The biggest fintech appointments of 2017 so far Pt. 2

By David Beach | 22 August 2017

Our roundup of the biggest people moves affecting the fintech industry throughout 2017.


Monzo appoints Curve co-founder as COO

Monzo has named Tom Foster-Carter as its new Chief Operations Officer. With previous spells at child friendly banking Osper, and app banking Tandem Bank, he co-founded Curve in 2015 with Shachar Bialick where he served as Head of Operations.

It’s a change in approach for Foster-Carter. Whilst Curve aimed at ‘connected finance’ to pull all payment cards into one Mastercard connected to a mobile app, Monzo are heading down the full current account route.

His role at Curve will be filled by former Payoneer exec Rona Ruthen.

Fidor Solutions appoints new Global CFO

Brad Whittfield has been appointed Global Chief Financial Officer by German banking fintech Fidor Solutions. This newly created role will be based in Fidor Solutions in its global expansion hub in Dubai.

Brad Whittfield, who has previously worked internationally for KPMG and PwC, is excited to continue the Group’s global expansion strategy after Fidor’s phenomenal growth in the last 2 years.

First Czech, Jan Juchelka, appointed CEO of Komerční banka

The former Head of Corporate and Investment banking at Société Générale (SG), Jan Juchelka, took over from Albert Le Dirac’h, the CEO position at Komerční banka, SG’s Czech subsidiary, in early August.

Jan Juchelka rejoins the Czech bank after spending a spell on the board in 2006.

Juchelka said of his appointment: “I am delighted that after five years away, I am returning to KB that is stronger than ever, and a longstanding, stable part of the Czech financial sector. Komerční banka is in a very good place, with satisfied clients, thanks to the highly professional work put in by its employees with Albert Le Dirac’h...at the helm”

Telr appoint Wisam Fadel as CTO

Wisam Fadel brings 12 years’ experience in software development to Telr’s CTO role, having worked with Noon, AIB, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America and MasterCard.

He will primarily head up Telr’s business operations, encompassing product development, innovation and talent building.

The addition of Fadel highlights Telr’s continued focus on growth and investment in the Middle East.

Fintech law firm, Matheson appoints new head of technology and innovation group

Anne-Marie Bohan will lead Matheson’s technology and innovation group. Ms Bohan has been brought in to strengthen the firm on technology-related legal matters, as well as advising on privacy legal issues.

All the more pertinently with PSD2 around the corner, Ms Bohan’s expertise on the legal requirements of financial providers will prove to be an invaluable asset to Matheson, as well as promising for future growth.

Euroloan Group appoints new CEO

James Hickson, with 16 years’ experience on Wall Street and more recently arole leading fintech technology business development practice at Morgan Stanley, has been appointed CEO of Euroloan Group.

Hickson has substantial international banking experience under his belt, having worked in New York, London, Saudi Arabia and Eastern Europe.

Chairman and founder of Euroloan, Tommi Lindfors, commented on the news: “Hickson brings the right mix of international banking experience, deep insight of fintech and an entrepreneurial spirit. He is a proven leader and driver of success in demanding international markets.”    

PwC appoints first Chief Digital Officer

Vishy Narayanan was appointed to the newly created role of Chief Digital Officer at PwC in February earlier this year.

Mr Narayanan previously held the position of Global Head of Digital Technology at Cochlear Limited. His appointment is intended to optimise PwC’s investment technology for the business and their clients for future growth.

Looking to the future, Mr Narayanan said: “I want to help strengthen PwC’s innovative culture and the digital mindset across the whole of the business. I’m determined that we fully embrace the benefits of our technology as this will not only upskill our people, it will ultimately deliver even better value for our clients.”


The biggest fintech appointments of 2017 so far Pt.1 was published on bobsguide last week.