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 Technology Officer (CTO), the Chief Operations Officer (COO), the Head of Marketing, and the Heads of the three Regions.

Executive Committee

The General Counsel, the Chief Risk Officer and the Chief Auditor report directly to the CEO, and the Head of Human Resources reports to the CFO. The CEO represents the General Counsel, the Chief Risk Officer and the Chief Auditor on the Executive Committee, whilst the CFO represents the Head of Human Resources.

Biographies and photographs

Gottfried Leibbrandt, Chief Executive Officer

 

Gottfried Leibbrandt became CEO of SWIFT in July 2012. He joined SWIFT in 2005 to focus on the development of the SWIFT2010 strategy. Upon completion of the strategy, he was appointed Head of Standards, and then in 2007 he was promoted to Head of Marketing. Gottfried was a key architect behind the SWIFT2015 strategy, which is now nearing its successful completion. Prior to joining SWIFT, Gottfried worked at McKinsey & Company for 18 years.

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Marcel Bronmans, Chief Operations Officer

 

Marcel Bronmans was appointed as Chief Operations Officer in February 2015. He joined SWIFT in 1987, and has held a variety of management positions in the IT and Operations area at SWIFT, including that of Director of Technology Operations. Most recently, Marcel held positions as Chief Risk Officer and Head of Human Resources, a role in which he led the roll-out of Lean management and Continuous improvement across the entire organisation.

The Operations group is essential to our day-to day delivery of the SWIFT services. The group manages and operates the services used by customers on a 24/7 basis, including the running of SWIFT's operational centres and global network. The group also includes central customer support services, the incident and crisis management function and internal systems and services management.

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Javier Pérez-Tasso, Chief Executive Americas, UK, Ireland and Nordics

 

Javier Pérez-Tasso is Chief Executive Americas, UK, Ireland and Nordics at SWIFT. Appointed in August 2015, he is responsible for key client relationships and business development across the region. Previously, Pérez-Tasso served as Chief Marketing Officer, responsible for the SWIFT2020 company strategy as well as product and market management across core payments and securities businesses, market infrastructures, and shared services including financial crime compliance. Earlier in his career, Javier held several senior leadership positions in SWIFT’s sales and marketing divisions.

The region led by Pérez -Tasso encompasses North and Latin America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, as well as the Nordic countries. The division’s responsibilities include client relationship management, sales, and customer support. This structure enables us to work closely with our customers around the globe and respond quickly to evolving market requirements.

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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.

The regions led by Alain Raes encompass Asia Pacific, Central, Southern and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The division’s responsibilities include client relationship management, sales, and customer support. This structure enables us to work closely with our customers around the globe and respond quickly to evolving market requirements.

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Christian Sarafidis, Chief Marketing Officer

 

Christian Sarafidis was appointed as Chief Marketing Officer in September 2015. He was previously Head of Western Europe, Middle East and Africa and Deputy Chief Executive, EMEA. In his previous role he established SWIFT’s consulting service practice and led the expansion strategy in emerging markets in Africa and the Middle East. Prior to SWIFT, Christian held senior executive positions for several multinational finance and technology groups.

The Marketing group delivers market segment specific solutions that respond to the needs of our customers. It runs the product portfolio focusing on financial messaging solutions, software and connectivity, and shared services. The Marketing group also includes Sibos, Innovation, Partner Marketing, and Standards (a key component of SWIFT’s value proposition).

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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.

The Finance and Administration group is responsible for financial management, corporate planning, monitoring Company performance, human resources, billing, purchasing, logistics and general administration services as well as for understanding our competitors and their offering. The Finance and Administration group is also in charge of pricing.

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Craig Young, Chief Technology Officer

Craig Young took up his position as Chief Technology Officer in February 2015. He joined SWIFT from Verizon Communications, where he had worked for twenty years, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

The Information Technology group brings together SWIFT IT development and testing. This division is responsible for the delivery of the core FIN and SWIFTNet messaging solutions, as well as interface products, matching, business and enterprise applications. The Information Technology group is also responsible to ensure best in class cyber, logical and physical security solutions in addition to driving infrastructure and technology evolution to ensure that SWIFT’s global network works securely, efficiently and effectively.

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Peter De Koninck, Chief Auditor

 

Peter De Koninck was appointed Chief Auditor in December 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 Master’s degree in Quantitative Economics from the University of Antwerp.

Internal Audit enhances and protects organisational value by providing risk-based and objective assurance, advice, and insight.

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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.

The Legal function provides legal support and is responsible for corporate governance and legal risk management.

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