Finastra hires Isabel Fernandez for its lending business growth.

Finastra today announced the appointment of Isabel Fernandez, a highly regarded senior banking and technology executive, to the role of EVP for the company’s Lending Business Unit, effective May 2022.

Isabel will be part of Finastra’s recently expanded leadership team as the company pivots to a ‘Business Unit’ led model. She was most recently at ING Bank where she was a Board Member and Global Head of Wholesale Banking, overseeing growth in Lending, Financial Markets and Transaction Services, including Payments & Cash Management. In her current role, she was focused on growth, new business models, digitalization and transformational projects. This included technology-led innovation and Know Your Customer initiatives. Isabel was also instrumental in driving ING’s global sustainability strategy.

Isabel worked for 16 years at GE Company, in various roles including Commercial Leader. She was responsible for the global sales organization, which included Sourcing, Shared Services and Partnerships. Other roles include President & CEO Global Bank Loans at GE Capital Americas and Head of Enterprise Clients. Her exceptional leadership, execution, and management skills are a result of these experiences. ABN AMRO Bank was also her employer. She is also a Non-Executive Director at Pegasus Europe and the Head of its Audit Committee.

Simon Paris, CEO of Finastra, said: “We are thrilled that Isabel is joining us on our journey towards being ecosystem orchestrators for Banking as a Service (BaaS) and the future of financial services software. She brings deep expertise in the lending and technology arena, and I am confident her strategic leadership will help us drive even more growth for our market-leading lending solutions and the thousands of banks around the world that rely on them to power their business.”

On her appointment Isabel, “I am excited to join a purpose-led, fast-paced and tech-savvy company like Finastra. Its mission to accelerate digital transformation and drive open finance while simultaneously driving cloud computing is inspirational and has the potential for real impact on communities all over the globe. I’m passionate about how we can maintain momentum on these fronts in the Lending Business Unit, supporting greater finance options for SMEs as well as streamlining lending processes for our corporate customers. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.”

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