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Monday 27 May 2019



Written by Chris Lemmon

Rob Cameron has been named as chief executive, head of payment acceptance at Barclays. Cameron brings 20 years’ experience in merchant acquiring, joining from JP Morgan Chase where he was president of Chase Merchant Services Canada, leading the recent acquisition and integration of platform payments leader WePay in the US.

Barry Rodrigues, chief executive of Barclaycard International, commented: “I am delighted that Rob will be leading our global payments acceptance business and I am confident that he will be a tremendous asset to Barclays as we look to expand in this exciting space. Rob brings strong payments and acquiring knowledge, leadership skills and customer experience which will continue to drive our momentum forward.”

Amir Nooriala has joined FinTech challenger bank OakNorth as chief operating officer, where he will be responsible for internal operations, technology and change delivery of the bank, including all IT systems and operational processes.

Commenting on his appointment, Nooriala said: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining the organisation as it continues to grow its loan book and expand its footprint across the UK, and I look forward to working with the team to launch several new retail products later this year.”

Societe Generale has appointed Claire Calmejane as chief innovation officer, joining from Lloyds Banking Group where she worked as innovation director and established the Innovation Labs and the Digital Academy.

Calmejane will be in charge of driving the venturing efforts in internal and external startups, identifying relevant market trends, developing partnerships with the external ecosystem, harnessing disruptive innovations, emerging technologies and data management.

FinTech startup MarketInvoice has appointed Rija Javed as chief technology officer (CTO) as the company is set to heavily invest in its technology. Joining from Silicon Valley-based startup Wealthfront, Javed becomes one of the first female CTOs at a UK FinTech firm. She will be responsible for the engineering, data, science, and product and design teams.

Commenting on her appointment, Javed said: “Given the exciting roadmap ahead, our immediate focus is to scale up and continue improving our clients’ experience by investing in our team and technology. Thus, as people are the most important aspect of any venture, we’re looking to expand our team, especially in engineering.”

Finastra has announced Simon Paris as its chief executive officer, taking over Nadeem Syed as part of a planned succession process. Paris currently serves as deputy chief executive and has been responsible for driving all of Finastra’s go-to-market operations including sales, marketing, and partner relations and has overseen significant growth in Finastra’s market traction and global footprint.

Robert Smith, founder, chairman and chief execuitve of Vista Equity Partners, commented: “Over the past six years, Nadeem has built the company into a leading player in the Fintech industry, and Simon, with his understanding of how open platform technology can change the face of financial services, will take Finastra to the next level as a true platform company.”

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