Simon Paris



  • Top CEOs Europe 2021


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Simon Paris is the CEO of Finastra. He first joined the company in 2015 as president and deputy CEO. Finastra is the orchestrator of open finance; building and delivering innovative, next-generation technology on our open fusion software architecture and cloud ecosystem.

Previously, Paris was a president of industry cloud at SAP and before that a VP of EMEA global accounts at Infor Global Solutions. Earlier in his career he worked with McKinsey and Company as a senior associate.

Paris earned a master’s degree in business administration from INSEAD and an undergraduate degree in business, Spanish, Fench from European Business School.



  1. Leading with purpose: Simon leads a ~$1.85bn global organization without ever losing his focus on ‘doing well by doing good’, as well as being a driving force for positive change across the industry through openness and collaboration. Transformational leader: Simon understands the acute needs of the industry, having successfully merged and transformed two legacy technology companies into the largest financial services pure-play software vendor with the first open platform for collaboration, and now leads the company as it pursues its ambition of becoming a leading orchestrator for providers and consumers of financial services everywhere. Financial services for good: Through his open vision, Finastra and its ecosystem is bringing accessible, affordable financial services to millions of unbanked, bringing SMEs into the digital, global trade arena, and creating opportunity for the next generation of technologists through education and funding. Promoting collaboration for real-world issues: Simon chairs the World Trade Board and is passionate about working together with governments, policy-makers, industry leaders and technologists to create solutions to problems such as the SME financing gap. Championing D&I: He is committed to reducing inequality in its many forms, and champions an ‘open by default’ workplace. Some of the pillars of this are 1) the freedom to be oneself at work, 2) flexible policies built around the employee, and 3) education and awareness of issues and how to counter them, through Employee Resource Groups and the ability to speak out. Challenging bias: Under his leadership, Finastra has recently put forward a five step program to challenge algorithmic bias in consumer lending decisions, including a call-to-action across the industry to address the problem and a commitment to building more solutions to counter potential bias. Inspirational leadership: Simon is a strong and astute leader, yet he acts with humility and a deep gratitude of his position to drive change. As such, his purpose and drive inspires Finastra colleagues and ignites the will to work together to positively impact the world.

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