Appointments

JPMorgan is set to appoint former Google executive Apoorv Saxena this week as its new head of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning services.

Based in Palo Alto, California, he will report to John Fathers, head of big data and pattern ownership, Saxena will also serve as the head of asset and wealth management AI technology.

Online wealth manager Tiller has appointed four new members of staff to its investment team. Shezad Lakha has been appointed as head of quantitative investments, while Daniel Greenhough has been named senior investment portfolio manager. Glenn Baggley and Douglas Shaw will also join the company as directors.

Lakha is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder who has spent 20 years in the asset management industry, while Greenhough is a CFA qualified investment professional with nine years of experience in managing private client portfolios. Baggley has more than 20 years’ investment expertise as a quantitative engineer, while Shaw has worked in finance for more than 30 years and asset management for 25.

Jonathan Wauton, chief investment officer and co-founder of Tiller, commented: “I am pleased that we have been able to attract the type of talent Doug, Shezad, Glenn and Daniel bring to Tiller. Between them they have worked at some of the most well-known or successful asset managers in the world and their expertise will serve to benefit Tiller’s discerning clients who are looking for a premium online wealth manager and more control over their investments.”

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.”

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