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Our Style

We are purposeful, collaborative and agile in the way we work with our clients. We aim to build long-term relationships based on trust and extraordinary results.

Our Vision

Our vision is for valid8Me to become a global de facto standard for digital identity and solve the KYC & customer due diligence challenge for all businesses and consumers.

Our Story

Horizon8 Ireland was established in 2019 as the European division of Horizon8 US, a global technology services provider with blue-chip clients such as StateStreet, Medtronic and Nike. The Ireland business was initially established with the intention to provide consulting, solutions delivery and systems integration services in Europe to mirror and expand on the Horizon8 US business model.

Horizon8 Ireland quickly pivoted towards developing a new line of innovative financial crime products after identifying a significant market for a universal Know-Your-Customer (KYC) and Customer Due Diligence (CDD) SaaS product, valid8Me. This multi-award winning product was officially launched in Q1 2021 and Horizon8 team have been blown away by the market reaction. valid8Me is solving some big challenges for consumers and businesses with a product they need and love.

It was decided at the beginning of 2021 for Horizon8 Ireland to solely focus on building and growing valid8Me, venturing into the exciting world of scaling a new SaaS business.

Leadership Team
Karym Murphy
Karym Murphy

Managing Director of Horizon8 based in North America, she is responsible for leading the company’s global business.

Karym has over 30 years of experience in financial services, specializing in new business development and marketing communications. She spent 14 years with State Street Corporation in the mutual fund and pension administration businesses. She was instrumental in establishing a global corporate communications group for State Street. Before joining State Street, Karym worked at Fidelity Investments, and Boston Financial Data Services as Chief of Staff to the company’s President and CEO.

Karym is a Co-Chair of NICSA’s Technology Committee, a leading Mutual Fund Industry Association.

Patrick Horgan
Patrick Horgan

Managing Director of Horizon8 in Europe. Patrick is the co-creator of the valid8 suite and is responsible for leading the development and global rollout of valid8Me, comprising general operations, business development strategy, and client relationships.

Patrick is an experienced leader in the investment management and professional services industries, recognized for building and leading teams to deliver sustainable business value.

He was previously Head of Technology Projects with Aspect Capital. He worked with the Executive Board to identify and deliver Aspect Capital’s strategic objectives. This involved new product launches along with iterative product development of their multiple systematic trading strategies and investment solutions.

Prior to Aspect Capital, Patrick worked with Accenture as a financial services consultant. He delivered large scale enterprise solution projects for global insurance clients across multiple countries and jurisdictions.

He holds a BSc in Computer Science from University College Cork.

Robert R (Bob) Williams
Robert R (Bob) Williams

Chairman of the Board of Horizon8. Bob is responsible for the overall strategic direction and governance of Horizon8.
Bob has over 30 years of experience working in banking and investment services. He was Executive Vice President of the Asia Pacific/Latin American Division of State Street Corporation for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining State Street, he was Vice President of Philadelphia National Bank.

Bob and his family lived for 19 years in Sydney and Hong Kong. He has substantial experience with regional regulatory and fiduciary affairs in the Asia Pacific. He was involved in the late 1990′s as joint leader of a senior consulting team to the Hong Kong government on the creation of the Mandatory Provident Fund and worked over an extended period, along with a number of other firms and individuals, with PRC regulators on the creation of rules and procedures to support the introduction of the open end mutual fund industry in China.

Bob is a former independent director of a Shanghai-based, U.S.-China joint venture mutual fund company, an is advisor to a Washington-based pension consulting firm specializing in technology and workflows.

Bob has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Paul O’Neil
Paul O’Neil

Board Director of Horizon8. Paul has over thirty years of financial services experience specializing in operational excellence and administration services. He works with Horizon8 on new business and product development.

He initially served as a Senior Vice President with Boston Financial Data Services (BFDS) before joining International Financial Data Services (IFDS) as Managing Director in 1999 with responsibility for UK operations.

Paul has served as Chief Executive Officer of IFDS in Luxembourg and was Head of European Shareholder Services in Luxembourg and Ireland from 2007 until 2012.

Paul was responsible for IFDS’s Asian offshore support service centers (Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan) in conjunction with State Street, as well as further developing the group’s expansion strategy into additional Asia Pacific local markets.

Ciaran Corkery
Ciaran Corkery

Chief Product Officer of Horizon8. Ciarán is the co-creator of the valid8 suite. As CPO, Ciarán is responsible for the vision, innovation, design, and development of the valid8 suite, including valid8Me. Ciaran works closely with the other business executives and Horizon8’s engineering team to turn our ideas, technologies, and market feedback into an award winning, market leading products.

Prior to joining Horizon8, Ciaran worked for Accenture Technology as a delivery manager specializing in custom payments and debt collection software as well as large scale enterprise resource planning software with a focus on financial shared services. While in Accenture he was responsible for managing large infrastructure and network teams to deliver highly performant business critical solutions to clients. Ciaran has experience working across multiple geographies using onshore, nearshore and offshore models.

He holds a BSc in Business Information Systems from University College Cork.

Shane O’Neill
Shane O’Neill

Chief Strategy Officer of Horizon8. Shane is the co-creator of the valid8 suite and in his role as CSO, Shane is responsible for assisting the Managing Director and the Board with developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining corporate strategic initiatives. This is a consultative role; part leader and part doer that requires Shane to be both a creative thinker and influential collaborator.

Shane is an experienced IT and business executive in the Financial Services sector, having held a number of C level roles during his 7 years with Fairfax Financial Holdings; including CIO of a global business services company, IT strategy director (incl. interim CIO roles for newly acquired Insurance companies) and most recently a mergers & acquisitions director. Shane has in-depth experience of IT strategy development and business strategy alignment, transformation program management, enterprise IT management and commercial negotiations. Shane started his career in Technology Consulting, working for 10 years with Accenture.

Ciaran Murphy
Ciaran Murphy

Board Director of Horizon8. Ciaran focuses on corporate governance and risk management for the company’s European operations.

Professor Ciaran Murphy is the Emeritus Dean of Cork University Business School (CUBS). He has been Founding Chair of Business Information Systems (BIS) at University College Cork (UCC).

He is an internationally recognized expert on the role of information technology in financial services companies. He founded and led Ireland’s largest university research group working in fintech. He has acted as a consultant/researcher for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Fidelity Investments, State Street Bank, Barclays Capital, Bank of Ireland, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and other financial services companies.

Professor Murphy was a member of the Governing Body of UCC from 2007-2012. He has an MA in Operational Research from Lancaster University and a PhD in Decision Support Systems from University College Galway.

Milke Wilson
Milke Wilson

Board Director of Horizon8. Mike has worked in financial services globally for the past 30+ years and is a Senior Advisor to Horizon8 specializing in executive relationship management.

Mike joined State Street in 1996. Originally based in Boston, he spent the past 17 years based in London and Tokyo. As Executive Vice President, he was responsible for working across State Street’s global services, global markets and asset management groups to create partnerships and C-suite relationships. Mike was also President and Chief Executive Officer of State Street Japan, a founding member of State Street’s Asia-Pacific Executive Board, and President of SSGA’s Ventures Group, based in Tokyo.

Mike has specialized in investment management and investment services in global markets. He has advised on the creation and support of offshore and domestic funds, in both established and emerging markets. He has extensive experience in the sales and marketing of funds and institutional pension products globally.

Mike has an MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and a JD degree from Boston College Law School. He has taught at graduate level and lectured extensively at universities in the UK and the US.

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