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Raza Hussain


Raza is the Group Managing Partner of Expand and is responsible for the vision, direction and operations of the business.

Raza has over 15 years’ experience in the IT industry. Prior to joining Expand, he was the CEO of CIO Connect, a leading membership organization for CIOs and other top IT decision makers, and the Managing Director of the IMPACT Programme, which is the UK’s leading provider of personal and professional development for CIOs and their core teams.

Prior to these roles, Raza was a consultant to the investment banking sector, where he developed a successful track record delivering back-office projects and programs both in the UK and continental Europe.


Franck Vialaron


Franck is one of the original founders of the firm and is responsible for product management and strategy. His key focus is the management and direction of Expand’s research and analysis.

He leads a team of analysts covering business, technology and operations within corporate & investment banking and wealth & asset management

Prior to setting up Expand Franck had a lead role in opening Southern European field offices for several major technology companies in the financial services industry.

From 1999 to 2001, he managed the French operations for Algorithmics Inc. (Risk management technology provider now acquired by IBM). He opened the office, signed up major new clients and developed the local client services operation.

From 1996 to 1998, he worked for Infinity Financial Technology Inc. (Trading and Risk management technology provider now owned by SunGard) where he was responsible for developing the customer base in France, Italy and Spain.

Franck Started his career with Summit Systems (Capital Market Front and Back Office platform now owned by Misys) and was responsible for the implementation of front & back office platforms for securities and derivatives

Franck holds a master degree in Chemical Engineering from both Imperial College London and Grenoble INP – Phelma (France).


Damian McCarthy


Damian joined Expand in 2008 initially in a business development role and has recently been appointed as an Expand Partner.

Damian advises on Expand’s strategy and is responsible for product distribution and overall global revenue growth of Expand’s Technology, Operations and Business performance domains.

He chairs the Expand CIO Forum and has personal responsibility for a number of key client relationships, whilst leading a team of senior Sales directors in London, New York and Singapore.

Damian has worked in the financial markets for over 12 years, and prior to joining Expand he was a successful proprietary government bond trader.

David Lefferts


David is a Partner in the New York City office of Expand and is tasked with growing existing key client relationships with regional financial services firms as well as broadening the client and product portfolios.

David has 25 years experience in financial services across capital markets (equities, fixed income, derivatives) and payments (high-value and real-time). Most recently David was a Managing Director with SWIFT, leading their key strategic initiatives in payments and compliance in North America, working closely with global banks and market infrastructures. Before that, David held MD/senior product, strategy, and business development roles at IHS Markit, FINRA, and Thomson Reuters’ subsidiary Instinet Group.

David holds an MBA from Columbia University.


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