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Communications and network solutions provider IPC announced the appointment of Robert A. Santella as its new Chief Executive Officer. Effective April 16, 2018, Santella will succeed Neil Barua as the leader of the company’s executive team.
His strong track record of leading businesses through technological transformations, including software and SaaS transitions, include managing roles in global financial, investment, and trading software businesses.
‘Bob’ Santella, the new CEO of IPC, commented: “IPC is a leading provider of connectivity, communication and compliance solutions. I am excited about IPC’s prospects for strong growth, expansion of services and its strong track record in providing its customers with innovative solutions. I look forward to working with IPC colleagues in taking our solutions to the next level, built on a strong foundation under Neil’s leadership.”
He has recently served as President of the Global Trading Group for Fidelity National Information Systems (FIS). He joined the company through the acquisition of SunGard Financial Systems in 2015, where he was President of its Brokerage Group, leading all trading software and services businesses. Similarly, he joined SunGard in 2010, after its acquisition of Fox River Execution, where he served as its Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to leading the operations of Fox River Execution, Santella held senior management roles at SAM Investments and RAS Investments, two alternative asset firms.
Jared Hendricks, Member of the Board of Directors at IPC and a Senior Managing Director with Centerbridge Partners, L.P., an investment firm which holds a majority ownership stake in IPC, said: “We look forward to supporting Bob and the entire IPC team as the Company continues to execute on its transformation, and thank Neil for his many contributions to IPC’s success to date.
“His diverse background, collaborative and engaging approach, and proven track record in developing high-performing teams make him an ideal choice to lead IPC. We are confident that his broad array of leadership experiences will be a great asset to the business and the team”, Hendricks added.
‘Bob’ Santella holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Economics, Accounting and Finance from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he holds a CPA designation and the FINRA Series 7, 24, 63 and 99 securities registrations. At PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he started his career, he spent eight years in the Personal Financial Planning unit, in a senior leadership role.