Swift appoints Kennel to head market infrastructure efforts
Swift, the Brussels-based financial messaging consortium has appointed Juliette Kennel to the newly-created post of head of market infrastructures. Kennel, formerly head of standards, will be responsible for bringing together Swift’s activities in this area.
Swift’s relationships with other market infrastructures is a focus for Gottfried Leibbrandt, who took over as chief executive last summer, along with the role that the organisation can play as a provider of utility services to its member banks. Last year it introduced sanctions screening services and a number of other initiatives, such as MyStandards and the Digital Asset Grid development, that increasingly extend its role beyond payments messaging.
Kennel became head of standards at the beginning of 2011, having spent the previous year working on the Lean@Swift transformation programme that Swift introduced to increase organisational efficiency by 30%. Before joining Swift, she worked at Clearstream as head of marketing communications and previously worked at Société Géneralé
Stephen Lindsay has taken over as head of standards. He joined Swift as head of development for standards in 2007, having spent the previous 20 years at Misys Banking Systems.