John O’Hara steps down as CEO, succeeded by Philip Slavin

John O'Hara CEO, Press

I am stepping down as CEO of Taskize, but I shall remain on the Board as a Strategic Advisor. Also, the company has been fully acquired by Euroclear as a strategic acquisition. Phil Slavin my co-founder (pictured left) will become CEO from 1 November 2021 ensuring continuity in leadership and execution for all our clients.

Today, over half the top-twenty banks use Taskize; 350+ financial firms in 53 countries. Taskize makes inter-company and outsourced workflows easy, fast and secure. The company continues to grow, partner, and innovate, with tremendous support from our customers. I have achieved a personal goal to “Make Work Flow” across global financial services.

To give you a little background, I formed Taskize in 2012. It’s my first start-up. I was spurred by the passing of my father and inspired by the entrepreneurs who built companies around AMQP, a messaging technology I invented (used by Amazon, IBM and Microsoft). So, I stepped away from leading tech at big banks and built the software that would become Taskize. Phil, joined in the first year. We had worked together before, and the timing was perfect. From the beginning there was great engagement and support from the industry. In 2015 Euroclear invested in us because they share our vision of connected operations. They also brought global reach, a reputation for dependability, and regulatory expertise. Since then, Taskize has grown its client base strongly and consistently, and delivered on our promise of better global financial operations.

I made our Board aware of my desire to step back some time ago, and since then we have built a strong depth of talent across the leadership team in preparation. Phil is already the face of Taskize for many of our clients, and the customer-first, robust execution Taskize is known for will continue seamlessly.

It has been a great honour and pleasure to lead Taskize to where we are today, to build a diverse and talented team that is committed to our customers’ success.

Thank you to my team, to Euroclear, and most of all to our customers and supporters, together we have achieved the impossible – we delivered innovation to the back office!