What makes us different from other companies are our values. We live for collaborative solutions – partnerships that matter – partnerships that make a major impact on the profitability, customer service, and reputation of our clients.

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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 Ambitions

Our ambition is to create business value by building solutions that address our clients’ needs. Our aim is to create and deliver outstanding solutions that our clients and their customers love.

Our Story

Horizon8 is the European and North American arm of innovative technology company, HengTian, which was originally founded in 2004 as a partnership between Boston based State Street, Hangzhou based Insigma Technology and Zhejiang University.

The name, HengTian, directly translates as infinite horizons. A meaning that has never been so relevant as we see the unlimited possibilities that our ever-evolving data analytics, AI and enterprise blockchain solutions continue to create for our clients and partners.

Operating at the intersection of business and technology, Horizon8 applies world leading scientific expertise, along with extensive industry experience, to deliver solutions tailored to the unique needs of the North American and European markets. Horizon8 has a highly talented and experienced pool of more than 2,000 employees. Our leadership team has extensive experience and industry domain knowledge having worked with leading brands over the past 15 years. Horizon8 is here to help you discover the infinite possibilities available to you and your 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 responsible for leading the company throughout Europe, including general operations, business development, 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 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.

Ciaran Corkery
Ciaran Corkery

Principal Solutions Consultant of Horizon8. Ciaran is responsible for engaging and working with Horizon8’s clients across Europe to ensure their needs and expectations are met by our existing solutions as well as working with them to develop our product and services roadmap to meet the future needs of the market.
Ciaran is an experienced IT delivery and client relationship professional with more than 6 years of client-site delivery and relationship management experience.

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

Principal Solutions Architect of Horizon8. Shane is focused primarily on the Business Development and Client Relationships functions as Horizon8 expands it European footprint. Shane is responsible for providing high levels of client satisfaction by designing and proposing solutions. Shane leverages and expands the Horizon8 suite of proprietary technologies and services in consultation with clients to meet their needs.

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, specializing as an Oracle solutions architect.

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