Transaction Network Services appoints Alex Walker VP, financial markets

Source: Transaction Network Services

Transaction Network Services (TNS) has appointed Alex Walker as Vice President, Financial Markets to drive aggressive expansion of its securities and trading division in the UK, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Alex will spearhead growth of FIX and non-FIX data and voice communication services in the multiple markets served by TNS outside the US, and in new territories in Central Europe.

Alex commented: "Through our Secure Trading Extranet, we have developed a network that gives unrivalled speed of access to, and secure transmission of data between the world's largest FIX-based financial communities-of-interest. TNS has carved out a reputation for being a best-in-breed FIX-based connectivity provider.

He continued: "There is now the opportunity to leverage TNS' voice and data trading, market data distribution and private network capabilities in existing markets and to penetrate emerging economies such as Poland and the Czech Republic.

"Key to that expansion will be the development of distribution channels through our partnerships with third parties including electronic communication networks (ECNs), market data and software applications providers, order-routing services exchanges, and brokerages."

Alex has a strong background in expanding international sales operations. He joins TNS from Savvis Communications, UK, in London, where he was head of sales (EMEA) and oversaw the integration of Cable & Wireless’ European customers post acquisition. Previously, he worked as VP European Sales at Cicada Software Ltd and at Global Crossing, in London, and as European managing director of Thomson Financial.

Ray Low, senior SVP and UK managing director TNS, said: "Alex brings a pedigree of setting up and running robust international sales operations and delivering high revenue growth across multiple markets. He joins TNS at an exciting time as the company is looking to drive expansion within existing and new international territories."

TNS was one of the first organisations to build a secure, private extranet dedicated solely to the financial community. It now has 70 points-of-presence connecting 960 financial community end-points worldwide.

Since operations were established in Europe in 1996, TNS has expanded its network in Europe, SE Asia and Australasia.

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