SWIFT The global provider of secure financial
messaging services

Board of Directors

Yawar Shah, Chairman Mark Gem Bock Cheng Neo
Stephan Zimmermann, Deputy Chairman Alan Goldstein Alain Pochet
Eddie Astanin Rob Green Javier Santamaria
Udo Braun Frederic Hannequart Ulrich Stritzke
Mark Buitenhek Soren Haugaard Patrick Tans
Claudio Camozzo Yumesaku Ishigaki Marcus Treacher
Fabrice Denèle Lisa Lansdowne-Higgins Qingsong Zhang
John Ellington Stephen Lomas
Göran Fors Lynn Mathews



Yawar Shah, Chairman of the Board of Directors, SWIFT

Managing Director, Franchise Risk and Strategy, Citigroup, United States

Yawar Shah has been a SWIFT Director since 1995. He is the Managing Director, Franchise Risk and Strategy at Citigroup. Before that was the Global Head of Citi Shared Services. Prior to this, Mr. Shah was at J.P.Morgan for over 20 years. Positions there have included Global Operations Executive for Worldwide Securities Services, Retail Service and Operations Executive, Chief Operating Officer of the Global Private Bank, and General Manager of the Treasury Management Services business. He received his BA from Harvard College and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Stephan Zimmermann, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors, SWIFT

Head WM Strategy Initiatives & Industry Affairs and Group Managing Director, UBS AG, Switzerland

Chairman of Human Resources Committee of the Board, SWIFT. SWIFT Director since 1998.

Eddie Astanin

Chairman of the Executive Board of NSD, Russia

Eddie Astanin is Chairman of the Executive Board of the National Settlement Depository of Russia since 2010. Prior to his current position, Eddie was the General Director of the National Depository Centre (NDC). Eddie is member of the Board of Directors of the National Settlement Depository (NSD) St Petersburg Currency Exchange (SPEX), Petersburg Settlement Center Limited (PSC),the National Securities Market Association (NSMA) and European Central Securities Depositories Association (ECSDA). He is the Vice-Chairman of the World Forum of Central Securities Depositories (WFC).

Udo Braun

Global Head of GM-ARC Achieving a Robust Compliance, Commerzbank, Germany

SWIFT Director since 2007. Chairman of the Pricing Board Taskforce of the Board, SWIFT. Joined Commerzbank in 1988. Currently Global Head of GM –ARC Achieving Robust Compliance, reporting directly to the Member of the Board responsible for the Division/project management . Previously held several managerial functions in Operations, information technology, securities and capital markets at Commerzbank in Europe and US.

Mark Buitenhek

Global Head of Transaction Services, ING, Netherlands

SWIFT Director since 2012. Mark Buitenhek is the Global Head of Transaction Services for ING. Besides his work at ING, Mr. Buitenhek has chaired the Payment System Committee of the Dutch Bankers’ Association and is a member of the European Payments Councils’ Plenary, the MasterCard Board Europe and the Supervisory Board of Equens SE. Mr. Buitenhek has over 20 years of experience in banking.

Claudio Camozzo

Co-Head of Global Transaction Banking (GTB) UniCredit, Italy

SWIFT Director since 2014. Since 2013 Co-Head of GTB at UniCredit, managing a global business comprising Payments, Cash Management, Trade Finance and Global Securities Services. Previously Global Head of Transactional Sales & Trade Services since 2005. Prior to this, Mr Camozzo held positions as Head of Correspondent Banking and Head of Foreign Stocks and Bonds Department at Credito Italiano. Mr Camozzo is also member of a number of industry associations.

Bock Cheng Neo

Executive Vice President, Head of Global Transaction Banking, OCBC Bank, Singapore

SWIFT Director since 2015. Bock Cheng Neo is Head of Global Transaction Banking for OCBC Bank. He joined the bank in 2003 as head of Cash Management and was appointed Senior Vice President in 2005 to oversee the Global Transaction Bank Division. Executive Vice President since 2012. Bock Cheng has more than 25 years of corporate & transaction banking experience, including over 13 years in regional assignments with Citibank Bank and JP Morgan Chase where he held various leadership roles across Asia. Director, NETS Singapore Pte Ltd, Chairman, BCSIS Pte Ltd, Member of Citi’s global client advisory Board for Transaction Banking, SWIFT Asia Pacific Advisory Board member.

Fabrice Denèle

Head of Payments Group, BPCE, France

SWIFT Director since 2009. Fabrice Denèle is responsible for cards and payments strategy in BPCE ( the recent merger of Banques Populaires and Caisses d’Epargne Central Bodies). He is also Board Member of STET, Cartes Bancaires and member of the European Payments Council and several bodies related to payments. He chairs the European Savings Banks Group Payments Committee. Fabrice Denèle has over fifteen years of experience in treasury and payments.

John Ellington

Director, Shared Services,Services, RBS, United Kingdom

SWIFT Director since 2005. Chairman of the Technology & Production Committee of the Board, SWIFT. Joined the Royal Bank of Scotland (previously NatWest) in 1985 and has extensive experience of operations management at executive level covering payments, transaction banking and retail banking. Currently Director of Shared Services with senior executive responsibility for a range of activities across the bank including compliance services, property and operations globally. Director, SWIFT (UK).

Göran Fors

Deputy Head of Investor Services, SEB, Sweden

SWIFT Director since 2009. Chairman of the SWIFT Securities Committee of the Board. Joined SEB in 1997. Previous functions include Head of Custody Services and Securities Operations at Swedbank and Gotabank. Serves as a Chairman of Euroclear Sweden Market Advisory Committee,T2S National User Group Sweden, and the Swedish SWIFT National Member Group. Member of EuroCCP Advisory committee and VPS Advisory Board.

Mark Gem

Member of the Executive Board of Clearstream International S.A., Luxembourg

SWIFT Director since 2013. Mark is responsible for Clearstream's Strategy, Network Management, Business Communications and Pricing. He also has led the development of Clearstream's approach to Target2-Securities. Mark represents Clearstream on the European Central Bank's T2S governance boards - namely the CSD Steering Group and the T2S Advisory Group. In addition, Mark is Chairman of LuxCSD, Luxembourg's national CSD and has previously served as Vice-Chairman of the European CSD Association, ECSDA.

Alan Goldstein

Chief Information Officer, CIB Technology APAC, J.P. Morgan, United States

SWIFT Director since 2006. Chairman of the Audit & Finance Committee. CIO, CIB Technology Asia Pacific at J.P. Morgan. Before joining J.P. Morgan, Alan was EVP & Global CIO for BNY Mellon Asset Management and International CIO for BNY Mellon. Previous management responsibilities include technology risk management, enterprise architecture, financial messaging systems, software development, distributed application infrastructures, data and database administration. Before joining The Bank of New York, Alan was Chief Technology Officer for BondNet Trading Systems, an industry leader in fixed income trading systems acquired by the bank in 1997. Prior to this, Alan worked for a number of firms in the US and EMEA as a technology consultant.

Rob Green

Head of Group Treasury Payments Market Infrastructure, FirstRand, South Africa

SWIFT Director since 2009. Joined FirstRand Bank in 1974. Held various positions at First National Bank of South Africa and First National Bank of Namibia. Is Chairman of the Financial Industry Standards Association and Chairman of the National ISO TC68 Standards Committee.

Frederic Hannequart

Chief Business Development Officer, Euroclear, Belgium

Frederic Hannequart is an Executive Director and member of the Euroclear Group Management Committee. Frederic has overall responsibility for the Commercial and Product Management divisions within the Euroclear Group He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Euroclear Bank and Euroclear UK & Ireland.. Previously, Frederic was Chief Financial Officer of the Euroclear Group. Earlier in his career, he headed up Euroclear Bank’s Treasury and Collateral Services division. Prior to joining Euroclear in 1998, Frederic was Vice President of Bank Brussels Lambert (BBL) where he held a.o. senior positions in Singapore and Australia.

Soren Haugaard

Global Head of Trade & Supply Chain Finance, Danske Bank, Denmark

SWIFT Director since 2015. Soren Haugaard is Global Head of Trade & Supply Chain Finance since 2010 and member of the management group of the Trasaction Banking Division. Soren has more than 35 years of banking experience, predominantly with corporate banking and international business, including assignments in Luxembourg, Hong Kong, New York, Stockholm and Dublin. Member of the SWIFT Corporate Advisory Group (CAG).

Yumesaku Ishigaki

Executive Officer, General Manager, Transaction Banking Division, Global Head of Transaction Banking, the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Japan

SWIFT Director since 2010. Joined The Bank of Tokyo Ltd in 1985 with experience in Portfolio Management, Corporate Finance, Sales & Trading of FX, Fixed Income and Derivatives, and Structured Finance. Previous positions included Deputy Global Head of Financial Institutions, Global Corporate Banking Division, The Bank of Tokyo -Mitsubishi UFJ (2009), Managing Director, Structured Products Unit, Mitsubishi UFJ International plc, London (2005), Director, Head of Structuring Business Group, Tokyo-Mitsubishi International plc, London (2001).

Lisa Lansdowne-Higgins

Vice President, Card Operations & Supplier Management, Canadian Banking Operations, RBC, Canada

SWIFT Director since 2013. Lisa is Vice President Card Operations & Supplier Management within Canadian Banking Operations for the Royal Bank of Canada. Lisa is responsible for the strategic leadership, visioning, vendor, operational process, and project management for the Digital Payments & Cards business in Canada, US and the Caribbean. As well Lisa leads the centre of excellence for Royal Bank of Canada’s Personal & Commercial Banking Supplier Management Office. With over 25 years of banking experience, Lisa has held leadership roles in operations, customer service, product management and information technology with a focus on the continued transformational changes in the area of both wholesale and retail payments. Prior to joining RBC, Lisa held senior positions at HSBC Bank Canada and Toronto Dominion Bank.

Stephen Lomas

Managing Director, Head of Market Policy Global Transaction Banking, Deutsche Bank, Germany

SWIFT Director since 2013. Stephen Lomas is responsible for strategy/policy on all regulatory, legislative, taxation and market infrastructure developments across Cash Management (Corporates and Financial Institutions), Trade Finance, and Trust and Securities Services. He also represents Deutsche Bank in various industry committees and trade associations including the Association of Global Custodians, Clearstream, the European Central Bank, the European Securities Markets Association, the International Securities Services Association and SIX SIS. Prior to this, Stephen has held various positions in the Securities Services business at Dresdner Bank and Deutsche Bank.

Lynn Mathews

Chairman of the Australian National Member Group, Australia

SWIFT Director since 1998. Formerly, Senior Advisor of CLS Bank Group, Head of Payments, Products and Industry Policy and Strategy in the Global Transaction Services Group at Westpac Banking Corporation and General Manager of the Corporate and Investor Services Group at Citibank in Australia. Former Deputy Chairman of Austraclear Ltd.

Alain Pochet

Head of Clearing, Custody and Corporate Trust Services, BNP Paribas, Securities Services, France

SWIFT Director since 2010. Member of the Executive Committee of BNP Paribas Securities Services, previously responsible for the firm’s worldwide Banking Services. Formerly at JP Morgan Paris as Head of the Capital Markets operations in France and then Head of Operations and Technology for the Paris branch. Following the acquisition of JP Morgan’s local custody business by Paribas in 1995, Alain was appointed Head of the Securities Services business for France and later for all markets in the Euronext zone. Member of the Board of AFTI (the French Association of Securities Professionals) and chairs both the Market Advisory Committee (MAC) of Euroclear France, the International MAC of Euroclear and also the LCH Clearnet SA’s User Consultative Group. Member of the Euronext projects committee and member of the T2S Advisory Group of the ECB /Eurosystem.

Javier Santamaria

Head of Payment Systems & Forums, Senior Vice President, Banco Santander, Spain

SWIFT Director since 2009. Joined Santander Group in 1992. In his current position, he represents Banco Santander in several forums related to payment systems and transaction banking: the European Payments Council, the Euro Banking Association and Iberpay. He also liaises with Banco de Espaňa and the European Central Bank, the Spanish Banking Association and the European Banking Federation on these matters. Formerly in charge of Banco Santander’s Operations and Business Services. Actively involved in academic activities.

Ulrich Stritzke

Managing Director, Credit Suisse, Switzerland

SWIFT Director since 2012. Ulrich Stritzke is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse and Head Global Cross Product Processing based in Zurich. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director and Head of Operations at WestLB in Germany. During his time with WestLB, Mr. Stritzke spent, with the focus on global securities and derivatives business, some years abroad as the Regional Head Asia Pacific Derivatives Trading based in Japan and as Head Operations in the United States.

Patrick Tans

Senior General Manager, Banking Products and Member of the management committee of KBC Bank and Insurance Belgium, Belgium

SWIFT Director since 2015. Patrick Tans is member of the management committee of KBC Bank and Insurance Belgium since 2009. Patrick has more than 25 years of general banking, credit management and insurance experience.

Marcus Treacher

Global Head of Innovation, Payments & Cash Management, HSBC, United Kingdom

SWIFT Director since 2010. Based in London, Marcus Treacher is Global Head of Innovation for Payments & Cash Management at HSBC. Marcus is responsible for creating new products and propositions for corporate and institutional clients world-wide, applying new and emerging technologies to meet their evolving treasury, cash management and payment needs. In a career spanning almost 30 years, Marcus has held leadership roles in product management, information technology, and client management, specialising in global transaction banking. Prior to joining HSBC in 2004, Marcus held senior positions at Citigroup and Accenture.

Qingsong Zhang

General Manager, Bank of China, Head Office Clearing Department, China

Mr Zhang Qingsong is the General Manager of Bank of China Head Office Clearing Department. Prior to this appointment, Mr Zhang was the General Manager of Bank of China Singapore Branch. Mr Zhang graduated from Peking University, Beijing, China in 1987 with a Bachelor degree of Economics. He obtained a Master of Economics from The Graduate School of People’s Bank of China in 1990. Mr Zhang joined Bank of China Head Office, Beijing in April 1990 and served as Officer at the Institute of International Finance. He worked in BOC Luxembourg Branch from 1992 to 1998 as the Manager of Internal Auditing & Research Department. Thereafter, he was appointed Deputy General Manager of Asset and Liability Management Department, and subsequently Deputy General Manager and General Manager of Financial Markets Unit (Securities Investments) at Head Office.