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Leadership Team

IPC Systems' executive team is wholly dedicated to providing financial market participants the world over with innovative, highly resilient high-performance communications systems and services, for voice and electronic trading.

image description Neil Barua

Interim Chief Executive Officer

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Neil Barua

Profile pic Neil Barua is interim Chief Executive Officer of IPC.  Neil is also an Operating Partner at Silver Lake Partners, a leading technology focused private equity firm. Prior to Silver Lake, Mr. Barua was an Operating Advisor at Francisco Partners, where he worked with several technology companies. Previously, Mr. Barua was part of the executive leadership team that took telecommunications company Global Crossing through a restructuring and consequent sale to Level 3 Communications. Mr. Barua held several leadership positions at Global Crossing around the world, including most recently as Managing Director of its $700 million+ enterprise services division, where he led the team to double digit revenue and EBITDA percent growth. Before Global Crossing, Mr. Barua worked at Asia Global Crossing in Hong Kong and was a key participant in its $400 million initial public offering. Previously, Mr. Barua worked at Merrill Lynch as an investment banker in its Global Communications Group. Mr. Barua received a B.Sc. in Finance and Economics from the Stern School at New York University with a minor in Political Science
image description Barry Purkis

Senior Vice President, Global Head of Sales

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Barry Purkis

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As Senior Vice President, Global Head of Sales, Barry Purkis is responsible for the management of the Network Services and Trading Systems sales teams, ensuring a high standard of conduct and sales excellence within the teams, new sales, geographic growth and revenue growth of existing services.

Prior to becoming Senior Vice President, Global Head of Sales in October 2009, Purkis was the Global Head of Network Sales since 2006, and before that the Vice President EMEA Network Service Sales. His responsibilities included identification of new business opportunities, ensuring business profitability, and the personal development of all team members in terms of individual competencies and team skills.

Before joining IPC in 2003 with the acquisition of Gains International, Purkis worked as Commercial Director at Gains from 2001-2003 and Director of Sales at Madge.web from 1999-2001. He worked for 4 years at BT holding the titles, Director of Sales UK: BT Syntegra and Deputy General Manager: BT Global Finance. Prior to BT, Purkis held multiple titles at VBand over 9 years, including Global Accounts Director, Director of Operations and Project Manager. He also spent 9 years in the British Royal Navy.

Purkis holds a CM and a DMS from the Open University and an MBA from Anglia University, both in the United Kingdom. Whilst in the Royal Navy, he earned a HNC and City & Guilds in Electronics.

image description David Dodd

Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific

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David Dodd

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David Dodd is the Senior Vice President, Managing Director of Asia Pacific. He is responsible for Trading Systems and Network Services in the Asia Pacific region.

Since first joining IPC and opening the Hong Kong office in 1997, Dodd was the Vice President of Sales in Asia Pacific. He significantly influenced the growth of IPC's regional presence to ten direct offices around the region, before becoming Managing Director in December 2007.

Prior to joining IPC, Dodd held a managerial role at Thomson Financial in Hong Kong.

image description David Brown

Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Network Services

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David Brown

Profile pic David Brown is the Senior Vice President, Managing Director, responsible for IPC's Network Services business where he is responsible for all aspects of the Network Business encompassing Product Management, Global Engineering, Network Operations and Global Customer Support

Most recently Brown headed up Global Network Operations and prior to that was responsible for EMEA network operations and product management in support of the Global Network Business. Before joining IPC in 2003, Brown held various management positions within IXNet and Global Crossing and prior to that worked for Orange PCS and Rolls Royce PLC.

Brown earned a BA from Sheffield Hallam University, in the United Kingdom.


image description Israel Hersh

Senior Vice President of Research and Development

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Israel Hersh

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Israel Hersh is responsible for IPC's Research and Development. This includes designing, building, testing and supporting all of IPC's products and services. 
Prior to becoming Senior Vice President of R&D, Hersh was the Vice President of Product Development of Trading Systems at IPC, responsible for the development, testing and sustaining of the Trading Systems products. Before joining IPC in 2001, Hersh worked for 16 years with Executone Information Systems, a telecommunication equipment company servicing small and medium size businesses in North America, where he held several positions. From 1984 to 1994 Hersh was the Director of Software Development of the PBX and voice mail product lines. From 1994 to 1997 he was the Vice President of Software Development of all products and from 1997 to 1999 he was the Vice President of Engineering and CTO.  Prior to Executone, Hersh worked for 5 years with T-Bar Inc, a data communication equipment company, in product development and managerial roles.

Hersh holds a B.S.E.E. from Tel-Aviv University and an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Bridgeport.

image description Joe Smolarski

Senior Vice President, Global Services

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Joe Smolarski

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As Senior Vice President, Global Services, Joe Smolarski is responsible for IPC’s Global Customer Service, Support Services, and IT organizations.

Within the global Customer Service organization Smolarski leads the Global Solutions Operations Center, (GSOC), located in London, New York and Singapore, the Global Maintenance Organization (GMO) and the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) teams. The Global Support Services organization encompasses IPC’s Technical Assistance Centers (TAC, eTAC), Customer Engineering, Product Support, and worldwide Technical Training. Smolarski is also responsible for the Information Technology (IT) function at IPC globally.

Beginning his IPC career in Information Technology in 1998, Smolarski rose to our Vice President of IT in 2001. In 2005, while retaining his IT responsibilities, he became Vice President responsible for Network Services Operations in North America and, most recently, since, 2009 he headed up North American Operations for our Trading Systems business. 
Smolarski earned a B.B.A. from Temple University, in Philadelphia, PA.

image description John McSherry

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer

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John McSherry

Profile pic As Senior Vice President and General Counsel, John McSherry is responsible for IPC's worldwide legal matters. As Chief Administrative Officer he is also responsible for global human resources.

Prior to becoming General Counsel for IPC, McSherry was Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Global Crossing's Financial Markets division, which included IPC and IXnet, a former IPC subsidiary. Before that, McSherry worked at the Enforcement division of the United States Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. He also spent five years as a Commercial Litigator with Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York City.

McSherry earned a BS from Fordham University and a law degree from Fordham University School of Law.
image description Marianne Leitch

Senior Vice President, Managing Director Enhanced Services

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Marianne Leitch

Profile pic Marianne Leitch is responsible for IPC's Enhanced Services Division where she is responsible for setting the product and delivery strategy for enhanced services globally, deal construct, service execution and customer experience. Leitch is also responsible for ensuring our internal service quality translates to external service value for our customers.

Most recently, Leitch was Senior Vice President of Global Service Delivery which included Trading Systems Operations, Network Services Operations & Engineering and Customer Service, responsible for planning and managing customer installations, troubleshooting and problem solving, expanding our network footprint and capabilities, and enhancing our customer communications and interactions.  She was previously Senior Vice President and General Manager of Network Services. Her responsibilities included IPC's Network Services business worldwide including network engineering, network operations, global sales and marketing and product management. Before joining IPC in 2003, Leitch spent 20 years with Timeplex, a network equipment company servicing the financial community, having held managerial positions in marketing, business development, sales support and finance. She has also held senior management positions with IXnet and Global Crossing. 

Leitch attended Kean College in New Jersey and School of Visual Arts in New York with concentrated studies in fine arts.

image description Michael Speranza

Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Trading Communication Systems

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Michael Speranza

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As Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Speranza is responsible for all aspects of Product Management for Trading Communication Systems, Engineering and Operations. Speranza joined IPC in 2003 within the Product Management organization.   

Prior to being promoted to SVP, Speranza was the VP of Product Management responsible for all aspects of IPC's Trading Systems products globally. Prior to IPC, Speranza was the Senior Director of Product development at Avero, a TH Lee portfolio company focused on software and data warehousing solutions. Prior to Avero, Speranza was a Consultant at Deloitte within the retail and consumer business sector with an emphasis on supply chain and data warehousing. 

Speranza earned a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

image description Pete Simms

Senior Vice President, Global Trading Systems Operations

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Pete Simms

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Pete Simms leads IPC's Trading System Operations worldwide including field operations, global product distribution and product training.

Simms joined IPC in 1980 and has held leadership positions within manufacturing, materials management and project management.

Simms holds a BA, magna-cum-laude, from Western New England College and an MBA from the University of New Haven.

image description Tom Fuller

Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales Support

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Tom Fuller

Profile pic Tom Fuller has been our Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales Support since August 2013.

From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Fuller served as our Vice President of Sales Support & Supply Chain, and before that as our Vice President of Business Operations & Development having previously held various management positions within the Sales, Business Operations and Finance functions since joining us in 2003.

Prior to joining IPC, Mr. Fuller worked for Ernst & Young, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in the Audit Practice and then working as a Manager in their Due Diligence practice.
image description William J. McHale Jr.

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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William J. McHale Jr.

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As Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Bill McHale is responsible for IPC's global finance, treasury, tax and procurement.

McHale joined IPC in 2007 as Senior Vice President Finance and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2009.  He has more than 25 years of experience in senior level finance positions and was the Chief Financial Officer of Infocrossing, Inc., a leading provider of IT outsourcing solutions and a NASDAQ traded company until its sale in 2007.

McHale is a certified public accountant and holds a BS in Accounting & Business Administration from Kings College in Pennsylvania.