John Davies

Head of Business Process Optimisation

John has over 30 years' experience in Wholesale and Investment Banking Operations and has worked for US, European, African and Japanese houses. He has held local, Global and Regional roles as Functional and or Change/Strategy Head and in Head of Operations capacities.

John has experience across multi-Asset Classes and the value chain. Key areas of expertise include current state analysis and operating model design; implementation of shared services; execution of sourcing strategies; off-shoring; near-shoring and Ops regulatory impact assessment.

John began his career with Morgan Stanley and has gone on to hold a variety of senior positions, delivering a diverse range of strategic initiatives in both Change and Head of Function roles. Most recently, he was Head of Business Implementation at Bank of New York Pershing, prior to which he was European Head of Operations/Global Head of Securities Operations at Mitsubishi. He has also worked at Standard Bank, ABN Amro and Bear Sterns.

Projects/Strategic Initiatives John has led over recent years include:

  • MiFID II – Responsible for the Operational Readiness Programme covering the entire lifecycle, from best execution through to transaction reporting within a Global Custodian
  • Mainframe Replacement – Definition of a 5-7 year business process lead mainframe replacement strategy across the end-to-end value chain, combining a buy/build strategy across functional lines and process excellence within a Global Custodian
  • Organisational Design – Has Defined/lead/championed TOM and organisational design in firms thoughout his career, delivering the creation of Centres of Excellence including Near and Off-Shore locations
  • Operational Risk and Control - Capture and deployment of front-to-back Operational risk and control processes across functional lines, including framework and team deployment
  • Entity set-up and operating model design – Definition of new operating model to address regulatory requirements related to introduce ‘Groupclear’ Strategies, leveraging regional hubs, multi-entity regional/global transactional processing
  • Data Management - Definition of a data strategy covering Market, Party, Asset and standing data
  • Transformation/Transition – Strategy Definition and programme to build local, global and regional hubs to enable business migration and deliver annualised savings of circa £60m

Other people in Optimising operations

Kielty Hughes

Strategic Analytics Business Partner

Ra'ed Ayyoub

Chief Advisory Officer (CAO), TORI GCC/MENA

Mohammed Sayed


Peter Judge

Head of Services & Solutions

Gareth Stinton


Mike King

Head of Procurement & 3rd Party Management

Jerry Gregory

Managing Partner, TORI Americas

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