Napier , the global end-to-end intelligent compliance platform and leading provider of financial crime risk management solutions, announced that Greg Watson, the company’s current Director of Operations, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer , the appointment takes effect immediately. Former CEO Julian Dixon will serve as founder and board member full-time.
Greg has worked for companies such as Fenergo, HSBC and UBS, and has accumulated a wealth of operational management and business strategy experience, combined with his experience at Napier, makes him an ideal candidate for Chief Executive Officer. Greg will build on Napier’s rapid and successful expansion over the past few years to lead the company into its next phase of growth.
Julian Dixon said: “Greg is an outstanding candidate for this role. His industry experience and understanding of the company’s products and customers are exemplary. Greg is committed to making Napier the premier provider of AI-enhanced financial crime risk management software. I look forward to seeing him lead the company from strength to strength.”
Since joining award-winning Napier in 2020, Greg has been working closely with Julian and the company’s executive team to build a robust operating model to support Napier’s rapid growth.
Greg Watson said: “I am proud to take over from Julian. Julian has built a world-class technology company from the ground up since founding Napier in 2015, leading the company through extraordinary and rapid growth and helping it become a best-in-class company. A financial crime risk management business. Taking over as Julian was no easy task, and this change was largely about further growth of the company, not just a leadership change. My job now is to take Napier to the next level, and we will continue to innovate and deliver higher and higher levels of customer satisfaction.”
After a period of aggressive expansion, Napier’s operations now span major financial centers around the world, including North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and Asia Pacific. Napier is the provider of choice for more than 200 corporate clients including banks, payment providers, asset managers, foreign exchange, gaming, cryptocurrency exchanges, and other financial institutions. Napier provides an award-winning AI-enhanced intelligent anti-money laundering and financial crime compliance platform with annual revenue doubling in 2021.
Napier’s board also includes Andy Maguire, chairman of global banking, managing director and senior partner in the London office of Boston Consulting Group. Other board directors include Rosa Howard, senior partner at Big Ideas Group, and its founder, Sebastian Gray. Wall Street veteran John Neary and former PricewaterhouseCoopers partner John Barnsley serve as global advisors to Napier.