Freddie Quek – SoleraVP Software Engineering
Freddie is a highly experienced Technology leader in the publishing and information sectors. His portfolio of digital products has included some of the most well-known brands in the STM world. He is an alumnus of the London School of Economics and Templeton College, Oxford University.
At Solera Inc. as VP of Software Engineering which is a global leader in digital technologies that manage and protect life’s most important assets – cars, homes and identities; his most recent strategic initiative is to drive the transformation of EMEA countries by adopting a global Risk Management Systems platform. He is also a Research Associate at Henley Business School, researching into how technology leadership can help organisations achieve their ambidextrous ambitions in running and changing the business at the same time.
Previously he was Group Head of Software at Collinson Group providing solutions in loyalty, insurance, travel and financial services. At Wiley, he started as Director of Engineering responsible for Wiley InterScience, platform integration with Blackwell and launch of Wiley Online Library. In 2013, he led the technology transition of Wiley’s largest revenue generating society owned partnership with the American Geophysical Union. He became Director of Strategic Initiatives charged with establishing a new organizational capability to execute strategic yet unplanned initiatives. His team was awarded the IT Project Team of the Year at the UK IT Industry Awards. In 2014 he received his third Wiley President’s Award in 4 years and the MarkLogic Customer Excellence award for achieving his Mission Impossible with its NoSQL technology. In 2015, he was a recipient of the Wiley Pacesetter Award in navigating complex negotiations and technical challenges to deliver a ground-breaking multi-million licensing deal.
At Reed Elsevier, he managed teams of Java/J2EE developers developing the society journals platform and Elsevier’s first electronic product for the clinical market partnering with the American College of Cardiology. In 2005, he also led Elsevier’s first Agile project in the development of PathConsult. He started his publishing career at Current Science Group where he led the BioMedNet team that was acquired by Elsevier.
At Contech 2018, his presentation “Data data everywhere… what intelligence is required to make sense of the ocean of data?” provided examples in different industries that illustrated the considerations to be had and the importance of the appropriate intelligence to be applied.