As CEO of the financial IT company MACD, George Macdonald is responsible for the future-oriented expansion of systems and products through his highly qualified team, which works closely with numerous customers and partners from the financial sector. He is fascinated by the ongoing digitalisation of the financial markets and has been involved in the FIX Trading Community since 2001, where he has been active in various roles, including director.
20 years ago George founded MACD (formerly Macdonald Associates GmbH) with the aim of enabling banks to trade securities digitally. He came up with the idea while working as an IT consultant for the SIX Swiss Exchange from 1996 to 2003. In the "Swiss Electronic Exchange" project, George supported the participant banks in the transition from ring trading to electronic trading.
Kurt Meister, COO and member of the executive board at MACD, is driving forward the development and expansion of the growing product base. He has been working in the financial industry for almost 30 years and has extensive experience in project management, product design, software architecture and development as well as system administration for trading systems.
From 1994 to 2017, Kurt led the software company OARIS and was responsible, among other things, for the development of software for Swiss Post, cantonal and private banks, for example the first order routing system (ORS) for connection to EBS (today SIX Swiss Exchange).
As Stream Lead Software Engineering and Business & Systems Analyst Lucas is responsible for achieving the company's IT development goals to bring value to our customers. Inspired by the Agile Manifesto he strives constantly to ensure that the software development process is innovate whilst delivering working software and maintaining a sustainable pace. An important part of this role is to consult with our large customer base and listen to their requirements as the market evolves. Lucas is currently completing a Masters in Computational Science.
Lucas has worked on many IT consulting projects in Germany, Netherlands, the UK and Switzerland - mainly in the banking sector - for more than 30 years. From 2001 he built up the MACD development department in Aachen. This included developing the GLOX trading system together with George Macdonald.
Tomas Fort, Stream Lead Customer Relationship (Sales & Account Management and Marketing & Communication), has led the department for more than ten years. Tomas is responsible for the support of the clients from start to finish. He attaches great importance to regular personal contact and the constant expansion of the MACD network. Tomas drives the further development of MACD and its products with regard to market changes and customer needs.
Tomas worked for ten years at SIX Swiss Exchange in the Member Services department and led the team for three years. He accompanied exchange participants and securities dealers in their exchange connections in the areas of functional support, advice on regulations, and the full value chain (trading, clearing and settlement). Whilst working, he successfully studied business administration at the University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration in Zurich.