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Open Banking Excellence (OBE) has appointed Stuart Rimmer as its Interim Director of Strategy & Knowledge Transfer with a core focus on transatlantic developments.

Rimmer’s chief remit will be to organise and launch the Transatlantic Index USA report, a data-driven research project assessing the Open Banking landscape in the US. 

Stuart Rimmer MBE – Source: Open Banking Excellence

Other tasks will include development of ‘international knowledge transfer projects’, which OBE asserts will be ‘vital to supporting sector growth and collaborations’ 

His appointment comes at a time of significant progress in Open Banking development and adoption on both sides of the Atlantic, although EU nations and the UK are leading the charge more so than their stateside counterparts.

Helen Child, OBE Founder and CEO, said “I am delighted to welcome Stuart to the team. His fresh perspective, strategic vision and experience make him an invaluable asset to our team. 

“Stuart’s dedication to excellence will be instrumental in our mission to support transformational growth within the Open Banking and Open Finance sector starting with The Transatlantic Index USA.”

Rimmer joins OBE in a permanent senior position after two-years of working with the firm as a ‘performance and leadership coach in residence’. This role saw him provide performance coaching, team facilitation and strategy advice.

Coaching has been one of Rimmer’s main areas of focus throughout his professional career, having founded and worked as a performance coach at Inner Mountain Coaching and Advisor since 2024. He was also CEO of East Coast College from 2014 to 2017.

Open Banking has become a defining trend in the finance sectors of the UK, EU and US in recent years, with financial regulators, governments and banks examining how the technology and financial practice can benefit businesses and economies.

In the UK, for example, the Future of Payments Review outlined a need for gaps to be filled in the country’s regulatory framework on Open Banking. Over a year ago, OBE had cautioned that the UK is in danger of losing its leadership status in Open Banking.