STP journeyman Tony Kirby has been hired as UK regional sales director and associate partner for data management services in Accenture's capital markets practice in London.
Accenture's data management services was established in April 2003 to implement the underlying technology for DTCC's global corporate actions (GCA) validation service. The consultancy is currently rolling out a new managed reference data service for banks, broker-dealers and asset managers.
Kirby's primary responsibility will be to spearhead client development and sales in the UK. He reports to UK partner Chris Broyden in London and Patricia Tsien, lead partner for data management services based in New York.
A veteran of the STP committee circuit, Kirby's career trajectory has been anything but straight-through of late. A tenure at financial messaging network Swift was followed with brief stops at defunct post-trade processing utility GSTP, and at trade finance venture Bolero.
Recruited by Tom Glocer to head up a new STP division with Reuters, Kirby became one of the first casualties of Reuters' massive cost-cutting programme a year later when the unit he headed was disbanded. There followed short stints at Deutsche Bourse as interim head of STP design, and at SmartStream Technologies as director of market management.
More recently, Kirby had been touted as a potential successor to Swift's head of securities, Francis Remacle, who is set to retire later this year.