Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Xavier Rolet KBE is the Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and Co-Founder of World Quantum Growth Acquisition Corp. Named as one of the 100 Best CEOs in the World in 2017 by Harvard Business Review, Mr. Rolet has over 30 years of experience as an executive and a demonstrated track record of successful turnarounds and continued growth in global financial services. Notably, as Chief Executive Officer of LSEG from 2009 to 2017, Mr. Rolet managed the transformation of the London Stock Exchange (the “LSE”) into one of the world’s largest exchanges by market capitalization. During his tenure, the LSE’s market value grew by approximately $15 billion, corresponding to an 8x increase in share price, delivering an average total shareholder return of approximately 30%. He also oversaw approximately $5 billion of landmark acquisitions by LSEG including, notably, MilleniumIT in 2009, FSA Transaction Reporting System in 2011, FTSE International in 2011, LCH.Clearnet in 2013, Bonds.com in 2014, Russell Investments in 2014, Mergent in 2017 and YieldBook in 2017.
Mr. Rolet has held various senior positions in the financial services industry throughout his career, with a focus on strategy & operations, technology & data investments and global growth. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer of CQS, between 2019 and 2020. He worked at Lehman Brothers from 2000 to 2008, as Co-Head of Global Equity & Derivatives Trading in New York, as Head of European & Asian Equities in London, and as Chief Executive Officer of Banque Lehman Brothers in Paris. He was also Global Head of Risk & Trading at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson between 1997 and 2000. Prior to that, he was Global Head of European Equities at Credit Suisse First Boston between 1994 and 1996. Mr. Rolet began his career on the International Risk Arbitrage desk at Goldman Sachs International Ltd. in 1984 where he stayed on until 1994, departing as Executive Director and Head of European Equities Trading in London.
Mr. Rolet has been a Board Member of Golden Falcon Acquisition Corporation since 2020, Chairman of the Board of Shore Capital Markets since 2020, independent director and Chairman of the Risk Committee of Phosagro PJSC from 2018 to 2019 and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Phosagro PJSC since 2019, Independent Non-Executive Director of Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc since 2020 and Independent Non-Executive Director of Tadawul since 2019. He is also a Member of the Senior Advisory Board of Towerbrook Capital Partners LP since 2020, an External Director to Portfolio Companies of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) since 2019, an Expert Advisor to the Shanghai Institute of Finance for the Real Economy (SIFRE) since 2018. In addition, Mr. Rolet holds positions at a number of other privately held companies; notably, he is Managing Member of Grayling Centennial since 2017 and Senior Advisor to Ranchlands Inc. since 2017. Mr. Rolet previously served as a director of MTS between 2009 and 2017, as a director of Elite between 2012 and 2017 and as a director of LCH.Clearnet between 2013 and 2017.
After graduating from the École Supérieure de Commerce de Marseille (currently the KEDGE Business School) with an MSc in Management Science & Finance in 1981, Mr. Rolet served as a Second Lieutenant and Instructor at the French Air Force Academy. He then attended Columbia Business School, where he received an MBA in 1984 and where he currently serves as a Member of the Board of Overseers since 2011. Mr. Rolet also completed his post-graduate studies from the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Defense Nationale in 2008. Mr. Rolet is an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE), a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour of France, an Officer of the Royal Sharifian Order of Al-Alawi of Morocco and a Member of the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation. Mr. Rolet has been awarded numerous awards and recognitions, including the Risk.Net Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
Chief Financial Officer and Director
Serge Harry is the Chief Financial Officer, Director and Co-Founder of World Quantum Growth Acquisition Corp. Mr. Harry has over 30 years of experience in capital markets and financial markets infrastructures, with an expertise in strategy & operations, M&A, restructurings, regulatory dialogue and engagement, investments, capital raisings and IPOs. Notably, during his time as Chief Financial Officer, Euronext’s market capitalization grew by approximately $9 billion, corresponding to a 4x increase in share price. He also helped deliver an average total shareholder return of approximately 45%, a revenue increase of 1.6x, an earnings increase of 2.8x and EBITDA margin expansion of 18 percentage points. He led over $1.6 billion of acquisitions and played a pivotal role in the $20 billion merger of Euronext with New York Stock Exchange.
Since August 2020, Mr. Harry has served as Chief Executive Officer of Quaternion H Consulting, a boutique consulting firm specialized in Board strategy and M&A advisory. Previously, he was Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of CQS. He was also a Member of the Executive Committee of LSEG as well as Chief of Staff to the Group Chief Executive Officer and Head of European Operations & Post-Trade at LSEG from 2013 to 2019. Prior to this, he was a Senior Advisor to the LSEG Chief Executive Officer from 2011 to 2013, working on the successful acquisition of LCH Group. In addition, he served as Chief Executive Officer of SH Consulting, an investment, strategy and M&A Board Advisory Boutique in Financial Services, between 2011 and 2015. Before this, he held international executive positions as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlueNext, a leading global carbon credits trading exchange, from 2007 to 2010, as Group Head of Strategy and Member of the Executive Committee at NYSE Euronext from 2007 to 2008, and as Chief Financial Officer of Euronext from 2000 to 2007, during which time he oversaw the IPO of Euronext in 2001 that resulted in a €400 million equity capital increase. Mr. Harry was also deputy Chief Executive Officer of Paris Stock Exchange from 1999 to 2000, which he joined from SICOVAM (now Euroclear France), where he held a number of positions from 1983 to 1999, including Chief Financial Officer and General Secretary.
Mr. Harry has had vast directorship experience across various roles, businesses, geographies and in highly regulated environments. He is currently Chairman of the Board of XTX Markets SAS Europe, a leading algorithmic trading firm, since 2019, and Member of the Audit Committee of XTX Markets Group since 2019. He previously served as Chairman of MTS Markets France between 2014 and 2019 and as Chairman of globeSettle between 2014 and 2019. In addition, he was a Board Member and a Member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees of LCH SA Banque between 2013 and 2019, CurveGlobal between 2017 and 2019, GL Trade between 2004 and 2008, Marco Polo Network Inc. between 2008 and 2009, ATOS Euronext Market Solutions between 2003 and 2007 and Liffe between 2002 and 2007.
Mr. Harry was ranked second of the top-10 most influential French financial executives in the City of London by eFinancial Careers in 2016. He was also a recipient of The Economist CFO Europe Best Practices Award in 2002 and of the Club des Trente Award for Best Financial Transaction in 2001. Mr. Harry received his MBA from Institut Supérieur de Gestion Paris in 1984. In addition, he received a Certificate in Corporate Governance from IFA Sciences Po in 2020 and completed the CFA UK Certificate in ESG Investing in 2020.
Peter K. Lenardos currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of U.K.-based OSTC Group Holdings Ltd., a global market-making and trading firm. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer and then Chief Executive Officer of Cinnober Financial Technology AB (“Cinnober”) between 2018 and 2019, a publicly-listed financial technology company with over 300 employees and a blue-chip client roster on six continents. At Cinnober, he was responsible for strategy, finance, sales/business development, client engagement, restructuring (including rightsizing the cost base) and funding. He led the $220 million sale of Cinnober to Nasdaq Technology AB, which resulted in a greater than 70% return on Cinnober’s share price during his tenure as CEO.
Prior to Cinnober, Mr. Lenardos spent the majority of his career between 2001 and 2018 in investment banking in both the U.S. and U.K., covering M&A advisory, capital raising, equity research and corporate broking, largely at William Blair & Co. and RBC Capital Markets. As an investment banker in the U.S., he advised clients on M&A deals and helped raise capital via public and private equity offerings collectively totaling in the billions of U.S. dollars. In the U.K., he worked on both IPOs and secondary capital raises, collectively totaling in the billions of British pounds.
Mr. Lenardos received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting summa cum laude from Mendoza Business School (University of Notre Dame) in 1997. He earned his MBA with Distinction from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University) in 2001. Additionally, in 2019, Mr. Lenardos completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Emer Timmons has over 20 years of international experience within start-ups and multi-national organizations, combining P&L accountability, strategy conception and delivery as well as IPO management.
In January 2019, Ms. Timmons founded ET Solutions, a provider of strategic engagement professional services and programmes, delivered through consultancy and client focused experiences. In September 2019, she was appointed to Co-Chair the “Leaders as Change Agents” Board, a U.K. government-backed Board aimed at intensifying the campaign for greater diversity at senior levels of business. From 2017 to 2020, Ms. Timmons served as a Non-Executive Director of the FTSE 100 listed Flutter Entertainment, where she was a member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees. Previously, between 2016 and 2019, Ms. Timmons was the Chief Marketing Officer and President of Enterprise Sales for Brightstar, a leading global mobile services company. Prior to this, she was the first female President in BT’s 175 year history, having joined the group in 2006. She was responsible for BT’s multi-billion Global Services U.K. and Product business and played an integral role in its successful turnaround, and helped restore strong profitability and significant market share growth.
Ms. Timmons is also the Vice-Chair of Maynooth University Industry Business Council for the School of Business, part of the National Universities of Ireland.
Ms. Timmons has received various industry recognitions over the last few years including: top places on the Financial Times and HERoes 100 Female Champions of Women in Business list for the last three consecutive years, U.K. Woman of the Year from the Women in IT Awards, the Stevie® International Awards for both Global Female Business Executive of the Year and Global Maverick of the Year, one of the Most Impactful B2B Marketing leaders in Europe and Female U.K. Corporate Leader. She was also awarded the CBI First Women Award for Business Services.
Ms. Timmons achieved a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the National University of Ireland in 1995.