People Moves: Fintech’s movers & shakers in recent months

We run through some of the key people moves across the fintech and financial services ecosystems in recent months, read on to see our movers & shakers
Sir Jeremy Fleming

1. Sir Jeremy Fleming 

Job From: Lead of GCHQ, UK intelligence, cyber and security agency

Job To: Senior Advisor, Mastercard 

Tim Murphy, Chief Administration Officer, Mastercard: “Our experience innovating in payments and building a global network tells us that we must continue to take steps to safeguard the digital economy today and for the long term. Jeremy will be a valuable partner as we continue to secure the financial system.”

Mastercard has named Sir Jeremy Fleming as its new Senior Advisor. Coming from GHCQ, the UK’s intelligence, cyber and security agency – which he led – Fleming brings extensive experience to Mastercard. 

Alongside this experience, Fleming will also help guide Mastercard’s public policy initiatives, as the payments company looks to drive higher security standards for its card users. 

Leveraging Fleming’s expertise, Mastercard will look to drive investment in technology and solutions to protect against risk and deliver greater trust, as well as encourage the same for the public sector. 

On Fleming’s appointment, Mastercard President of Cyber & Intelligence, Ajay Bhalla, says: “Over the past five years, we’ve invested US$7bn into cybersecurity capabilities, building on our efforts to help shape and evolve industry standards related to these foundational protections. 

“We look forward to working with Jeremy as we push into new technologies and solutions that enhance safe, secure, and frictionless interactions for our customers and partners.”

Ugne Buraciene

2. Ugne Buraciene

Job From: payabl. Group CEO (hasn’t left this post)

Job To: Joins Techlsland Board of Directors

payabl. CEO Ugne Buracience has joined Techlsland’s Board of Directors. One of the leading women in fintech, Buracience will of fer her expertise to Techlsland to help drive investment in the Cyprus-based tech hub, attracting entrepreneurs and leading tech talent in the process.

Buraciene is vastly experiencing and successful in driving company growth, having achieved this in her position at payabl., which is today one of Europe’s leading paytechs. 

Buraciene says:  “It’s an honour to be part of TechIsland - such a progressive organisation that is focusing on improving the conditions for tech businesses and bringing tech companies to Cyprus. 

“The work that TechIsland has been developing since its inception has truly elevated the Cypriot tech scene! At payabl. we're hiring locally and I personally care about better conditions for my team, social welfare and the overall well-being of employees. This is something that TechIsland fosters too, so it’s a pleasure to join and support a community that shares the same values as ours.”

Piya Khanna

3. Piya Khanna

Job From: Managing Director at Credit Agricole

Job To: Chief Technology Officer, Peel Hunt

Investment bank Peel Hunt has appointed Piya Khanna as its new Chief Technology Officer. With over 20 years of experience is driving business efficiences and technological transformation, Khanna will be charged will overlooking all aspects of the firm relating to technology.

Chris Tyrer

4. Chris Tyrer

Job From: Head of Europe, Fidelity Digital Assets

Job To: Board of Directors, Asset Reality

Chris Tyler has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Asset Reality, a platform helping government and authorities manage digital assets. Tyler’s appointment comes after a four-year tenure at Fidelity Digital Assets, where he was recently Head of Europe. He also spent 13 years at UK bank Barclays. 

Samantha Roady

5. Samantha Roady

Job From: COO of MoneyLion

Job To: CEO of US, Simply Business

The former COO of MoneyLion, Roady joins Simply Business as its new US CEO. Bringing 25 years of C-level experience in building, scaling, and managing complex global technology businesses to Simply Business, Roady will oversee the businesses' growth and revitalize cultural values.

Dean Michaels

6. Dean Michaels

Job From: Chief Strategy Officer, Co-op Solutions

Job To: President/CEO, Co-op Solutions

Co-op Solutions has appointed Dean Michaels as its new President/CEO following the departure of Todd Clark. Michaels was promoted to the role vacated by Clark from his previous position as Chief Strategy Officer. He will be responsible for continuing Clark’s success, he grew Co-op Solutions’ revenue prior to his arrival by over 90% in 2022. 

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