Trustly hires two key figures to leadership team to strengthen global expansion

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Payment solution firm Trustly has announced two key appointments to its leadership team to strengthen its future growth plans it embarked on last year. 

Annika Poutiainen joins Trustly as the new Chief Legal Officer, whilst George Kaltenbrunner will join the leadership team in March as Group Chief Risk & Compliance Officer. 

Poutiainen arrives with a wealth of experience in regulatory environments for financial companies, previously working as the Executive Chair of the Council for the Swedish Financial Reporting Supervision

The new Chief Legal Officer also held roles as the Head of Market Surveillance, Nordics at Nasdaq and Head of Unite, Prospectuses, Exchanges and Clearing Houses at the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority, amongst a range of other board member positions across payment and telecommunication companies. 

Poutiainen commented on her new appointment: “I am excited to join Trustly, the innovative account-to-account payment leader with a strong human-centric approach where rules and regulation are seen as crucial enablers and contributors to the company’s success. 

“I am proud to be part of this journey and look forward to working for the continued success of the company.”

Kaltenbrunner will oversee compliance and risk on a group level at Trustly upon his arrival in March. He held the position of Group Chief Risk Officer at the Luminor Group, where he was also a member of Luminor Group’s Management Board. 

He has also held positions including Group Chief Operational Risk Officer for Nordea Group, Member of the Board of Directors of Nordea Funds Ltd, and Partner at McKinsey & Company.

Kaltenbrunner said: “I am thrilled to be joining the success story that is Trustly, where I will be working with the team to build a strong and scalable Risk Management and Compliance platform. This is a crucial step in ensuring Trustly’s business resilience and supporting our long-term ambitions.” 

Both roles will be central to supporting the strong and sustainable future growth of Trustly, which has already undergone significant expansion in 2023, most recently with the acquisitions of SlimPay and Ecospend.

Johan Tjärnberg, Group CEO at Trustly, added: “We would like to extend a warm welcome to Annika and Georg, who are a really strong addition to the Trustly leadership team. They join the company at a dynamic and exciting time, and I am confident their respective teams will flourish under their guidance.”