAM Administration (IOM) Ltd in 1986. He eventually headed up the Dealing & Registration Department as part of the Management Team for the offshore fund during which time he obtained an MBA through the Open University. Tim then undertook a number of contract and consultancy roles on the Isle of Man, in London and Luxembourg, working with well-respected established asset managers gaining a depth of understanding of the asset management industry primarily focussing on the dealing and commission functions.

Laurence New – Director: Chief Information Officer

Laurence New is one of the original founders of Riva Financial Systems and currently holds the position of Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for Riva’s internal systems infrastructure, production support and implementation support, together with the new regulated cloud services division. During his career, Laurence has held a number of executive positions and worked across various industry sectors from distribution to oil and gas. His career in financial services and transfer agency has spanned over 25 years, working with companies such as Fidelity International, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan. Laurence has a formidable insight into global business operations together with extensive experience across the whole spectrum of software development lifecycle methodologies, computer systems, security and processes.

Paul Reilly – Director: Chief Operating Officer

Paul Reilly is a founding member of Riva Financial Systems and has served as Chief Operating Officer since its incorporation. Paul is considered an industry expert in the development, management, and use of computer-based information systems, having gained a significant amount of information technology experience throughout his career. Paul has occupied both permanent and contract IT roles in a number of large global organisations such as BP Oil, Fortis Bank, Fidelity, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan throughout his 20+ year career. Both visionary and pragmatic, Paul ensures that our technology solutions stay at the leading-edge and continue to meet the needs of our business partners, making him the ideal person to take the responsibility for the New Business Development and Data Conversion business streams within Riva Financial Systems.