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Iress makes executive appointment

The financial services industry software provider has announced the appointment of a chief product officer.

Iress has appointed Joydip Das to the role of chief product officer (CPO) following a global search.

Mr Das’ appointment has come after former CPO Aaron Knowles stepped down from the role in August and announced that he would continue with Iress in a non-executive role.

Iress CEO Andrew Walsh had said at the time of Mr Knowles’ announcement that Iress would undertake an internal and external search for his replacement.

Mr Das will be a member of Iress’ leadership team, reporting to Mr Walsh.

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Commenting on the appointment, Mr Walsh said he was pleased to appoint Mr Das to lead the product vision and team.

“Joydip brings more than 20 years’ experience in software product leadership across various markets and industries,” Mr Walsh said.

“He led the creation of SAP’s first SaaS (software as a service) applications and cloud business unit, Ariba’s global sourcing platform and Salesforce’s next-generation marketing data and customer engagement platform.

“I have been impressed with Joydip’s broad experience and focus on building strong, innovative product teams, with a clear focus on scale and results.”

Prior to joining Iress, Mr Das was head of product at an early stage US-based start-up called Socrates AI, where he led the creation of portfolio strategy and product roadmap for a conversational artificial intelligence platform for enterprises.

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Before that, he was the vice president of product at Krux Digital, a marketing data management platform acquired by Salesforce in 2016.

He has also held senior product leadership roles at Australian energy automation start-up, Daintree Networks.

Mr Das will begin his new role from 14 September and will be based in Melbourne.

Mr Knowles stepped aside from the executive role in order to “achieve greater balance in his professional and family life”, Mr Walsh said at the time of the announcement in July.

“Aaron will step down from his current role in August, when he will take a sabbatical before returning to Iress in the new year,” Mr Walsh said.

“In his current role, Aaron has overseen significant improvements within product in both capability and innovation.

“I commend Aaron for his decision to balance his family priorities in this way, and I’m delighted we will continue to benefit from Aaron’s skills and knowledge within Iress.”

Iress’ latest appointment has come after it recently appointed former Investment Trends’ CEO Michael Blomfield as chief commercial officer. He is due to begin his role in October.

[Related: Iress acquires blockchain platform]

Iress makes executive appointment
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Malavika Santhebennur

Malavika Santhebennur is the features editor on the mortgages titles at Momentum Media.

Before joining the team in 2019, Malavika held roles with Money Management and Benchmark Media. She has been writing about financial services for the past six years.

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