SkySparc is a business consultancy with a focus on driving value for corporates and financial institutions. For over 20 years we have been helping our customers achieve efficiencies through progressive software, domain expertise and technological excellence. It is through our tried-and-tested methodology, client commitment and independence that SkySparc continues to bring innovations to support its clients.
SkySparc was named Technology Consultant of the Year in Central Banking’s FinTech & RegTech Global Awards 2021 and 2019, has previously won Treasury Today’s Adam Smith Award for Best Risk Management Solution and Central Banking’s Consultancy and Advisory Award, and is a five-time winner of Dagens Industri’s Gazelle Award.
Our mission is to drive value for corporates and financial institutions, helping them achieve efficiencies and innovations through progressive software, domain expertise and technological excellence.
Major EU central bank partnership
Quality Assurance solution roll-out
Received 3rd consecutive DI Gazelle Award
Treasury Today Adam Smith Award
Central Banking Publication Award
Upgrade as-a-Service introduced
Murex practice established
Received 4th DI Gazelle award
Bragnum majority investor
Won Central Banking FinTech award
Launched SkySparc Service Accelerator (SSA)
Launched Datamart Optimizer for Murex
Introduced Cloud migration solution
Received 5th DI Gazelle award
Won 2nd Central Banking FinTech award
Opens Sri Lanka office
FIS practise established
Partnership with Snowflake
Interim practice established
Data analytics practise established
For more than 15 years, SkySparc has worked as a trusted advisor and partner to central banks and government institutions on multiple complex projects. Using our deep system knowledge, we help clients large and small achieve greater automation, transparency and flexibility.
Over 20 years’ of experience has allowed SkySparc to hone the skills and tools required to provide corporate treasuries with efficient, transparent automation across all aspects of treasury management. We deliver visibility, control and financial analysis through comprehensive, flexible support and innovative core solutions.
Lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO) for platforms is key for capital markets organizations. SkySparc provides functional and technical application services leveraging methodologies and accelerators used in implementation and upgrade projects, support services and automated testing services.
SkySparc works with asset managers to help meet investment, risk management and compliance objectives. Over the last 20 years, we’ve delivered value-enhancing advice and solutions across portfolio valuation, collateral management, risk and regulatory reporting for leading asset management organizations.
Joakim has a 20-year track record in delivering support and consulting services to users of multiple trading, treasury and asset management systems in the Nordic and continental European regions, including banks, corporate treasuries, central banks and other financial institutions. Prior to being appointed CEO of SkySparc, Joakim lead TradeTech Consulting (now Virtusa AB) for eight years, building the firm’s business growth on outsourced support service innovation and quality. He was also global head of the Treasury Support Center business unit at NFS Group, providing technical and functional support to corporate treasuries. As well as 20 years’ practical consulting experience on Wallstreet Suite, Joakim has extensive experience of delivering services for similar platforms including SimCorp Dimension and Front Arena.
Joakim holds an MBA in Strategy and Finance from the University of Cape Town, and an MSc in Business Administration and Finance from Jönköping University.
Rebecca Ericsson Birck has more than a decade’s experience in financial management, focused on supporting the sustainable and profitable development of fast-growing multinational companies.
Prior to becoming SkySparc’s first full-time chief financial officer, Rebecca was head of corporate control at Attendo, a leading Nordic care services provider, also serving as acting CFO for a period. In addition to core responsibilities for compliance, reporting, accounting, risk management and internal control, Rebecca oversaw the establishment of Attendo’s risk and internal control function and its Nasdaq OMX Stockholm listing.
Previously, as an IFRS specialist and accounting controller at Swedish power products manufacturer Husqvarna Group, Rebecca was responsible for the firm’s compliance with international financial reporting standards, and led projects to update accounting and reporting.
Rebecca started her career as an auditor at PwC in Stockholm and Malmo, working closely with several major listed companies, having qualified as a Master of Science in Business and Economics from Lunds University, Sweden.
As founder of SkySparc in 2002, Mattias Sandstrom has guided the firm’s development and growth for more than 15 years as CEO and director. Mattias has 25 years of experience at all levels in the financial technology sector, from software development and project management to strategic leadership roles, including the founding of several technology start-ups.
Mattias began his career as software developer at Alta Financial Systems, a local Swedish financial technology company. Following this, Mattias joined the fast growing Trema finance and treasury software business (today ION), holding a number of positions, including financial engineer, product manager and project manager, as well as being a senior business consultant on projects worldwide. Throughout this time, Mattias gained a deep understanding of financial markets and the system now known as Wallstreet Suite and experience in managing large and complex system implementation projects.
Mattias has a Master of Science degree in Engineering Mathematics from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Having served as director of SkySparc during a decade of profitable growth, Thomas Bergqvist continues to shape the firm’s strategy on the board of directors. Over a 30- year career in the financial markets, spanning trading, technology and consulting, Thomas has worked at and with some of the largest organisations in the sector.
Thomas started his career as a management consultant at EY and held management positions within the trading arms of ABN AMRO and Handelsbanken. Prior to SkySparc, Thomas worked at Trema (today ION) for seven years and was instrumental in building the company´s success in the global treasury market. As chief marketing officer, Thomas oversaw a period in which Trema grew its revenues and client base significantly and cemented its position as a global leader in treasury software. Trema was successfully acquired by ION/Warburg Pincus.
Thomas has a Masters' degree in Financial Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics and spent two years on the PhD-program in Finance.
Lars co-founded Bragnum Invest, a specialist small cap private investment firm, in Stockholm in 2016, leveraging 20 years of experience in banking, management consulting and private equity.
Having started his career at Goldman Sachs in London, specializing in M&A and private equity, Lars moved back to Stockholm, first to join McKinsey and Company and then to co-found Keystone Advisors, providing M&A advisory services.
Lars further developed his expertise working with fast-growing companies as partner at two private equity firms with significant activities in the Nordic region: Triton Partners and Acel. In parallel with his successful track record in buy-outs and acquisitions, Lars has overseen company growth as chairman and board member of many Nordic firms.
Lars joined the board of SkySparc following an agreement for Bragnum to take a majority stake in the firm in May 2019.
Lars has a master’s degree in physics and engineering from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in finance from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Anders Steen is a partner at Bragnum Invest, joining the firm in 2017, following almost 20 years advising stakeholders on M&A transactions, largely specializing in private equity and SMEs.
A lawyer by training, Anders first developed his MA expertise in the M&A corporate practice area of Lagerlof & Leman in Malmo, before broadening his experience at Linklaters and Moll Wenden, where he was a partner. Over this period, Anders advised both buyers and sellers of privately-owned businesses in Sweden, Norway and Finland across all industrial sectors. His vast experience supporting business growth includes chairmanship at Blentagruppen.
Like Lars, Anders joined the board of SkySparc following an agreement for Bragnum to take a majority stake in the firm in May 2019.
Anders holds a degree in social sciences from Sunnerboskolan and a master of law (LL.M) from Lund University. He was a member of the Swedish Bar Association 2002-2016.
Fredrik Lindström has over 20 years' experience in financial technology. He has held senior leadership positions at J.P. Morgan, Nordea and Danske Bank across Europe and Asia Pacific, where his primary focus has been in investment banking and trading technology. Previously, he spent several years in consulting around the Wallstreet Suite, both as technical expert and project manager.
Fredrik is currently Chief Digital Officer at Commonwealth Bank, based in Sydney, a role that straddles technology, customer experience, service design and delivery and marketing. He is passionate about digitalization of financial services and is a member of several associations and boards, aiming to help organizations and communities benefit the opportunities offered by technology.
Fredrik joined the board of directors at SkySparc in 2019 and holds a master’s degree in electronic engineering from Lund Institute of Technology.
Magnus Norrström has extensive experience of the finance and IT industries from a career spanning 35 years. He was head of Group IT at Skanska between 2008 and 2012. During this period, he worked with the group's long-term IT strategy, and was responsible for ongoing IT operations and the global roll-out of BIM in Skanska.
Previously, Magnus was head of Group IT at Nordea 2005-2007, managing a budget of approximately €700 million and 3,000 employees. At Nordea, Magnus was responsible and co-responsible of a number of change programs throughout the Nordics, Poland and the Baltics.
Magnus also has extensive experience in consulting, both as an independent and as partner at Accenture in the financial services practice, responsible for complex delivery projects in the Nordic region, between 1985 and 2005. During his tenure with Accenture, Magnus’s focus was program management for complex IT change programs, covering all aspects including governance, system design, implementation, deployment and operations.
Magnus join the board of SkySparc at the end of 2019. Magnus has a Master of Science in Engineering Physics from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenberg.
Marcus has an MSc from Linköping University, one of the top universities in Sweden, majoring in financial mathematics. Over the last decade and across various roles at SkySparc, he has built up an in-depth understanding of treasury and risk management systems and has a comprehensive understanding of financial markets and instruments.
As Head of Software Solutions, Marcus quickly grasps new information and approaches problems in a systematic way.
Andreas has more than 20 years’ experience of working in senior positions, leading projects and driving strategy at firms across the finance sector. He joins SkySparc following the acquisition of strategic, operational and transformation consultancy Mindbanque, which he has led as CEO since 2018.
Andreas has strong expertise in product and business development, based on his extensive track record working strategically and operationally with firms across banking, finance and securities to enhance performance and deliver transformational projects. Areas of expertise include securities, mutual funds, retail products, product development, business and strategy development.
Prior to his role at Mindbanque, Andreas spent nine years as CEO at a Swedish securities broker firm, with about 40 employees, approximately 70,000 customers and annual sales of approximately SEK 50 million. Andreas also has experience of starting up an equity index fund manager, where he became chairman of the board for three years.
Andreas has an MBA in International Finance from Lund University.
Daniel's first job was at Shell, where he rose to become head of oil distribution for the Stockholm region. His career took a decisive turn in 1997 when he joined Devitec, took a university degree in creative computer science and went on to establish, build and manage the internal IT Service Desk at SBAB, managing their IT infrastructure together with in-house IT technicians and serving end-users. He then further developed his expertise during 11 years at TradeTech Consulting / Virtusa, where he built and led the firm’s multi-system Financial Systems Support function, serving banks, corporates and financial institutions. Daniel now leads SkySparc’s Center of Excellence (CoE).
Stellan has more than 25 years’ experience in Fintech across capital markets, treasury and asset management working for users, vendors and service providers. Most recently, he was senior client manager for the Nordic region at Murex, responsible for bringing the full capability of the firm’s technology and services to its customers across Northern Europe.
Prior to Murex, Stellan was Head of Advisory Services within global exchanges group, Nasdaq’s Technology Division, helping exchanges and other marketplaces with strategic advice to develop their businesses. During this time, he led multiple advisory projects, including ones focused on start-up markets, benchmarking studies, and adopting new regulations.
Previously, Stellan held business development and sales/account management positions within Wallstreet Systems (ION) and was Head of IT and Development for the Global Trading Operations at Handelsbanken Markets.
Stellan started his career as management consultant at EY Financial Services and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in finance from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Henrik Crone was formerly Chief Technology Officer at Swedish public pension fund AP2. As well as his experience at AP2, Crone has two decades of experience developing and managing innovative solutions and strategies at financial institutions globally. With deep levels of expertise gained from working with banks, financial service providers and corporates of all sizes, Crone’s specialist skillsets include strategic planning, change management, strategic business development and leadership.
Crone spent a decade at Virtusa/ TradeTech , where his roles included head of Digital Innovation Labs in Northern Europe, focused on enabling clients to develop innovative new solutions, head of sales and business development, and Nordic head of business development for the firm’s treasury practice. Previous roles include senior consultant at financial technology consultancy NFS, where Crone was responsible for treasury reengineering and implementation projects at large corporates, financial institutions, banks and governments.
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