London/Tokyo/New York, 18 May 2021 – Exactpro, a leading software testing services provider for financial market infrastructures, is pleased to announce the appointment of Hiroshi Matsubara (Matsu) as Director of Business Development for Asia-Pacific (APAC), with responsibility for leading the firm’s expansion in the region effective from 17 May 2021.
In his new role with Exactpro, Matsu will spearhead the company’s expansion through serving the company’s clients in Japan and the entire APAC region.
Matsu joins Exactpro after establishing earlier this year his own consultancy firm — Pine Grove Research — focused on new technologies in financial markets. Since 2007, Matsu has also been serving as Co-Chair of the Japan regional committee of the FIX Trading Community and has been taking an industrial thought leadership role.
Previously, he spent 15 years overseeing product marketing and communication activities in Fidessa (now ION Group) in Asia after holding various product marketing positions both in Japan and overseas (UK and US).
Matsu’s extensive career experience, spanning over three decades, started in the marketing of financial information and electronic transaction products at Reuters (now Refinitiv, part of LSEG) holding various product marketing positions both in Japan and overseas (UK and US) for 17 years by originally joining the firm as a graduate management trainee in 1987.
Hiroshi Matsubara, Director of Business Development (APAC), Exactpro, said: “This is an exciting time to be joining Exactpro’s global team. As financial markets transform and face further digitalisation challenges, with the evolution of DLT and digital assets, it is now more critical than ever to ensure the highest levels of system quality assurance. I look forward to working with the team to drive Exactpro’s growth into Japan and the wider Asia-Pacific region.”
Iosif Itkin, CEO and co-founder of Exactpro, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Matsu to the global Exactpro team. Matsu will be able to draw on his extensive industry experience to build on the success of Exactpro as we look towards growing our presence and expand our offering to clients in APAC.”
Exactpro is a leading independent provider of software testing services for mission-critical technology that underpins global financial markets. The firm is experienced with trading, clearing and settlement platforms, market surveillance systems, market data systems, collateral and risk management systems, and post trade infrastructures. Exactpro provides functional and non-functional testing services to exchanges, clearing houses, securities depositories, trade repositories, digital exchanges, central banks, brokers and investment banks worldwide. Headquartered in the UK, Exactpro employs over 630 members of staff. Learn more at exactpro.com or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @exactpro.