Simon Paris is responsible for Finastra's strategic direction and growth. His leadership steers the company as it realizes its open platform vision, encouraging industry-wide collaboration to spark innovation and transform the next generation of financial services. A firm believer in the principles of doing well by doing good, Simon chairs the World Trade Board and is passionate about how technology and open trade can drive financial inclusion and improve people's lives. He was also named in Bank Innovation's 'Innovators to Watch' list for 2018. Simon joined Finastra (formerly Misys) as President in 2015, was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2017 and became Chief Executive Officer in June 2018. He brings more than 20 years of sales, management and global leadership expertise to the company, having previously held the role of President, Industry Cloud, at SAP. Prior to that he was a senior consultant with McKinsey & Company. Simon holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the INSEAD Business School in France and a Bachelor's degree in Business & European languages from the European Business School.