Better, Faster, More Secure Trading.

This is Who We Are.

By utilizing blockchain technology, 9th Gear increases transparency for regulators while ensuring availability of funds and reducing capital requirements to better serve traders and lenders.

We've linked the chains. It's time to trade.

Better, Faster, More Secure Trading.

This is Who We Are.


About 9th Gear

9th Gear Technologies is the only B2B institutional marketplace that enables same day Foreign Exchange (FX) transactions with on-demand liquidity. We offer greater transparency, reduced risk and lower cost to vastly more participants. Through a digital transformation of the backend, 9th Gear has re-imagined the FX transaction, moving from a process where a handful of global banks dominate the FX market and trades take two days to settle, to a trade that is open to new participants and can be completed in minutes. 9th Gear leverages the smart contracts and distributed ledger of a private permissioned blockchain to transform this $5.1 trillion daily industry.


CEO + Founder

Maryanne Morrow

Maryanne brings over 25 years as a corporate veteran of finance, marketing and advertising. She is an expert on blockchain, ICOs and cryptocurrency and is an active angel investor. Previously, she was CEO and founder of a start-up accelerator focusing on faster paths to monetization.



David Paul

A Silicon Valley tech veteran, David brings extensive financial operations experience working with high tech manufacturing companies, where he led large scale technology implementations and participated in multiple initial public offerings.

CEO + Founder

Maryanne Morrow

Maryanne brings over 25 years as a corporate veteran of finance, marketing and advertising. She is an expert on blockchain, ICOs and cryptocurrency and is an active angel investor. Previously, she was CEO and founder of a start-up accelerator focusing on faster paths to monetization. Maryanne is also a member of the Board of Directors.

Chief Financial Officer

Declan O'Beirne

Declan brings 30 years of financial services experience including custodial, brokerage, asset management, banking and insurance services. Past roles include VP of Strategy at AIG Life & Retirement, CFO & Chief Risk Officer of John Hancock’s wholesale and retail distribution networks, as well as CFO & Treasurer of GunnAllen Financial, Inc. where he was a member of the turnaround team.

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Chief Marketing Officer

Mary-Lou Smulders

Mary-Lou brings tremendous passion, strategic depth and more than 25 years of high tech sales, marketing and leadership experience. She is a tenured CMO, board member and advisor from several technology start-ups.

Chief Information Officer

Kathy Maher

Kathy has deep business and management experience in capital markets, asset management and wealth management. She held senior technology and operations leadership positions where she built and integrated global operating infrastructures.

SVP Sales

Simon Stillwell

Simon brings over 25 years of financial technology sales and management experience. He has served on several boards and has deep expertise in building, mentoring and managing successful sales teams across the globe. His career has focused on the financial service sector selling solutions to asset managers, banks, hedge funds and custodians.

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SVP Customer Success

Gretchen Wilson

Gretchen brings 25 years of financial services experience spanning product manufacturers, securities clearing firms and retail distribution. She has focused her career on creating, building and expanding these businesses.

VP Product Management

Steve Hawes

Steve’s 25+ year career has focussed on the intersection of financial services and technology including product and operations roles for asset management programs, payment systems, brokerage trading and private client portals.


Fran Leonard

Fran brings over 15 years of capital markets experience including senior roles in treasury and investment services. Her primary focus has been process redesign and change management to optimize team dynamics and effectiveness.

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Board of Directors & Advisors

Chairman of the Board

Bob Bunje

Bob Bunje is a seasoned executive with over 50 years of experience in financial services, and consulting. He offers specific focus in M&A, IPO’s as well as financial strategy and budgetary oversight.

board Member

Jim Emerich

Jim is a Silicon Valley finance veteran with more than 25 years of experience at multiple technology startups in the CFO and financial executive positions.


Carrie Catlin

Carrie is currently serving as a Principal at Fenway Financial Advisors. She has worked in financial services for over 25 years, around the world, including leadership roles for institutional advisers as well as developing and selling trading systems to traders.


Jim Glascott

As a 30+ year expert of the finance industry, Jim has a deep understanding of all aspects of institutional banking including capital raises, risk management and debt/lending strategies. He has also been closely  involved in the structuring and execution of some of the largest acquisition finance deals completed to date.


David Gopal

David brings 20 years of foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives sales and trading experience. He is an expert in cross-currency swaps, FX options, as well as derivative accounting and analytics services. He also brings technical expertise in regulatory, compliance, and risk management issues.


Phil Harris

Phil brings over 30 years of experience in the financial technology and capital markets arena. He has been involved in multiple efforts to improve the current market structure, clearing and settlement activities in foreign exchange (FX). Phil also served as a board member at the FXPA.


Amanjyot S. Johar

With a background in strategy, operations, and deal-making, Aman has worked with a variety of startups and has recently focussed blockchain application including expertise in the business and regulatory implications of utilizing blockchains and tokenizing assets.


Josiah Sullivan

Josiah has a deep understanding of security and access engineering, operations and product planning with a proven track record of driving breakout growth in engineering services team by consistently reducing cost while increasing performance.



9th Gear is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, long-term unemployment or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Join the Team

9th Gear is a FinTech blockchain startup based in Silicon Valley with offices in New York City, Boston, and Salt Lake City. We are looking for people who are high-energy, positive and excited to work on new businesses and develop our culture of team-based work practices. These opportunities will fit passionate people who embrace high integrity and enjoy making a big difference.

If you are a self-starter, have successful start-up experience and think 9th Gear would be a good fit, we would invite you to start a dialogue with us.


Thank You! A 9th Gear team member will contact you ASAP.