Meet Open GI Ireland’s leadership team

With a wealth of experience gained from a variety of commercial and private sectors, such as software, finance, insurance, banking and technology, the Open GI Ireland leadership team is led by Group Chief Executive Officer, Chris Guillaume. Chris’ team and the wider Open GI Group is committed to expanding and deepening its technology to fully support all MGAs, Brokers and Insurers throughout Ireland’s and the UK’s General Insurance market.

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Chris Guillaume Open GI Chief Executive Officer

Chris Guillaume

Group Chief Executive Officer


Chris joined the business in 1999 and held a number of board positions before being appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2008. His responsibilities include setting the strategy for the business and liaising with our investors. He was part of the original buyout team in 2006 and has guided the business through two further buyouts. Chris has over 30 years experience in the software industry, having previously worked at GUS Plc and Misys Plc.

Nick Giddings Open GI Chief Marketing Officer

Nick Giddings

Chief Marketing Officer


Nick leads the strategic product roadmap along with the product and value proposition for the business. He heads up both the Product Management and Marketing & PR functions. Nick has more than 25 years insurance experience and has held a number of senior positions in the broker-facing market.

Simon Hughes Open GI Chief Operating Officer

Simon Hughes

Chief Operating Officer


Simon joined the business in 2003 and is ultimately responsible for software development and delivery, customer services and technical operations.

David Kelly Open GI Chief Sales Officer

David Kelly

Chief Sales Officer


David joined the business in 2006 and held a number of Board positions before being appointed Chief Sales Officer in June 2017. His responsibilities include the sales strategy to brokers, insurers and partners, as well as overseeing Open GI London. Before joining Open GI, David enjoyed a career spanning 20 years at Lloyds Banking Group.

Bernie Pelster Open GI Chief People Officer

Bernie Pelster

Chief People Officer


Bernie is responsible for the strategic direction of Open GI’s talent, employee engagement and internal communications agendas. Bernie’s HR career spans 20 years across public and private organisations, focusing mainly on employee relations, HR technology and mergers and acquisitions.

Charlie Ralph Open GI Chief Financial Officer

Charlie Ralph

Chief Financial Officer


Charlie joined Open GI in late 2016 and is responsible for the businesses’ strategic financial direction. Charlie brings a wealth of financial and commercial experience assembled during a decade in M&A in the City, then subsequently, a dozen years as Chief Financial Officer of Hamptons, Alliance Medical and Hospedia.

John Stephenson Open GI Chief Technology Officer

John Stephenson

Chief Technology Officer


John leads the strategic technology roadmap for Open GI products and is responsible for software architecture and new technology. With more than 15 years’ experience in insurance and banking technology sectors, John has held a number of senior positions in software architecture and consulting.

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