Written by Chris Lemmon
John Judge will be retiring from the ANZ New Zealand board of directors in January 2018, and will be replaced by former prime minister of New Zealand John Key. Key was prime minister from 2008 until 2016, when he announced that he would be retiring from politics. Prior to that, Key had a career in banking and finance, where he worked as head of global foreign exchange with Merrill Lynch, and was also made a member of the foreign exchange committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
ANZ group chair David Gonski said: “John Key’s strong international career in banking, and his understanding of and contacts across the Asia-Pacific – where many Australian and New Zealand companies are increasingly trading – will add great value to the governance of ANZ.”
Charles Silverman has been named head of the expanded financial technology group at Wells Fargo, and will oversee a specialised relationship management team within corporate banking’s technology, media and telecom group. Prior to Silverman’s new role, he served seven years as Wells Fargo global financial institutions’ group head, overseeing teams in more than 32 overseas and US locations.
Eric Houser, head of Wells Fargo technology, media and telecom corporate banking group, commented: “The expanded financial technology group supports the industry with dedicated relationship managers and supportive infrastructure. Chuck and his team provide seamless support to fintech clients and deliver innovative products to our commercial and corporate clients.”
Business finance firm MarketInvoice has announced the appointment of Julian Cassen as senior business development manager. Cassen has over 25 years’ experience in business, commercial and corporate banking, including roles at Lloyds Banking Group and RBS. Julian will work directly with Gavin Sumner, vice president sales, in delivering the business development strategy across sectors and regions whilst inputting on underwriting and risk policies.
Cassen commented: “I have witnessed, first-hand, the changes in business finance services over the past couple of decades, FinTech has accelerated these developments more recently. MarketInvoice has revolutionised the speed of providing business finance, ease of use with their interface for clients and, critically, maintained exceptional customer service standards. I look forward to helping shape the business and take the service far and wide across the UK”.
B2B payments platform TransferMate has confirmed Fabrizio Zanollo as its new director of strategic partnerships. Zanollo joins TransferMate with 15 years’ experience in technology and financial services at companies including Inpay, Paysafe and HSBC, serving most recently as head of strategic partnerships EMEA for Intuit, the producer of Quickbooks.
TransferMate has recently bolstered its senior management team, including the appointment of Rafael de la Vega as North American board advisor, and Gary Conroy as chief commercial manager.
Cardiff-based financial services provider 118 188 Money has named Aku Riaz Chaudhry as its new chief executive officer, starting this month. Chaudhry has over 20 years of experience within the financial services industry across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining 118 118 Money, he served as president and CEO of Telenor Micro Finance Bank, the largest microfinance and mobile money business in Pakistan.
Commenting on his appointment, Chaudhry said: “I am excited to be joining the team at 118 118 Money. 118 118 is a powerful customer-centric brand in the UK which carries a unique position in the world of digital financial services. I am honoured and humbled to have an opportunity to join a winning team and shall endeavour to continue the journey of delivering the 118 118 Money promise.”