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Greg Watson takes the helm as CEO of Napier

Greg Watson takes the helm as Napier CEO, and former CEO Julian Dixon moves into full-time role as Founder and Board Member.

Nicolette Brown
September 20, 2022

It was announced last week, on the 13th of September 2022, that Napier's former Chief Operations Officer Greg Watson has taken the helm as Chief Executive Officer of Napier, as former CEO Julian Dixon moves into a full-time role as Founder and Board Member.

Greg’s wealth of experience in operational management and business strategy, gained at the likes of Fenergo, HSBC and UBS, as well as his tenure at Napier makes him the ideal choice to lead Napier into its next phase of growth, building on the past several successful years of rapid expansion for the flourishing company.  

“Greg’s an outstanding candidate for the position. His experience and understanding of our products and clients is exemplary, as is his commitment to making Napier the pre-eminent provider of AI-enhanced financial crime risk management software. I’m looking forward to seeing him take the company from strength to strength,” said Julian.

Since joining the award-winning team at Napier in 2020, Greg has worked closely with Julian and the executive team at Napier to put in place a robust operating model to support and deliver on the rapid growth plans.

Greg said: “I am proud to be taking the mantle from Julian. Since founding Napier in 2015, Julian has built a world-class tech company from the ground up, steering it through a period of exceptional and rapid growth into the leading financial crime risk management business that it is. Filling Julian’s boots will be no easy task, but this change is very much about evolution, rather than revolution. My job now is to take Napier to even greater heights, as we continue to innovate and to deliver increasingly higher levels of customer satisfaction.”

"My job now is to take Napier to even greater heights, as we continue to innovate and to deliver increasingly higher levels of customer satisfaction."

Following a period of aggressive expansion, Napier has presence in key financial hubs across the globe including North America, UK, Europe and APAC. As provider of choice to over 200 clients including banks, payment providers, asset managers, FX, gaming, crypto exchanges and other financial institutions, Napier doubled its annual revenues in 2021 by providing its award-winning AI-enhanced platform for intelligent AML and financial crime compliance.  

Napier’s Board of Directors also includes Andy Maguire, Chair of Global Banking and Managing Director and Senior Partner in the London office of The Boston Consulting Group. Other Board Directors include senior partners from Big Ideas Group, Rosa Howard and its founder Sebastian Gray, while Wall Street veteran John Neary and ex-PwC partner John Barnsley sit in global advisory roles.  

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