Griffin announces senior hires to drive embedded finance revolution
The UK bank and BaaS platform welcomes key team members across Customer Success, Enterprise Risk, Operations, Sustainability, Finance and Sales.
London, November 30th, 2023—Griffin, the API-first UK bank and full-stack Banking as a Service platform, today announced the addition of seven new senior team members across key areas of the business. These exceptional new hires reinforce Griffin’s commitment to building the global platform for embedded finance and delivering a world-class banking experience to customers.
Anika Zubair joins as Head of Customer Success
Anika Zubair joins the team as Head of Customer Success, bringing over 12 years of experience in building, scaling, and transforming customer success at hyper-growth B2B SaaS companies. She has achieved exceptional results leading and inspiring customer success teams in her previous roles, and her deep understanding of the customer success lifecycle will be instrumental in driving customer satisfaction and retention at Griffin.
Craig Wilson joins as Head of Enterprise Risk
Craig Wilson is Griffin’s new Head of Enterprise Risk, bringing almost twenty years of experience in banking and financial services to the team. He was previously Head of Risk at Newcastle Strategic Solutions. Before that, he was Head of Operational Risk at Atom bank where he was a key member of the team that helped secure a bank licence for the UK’s first digital-only bank. He has also held operational risk roles at Deloitte and Virgin Money.
Ed Carter joins as Head of Banking Operations
Ed Carter joins as Head of Banking Operations. He started at JP Morgan, playing a key part in establishing a new corporate bank in Luxembourg. He then spearheaded Treasury transformation from Singapore, before kicking off the bank's global transition to ISO20022. Ed has also led the business operations team at a digital payments start-up: scaling operations, building pricing strategies, and implementing robust treasury management to fuel the company's growth.
Elin Ng joins as Chief of Staff
Elin Ng is Griffin’s new Chief of Staff, bringing a wealth of experience in building and scaling B2B SaaS companies. She is a seasoned technology leader with a proven track record of driving strategic initiatives and executing complex projects. She was most recently Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Salve, a VC-backed healthtech company, where she guided product and sales, spearheaded international expansion, and finally took the company to a successful exit.
Katy Zack joins as Head of Sustainability
Katy Zack joins as Head of Sustainability, driving the bank’s sustainability agenda and overseeing environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk. She is a recognised leader in sustainability, with experience in helping businesses drive climate action and create a positive, lasting impact. Previously, she was the Advocacy Lead for Sustainable Fashion at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and an organiser of Tech Zero, a group of 350+ tech companies committing to ambitious climate targets and emissions reduction.
Michael Cerdan joins as Treasurer
Michael Cerdan joins Griffin as Treasurer. He is a seasoned treasury, risk, and finance professional with over 15 years of experience in banking and financial services. Michael was treasurer at a UK building society, set up the treasury function at a start-up private bank, and has worked at notable clearing and challenger banks. Michael joined Griffin from Deloitte, where he provided a range of advisory services on complex treasury transactions, economic hedging, liquidity and capital requirements.
Sarah Gilbertson joins as Head of Sales
Sarah Gilbertson brings over 20 years of experience in sales leadership and commercial success to her role as Head of Sales at Griffin. In 2009, she was part of the small team that launched Groupon in the UK. Since 2018, her focus has been on building and optimising the revenue functions of enterprise-level B2B SaaS companies. Sarah specialises in taking a systematic approach to designing and implementing highly effective, data-led sales engines.
As Griffin embarks on its next phase of growth, these new team members will play a crucial role in shaping the future of the bank. With their combined expertise in building and scaling critical functions, Griffin is well-positioned to continue driving the evolution of BaaS and embedded finance, enabling companies to seamlessly integrate financial products into their apps and ecosystems.
David Jarvis, CEO and co-founder of Griffin, commented:
“I am beyond excited to welcome Anika, Craig, Ed, Elin, Katy, Michael and Sarah to the Griffin team. Each of them will play an important role in pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in banking, fintech and beyond. I’m looking forward to seeing what we’ll achieve next with their support, leadership and commitment.”
Griffin (Griffin Bank Ltd) is an API-first UK bank and full-stack Banking as a Service platform. It was founded by Silicon Valley engineers, David Jarvis and Allen Rohner (who co-founded tech unicorn CircleCI) and is led by a team of banking and technology executives from Form3, Monzo, Barclays, Virgin Money, GoCardless and more.
Griffin is backed by investors—EQT Ventures, Notion Capital, MassMutual Ventures, Tribe Capital, and Seedcamp. Griffin is authorised with restrictions by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and regulated by the PRA and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Griffin’s Firm Reference Number (FRN) is 970920.
Learn more: www.griffin.com