GRESHAM TECHNOLOGIES

Company overview

Listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, Gresham Technologies is a leading software and services company that specialises in providing solutions for data integrity and control, banking integration, payments and cash management.

Brief 

Following Directorbank’s successful placement of Peter Simmonds as Chair of Gresham Technologies, we have now sourced two hugely experienced Non-Executive Directors to join the plc Board.

Approached by Imogen Joss, Gresham’s SID and NomCom Chair, Directorbank was originally appointed to identify a NED with a strong FinTech background and the capability and gravitas to chair the Remuneration Committee in due course. Peter Simmonds further inputted into the brief, wanting a candidate with a strong understanding of the sector from a client’s perspective as well as in-depth, up to date knowledge of the global capital markets.

Process 

Commencing August 2020, as soon as Peter’s appointment was formally announced, Directorbank’s Simon Thomas again led the search. With support from researcher Maire McKay more than 80 potential candidates were identified through fresh mapping, targeted referrals and analysis of Directorbank’s existing network. More than 20 individuals were approached and eight were interviewed further for suitability. Ultimately, Directorbank presented four strong candidates to the Gresham team for Client interview.

The Client was so impressed by the quality of our shortlist that the proactive decision was made to appoint two individuals to the NED role – Jenny Knott and Dr. Ruth Wandhöfer.

Result

Jenny is a Board-level investment banker with over 30 years experience and a leading innovator in financial technologies. As an investment banker, she’s been CEO, plc Finance Director and COO, widely respected for leading the modernisation and transformation of her organisations and for her knowledge of the technical finance, emerging technology and regulatory environments. She has extensive experience in global operations including the US, Far East, Africa and South America and more than 13 years RemCo experience. Jenny was named as one of the top 100 influencers by Financial Technologist in 2018 and is a former winner of the Financial Services category of the ‘Women in the City, Woman of Achievement’ awards.

Ruth is an expert in the field of banking and one of the foremost authorities on transaction banking, regulatory and innovation in financial technology matters. Her executive career included over a decade at Citi in the transaction services business, including Global Head of Regulatory & Market Strategy for Treasury and Trade Solutions. Prior to this she spent four years as a Policy Adviser on Securities Services and Payments at the European Banking Federation. Ruth is a 2018, 2019 and 2020 ‘Top 10 Global Fintech Influencer’ in the Fintech Power 50.