The biggest fintech appointments of 2017 so far Pt.1

By Alara Basul | 16 August 2017

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


Metro Bank appoints Chief Technology Officer

Earlier this month Metro Bank announced the appointment of Martyn Atkinson as Chief Information Officer (CIO). Atkinson is currently director of digital and change at the bank and will take up the new role on 4 September 2017. He will report to the CEO, Craig Donaldson, and will be a member of the bank’s executive leadership team.

As CIO, he will be accountable for IT strategy and architecture, IT development, support and operations, operational resilience and risk management. He will also continue to be responsible for the bank’s change and transformation division. 

Atkinson said: “It’s an absolute honour to be appointed as CIO at Metro Bank, which is undoubtedly the best place to be in British banking today.

“We are growing every day, have world-class agile technology, and are committed to servicing the needs of our customers through the channel of their choice, I can honestly say there isn’t a more exciting CIO position out there.”

AEVI announces new CEO

In May 2017, AEVI announced that Nelson Holzner had been named its new CEO. Holzner joined AEVI after spending the last eight years growing his own company, a market-leading payments provider. Prior to that, he served at Cerberus Capital Management as Vice President of Private Equity.

“AEVI is one of the most exciting companies in fintech, has an amazing trajectory and is set to revolutionize payments around the world. With revenues of about €80m last year, AEVI is certainly one of the largest fintech businesses in Europe,” said Holzner.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to scale AEVI further and to build a global market leader in payments together with the team.”

LendingHome hires new CFO

LendingHome Co., the San Francisco mortgage-marketplace lender, has named Robert Stiles as Chief Financial Officer. Stiles was previously CFO for three years at the Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc., a residential-mortgage service provider. He will be instrumental in leading LendingHome’s financial operations and taking the company through the next phase of its business growth.

Matt Humphrey, Co-Founder and CEO of LendingHome commented: “Robert brings LendingHome over 20 years of accounting and finance experience, a wealth of know-how from top mortgage and real estate firms, and a thoughtful, long-term approach to building businesses. We’re thrilled to have Robert join us on this journey to build one of the world’s leading financial services brands.”

Bank of Ireland names first female CEO

Bank of Ireland has appointed HSBC Holdings Plc executive Francesca McDonagh as its new chief executive officer to succeed Richie Boucher, who will retire on October 2. Boucher announced in March he would retire before the end of the year after almost a decade in charge of the bank he guided from the brink of nationalisation to lead a revival across the sector. McDonagh, 42, will become the first female CEO of the 234-year-old lender.

“I am very pleased we have been successful in attracting a person of the calibre and experience of Francesca. She has been with HSBC for 20 years, during which time she has held a number of senior leadership roles across seven different countries,” Bank of Ireland chairman Archie Kane said in a statement.

AxiomSL appoints Peter Tierney as CEO of the firm’s APAC region

AxiomSL, a global organisation in regulatory reporting, data and risk management solutions has appointed Peter Tierney as CEO of the firm’s APAC region. He will be based in Singapore and reports to Alexander Tsigutkin, Global CEO.

In announcing this appointment, Tsigutkin said: “Peter comes to us with a wealth of knowledge derived from his decades of senior financial technology roles in the UK, U.S. and Asia. His leadership, business vision and ability to bring people together will be instrumental as we enter into our next chapter, and we welcome him to the firm.”

Broadridge appoints Deborah A. Bussiere as Global CMO

Broadridge Financial Solutions announced that it had appointed Deborah A. Bussiere as Global Chief Marketing Officer. Bussiere will be responsible for directing Broadridge’s global marketing functions, including execution of the company’s brand strategy, corporate communications and digital marketing. She will report to Chris Perry, President of Global Sales, Marketing and Client Solutions, Broadridge.

“Deborah is a proven leader with an extensive background in developing high-impact marketing and business development strategies,” said Perry. “As Broadridge celebrates its ten-year anniversary as a public company in 2017, Deborah is well suited to play a significant role in driving revenue, relationships and reputation as we look to future growth opportunities over the next decade.”