Collins brings 15 years of market data and financial services technology experience in Europe and Asia to support ACTIV’s global expansion
New York, NY – September 3, 2013 – ACTIV Financial, a global provider of real-time, multi-asset financial market data and solutions, today announced that Ben Collins has been appointed director of sales EMEA. Collins will join ACTIV’s growing London-based team to drive sales and marketing in EMEA as well as supporting ACTIV’s ongoing expansion in Asian markets. He brings 15 years of sales management experience working with major enterprises supporting their market data, analytics and technology solutions.
Prior to joining ACTIV, Collins was global sales & marketing director of Morningstar’s Real Time Data Business, where he managed sales and marketing teams in London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, New York and Chicago. Collins joined Morningstar through their 2008 acquisition of UK-based Tenfore Systems Limited where he was global head of sales. Before Tenfore, Collins filled various sales management roles at Thomson Financial, Bloomberg and Informa.
“ACTIV has demonstrated a continued commitment to expanding its global multi-asset class market coverage while remaining dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality of data services. In line with our mission of global expansion, we identified the need to appoint senior management in Europe to drive ACTIV’s growth in the EMEA region,” said Frank Piasecki, President and Co-Founder, ACTIV. “Ben’s product, domain and regional expertise will be a tremendous asset to our EMEA team, and his experience in the Asian markets will bolster our efforts to accelerate our overseas growth.”
“Over the past few years, there has been a clear shift from a demand for market data delivery alone to a need for a seamless combination of market data and the underlying delivery technology,” said Collins. “ACTIV’s development of the enterprise solution means they are in a perfect position to meet clients’ requirement of a complete solution, while simultaneously reducing the total cost of ownership. These are exciting times for ACTIV, and I am looking forward to being a part of it."