Fintech moves: Lending Works, Blackrock, Northern Trust

This week's most interesting people moves in financial technology

by | April 14, 2022 | bobsguide

At the end of the short weekend before the Easter bank holiday, Bob’s Guide, has compiled its first round-up of the most interesting fintech moves over the past seven days.

Lending Works

London-based peer-to-peer lending platform LendingWorks has tapped Ocado for its new chief technology officer. Jason de Carvalho joined the fintech in April, after almost twelve years at the online grocer, latterly as head of architecture.

At Ocado, Carvalho’s most recent role saw him define the high-level architecture principles of the grocery e-commerce platform and lay out the performance, scaling and continuous deployment strategy for the firm’s 330-strong technology team. Prior to this, he spent two years as a software development manager within the home delivery division of Ocado’s smart platform.

Northern Trust

Northern Trust, the wealth management and asset servicing giant, has hired Federal Reserve vet Tom Jackson as its chief architect, effective April. Jackson joined Northern Trust in April, after two and a half years at the Fed, where he latterly led strategic business/tech modernization efforts to improve stability, agility, and flexibility of the US banking critical infrastructure and end-user platforms, according to his LinkedIn.

Prior to this, he spent 17 years as a managing director at Citi, where he led the global consumer banking technology teams across critical infrastructure, end user and operations projects.


Global asset manager, Blackrock, has brought in Lazard vet Naitik Mehta in a technical product manager role at the director level.

Mehta was hired at the $10tn asset management giant in April, having most recently worked for fitness and health app WHOOP, where he spent eight months as a lead technical PM. Mehta specialises in CRM optimisation. According to his linkedin, at WHOOP, he owned the product functional design, agile delivery and tracked performance of new mobile, CRM and data analytics features.


Also in April, Bloomberg vet Phillip Perkins left the technology and information services group for a start-up venture. This week, he joined VC backed retail investment app Ethic, which provides individual investors with access to ETFs. Ethic is backed by Kentucky-based VC incubator, Access Ventures.

Jackson spent four years at Bloomberg, latterly as a director for product applications. His most recent tenure at the firm began in 2015 as a senior manager-level web architect. Prior to this, he had another stint at Bloomberg, between 2009 and 2014, as a senior software engineer, which he left for one year to work on news aggregator start-up Top Qork.



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