GFT looks to ‘drive transformations’ with Executive Director appointment

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GFT has strengthened its leadership team by appointing Ian Oswald as its Executive Director of Strategy and Offerings.

Oswald will lead efforts to enhance the digital transformation pioneer’s services and solutions for clients in the financial services sector. The new Executive Director will use his 25-plus years of experience in technology transformation for retail and commercial financial services.

Prior to joining GFT, Oswald worked for EY where he held the role of partner in the business’ technology consulting team, in which he spearheaded initiatives related to technology strategy, transformation roadmap development, and execution for major banking organisations and emerging financial institutions.

Speaking on his new role, Oswald said: “GFT is a leader in engineering excellence and its expertise in integrating modern industry platforms is exactly what is needed in the financial services market. I’m looking forward to working with our clients to drive forward their transformations, and lead GFT’s strategy and offerings.“

This appointment marks the second addition to GFT’s UK leadership team within six months, following the appointment of Priya Lakshmi as Chief Revenue Officer in October.

Around that time, GFT UK published a research paper, in which it revealed that almost half of surveyed banking customers “either have or know someone who has been a victim of financial fraud.” 

Carlton Hopper, UK Managing Director at GFT, commented: “Ian is a great addition to our leadership team. His experience working in industry and consultancy for some of the UK’s biggest banks means he understands the digital challenges and opportunities facing the sector and our clients. We’re looking forward to seeing the positive impact his appointment will have on our clients.“