Software and consulting company First Derivatives has named Seamus Keating as its new chief executive with immediate effect. 

Mr Keating succeeds the group's founder, Brian Conlon, who passed away last July. 

A qualified accountant, Mr Keating held senior roles at Logica until its acquisition in 2012 by CGI Group, including chief financial officer and chief operating officer.

Since 2012 he has worked with a number of technology businesses in the private and public markets as chairman and non-executive director. He was appointed a non-executive director of FD in December 2012 and Chairman in July 2013.

The company also today said that non-executive director Donna Troy has been appointed Chairman of the group.

Ms Troy has held CEO, division general management and sales leadership roles in organisations including IBM, Partnerware, McAfee, SAP, Dell and Epicor.