MTS, the leading trading platform for Sovereign, Repo and Quasi-Sovereign debt in Europe and Israel, has expanded its data department as a result of increased interest in MTS data services and subscriptions in North America and Asia Pacific.
Bob Barton of Financial Data Sales will now represent MTS in data sales initiatives in North America, while Keiren Harris and Geoff Tayler of Integra-IT will promote MTS data sales in the Asia-Pacific region.
Barton's expertise in fixed income sales, complex contract negotiations and strategic enterprise relationship management in financial data services will play a vital role in MTS' strategy in the North American market. Barton has over 27 years of experience in the industry, including senior sales positions at Telerate, MDC and TradeWeb.
Harris and Tayler will work to expand MTS data usage, distribution channels and strategic partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region. Having advised financial institutions on business information strategies and market data and trading system requirements since 1992, they have formed strong relationships with local and international vendors and financial institutions in the region.
Rafah Hanna, Executive Director and Head of MTS data commented, "This is exciting news for MTS, with the appointment of experienced agents set to help us grow our business in North America and Asia Pacific. Keiren is an industry veteran, with a proven track record in the market data
field, while Geoff is a specialist in IT infrastructure in the finance and banking sector. Both have already made a significant contribution to MTS through their preparation for the Asia-Pacific Financial Information Conference on 4th and 5th November in Hong Kong. In North America, Bob will be key to our ambitious growth plans, bringing experience and strategic insight that are second to none".
Bob Barton commented: "The MTS market making model is unlike any other in the world. The result is unsurpassed liquidity and transparency in Europe for government and quasi-government bonds, and the richest data for fixed income that I have seen. Many US financial institutions still rely on indicative and RFQ prices, unaware that executablable data from the MTS markets exists. Prospective clients are excited by the MTS market making model, and its compelling benchmark data sells itself".
Keiren Harris commented, "Working with MTS is a compelling strategic decision, as European Sovereign Debt may be the only market capable of absorbing the large cash deposits in the Asia-Pacific region and MTS is the central source of that data."