Neil Smith joins Napier as COO and CFO

Napier, formerly Fortytwo Data, has appointed Neil Smith as its new chief operating and financial officer.

This follows the hiring of a new chief revenue officer, Dave Burns, and board adviser, Mike Melia.

The COO and CFO

Smith has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial sector, most recently as Deutsche Bank’s technology COO.

He began in the bank’s risk division where he focused on transforming the way the company used technology to become more efficient. And, since then has held a string of influential roles, including chief financial officer (CFO) of the bank’s infrastructure division and global head of real estate and purchasing.

His arrival as both COO and CFO is described as a ‘real coup’ by Napier, as it continues an exciting period of growth.

Commenting on the appointment, Julian Dixon — CEO at Napier — said: “Finding anybody with Neil’s experience and knowledge in this sector is next to impossible, so he is an outstanding addition to the Napier team.

“Our company is growing but it is far more important that we are adding the right people, and Neil’s expertise and experience at the sharp end of risk and compliance in the financial sector make him the perfect person to help oversee our continuing development.”

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Smith’s appointment follows the addition of Mike Melia as a board adviser in February and Dave Burns as chief revenue officer in April.

Melia, formerly of GlaxoSmithKline, brings 40 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry to the role, while Burns adds more than 20 years’ global experience in sales, consulting and project implementation to the Napier operation.


All the 2019 new arrivals are already enhancing the strategic insights valued by Napier’s customers.

Smith’s involvement with Napier dates back to September 2017 when he joined the company as a non-executive director.

He comments: “Now is a very exciting time to be joining Napier, a company that is blazing a trail with its technological advances and an ambition to push the envelope at the leading edge of the compliance sector.

“The team is continuing to expand and we look forward to bringing upgraded products to our growing client base as we maintain Napier’s position at the forefront of intelligent compliance.”

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is a former editor for Information Age (from 2018 to 2022) before moving on to become Global Head of Brand Journalism at HCLTech. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and...

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