Beacon is led by Wall Street technology veterans who have built, managed, and employed enterprise innovation platforms at some of the largest investment banks in the world. We have over 60 developers around the world and are actively hiring to support our clients and our company's growth.

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Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Kirat Singh

Mark Higgins
Chief Analytics Officer & Co-Founder

Mark Higgins

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Chief Revenue Officer

Anya Boutov

Senior Vice President of Engineering

Micheale Taylor

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Chief Financial Officer

Rich Jefferson

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General Counsel

Aliya Haider

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Vice President of Business Operations

Sarah-Jane McColl

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Co-Head of Front Office Suite

Farai Mtetwa

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Co-Head of Front Office Suite

David Hooper

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Head of Apps & Partnerships

Ryo Shimizu

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Chief Administrative Officer

Jennifer Skrapits

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Head of Marketing & Business Development

Liza Horowitz

Head of Sales Engineering

John Solder

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Co-Head of Client Engineering

Jeffrey Paz

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Co-Head of Client Engineering

Neil Palmer

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Kirat Singh

Mr. Singh has had a long career as one of Wall Street’s premier technologists. Prior to co-founding Beacon Kirat spent four years launching and delivering the Quartz project at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which is now used by more than five thousand developers across the bank. Before that he launched and delivered the Athena project at JPMorgan with Dr. Higgins, and spent eight years at Goldman Sachs building the SecDB platform used across the firm.

Location:New York

Chief Analytics Officer & Co-Founder

Mark Higgins

Dr. Higgins has deep financial industry experience in quantitative research and analytics. Before co-founding Beacon in 2014 Mark spent eight years at JPMorgan, launching and delivering the Athena project, co-heading the Quantitative Research group for the investment bank, and running the electronic market-making business for currency options. Before JPMorgan he spent eight years at Goldman Sachs as a strategist on the foreign exchange and interest rate market-making desks.

Location:New York

Chief Revenue Officer

Anya Boutov

Ms. Boutov has extensive experience helping financial institutions manage their trading and investment businesses in a complex regulatory environment. Prior to joining Beacon as Head of Sales in June 2017, Anya spent three years as a senior policy advisor on global capital markets and financial regulation in the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Before Treasury she worked for nine years at Goldman Sachs in a variety of roles related to fixed income sales and regulatory compliance.

Location:New York

Senior Vice President of Engineering

Micheale Taylor

Ms. Taylor has a 20-year track record as a finance technology leader, transforming development organizations and enterprise platforms to achieve strategic business outcomes. Prior to joining Beacon, Ms. Taylor led the implementation of the next-generation collateral management platform as a Managing Director at JP Morgan Chase’s Investment Bank. Before that, she was Managing Director at UBS and led a variety of business and technology transformations over her 13 year tenure, which included leadership of the investment bank’s Global Financing and Post-Trade Services Technology organizations. She is a thought leader in agile engineering best practice and building diverse and inclusive teams. Ms. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Computer Systems Engineering from Arizona State.

Location:New York

Chief Financial Officer

Rich Jefferson

Mr. Jefferson has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry, championing tools for salespeople, traders, and clients. Prior to joining Beacon in 2017, Rich helped build the Commodities and FX businesses at Deutsche Bank into a top-tier, award winning provider. His roles ranged from Chief Dealer for FX Options, Global Head of Commodities Sales, Global Head of Oil & Refined Products Trading, Head of Energy Derivatives Trading to, most recently, co-head of Global Commodities and Global Head of Trading.

Location:London

General Counsel

Aliya Haider

Ms. Haider has more than 15 years experience leading organizations through scaled growth. Prior to joining Beacon in 2021, Aliya served as General Counsel of a leading B2B data company and a financial technology firm. Before that, Aliya worked in investment banking, including seven years at JPMorgan as Managing Counsel of its Global Corporate Bank. Aliya has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M. Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. from Columbia University.

Location:New York

Vice President of Business Operations

Sarah-Jane McColl

Ms. McColl is passionate about bridging the gap between technology and client needs. Prior to joining Beacon in 2017, Sarah-Jane spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs leading technology teams to solve complex business problems on both the buy and sell side. Her expertise in business analysis makes a significant contribution to the success of the resulting solutions, with a strong focus on follow through to execution and providing an excellent delivery experience.

Location:New York

Co-Head of Front Office Suite

Farai Mtetwa

Mr. Mtetwa has extensive experience building tools and applications for financial services. Prior to joining Beacon in 2015, Farai spent fifteen years at Goldman Sachs leading the development of pricing, risk and lifecycle systems for commodities businesses, including physical logistics systems.

Location:New York

Co-Head of Front Office Suite

David Hooper

Mr. Hooper has significant experience architecting and developing systems for commodities markets. Prior to joining Beacon in 2016, David spent 13 years as a senior strategist at Goldman Sachs, with broad responsibilities across deal pricing, modelling, and implementation. He specialised in building pricing, trading, and risk management systems for physical commodities, including logistics components such as freight, warehousing, and supply.

Location:London

Head of Apps & Partnerships

Ryo Shimizu

Mr. Shimizu has abundant experience in software engineering and financial markets. Prior to joining Beacon in 2017, Ryo spent ten years at Goldman Sachs Asia where he built and headed the APAC Central Risk Book and led the APAC Equities One Delta Strategies group. Before Goldman Sachs Ryo spent five years at The Mathworks, Inc. as a software engineer. Ryo serves as Representative Director of Beacon Platform K.K., working closely with Beacon’s clients throughout the region.

Location:Tokyo

Chief Administrative Officer

Jennifer Skrapits

Jennifer Skrapits leads Beacon’s Human Capital function and is responsible for the planning and execution of talent management. Ms. Skrapits is also the lead on Benefits and Compensation and manages the firm’s HR Business Partners. Prior to joining Beacon in 2017, Jennifer worked as an equity sales trader at UBS in New York, extending her knowledge of investment banking and the financial services industry. Before becoming a sales trader, she held positions as a project manager and business manager at a number of investment advisory firms.

Location:New York

Head of Marketing & Business Development

Liza Horowitz

Ms. Horowitz is an accomplished communicator and brand developer, and brings a broad range of experience to the company. Prior to joining Beacon in 2019, Liza spent six years at Dataminr, where she leveraged the company’s artificial intelligence news monitoring system to help clients with international content and strategy development. Before that she worked as a news desk editor at Bloomberg.

Location:New York

Head of Sales Engineering

John Solder

Mr. Solder has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. John started his career as part of a quantitative research team at DLJ focusing on fixed income agency securities and derivatives. From DLJ he moved to Credit Suisse continuing sell-side fixed income research on sub-prime and alt-a products. John spent 15 years at UBS in a variety of technology leadership roles including as part of a front-office technology team implementing and integrating CTRM/ETRM solutions. Most recently John has been working with early stage FinTech companies building highly scalable Sales Engineering teams to support their hyper growth.

Location:New York

Co-Head of Client Engineering

Jeffrey Paz

Mr. Paz has an extensive track record delivering business solutions in large financial services firms. Prior to joining Beacon in 2017, Jeffrey spent over 24 years at Goldman Sachs in a variety of technology roles. Most recently he was VP and senior technology lead, focused on evaluating and implementing innovative technologies for business re-alignment, regulatory reform, and new products or markets.

Location:New York

Co-Head of Client Engineering

Neil Palmer

Mr. Palmer has over 20 years of experience in software engineering, commodity strategy, and quantitative analytics. Prior to joining Beacon in 2016, Neil was Head of Quantitative Analytics at Centrica Energy. Before that, Neil held a variety of roles leading commodities business quantitative and structuring teams at Constellation Power, BP, and Goldman Sachs.

Location:London