Simon is the Fintech and Innovation Leader in Grant Thornton’s Financial Services Advisory Practice. As a managing director, he help our clients address competitive challenges across areas such as robotic process automation, artificial intelligence, distributed analytics, blockchain and more. Simon brings more than 27 years of successful financial services, compliance and AML technology leadership.
Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Simon founded Pneuron Corporation – a Compliance Business Orchestration Company - as CEO and President in 2010. He had end-to-end responsibility for product design and development including accompanying patents, funding, organizational structure and go-to market strategy. Included in the company's successes was the development and deployment of a global AML Transaction Monitoring System at a top 10 global institution - a deployment considered by US regulators as the most complete, rapid and successful deployment they have seen to date. Also during Simon’s period as CEO, Pneuron saw revenue growth putting Pneuron into the Inc 500 and was recognized as Gartner's "Cool Vendor" (2015), Forrester's "Breakout Vendor" (2016) and MIT Sloan's "Most Innovative Enterprise Technology Company".
Simon’s experience also includes turning around a small hardware-based video communications company, Avistar Communications, suffering from multiple years of operating losses and becoming one of the top NASDAQ performers of 2008. Other past experience includes the founding of the IBM Risk Management Practice, Partnership at PWC and involvement on multiple Technology Company Boards of Directors. Furthermore, he was the Chief Executive Officer for Mantas Corporation with responsibility for all market, financial and operational aspects of global strategic growth, marketing and execution functions. He successfully strengthened and reestablished the company, bringing it from losing millions annually to a 25% EBITDA margin and becoming a market leader in global anti-money laundering and compliance technology. His efforts lead to a successful exit strategy when Mantas was acquired by Oracle for $127 million in cash – the largest deal in the segment at the time and top 1% of 2006 M&A transactions.