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

 

 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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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 Masters degree in Quantitative Economics from the University of Antwerp.

 

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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.

 

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