SteelEye names Rob Friend as COO

SteelEye has appointed Bloomberg’s Rob Friend as Chief Operating Officer. 

Rob was most recently Global Head of Enterprise Product Implementation & Quality Assurance, where he played a key role in devising the product strategy and ‘go-to-market’ process for Bloomberg’s MIFID II solutions.

He was also instrumental in the deployment of a major software change for the Bloomberg/Barclays POINT acquisition and implemented significant cultural and organisational change as Chief Risk Officer for Bloomberg MTF. He previously held roles at Bank of AmericaGoldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan.

Since its launch in October 2017, SteelEye has gained more than seventy clients and now has a team of fifty serving clients across seven countries. The appointment of Rob comes as the company plans for expansion into North America and the Asia Pacific, as well as a Series B fundraise to support further growth. 

Rob’s appointment allows SteelEye’s co-founder, David Haines, to resume the role of Chief Technology Officer. 

“As we continue our growth trajectory, Rob will be instrumental in ensuring our internal operations platform can support our fast pace of growth. His experience scaling global businesses will be valuable as we prepare to expand our operations into new jurisdictions,” said Matt Smith, CEO of SteelEye.

“I am excited to join SteelEye at this time of great opportunity for the company and for the regtech industry, a sector which is projected to be worth over $55 billion by 2025,” added Rob. “I have been watching SteelEye’s progress since its inception some three years ago and am impressed by the company’s strong momentum. I look forward to working with Matt and the SteelEye team.”