Compliance firm Napier names Greg Watson its Chief Executive Officer

Greg Watson, Chief Executive Officer at Napier

Napier, an end-to-end intelligent compliance platform and provider of advanced financial crime risk management solutions, has announced that its current Chief Operations Officer Greg Watson, is to take the helm as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect, as former Chief Executive Officer Julian Dixon moves into a full-time role as Founder and Board Member.

What does Greg bring to Napier in his new role?

Greg’s tenure at Napier and his experience in operational management, gained at the likes of Fenergo, HSBC and UBS, makes him the ideal choice to lead Napier into its next phase of growth, building on the past successful years of rapid expansion for the flourishing company.

Since joining the company in 2020, Greg has worked closely with Julian and the executive team at Napier to put in place a robust operating model to support Napier’s rapid growth.

“Greg’s an outstanding candidate for the position. His experience and understanding of our products and clients is exemplary, as is his commitment to making Napier the pre-eminent provider of AI-enhanced financial crime risk management software. I’m looking forward to seeing him take the company from strength to strength,” commented Julian Dixon.

What legacy does Julian leave as CEO of Napier?

Greg Watson said: “I am proud to be taking the mantle from Julian. Since founding Napier in 2015, Julian has built a world-class tech firm from the ground up, steering it through a period of exceptional growth into the leading financial crime risk management business that it is.”

“Filling Julian’s boots will be no easy task, but this change is very much about evolution, rather than revolution. My job now is to take Napier to even greater heights, as we continue to innovate and to deliver increasingly higher levels of customer satisfaction,” Greg added.

Following a period of aggressive expansion, Napier has presence in key financial hubs across the globe including North America, UK, Europe and APAC. As provider of choice to over 200 enterprise clients including banks, payment providers, asset managers, FX, gaming, crypto exchanges and other financial institutions, Napier doubled its annual revenues in 2021 by providing its AI-enhanced platform for intelligent AML and financial crime compliance.

Napier’s Board of Directors also includes Andy Maguire, Chair of Global Banking and MD and Senior Partner in the London office of the Boston Consulting Group. Other members include senior partners from Big Ideas Group, Rosa Howard and its founder Sebastian Gray, while Wall Street veteran John Neary and ex-PwC partner John Barnsley sit in global advisory roles.