Former derivatives head at Credit Suisse to lead sales at OpenGamma

Stephen Plestis will head up sales for OpenGamma, after building the EMEA derivatives sales team at Credit Suisse for the past 14 years.

One of Credit Suisse’s former senior derivatives heads has been hired by software and analytics provider OpenGamma to lead its sales operations and teams.

Stephen Plestis joins OpenGamma this month as head of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia, overseeing and maintaining growth of the business. Before departing early last year, Plestis spent 14 years building up the EMEA derivatives sales team at Credit Suisse, as head of the EMEA derivatives business.

Prior to Credit Suisse, Plestis worked at Merrill Lynch for 10 years in various positions around client service and sales trading for both fixed income and equities. Peter Rippon, CEO of OpenGamma, stated that the new appointment is testament to where the firm is as a business.

“As the cost of trading derivatives continues to increase, so has the industry demand for our solutions that work to protect investor returns,” Rippon added. “With market demand at its highest, I have no doubt that Stephen’s extensive industry experience will help us to navigate this period of growth as well as continue the momentum throughout 2019.”

Following growth in the business, OpenGamma expanded into North America in November, which it said is the next logical step in helping address the current pressures US derivatives markets face. At the same time, costs of derivatives trading globally continues to increase leading to increased demand for analytics to reduce the cost of capital.

“Once I understood the value and the quality of the product and the growing demand for it in the market right now, I recognised there was an opportunity to make a significant and positive impact,” Plestis also commented. “The ability to influence change in a fintech environment can be infinitely higher than in traditional banking, meaning ideas convert to implementation faster, which in turn boosts growth.”