OpenLink Financial LLC (OpenLink), the leading provider of cross-asset trading and risk-management solutions for energy, commodity, and financial service companies, today announced the appointment of its new CEO, Mark N. Greene, Ph.D.
Dr. Greene becomes a Director of the company effective immediately, and will become Chief Executive Officer on December 19, 2012, after completing transitional responsibilities for Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO), which he left earlier this year. As indicated in July when current CEO Kevin Hesselbirg announced his intention to step down once a successor was appointed, OpenLink has elected Mr. Hesselbirg as Vice Chairman of the Board, effective immediately.
Dr. Greene, 58, is a financial technology veteran with 30 years of global executive expertise at leading institutions including the Federal Reserve Board, Citigroup, IBM, and FICO. He served as FICO's CEO for five years, before leaving earlier this spring. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Financial Services, Sales and Distribution at IBM. He earned his BA at Amherst College and received a MA and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, all in Economics. He specializes in econometric modelling and advanced analytical techniques.
In announcing this appointment, OpenLink Chairman Brad Henske, a Managing Director of Hellman & Friedman LLC, said, "We are delighted to welcome Mark as OpenLink's new leader. His background in managing large enterprise software businesses, and his deep understanding of analytics, business intelligence, and risk management, make him the ideal person to lead OpenLink's next phase of growth."
Dr. Greene expressed excitement at his new role. "OpenLink is the clear market leader in Commodity/Energy Trading and Risk Management (C/ETRM), and I am keen to contribute to its continued growth. Equally, I am eager to bring my prior financial services and analytic expertise to OpenLink's capital markets and corporate sectors. These markets continue to seek intelligent value adding solutions to meet their complex and evolving business requirements and present strategic opportunities to deliver robust growth given today's global economic climate. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to builld on the strong accomplishments of Kevin and his team, and will seek his assistance to ensure a smooth transition. I look forward to forging close ties to our clients at the upcoming User Conference in Montreal, and to guiding OpenLink's growth in the years ahead as we expand in both industry and geographic coverage."
After 13 years with OpenLink, the last six years as CEO, Mr. Hesselbirg has elected to continue his relationship with OpenLink in his new role as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. He noted, "The last decade has been a period of intense growth for OpenLink. A seasoned executive of Mark's caliber will bring fresh energy, experience and ideas to lead the company into its next decade of growth. I look forward to assisting Mark in ensuring a seamless CEO transition, and serving in my Vice Chairman capacity as an active advisor."