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Monday 21 January 2019



Written by Chris Lemmon

Saxo Bank has appointed Steve Weller its new chief executive for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. He will be based in the Dubai office and report directly to chief channel officer Damian Bunce.

Weller will assume the overall responsibility to develop the business and grow the base of trader, investor and wholesale clients. He has more than 25 years of international experience in the global foreign exchange market, having most recently been managing director and global head of Sberbank of Russia’s (CIB) foreign exchange business.

Weller said: “With the financial industry’s attention increasingly turning to technology and digital client experience, Saxo’s reputation in FinTech makes it the perfect place to operate in order to be at the forefront of these developments.”

Mark Zavadskiy has been appointed as vice president for strategic digital partnerships at Russia's Sberbank, where he will be responsible for developing partnerships with leading Russian and international digital companies. Prior to joining Sberbank, Mr Zavadskiy worked at AliExpress for four years as its Russia and CIS business development director, and was also head of Alibaba Group’s representative office in Russia.

“I am certain that Mark’s experience at one of the world’s biggest digital corporations will help us develop Sberbank’s ecosystem in cooperation with major Russian and international tech companies,” commented Lev Khasis, first deputy chairman of Sberbank’s executive board.

London Stock Exchange Group has named David Schwimmer as its new chief executive officer, who will join the group on 1 August 2018. Schwimmer joins LSEG after a 20 year career at Goldman Sachs. Most recently, David was global head of market structure and global head of metals and mining in investment banking. He began his career at Goldman Sachs in the financial institutions group, focusing on market structure, brokerage and trading. he also served as chief of staff to then president and COO, and spent three years in Moscow as co-head of Goldman Sachs’ business for Russia/CIS.

Donald Brydon, Chairman, London Stock Exchange Group, said: “I am delighted to announce David Schwimmer’s appointment after what has been a comprehensive global search conducted by the Board. David is a leader with great experience in the financial market infrastructure sector, which he has been closely involved in throughout his investment banking career, as well as capital markets experience in both developed and emerging markets.

Cryptocurrency loan exchange Lendingblock has appointed Luca Sbardella as chief technology officer. Sbardella has previously held CTO, lead software engineer and senior quant developer roles as BAML, BMLL Technologies and Citigroup respectively.

Steve Swain, CEO of Lendingblock, commented: “We are very pleased to welcome Luca to our team, with his wealth of software, quant and trading knowledge. Lendingblock is creating a secure and robust trading platform for use by serious investors as the crypto market matures, underscored by the strength and depth of our team’s experience in technology and finance.”

Core banking SaaS solution provider Ohpen UK has named Lydia van de Voort and Ian Hutchinson as CEO and COO respectively. Before taking on the role of CEO, Van de Voort worked directly with Ohpen’s founder Chris Zadeh and worked as business consultant where she was responsible for optimising business processes between the UK and Dutch office.

Hutchinson has over 20 years of experience in UK financial services. Before joining Ohpen he most recently was Director of Operations at International Financial Data Services (IFDS) where he led a team specialised in platform operations, wrap services, wealth administration services and client relationship management.

Parting CEO Angelique Schouten said: “Building a team that reflects our core values was the most difficult business challenge over the past two years. This required a balanced set of people with different qualities and resulted in a 50/50 gender split. With the appointment of Lydia and Ian, there is a team in place to keep the company on its (diversity) course.”

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