Meet our management

Patrick Ryan

Patrick Ryan

Managing Director

Patrick has over 20 years of experience in international business development, process consulting, IT, shared-service centre set-up and management, outsourcing and offshoring.

Patrick started his career with KPMG in Ireland in the mid-80s. After a couple of years in London, Patrick moved to the Netherlands where he progressed through a series of international IT management, leadership and business development positions with the ABN Amro Bank, Mattel Toys and Wipro Technology. Patrick received an MBA from IESE in September 2002.

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Willem van Exter

Director of Operations

Willem joined Equiniti KYC Solutions in 2011 and he is responsible for daily operations and client engagement. Willem also leads the Equiniti KYC Solutions team in ACAMS-certification preparation and has a particular interest in Lean, Six Sigma and the Capability Maturity Modeling.

Before joining Equiniti KYC Solutions, Willem was an Independent Consultant advising major Dutch financial institutions on the client onboarding experience - monitoring their client orientation and service attitude; advising on improvements and measuring the effectiveness of different training programs.

Willem has a BSc and MSc from the University of Amsterdam, the latter with a specialisation in corporate governance and organisational economics.


Robert Soetens

Director of Technology 

Robert joined Equiniti KYC Solutions in early 2012 as a KYC-AML analyst after a brief interest in the diplomatic life.

Robert started the Systems department together with Patrick, and managed the development of the 'KYC Passport' solution since its inception as a Product Manager. With an ever growing team, Robert is currently leading the product development and client implementation effort as Director of Technology, focusing on the principles in Agile and DevOps.

Robert has a BA and MA from Maastricht University in European Studies and International Relations.


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Declan Buckley

Director of Client Engagement

Declan began his career with GE and has worked with many international organisations in the intervening years across a range of industry sectors.

For the past 10 years, Declan has focused on delivering significant programmes of change to clients within the Financial Services sector. Projects have included enterprise-wide strategic initiatives and also solution implementations to ensure regulatory compliance for client organisations, both domestic and international.

Declan joined Equiniti KYC Solutions in 2015 and now oversees the engagements between Equiniti KYC Solutions and its clients. A business graduate, Declan also has a Masters in Management Science and holds qualifications in both Corporate Governance and Operational Risk Management.

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Nick Amodeo

Financial Manager


Nick joined Equiniti KYC Solutions in 2015, and is responsible for capital allocation, operational finance, commercials, reporting, governance, and procurement at the company level. Nick also acts as a financial business partner in business & corporate development initiatives, providing resourcing, strategy and support to various business units where required.

Prior to joining Equiniti KYC Solutions, Nick worked briefly in Private Equity, facilitating international joint ventures, before co-founding an underwriting facility specializing in commercial auto risks in the north east United States.

Nick holds a B.B.A with a dual-concentration in Finance and Marketing from the University of Miami.