James is the Chief Operating Officer EMEA at Gilded. He has over 25 years of experience working as a Chief Operating Officer (COO)/Business Manager for several major firms, including UBS, Accenture, BNY Mellon, and CLS Group. Based in the U.K., James has consistently demonstrated strong skills in building, reorganizing, streamlining, and strengthening businesses across multiple asset classes, functions, and regions. He served over 15 years at UBS, primarily as the COO across Fixed Income and FX Emerging Markets, Commodities Sales and Trading, and Collateral Trading and Sales. Most recently, James served in a dual capacity as Business Manager for the Product division at CLS and Product Manager for a post-trade reporting product. James has a proven track record in several focus areas, including strategic planning and execution, financial and performance management, team building, talent development, resource planning, and regulatory, governance and control framework. He earned his Bachelor of Commerce, Economics, Marketing, and Business Administration from The University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.