Top Ten Fintech Hires of 2020 … So Far

This week’s announcement that Stripe had hired former General Motors Chief Financial Officer Dhivya Suryadevara as its own new CFO is a reminder that the hunt for top talent in fintech has never been hotter. As tech titians and financial services giants embrace fintech solutions, the pressure to find the most effective leaders, the most insightful technologists, and other key executives is forcing companies to up their game when it comes to attracting the best of the best.

With that in mind, here are another nine companies who in 2020 have done just that: made a major, C-suite addition to their leadership ranks that should help propel their respective companies to the next level.


Nicolas Weng Kan – Yolt CEO – news. Former Google Compare CEO Kan took the helm of ING’s smart money app, Yolt, as well as Yolt Technology Services (YTS), a provider of open banking services in Europe last month. Yolt won Best Personal Finance App at the Wealth & Finance FinTech Awards earlier this month.

Anna Manz – London Stock Exchange CFO – news. The London Stock Exchange has a new Chief Financial Officer as former Johnson Matthey CFO and executive director Anna Manz succeeds David Warren, who had held the position since 2012. Prior to her time at Johnson Matthey, Manz spent more than 16 years in executive roles with Diageo.

Lucy Hagues – Capital One UK CEO – news. Hagues, who spent three years as Chief Marketing Officer at Capital One UK and is an alum of the firm’s graduate program, replaced outgoing CEO Amy Lenander. Hagues is the first program graduate to reach the CEO’s office.

Nkihil Rathi – Financial Conduct Authority CEO – news. Appointed CEO of the FCA at the age of 40, U.K. head of the London Stock Exchange Rathi is the first member of an ethnic minority to lead the regulatory body.

Steven van Rijswijk – ING CEO – news. ING Chief Risk Officer Steven van Rijswijk is the company’s latest CEO. He took over for outgoing Ralph Hamers who is headed toward a CEO post at UBS. Van Rijswijk’s promotion comes after 25 years of service at the bank.

Brady Harris – Dwolla CEO – news. Former President of payment solution provider Payscape, Harris was tapped by Dwolla founder Ben Milne to lead the company this spring. Milne praised Harris for helping lead Payscape’s merger with Payroc, “creating a full-service payment powerhouse that operates in 46 countries.”

Michael Miebach – Mastercard CEO – news. “Putting products first” might be one way to describe Mastercard’s decision to replace its outgoing CEO Ajay Banga – who is transitioning to the role of executive chairman – with the company’s chief product officer Michael Miebach. A 10-year Mastercard veteran, Mieback is credited for being a “key architect” of the company’s “multi-rail strategy.”

Hironori Kamezawa – MUFG CEO – news. The appointment of Kamezawa as Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group was a bit surprising, insofar as the outgoing CEO has only been in place for a year. But observers speculated that Kamezawa’s leadership will likely mean a broader and more aggressive embrace of fintech by the company.

Asger Hattel – Signicat CEO – news. A new year, a new CEO for the Denmark-based digital identity solution provider as former CEO and Head of Nets Merchant Services Asger Hattel took leadership of Signicat in January. Hattel replaces company co-founder Gunnar Nordseth, who will remain as a shareholder and help support business development.


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  • Dwolla announces the latest addition to its partner ecosystem, Productify.
  • Onfido partners with Estonian legal entity verification solution provider Entify.
  • Anorak Technologies unveils new distribution team.
  • ThetaRay taps Edward Sander as its new Chief Product Officer.

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  • Currencycloud’s Currencycloud Spark Powers Multi-Currency Accounts.
  • The Tightly-Knit Mortgagetech Sector Gets Even Tighter as Ellie Mae Acquires Capsilon.

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  • Tradeshift teams with Genpact to help clients enhance accounts payable and procurement processes.
  • OurCrowd to join the Millennium Alternative Investment Networkto increase VC opportunities in the U.S.
  • Finextra talks to Nutmeg about expanding the human side of its roboadvisory.
  • Dwolla unveils The Integration Partner Program for more seamless technical integrations between Dwolla, its partners, and their clients.
  • Finantix appoints Christine Ciriani as Chief Commercial Officer.
  • NCR teams with Brightwell to supply ATMs and managed services for Brightwell’s largest cruise line clients.

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  • Revolut Advances in Asia with Singapore Launch.
  • Finovate Global: Stripe Goes Live in Mexico, Revolut in Singapore; Lidya in Poland.
  • Challenger bank Lunar Partners with Temenos to Fight Financial Crime.

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  • FinTech Global names Anorak to its list of the top 100 insurtech companies.
  • Onfido joins Dwolla’s partnership ecosystem.
  • Mortgage Cadence to integrate title and appraisal solutions from Covius into its platform.
  • Ondot opens offices in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Email delivery and analytics specialist SparkPost appoints Sam Holding as Head of International.
  • RightCapital forges strategic partnership with Advyzon.

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  • Splitit Secures Partnerships with Shopify, Divido.
  • Thought Machine Helps Standard Chartered Launch Digital Bank in Hong Kong.
  • OurCrowd Teams Up with Toyota in Search for Tech Talent.
  • Saving for What Matters: A Q&A with INSPIRAVE Founder and CEO Om Kundu.

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  • FinovateFall Best of Show winner Cinchy earns $500,000 cash prize as one of the winners of the 2019 VentureClash competition.
  • Signicat unveils new capabilities, including a new technical interface and new third party integrations, that extend the reach of its digital identity verification technology.
  • Arkose Labs VP of Marketing and Strategy Vanita Pandey and Senior Producer Hedda Peters win Women in Cybersecurity honors at the Cyber Defense Global Awards sponsored by Cyber Defense Magazine.
  • nCino partners with Seacoast Bank ($8.6 billion in assets).
  • iProov earns a finalist spot in the 2019 Go:Tech Awards.
  • Compliance and risk management firm Middesk brings its business verification tool to the Dwolla Partner Ecosystem.
  • Kinetica opens office in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Ping Identity adds to its North European operations with a new office in Utrecht, Netherlands.

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  • MaxMyInterest Unveils High Yield Account Max Checking.

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  • Finastra announces two new apps built via its FusionFabric.cloud open development platform.
  • Fiserv inks partnership with DUCA Financial Services Credit Union, a Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based institution with more than 70,000 members.
  • Ripple’s “acqui-hiring” of the engineering team from Icelandic crypto trading company Algrim helps pave the way for its entry to the country.
  • Flywire and JCB International partner to allow select cardholders to use their JCB card to pay tuition.
  • More than 60 lenders join the CrediVia marketplace to source commercial loans.
  • Bill.com now facilitates payments in more than 130 countries and 100+ currencies.
  • Dwolla partners with TransferMate Global Payments to allow customers and their end users the ability to make and receive international payments.
  • Quadient parent company Neopost changes its name to Quadient.
  • InComm partners with Mizuho Bank to expand J-Coin Pay in Japan.

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  • Clinc’s Conversational AI Gives Voice to New App from Singapore’s OCBC Bank.
  • Finovate Global: ThetaRay Opens Mexico City Office; Dubai’s Foloosi Turns to KSA for Expansion.

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  • Meniga to enable consumers to donate cashback from their Meniga Rewards app to help combat climate change.
  • Mambu forges partnership with Swiss online lender bob Finance.
  • We Write Code joins Dwolla’s Partnership Ecosystem.

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  • HackerOne Cracks into $36.4 Million in Funding.
  • Arival Bank Nets $2.3 Million in Equity Crowdfunding Campaign.
  • Winners Circle: Finovate Honors Fintech’s Finest with New Awards Series.

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  • Cinchy voted “Top Pick” for TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2019 and selected as a CIX Top 20 company for 2019. Check out Cinchy’s upcoming demo at FinovateFall later this month!
  • ThetaRay unveils new office in Mexico City.
  • Epcor partners with data-driven solution provider Segmint to help FIs better leverage payment data.
  • Dwolla teams up with Currencycloud to make international payments easier for businesses.
  • Luxoft to collaborate with Fenergo as part of the company’s Global Platinum Partner program.
  • Meniga helps Grupo Crédito Agrícola launch its new banking app, moey!.
  • Nomis Solutions expands presence in the Midwest with the opening of a Center of Excellence in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • WePay launches same-day deposits to Chase bank accounts for free.
  • Blackhawk Network appoints Harel Kodesh as chief technology officer.
  • Lendio Southwest Michigan franchise opens to offer funding to local businesses.

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  • Axxcess Wealth selects HiddenLevers to build asset manager allocation workflow.
  • West Community Credit Union now offers Plinqit savings app.
  • Doxo adds National Grid as new utility on its mobile and web bill payment app.
  • KKR joins Artivest’s platform for private alternative investments.
  • BlueRush sells software assets to Broadridge for $1.7 million (C$2.3 million).
  • Clickswitch moves to new headquarters in Minneapolis’ North Loop.

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  • Jumio Teams Up with TruNarrative to Fight Financial Crime.
  • Currencycloud to Power Cross Border Payments for Fellow Fintech.
  • Minna Technologies Raises $6.3 Million.

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  • Dwolla introduces Labels to help application owners customize how funds are allocated.
  • Akamai launches Enterprise Defender to help customers secure all enterprise applications and users.
  • Kabbage to power loans for Azlo small business clients.
  • Lighter Capital has financed more than $150 million in 500+ rounds of revenue-based financing to over 300 startups.

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  • Fintonic’s $21.4 Million Funding Boosts Valuation to $180 Million.
  • Sezzle Raises $5.6 Million in New Funding.
  • Fintech’s Innovation Opportunity: From AI to UX.

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  • Dwolla wins Best B2B Payments Product in the FinTech Breakthrough Awards.
  • G2 Crowd names Signifyd the leader in customer satisfaction in the fraud protection market.
  • FreeAgent launches new option that lets you create estimates that exclude the VAT amount from totals.
  • RightCapital selected to join LPL Financial’s Vendor Affinity Program.
  • American Banker: Envestnet to add lending option to its wealth services.
  • Taulia taps Google Cloud to launch AI-powered invoicing solution.
  • LendIt recognizes CuneXus as Top Emerging Tech Company, marking the company’s 3rd major industry recognition of 2019.

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  • Stash Scores $65 Million; Launches Stock-Back Rewards.
  • TickSmith Teams Up with CanDeal to Power DataVault Innovations.
  • First Wave of Demoing Companies for FinovateSpring Revealed.

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  • Aerospike launches suite of add-on modules, Aerospike Connect, to make it easier for businesses to integrate the company’s database.
  • Identitii renews its partnership with HSBC Global Services (UK).
  • Onfido appointed to the FIDO Alliance Board of Directors.
  • ACI Worldwide announces the extension of its partnership with South Africa’s Capitec Bank.
  • IdentityMind Global to support Koi Trading’s AML Compliance-as-a-Service offering.
  • Gusto appoints Square’s former Head of Information Security Fredrick Lee as its new Chief Security Officer.
  • PayPal adds instant transfer feature for bank accounts.
  • Insuritas and ReliaQuote partner to offer ID theft protection to 10 million consumers.
  • Fenergo enables financial firms to digitally visualize risk in fight against financial crime.
  • GroundFloor partners with Dwolla to make payments more efficient for borrowers and investors.

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