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Tuesday 23 October 2018



Written by Chris Lemmon

Zopa has announced the appointment of three new hires to its executive team. Phillip Dransfield will join the firm as chief risk officer, Steve Hulme as chief finance officer and Clare Gambardella as chief customer officer. The news comes as the company moves towards launching its next generation banking platform.

Jaidev Janardana, Zopa’s CEO, comments: “Last year was another stellar year for the growth and development of Zopa and our team continues to go from strength to strength in 2018 at what is a hugely exciting time for the business. We’re delighted to have three high profile and exceptionally talented people join the business. Our people are our biggest competitive advantage and these additions further strengthen our position.”

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), the post trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry, has named Timothy Lind as managing director of the company’s data services. Lind, who previously worked as global head of financial regulatory solutions at Thomson Reuters, will be responsible for guiding the firm’s data businesses, including services that leverage the data derived from the DTCC’s processing platforms.

Commenting on the appointment, Lind said: “I’m excited to partner with my colleagues and the industry to identify innovative ways to increase the value of DTCC’s data offerings to enable compliance with regulatory requirements, optimize capital use and more effectively manage risk.”

Trading and investment specialist Saxo Bank has appointed Damian Bunce as chief client officer, effective from 19 February 2018. Bunce has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, with particular expertise in electronic trading across asset classes gained through a number of global banks in London, New York, York and Moscow.

Kim Fournais, founder and CEO of Saxo Bank, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Damian Bunce to drive our client-centric strategy, value proposition and the needs of our key customers. His strong track record of delivering results for electronic trading businesses across sales, trading, product management and governance will be extremely valuable in delivering value to both our clients and shareholders.”

Financial technology firm Intelligent Environments has announced Jeremy Young as its new chief executive officer. Young will join the firm from Fiserv, where he was responsible for all sales and marketing activities in EMEA. Prior to this, Young served as head of retail banking and insurance with Oracle as well as holding the role of general manager of EMEA with Adeptra.

Commenting on his new role, Young said: “Joining Intelligent Environments is a tremendously exciting prospect. With the company at the forefront of digital innovation in the financial services sector, leading its future growth and development is an immense opportunity.”

Usman Chaudry has been named as chief risk officer at Gatehouse Bank, effective from 2 January. Chaudry’s previous roles include risk director at Tandem and director – global head, policy and risk governance at Standard Chartered Bank. He has also occupied various positions in risk management for KPMG, Barclays Bank and GE Capital International.

Charles Haresnape, Gatehouse Bank’s CEO, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Usman to Gatehouse, where his experience of risk disciplines adds the final jigsaw piece to our executive team.”

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