SWIFT The global provider of secure financial
messaging services

Management

The SWIFT Board of Directors delegates the day-to-day management of the Company to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO chairs an Executive Committee formed by the CEO, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the Chief Information Officer (CIO), the Head of Marketing, and the Heads of the three Regions.

Executive Committee

The Head of Human Resources, the General Counsel, the Chief Risk Officer and the Chief Auditor report directly to the CEO and are represented by the CEO on the Executive Committee.

Biographies and photographs

Gottfried Leibbrandt, Chief Executive Officer

 

 Succeeded Lázaro Campos as CEO of SWIFT in July 2012. Gottfried Leibbrandt joined SWIFT in 2005 to focus on the development of the SWIFT2010 strategy. Upon completion of the strategy, he was appointed as Head of Standards and then in 2007, was promoted to Head of Marketing. More recently, Gottfried was a key architect behind the creation of the SWIFT2015 strategy, which is being implemented and remains a priority focus for the co-operative. Prior to joining SWIFT, Gottfried worked for McKinsey & Company for 18 years. Dutch.

 

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Chris Church, Chief Executive Americas and Global Head of Securities

 

 Chris Church joined SWIFT in August 2008. Prior to joining SWIFT, Chris was Managing Director of Radianz Services, a division of BT Global Financial Services. Chris was part of the executive team that founded Radianz, Inc. In 2000, he was responsible for Global Sales & Marketing until its acquisition by BT in 2005. He has also held senior management roles at Reuters in both London and the US. Chris is a member of the Board of the International Securities Services Association (ISSA). Chris holds an MBA from the London Business School. American and British.

 

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Michael Fish, Chief Information Officer, Head of Information Technology and Operations

 Mike Fish was appointed Chief Information Officer in July 2006. He oversees the teams that build, maintain and operate the company’s core messaging services. Mike joined SWIFT in 1999 from Ameritech, where he held various senior management positions in IT. American.

 

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Javier Perez-Tasso, Chief Marketing Officer

 

 Javier Perez-Tasso was appointed Chief Marketing Officer in July 2012. He was previously Head of Products & Services, driving the evolution of SWIFT’s platform and reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) for customers. Javier joined SWIFT in 1995 and has held various management positions including Head of Western Europe, Middle East and Africa. Spanish. 

 

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Alain Raes, Chief Executive, EMEA and Chief Executive, Asia Pacific

 

 Alain Raes was appointed Head of the EMEA Region in September 2007 and added the role of Chief Executive Asia Pacific in January 2013. He was previously Director of the Continental Europe region, covering securities and banking sales activities. Alain joined SWIFT in 1990. Prior to SWIFT he worked at Citibank, Belgium, and Fortis Bank, Singapore. Belgian.

 

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Francis Vanbever, Chief Financial Officer

 

 Francis Vanbever was appointed to his current position in 1997. Francis joined SWIFT in 1988. Prior to SWIFT he held various financial responsibilities for the Belgian and European operations of Exxon Chemicals. Belgian.

 

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Lieven Lambrecht, Head of Human Resources

 Lieven Lambrecht was appointed Head of HR in November 2013. Prior to SWIFT, Lieven held the senior vice-president of HR position for First Data International covering 40 countries around the globe, based out of Frankfurt.  Among other senior HR roles in his tenure with First Data are the SVP of Global Talent Management based out of Atlanta, and the vice-president of HR for EMEA based out of London. He supported numerous acquisitions and lead large integration and culture change programs, with a focus on talent and global mindset. Belgian.

 

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Peter De Koninck, Acting Chief Auditor

 

 Peter De Koninck was appointed Acting Chief Auditor in April 2014. He joined SWIFT’s Internal Audit team in 1995 from PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was manager in the Computer Audit Group. In 1999, he moved to SWIFT in the US to establish the US Audit Team. He returned to Belgium in 2004 after being appointed as Deputy Chief Auditor. Peter holds a Bachelors degree in Quantitative Economics from the University of Antwerp. Belgian.

 

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Blanche Petre, General Counsel and Board Secretary

 

 Blanche Petre was appointed General Counsel of the company in 1998 and Board Secretary in 2000. She joined SWIFT in 1980 as legal counsel. Prior to SWIFT, Blanche worked as a practising lawyer at the Brussels Bar. Belgian.

 

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Marcel Bronmans, Chief Risk Officer

 

 Marcel Bronmans was appointed Chief Risk Officer in February 2014. Prior to this, and since 2010, he was Head of Human Resources, where he led the roll-out of Lean management and continuous improvement across the entire organisation. Since joining SWIFT in 1987, Marcel has also held a variety of management positions in the IT and Operations area including that of Director of Technology Operations, a function in which he was responsible for the continuous availability  of all SWIFT services to the financial community. Dutch.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

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