Board of Directors
CEO Tim Houstoun joined Global Shares in 2008. His stewardship has resulted in Global Shares building a global technology platform and has allowed us to transition to a company that is a leading global provider of stock plan management solutions. Tim has led Global Shares through a comprehensive software development phase, numerous rounds of fundraising, securing MiFID and FINRA/SEC regulation and, more importantly, growing our business into a multi-million dollar firm with 15 offices, 300+ staff, $5Bn in client assets and participants in 100+ countries worldwide. Prior to joining Global Shares, he worked in the service sector for 20 years, including positions as CEO of Business Direct Group Plc and Chairman of Fast Track 100 Special Mail Services Plc. His directorships include Irish Atlantic Salt Ltd and Houstoun Capital Partners Ltd. Tim is a Board Member of the American Coalition of Stock Plan Administrators (ACSPA) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
CEO Global Shares
During his career, Andy Stewart from Motive Partners has built and led alternative investment businesses in some of the world’s most renowned international asset management firms and banks. Prior to joining Motive, Andy co-led Blackrock’s Alternative Investment Platform (BAI). He helped grow the business to over $120 billion in assets and more than $1.2 billion in revenues. Andy chaired BAI’s Executive Committee and was a member of the BAI Investment Committee as well as Blackrock’s Global Operating and Human Capital committees. At Credit Suisse, he helped build the alternatives business into a core driver of profitability. Before joining Credit Suisse, Andy was COO and part of the leadership team that built Man Investments into one of the largest publicly traded alternative asset management firms in the world, with over £5 billion in market capitalisation. He is a CAIA charter-holder.
Chairman of the Board
Gerard has an extensive background in corporate finance. He was a Partner in KPMG Ireland for 25 years and Chairman of its Corporate Finance division. Throughout his career, he has guided organisations in merger and acquisition activity, fund raising, project finance, corporate and financial structuring and strategy determination. In addition to his role with Global Shares, he also serves as Director of Antrich Consulting Ltd Elkstone Ltd, KPMG Partnership, Creagh Medical Ltd, O’Dwyer Property Management Ltd and Reflex Plastics Technology Ltd.
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John Meehan joined Global Shares as Managing Director in 2015, bringing 20 years’ experience of the industry. Through this expertise, he has been responsible for advancing our international footprint in Europe and Asia and in 2019 he was appointed as CEO of Global Shares Japan. John has held numerous Senior Client Management and Business Development positions across the equity industry and before joining Global Shares, he worked with Computershare. There, he managed their Executive Investment Services business and was responsible for business development for companies conducting IPOs. He was also Head of Client Management for Morgan Stanley’s International Stock Plans business.
CEO Global Shares Japan
Mark has been part of the board since 2016 as an executive director. Having joined Global Shares in 2007, Mark has a unique understanding of our company’s journey, and has been a key driver of our development and growth. He has held a number of roles within the operations and IT teams and played an integral role in transitioning Global Shares from a service-based company to a Fintech company. He is currently responsible for ensuring all IT, operations and execution services are working smoothly and are setup in a way to allow the company to scale in these areas to ensure optimal service delivery.
Chief Operating Officer,
Neil Cochrane is an investment professional with a highly regarded reputation for value creation within the Financial Services industry. He joined Motive Partners from AnaCap Financial Partners LLP, where he served as an Investment Director. In that role he was responsible for various investments, including AnaCap’s investment in Aldermore – a UK Challenger bank focused on SME lending, mortgages and deposits. He also led due diligence engagements focused on commercial, IT/Operations, and management on investment targets across Europe covering digital banking, consumer finance, foreign exchange payments, custody/fund administration and insurance. He started his career as a consultant at Oliver Wyman Financial Services where he was involved in a broad range of banking and insurance projects.
Principal, Motive Partners
Etienne Castiaux is a widely-regarded technologist, innovator, and executive in Financial Technology. From 2009 until 2013, he was Chief of Technology & Innovation at FIS for the Enterprise Product Organization, which is Fortune 500’s #1 financial technology company. He was CTO and Vice President of Clear2Pay and the Head of Research & Technology at S1 Corporation. He was also the brain behind several highly scalable real-time transaction processing platforms in internet banking and payment hubs, which have been implemented at thousands of banks worldwide. Etienne has also worked as a strategic consultant for Arthur D Little, and as an advisor for several venture capital funds, advising banks and telecoms companies on e-finance and m-pay strategies. In addition to this, he has also been a member of numerous boards of younger firms active in cyber-security and financial technology.