About Us

About us

Founded in 2014, Quantessence aims to help financial institutions benefit from new technology in the savings market by providing flexible support in a world class infrastructure, taking care of technology and operations and reducing the time to market.

The company is part of the Euroclear Group and brings together experienced financial experts and world class hub developers. Quantessence has operations in the UK and continental Europe.

The company is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Euroclear is a market-owned international infrastructure, which aims to strengthen the world’s capital markets by providing leading and secure pre-and post-trade services. Euroclear currently holds over 28 trillion euro assets for clients in over 90 countries.

Rated AA- by Fitch and AA by Standard & Poor’s.

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Pierre Yves Goemans

Chairman of the Board

Pierre Yves Goemans chairs the board of Quantessence, representing Euroclear.

Pierre Yves Goemans - Chairman of the Board
Pierre Yves is Managing Director at Euroclear where he is Global Head of Strategy for the group. Pierre Yves is also an advisor to Euroclear Bank’s management committee.

Previously, he was head of commercial, in charge of worldwide commercial development, marketing, client administration and client-related IT projects rollout at Group level. Pierre Yves joined Euroclear in 2005 to run product management for the group. He was responsible for selecting markets, instruments and client types as well as Euroclear’s pricing policy.

Prior to joining Euroclear, Pierre-Yves fulfilled senior positions in the asset management industry. Initially at Fortis Investment Management where he was member of the management committee, and subsequently at Invesco where Pierre Yves was head of business development for Western Europe and country manager for France. Pierre Yves started his career in global markets at JPMorgan in 1986 and worked for McKinsey from 1989 to 1994.

Pierre Yves is a civil engineer from the Université Catholique de Louvain where he has also obtained a postgraduate degree in management with Highest Honours. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Catherine Trempont-Henrijean

Director

Catherine Trempont-Henrijean serves as a non-executive director on the board of Quantessence, representing Euroclear.

Catherine Trempont-Henrijean - Non-executive Director

At Euroclear, Catherine is department head of supply chain, reporting to the Group CFO. Previously, Catherine has fulfilled various senior positions in Euroclear’s finance department, amongst others as CFO of Euroclear UK and Ireland. Catherine has joined Euroclear as an employee of the Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York in 1986 and has subsequently taken up positions in operations, IT and Finance.

Catherine holds a Master’s degree, cum laude, in Applied Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain.

wim hautekiet

Director

Wim Hautekiet serves as non-executive director on the board of Quantessence.

Wim Hautekiet - Non-executive Director

He is General Counsel of Dexia. Prior to Dexia, Wim was Managing Director at J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank, based in London, responsible for world-wide Legal support for Investor Services.

Wim has been involved in finance law since 1984 as an Associate with Linklaters Belgium. Prior to re-joining J.P. Morgan, he was an Executive Vice President at BNY Mellon where he served as CEO of The Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV (Brussels) and before that as Deputy General Counsel for EMEA (London). He also served as General Counsel to Clearstream (Luxembourg) from 1998 until 2002, and was in private practice at the Brussels bar before that.

Wim holds a Lic. Iuris from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and a LL.M. from the University of Illinois (USA), as well as Postgraduate Diplomas in Financial Management from Solvay Business School (Belgium) and INSEAD (France). He is also a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (London).

Peter De Clercq

Chief Executive Officer

Peter runs the company and is in charge of business development and sales. He sits on the Board and chairs the Management Committee.

Peter De Clercq - Chief Executive Officer

Peter has over 30 years experience in financial markets.

For 8 years before founding Quantessence, Peter was Managing Director at Barclays Capital where he ran the sales and project management of the iCPPI programme commercialised by a major European insurer. At Barclays, Peter previously led the Benelux sales team, and ran solutions sales for the region, working with major financial institutions on strategic projects.

Prior to Barclays, Peter worked for Goldman Sachs, working with large financial institutions mostly in Belgium and the Netherlands. Before Goldman Sachs, Peter worked for JPMorgan from 1991 to 2002. He co-headed the Benelux trading desk until 1996, and subsequently moved to fixed income sales. Peter started his career in the markets division of KBC in Belgium. He also spent a year working for the United Nations in Maputo, Mozambique, running the financial management of development projects.

Peter holds a Maîtrise en Administration et en Gestion (MBA) in finance from IAG at UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), as well as an MA in Philology from the University of Leuven (Belgium).

Email: peter.declercq@quantessence.com

Nikolaos Papadopoulous

Chief Operating Officer

Nikolaos runs the company’s operations and has architected its systems. He sits on the Board and currently heads the firm’s development centre in Prague.

Peter De Clercq - Chief Executive Officer
Nikolaos has more than 25 years of Innovation, Project management and Corporate Value Creation experience.

Prior to joining Quantessence Nikolaos designed and implemented several innovative systems including automated testing systems, performance enhancing systems, integrated film and entertainment platforms, lead generating and predictive systems for the real-estate industry. He has conceptualized, designed and Project Managed many mission critical systems to upper echelon clientele including P&G Europe, P&G Americas, ExxonMobil Europe and USA, Shell Netherlands Europe, Accenture France and UK, Price Waterhouse Coopers, EDS Australia and US (Plano – Texas).

Nikolaos has an MBA from Melbourne Business School, an Honors degree in Civil Engineering, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science all from the University of Melbourne.

Michelle Thresh

 Compliance Officer

Michelle runs compliance for the firm, reporting directly to the Board. Michelle also takes care of the firm’s business management.

Michelle Thresh - Compliance Officer
Michelle has worked in Financial Services for over 20 years and undertaken similar operational positions at St. James’s Place Wealth Management, where she helped establish and grow a team of advisers, and in the establishment of WHIreland’s Investor Forum.  Before that Michelle worked for 4 years in various positions in policy and operations for the FSA (now FCA), at Coutts private banking, and for 8 years in PwC’s Financial Planning Department as an adviser and team manager.

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Peter De Clercq

Chief Executive Officer

Peter runs the company and is in charge of business development and sales. He sits on the Board and chairs the Management Committee.

Pierre Yves Goemans - Chairman of the Board
Peter has over 30 years experience in financial markets. For 8 years before founding Quantessence, Peter was Managing Director at Barclays Capital where he ran the sales and project management of the iCPPI programme commercialised by a major European insurer. At Barclays, Peter previously led the Benelux sales team, and ran solutions sales for the region, working with major financial institutions on strategic projects.
Prior to Barclays, Peter worked for Goldman Sachs, working with large financial institutions mostly in Belgium and the Netherlands. Before Goldman Sachs, Peter worked for JPMorgan from 1991 to 2002. He co-headed the Benelux trading desk until 1996, and subsequently moved to fixed income sales. Peter started his career in the markets division of KBC in Belgium. He also spent a year working for the United Nations in Maputo, Mozambique, running the financial management of development projects.
Peter holds a Maîtrise en Administration et en Gestion (MBA) in finance from IAG at UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), as well as an MA in Philology from the University of Leuven (Belgium).

Nikolaos Papadopoulous

Chief Operating Officer

Nikolaos runs the company’s operations and has architected its systems. He sits on the Board and currently heads the firm’s development centre in Prague.

Nikolaos Papadopoulous - Chief Operating Officer

Nikolaos has more than 25 years of Innovation, Project management and Corporate Value Creation experience.

Prior to joining Quantessence Nikolaos designed and implemented several innovative systems including automated testing systems, performance enhancing systems, integrated film and entertainment platforms, lead generating and predictive systems for the real-estate industry. He has conceptualized, designed and Project Managed many mission critical systems to upper echelon clientele including P&G Europe, P&G Americas, ExxonMobil Europe and USA, Shell Netherlands Europe, Accenture France and UK, Price Waterhouse Coopers, EDS Australia and US (Plano – Texas).

Nikolaos has an MBA from Melbourne Business School, an Honors degree in Civil Engineering, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science all from the University of Melbourne

Michelle Thresh

 Compliance Officer

Michelle runs compliance for the firm, reporting directly to the Board. Michelle also takes care of the firm’s business management.

Michelle Thresh - Compliance Officer

Michelle has worked in Financial Services for over 20 years and undertaken similar operational positions at St. James’s Place Wealth Management, where she helped establish and grow a team of advisers, and in the establishment of WHIreland’s Investor Forum.  Before that Michelle worked for 4 years in various positions in policy and operations for the FSA (now FCA), at Coutts private banking, and for 8 years in PwC’s Financial Planning Department as an adviser and team manager.