People moves: Revolut, UBS and more

By Jessica James

30 August 2019

Meniga appoints new chief operating officer

UK-based Meniga has appointed Arpit Kaushik as new chief operating officer. He has held senior roles in companies such as DXC Technology (digital general manager, banking and capital markets), Wipro (general manager and global client partner) and Oracle (sales director).

Georg Ludviksson, CEO and co-founder at Meniga, said: “We’re really pleased to have Arpit on board. He has a wealth of experience from the IT and financial services industries and a unique understanding of design and innovation, which will be invaluable to our sustained growth. His track record of efficiently managing teams will be instrumental in expanding our global footprint, and helping an ever-growing number of clients personalize their digital banking offering.”

OPTrust appoints new CEO

Toronto-based financial services firm OpTrust has appointed Peter Lindley as president and chief executive officer, effective September 16. Lindley is a financial services industry veteran with over 30 years of experience in strategy, investments and leading high performance teams. He has been the president and head of investments for State Street Global Advisors.

Lindley said: "I'm delighted to join an organization that creates retirement security for so many people and I look forward to building on OPTrust's legacy of delivering excellent results for the Plan's members."

Manchester fintech start-up hires new chairman

Manchester-based fintech B-North has announced Ron Emerson as its new chairman, replacing current chairman Craig IIey on September 16. Emerson is the former head of British Business Bank. 

Emerson said: “The success of small and medium-sized enterprises [SMEs] relies heavily on having access to efficient funding, something which can all too often be lost due to the centralised legacy systems operated by traditional lenders. B-North aims to be there for SMEs at the crucial point in their development.”

Revolut hires new treasurer, deputy CFO and director of financial crime risk

UK-based fintech and digital bank Revolut announced the appointment of Wolfgang Bardorf as its treasurer, Stefan Wille as its deputy chief financial officer and Philip Doyle as the company’s new director of financial crime risk.

Commenting on the hires, Nik Storonsky, founder & CEO said: “This year we’ve made some exceptional senior appointments to the company. As we continue to strengthen our existing governance and processes, we’ve hired some of the most talented professionals, with many years experience, delivering world class business practices. I’m looking forward to welcoming Philip, Stefan and Wolfgang to Revolut’s executive team and I have no doubt their knowledge will be invaluable as we grow.”

UBS appoints new director

UBS has appointed Huw van Steenis to chair its sustainable finance committee and lead investor relations. Steenis will be joining the firm on September 2. He will be the group managing director reporting to both group chief executive officer Sergio Ermotti and group chief financial officer Kirt Gardner.

Prior to joining UBS, Steenis was a senior adviser at the Bank of England (BoE). Van Steenis will lead the investor relations team of UBS and act as a senior adviser on key topics affecting the future of the industry. He currently serves on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Future Council on Financial and Monetary Systems.

HSBC CEO John Flint resigned

HSBC has announced chief executive officer John Flint has resigned from his role and responsibilities. Flint had resigned by mutual agreement with the board in the first week of August. He has been associated with HSBC for nearly 18 months.

Noel Quinn was appointed as interim group CEO, with the bank now looking for a full-time replacement.

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