Written by Chris Lemmon
Wealth administration software provider GBST has appointed Mark Knowlton as chief technology officer. Knowlton has worked for more than 20 years in the digital technology space, including eight years as chief information officer for AXA UK and AXA Life, as well as senior technology roles at KPMG Management Consulting, CSC and Differencis. Most recently, Knowlton worked as chief information officer at Macquarie Banking and Financial Services.
Commenting on his appointment, Knowlton said: “There is great potential for digital services to transform the financial services industry and create value for clients through collaboration and innovation. I am excited to be joining GBST at this pivotal point in the company’s evolution.”
BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions UK has appointed Mike Quinn as the new head of technology solutions. Quinn previously held the position of head of risk at the firm, and brings 25 years’ experience in finance, encompassing risk, sales, operations and IT project work.
Commenting on his appointment, Quinn said: “The technology market has high growth potential. As businesses realise the sustainable and cost-effective benefits of financing hardware and software rather than outright purchase, IT equipment funding solutions are on the rise. I’m looking forward to continuing to grow BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions’ TS division and help our partners meet increasing demand from end-users for flexible finance options.”
Banco Santander has announced the appointment of Lindsey Argalas as its chief digital and innovation officer. Argalas joins the bank from Silicon Valley-based software firm Intuit, where she held a number of senior positions over the last nine years, including senior vice president and chief of staff. Prior to that, Argalas worked as a principal at the Boston Consulting group for 10 years in Europe, Australia and the US.
Ana Botin, executive chairman of the Santander Group, commented: “The investment and progress we are making in digital is a critically important part of our strategy, allowing us to reach more customers with better, faster and more efficient services. I am delighted to appoint someone of Lindsey’s calibre to this important role.”
Diana Biggs has been named as the new head of digital propositions for HSBC UK and Europe. Biggs has a wealth of experience in the financial services industry, having held senior and advisory roles at the Anthemis Group, DCCB Group and the centre for blockchain technologies at University College London.
Raman Bhatia, head of digital at HSBC UK & Europe, commented: “Technology is evolving at break-neck speed with innovations that could improve us as a bank, and help us help improve our customers' lives. The challenge is for us to embrace the right technology and solutions that give us the edge to continue to be a market leader, and Diana will add a lot of experience and insight to make that happen.”
John Griffith-Jones, chairman of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) has confirmed that he will leave both organisations at the end of his term of office on 31 March 2018. Griffith-Jones was appointed as the first FCA chair in 2013 and became chair of the PSR when it was established in April 2014. HM Treasury will now commence the process of recruiting a new chair for the FCA.
Griffith-Jones commented: “I committed to a five-year fixed term to chair the FCA and, in so doing, to help ensure that conduct regulation became a respected part of the UK financial landscape. It has been, and continues to be, a great privilege to be responsible for the work of both the FCA and the PSR. I like to believe that I will leave both in good shape to regulate well in the future.”