Atlantic Link Management Services Ltd has appointed two new senior consultants, one consultant, and a general manager.
Peter Black and John Comben join the investment management, alternative investment management, investment banking and stockbroking consultancy firm as senior consultants, Jonathan want as a consultant, and Gillian Melling as general manager.
They join the team formed by partners Trevor Read, Eric Werner and Gerard Kenny, all of whom have backgrounds running IT services firms in the City.
"Atlantic Link has made notable progress since its formation just a few months ago," said partner Werner. "Having established an office in Cannon Street, we felt the time was ripe to make an investment in permanent hires. Obviously in a management consultancy business the quality of our staff is our most important distinguishing feature. All three of our consultants have been placed with major organisations."
Black was a founding director of Exact Technical Services Ltd and key in the development of cost effective settlement software utilising Client Server/Workstation open technology. He has since gone on to hold FSA MRLO directorships with UK brokerage firms. Most recently Black set up Precision Consulting, continuing to work with stockbrokers as an independent consultant.
In June of 2005 Precision Consulting merged with Atlantic Link Management Services. Black has more than 30 years experience in stockbroking, with a special focus on back office settlement functionality and system integration.
Want has more than twelve years experience in operational efficiency, business analysis, project management and implementation, having worked in operations analysis and control positions at two major investment banks, Kleinwort Benson and NatWest Markets. He joins Atlantic Link following six years with two software solution providers, Peter Evans and Investmaster.
Want was the lead business analyst on projects to implement changes to support CREST enhancements and the development of a SWIFT ISO15022 interface. Having worked for both market practitioners and solution vendors, he has a unique and valuable mix of experience of both the business processes and the technology necessary to support them.
Comben is an experienced Operations Manager, working for over 20 years in Fixed Income, Treasury and Project Management. He is a member of the Securities and Investment Institute and has worked for a number of top tier investment banks, including Deutsche Bank and SBC Warburg.
Comben has implemented major process change and project delivery, including the global realignment of functions, delivery of eCommerce products and implementation of new processing platforms. He also has experience with merger related projects.
Other areas of expertise include Operations compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley legislation and he has also has managed the readiness program for a major European investment bank, covering operations in UK and across Europe.
Background notes: Atlantic Link Management Services Ltd offers highly specialised, experienced services in Operations (including workflow and document management), Compliance, IT and Sales & Marketing. The firm's consultants have expertise in project management, software development, implementation, system integration and operations analysis