Pelican strengthens trade finance compliance team with senior appointment

27 NOVEMBER 2018

Pelican bolsters financial crime compliance team with the appointment of Byron McKinney as Trade Finance Compliance Product Manager.

LONDON – 27 NOVEMBER 2018 – Pelican, a global provider of AI-powered payments and financial crime compliance systems for banks and corporates, has strengthened its compliance management team with the appointment of Byron McKinney as Trade Finance Compliance Product Manager, based in Pelican’s London headquarters.

Byron brings considerable expertise to Pelican, with over 15 years’ experience across the trade compliance and commodity trade sector. Byron is a seasoned product manager with a successful and consistent track record of leading digital transformation projects and new technology deployment solutions. Most recently Byron led the Global Trade Compliance team at Accuity, responsible for launching the North American dual-use goods application and also its real-time vessel tracking product. Prior to this Byron spent a number of years at Thomson Reuters in the commodity trade division creating and designing digital products for the coal, gas and shipping markets in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Parth Desai, Founder and CEO of Pelican, commented: “We are delighted to appoint Byron as Pelican Trade Finance Compliance Product Manager. Leveraging our unique expertise in Artificial Intelligence disciplines, Pelican provides our customers with market-leading trade finance compliance solutions, including document consistency checks, dual-use goods screening, and red-flag indicators. Byron’s extensive trade compliance experience will further strengthen our financial crime compliance team, and I look forward to the contribution he will make in developing our PelicanSecure product suite.”

Byron McKinney added: “Across the industry, Pelican is well known for its ground-breaking use of Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing technology to derive meaning and understanding across all trade instruments and messages, delivering highly functional and efficient financial crime compliance solutions. I am extremely excited to be joining such an innovative and pioneering company and am keen to assist with further developing Pelican’s end-to-end trade finance compliance solutions.”

About Pelican

Pelican has pioneered the practical application of AI technology to enhance, streamline and secure the payments life-cycle and ensure financial crime compliance. With over twenty years of payments domain experience and AI expertise, Pelican is uniquely placed to deliver innovative and agile solutions – partnering with customers to drive consistent and sustainable growth in today’s real-time economy. To date, Pelican has enabled outstanding efficiency benefits and increased speed to market for customers in over 55 countries, processing more than one billion transactions worth over US$5 trillion. Pelican is a global company with offices in New York, London, Amsterdam, Dubai, Mumbai and Hong Kong.   For more information, visit

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