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SWIFT announces distinguished speaker line-up for Business Forum London

SWIFT announces distinguished speaker line-up for Business Forum London

Business Forum,
26 March 2015

Forum will explore how the financial industry is channelling the impact of disruptive forces.

London, 26 March 2015 - SWIFT announces the line-up of industry leaders set to participate in the upcoming Business Forum London, returning for its fifth year on 23 April at The Brewery. The Business Forum will bring together 800 plus financial services professionals to explore the theme of ‘Harnessing change in financial services'. Keynote speaker Sir David Clementi, former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of Virgin Money, will set the scene with his analysis of disruptive business models in financial services.

In addition to Sir David Clementi, the growing roster of experts that will address the Business Forum - which is free to attend for market participants - includes:

  • Andrew Baldock,Funds Industry Liaison and Standards, Euroclear
  • Christophe Chazot, Group Headof Innovation, HSBC
  • Craig Donaldson, CEO, Metro Bank
  • David Deane,Group Head of Client & Data Services, Deutsche Bank
  • Cate Kemp, Global Transaction Compliance Director, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Derek White, Chief Design Officer, Barclays
  • Jean-Marc Guiteau,Global Head of Compliance Operational Risk,BNP Paribas
  • Lee Toms, Head of Investment Operations, Legal & General
  • Maurice Cleaves,CEO, Payments Council
  • Michelle Cracknell, CEO, The Pensions Advisory Service
  • Tom McPhail, Head of Pensions Research, Hargreaves Lansdown
  • Tony Stenning, Head of UK Retail, Blackrock
  • Mark Gem, Chief Compliance Officer and Executive Board Member, Clearstream

Arun Aggarwal, Managing Director, UK & Ireland, SWIFT, says: "Our industry is grappling with powerful disruptive forces; geopolitical pressure, regulation, a technology revolution, the cyber threat, new competitors and changing customer behaviour to name just a few. Change is a constant, but we are now witnessing a fundamental challenge to established business models and operational processes. Will established financial services players simply be on the receiving end of this change, or can they and new entrants take control and exploit these disruptive forces for competitive advantage? These are the types of questions the expert speakers will be tackling at this year's Business Forum London."

As in previous years, the 2015 SWIFT Business Forum London will offer dedicated business streams, which will examine how key market segments - including compliance professionals, investment managers and corporates - are responding to disruptive forces and harnessing change. Furthermore, new this year is a close collaboration with the London showcase of the SWIFT Innotribe Startup Challenge and the Finextra Future Money conference, to create an interconnected three-day event exploring the impact of disruption on the financial services landscape. 

The SWIFT Business Forum London on 23 April at The Brewery is free to attend for market practitioners. See the agenda.

SWIFT is a member-owned cooperative that provides the communications platform, products and services to connect more than 10,800 banking organisations, securities institutions and corporate customers in more than 200 countries and territories. SWIFT enables its users to exchange automated, standardised financial information securely and reliably, thereby lowering costs, reducing operational risk and eliminating operational inefficiencies. SWIFT also brings the financial community together to work collaboratively to shape market practice, define standards and debate issues of mutual interest.

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