A leader in software who filled a ‘Gap in the North’

Brian Conlon, founder of Newry based tech company First Derivatives, dies

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Brian Conlon, founder of NI tech company First Derivatives, dies
Brian Conlon, founder of NI tech company First Derivatives, dies

Brian Conlon, dreamed of marketing his consultancy and software to the world….and he did. But sadly the Newry-based entrepreneur passed away at the age of 53 over the weekend.

First Derivatives initially started trading from Brian’s mother’s spare bedroom and has gone on to be valued at $1billion and has over 2,000 staff.

First Derivatives provides software for digital marketing and other industries, but it made its name providing trading and risk management software systems services to some of the world’s top hedge funds and investment banks.

Non-executive chairman Seamus Keating said: “Brian built a world-class business in First Derivatives. His drive, ambition and determination inspired all who had the privilege to work with him. This news is a profound shock to all of us. We offer Brian’s family our sincerest condolences and ask for privacy on their behalf at this sad and most difficult of times.”

Further testimony to Brian’s character was that he never lost his roots and kept the core business close to home, providing a vast array of support to young Irish and international graduates seeking to join the world of international banking from the ‘Gap in the North’….Newry.