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David Craig

Chief Executive Officer 

David Craig

David Craig is the CEO and a Board Member of Refinitiv, the global leader in financial markets data and infrastructure. Refinitiv connects the worldwide financial ecosystem across 40,000 institutions in 190 countries.

David believes that the new $6bn company has a clear opportunity to drive innovation and major performance improvements across financial markets by equipping customers with better data and analytics and providing open technology platforms to facilitate integration and choice. 

Throughout his career, David has been a passionate advocate for the power of data, technology and innovation to enable “smarter humans with smarter machines” to create a more trusted, sustainable and effective community. He is a frequent speaker at events and key institutional forums globally.

David leads the World Economic Forum (WEF’s) Digital Disruption Innovation Group and sits on the WEF Artificial Intelligence and Automation in Financial Services steering committee. He is also a board member of the Atlantic Council based in Washington, D.C. and on the Advisory Council of TheCityUK and the TheCityUK China Markets Advisory FinTech Group, in association with the China Britain Business Council. He also recently joined the UK advisory board of the British American Business Association.

Deeply involved in charitable and professional causes David works to advance gender and diversity agendas. He is a board member of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity Corporate Board and coaches junior rugby at Wasps RFC.

Before leading Refinitiv, David was President of the Financial & Risk business division of Thomson Reuters from 2012. He joined Thomson Reuters in 2007, serving first as Chief Strategy Officer and then founding the compliance and risk business. Previously David was a partner at McKinsey and Company, focusing on technology, media and banking.

David holds a degree in engineering from Bristol University and spent three years training as a pilot for the Royal Air Force.

John Finch

Chief Information Officer

John leads the enterprise technology and cyber security organization for Refinitiv. Together his team of approximately 5000 professionals and strategic partners develops, operates and secures all Refinitiv products, infrastructure and technology including our open platform, which enables customers to access an industry-leading breadth of applications, tools and content. 

He has been recognized as one of the 20 “most influential people in UK technology” on two occasions and speaks widely on talent development in technology and digital, cloud and AI strategy.

John is a passionate believer in the opportunities that education creates to reshape industries and lives. He was previously a board member of Nottingham University and a strategic technology advisor to the Royal Society of Medicine, a UK charity dedicated to providing training and education to healthcare professionals.

Prior to Refinitiv, John joined Thomson Reuters in 2016 as Chief Technology Officer for the Financial & Risk business division. Previously he was Chief Information Officer (CIO) and an Executive Director of the Bank of England, where he was responsible for management of critical components of the UK payments infrastructure, as well as delivery of the Bank’s Cyber Security Programme, and prior to that he served as Global CIO of Experian. Throughout his career he has led numerous large technology teams across a variety of industries including Fast-Moving Consumer Goods, telecommunications and human capital as well as financial services.

Debra Walton

Chief Revenue Officer

Debra Walton

Debra is a dynamic leader who uses her unique background at the firm to lead all sales, relationship management, strategic partnerships and market development activities for Refinitiv. Her prior senior executive positions across product development, content development, and marketing give her a holistic insight of the needs of the world’s largest financial institutions. She uses this knowledge to enable her team, spanning 65 countries, to help clients solve their most pressing problems through Refinitiv’s world class data analytics and workflow solutions.

Having lived and worked in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, Debra is a tireless advocate of gender equality and speaks globally on diversity and leadership as well as on the importance of ESG more broadly. She is global sponsor of the Refinitiv Prism Network (RPN), which works to ensure that LGBT+ colleagues feel safe, supported and welcomed in our organization. She is also an advisory board member at Springboard, a New York based nonprofit that brings together entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts to help women take their business plans to market, in addition to being a board member of the Tradeweb Board of Managers.

Prior to Refinitiv, Debra joined Thomson Reuters in 2003 and held a number of senior roles including Chief Content Officer, Global Head of Market Development and most recently, leading Customer Proposition for the Financial & Risk division. She had previously been appointed the first female partner at Cantor Fitzgerald and a founding board member of the Cantor Financial Futures Exchange, the first electronic platform for trading U.S. Treasury futures contracts. She also served as president and chief executive of Nucleus Inc., a technology start-up delivering enterprise solutions.

Brian West

Chief Financial Officer 

Brian West

Brian leads the finance team, driving Refinitiv’s financial and operational success with responsibility for financial strategy and capital structure, resource investment & optimization and ensuring transparency to our shareholders and investors. He leads commercial strategy and policy, sourcing and real estate management, and oversees the ongoing process improvements across the business. 

Brian brings to the business a deep understanding of the investment community and a proven track record of growth and operational excellence with both established companies and fintech start-ups.

Before his current role with Refinitiv, Brian was Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Operations at Oscar Health and prior to that was Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Operating Officer of Nielsen. Previously, Brian spent 16 years at General Electric in senior finance roles at Aircraft Engines, Plastics, and NBCUniversal.

Brian holds an MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science (Finance) from Siena College. 

Emily DiMiceli

Chief Customer Operations Officer

Emily Dimiceli

Emily leads the delivery of Refinitiv’s industry-leading content and insights underpinned by expert delivery, administration and support services. The Customer Operations team is the engine of our connected platform, which seeks to drive more predictable and effortless customer experience across all touchpoints.

Emily is passionate about supporting open-minded, high energy and highly connected communities across our global client base, employee footprint and in our local communities. She accomplishes this most directly by leading the largest employee population in the Refinitiv portfolio - covering over 45 countries globally. She is also the site leader for Refinitiv’s New York City office and is a strong advocate of volunteerism across our locations.

Prior to Refinitiv, Emily led Customer Operations for the Financial & Risk business division of Thomson Reuters. Having joined Thomson Reuters in 2004, she held a variety of leadership roles including Senior Vice President, Strategy for Thomson Reuters at the corporate level, which built on the experience she gained previously working for McKinsey and Company, as well as PWC.

Emily has an MBA from Harvard University, as well as a BA from Brown University. 

Ben Shepherd

Chief Strategy Officer & Interim Chief Proposition Officer

Ben Shepherd

Ben sets Refinitiv’s strategy across products, markets and our customer and competitor response, as well leading the associated organic and inorganic investment prioritization in close collaboration with our Chief Financial Officer.  

The Strategy and Customer Proposition teams led by Ben set our medium to long-term strategy through a deep understanding of current market dynamics and anticipating those of the future. They support Refinitiv’ s core value proposition of data, data management and data distribution through our open Refinitiv Data Platform, within those client workflows where Refinitiv demonstrates deep expertise; Trading, Wealth, Investing and Advisory, and Risk.  At the same time, Ben’s team is responsible for identifying and acting on emerging opportunities and incubating product innovations. 

Ben believes that bringing an alternative view and healthy productive challenges to his Refinitiv colleagues helps ensure rigor in our beliefs and areas of investment, be it time, people or capital resources. His expertise includes advising the ‘C suite’ in leading global and regional institutions on a broad range of topics such as business growth, cost efficiency, commercial transactions, regulatory response, and FinTech.

Before taking on his latest role at Refinitiv, Ben was the Head of Strategy for the Financial & Risk business division of Thomson Reuters. Previous to Thomson Reuters, Ben specialized in capital markets strategy as a Partner with the financial service advisory firm Oliver Wyman. He also worked with Barclays Capital in their Investment Banking division, having started his career with Chase Manhattan following his graduation.

Ben holds a Bsc (Hons) in Financial Services.

Alex Fergus

Chief People Officer 

Alex Fergus

Alex and his team are responsible for creating and maintaining Refinitiv’s high-performance culture. He leads all people functions including talent and organizational development, recruiting, benefits, compensation and business support, in order to successfully deliver the strategy, culture and growth priorities of the business.

Alex believes that the success of any company is driven by the quality of its people and the strength of its culture. He is committed to developing an environment that values boldness, originality and openness.

Prior to his role in Refinitiv, Alex led the Human Resources team for the Financial & Risk business division of Thomson Reuters. He joined Thomson Reuters in 2010 and had previously spent ten years at British Petroleum plc (BP) as Global HR director and three years at Castrol Lubricants as Global Head of HR. 

Alex holds a Masters degree in Change Agent Skills and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. 

Darren Pocsik

General Counsel 

Darren Pocsik

Darren leads the legal, compliance and government affairs team and is responsible for ensuring compliance with laws and regulations applicable to our business. His team supports and enables our commercial contracting efforts, protects our intellectual property assets and enables mergers and acquisitions for Refinitiv. 

Darren is committed to fostering an environment that encourages volunteering—especially in the area of pro bono legal support. 

Prior to his current role at Refinitiv, Darren served as General Counsel for the Financial & Risk business of Thomson Reuters which he joined in 2000. Before taking on his leadership role he held multiple senior legal roles at the company. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters he was an associate with the law firm Jones Day.

Eileen Lynch

Chief Marketing Officer 

Eileen Lynch

As CMO, Eileen leads Refinitiv’s global marketing and communication function.  Working in close collaboration with Customer Proposition and Sales and Account Management, Marketing and Communications priorities and marketing investment are aligned to the highest sales, profit and retention opportunities.  Eileen and team partner closely with the People function to ensure the brand acts as the underpinning to the cultural transformation and employee experience key to Refinitiv’s success.  Her team is the driving force behind the development of the Refinitiv brand.

Eileen also uses her passion as a communicator to enable and empower veterans and fight against Human Trafficking. She sits on the Board of Directors for The Bob Woodruff Foundation, a nonprofit that helps create healthy, positive futures for our service members, veterans and their families. She is also on the Board of Trustees for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which shines a light into the darkness of human trafficking.   

Eileen was most recently the CMO of the Thomson Reuters Financial and Risk business which made her uniquely qualified to lead the brand transition from the Financial & Risk business to Refinitiv.  She also led Global Brand Marketing at Thomson Reuters for nearly nine years. Eileen previously held positions at Merrill Lynch where, as Managing Director of Corporate Marketing, she co-led the marketing transition for the Bank of America Merrill Lynch merger.