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Iress poaches Focus client architecture head

Wealth management software firm Iress has poached Focus Solutions head of client architecture consulting Carol Blair as its new product and implementation manager.

Blair is joined by Simon Thomas who joins Iress as senior project manager. Thomas was previously 1st Software general manager, Synaptic general manager and most recently Defaqto head of insight.

Johann Koch has also joined the UK arm of Iress from its Australian base where he was business development executive. He will take up the role of key account executive in the UK and will be heavily involved in the firm’s link up with Sesame Bankhall Group.

Iress business development director Mark Loosmore says: “Carol has worked on some of the largest point of sale projects in the UK financial services industry while Simon has a wealth of experience in research and back office systems. Johann adds his experience of implementing planning software.

The UK arm of Australia-based Iress was formed  through a management team made up of consultancy firm AT8’s three directors Mark Loosmore, Mark Thelwell and Nigel Smith who are responsible for the delivery of the Sesame service and UK growth.


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