Neil Blagden Joins Finastra as Chief Customer Officer - The Industry Spread

Karthik Subramanian

Karthik Subramanian has been a professional trader and fund manager over the last 18 years. He is basically a software developer who made the transition to financial domain around 18 years back as the attractiveness of the financial markets proved too much for him. He lives in Chennai in India along with his wife and son. He began his career as a software developer in 1999 and then gradually moved into the financial industry as he began trading stocks in his pastime. He then moved into the financial markets full time and then shifted his focus to the FX markets due to the liquid nature of these markets. Since then, he has been trading FX diligently and his favourite pair are the EURUSD and EURJPY. Over the last couple of years, he has found blockchain to be of high interest and considering his background in software and finance, he has since assembled a team of highly talented developers who have since worked on a variety of projects like crypto exchanges and blockchain architecturing. Now, he balances his time between trading and commenting on both the FX and crypto markets. He has worked with many publications including FX Street and Finance Magnates, which has helped him gain experience and also recognition across the industry. He loves to write and this passion has helped him to reach out across the FX and crypto industry. Right now, he works on his pet projects in the FX and crypto industry and spends his time writing and managing his blockchain team and helping it to reach higher.


Neil Blagden Joins Finastra as Chief Customer Officer

June 5, 2020

Finastra, a leading UK based FinTech service provider had revealed the addition of new member to its senior level leadership team in its latest announcement. As per statement released by the firm, it has onboarded Mr. Neil Blagden to serve as its Chief Customer Officer. In his new role at the firm, Neil is responsible for ensuring customer success by overseeing every aspect of all operations in the form ranging from design to delivery in order to ensure excellent user experience for the firm’s clients. In his new role at the firm, Mr. Blagden will serve from the firm’s headquarters located in London and report directly to Mr. Simon Paris – Chief Executive Officer at the firm. Neil is an ideal candidate for the role given his deep and vast experience in customer services and relations verticals which combined with his extensive knowledge gained from more than two decades of experience across multiple industries will greatly help empower the firm as it works to achieve its goals.

Neil Blagden, Chief Customer Officer at Finastra

Neil is renowned in the market for always adopting an agile customer first approach to work culture at all the firm’s he had served in till date and to this end, he has collaborated with various teams to even build solutions which can harness the power of AI & data to provide unique insights that helps the firm achieve meaningful customer experiences. He most recently served as Director of Customer Services, Operations & Digital unit at Vodafone UK having held the role for nearly five years. Earlier in his career, he served as Director of Business Services and Customer Experience/Conduct at Direct Line Group. Earlier in his career, he served as Director of Customer Consulting at Pricewaterhouse Coopers before which he served as Director of Customer Advisory at Ernst & Young and Senior Manager of Customer Transformation at Accenture.

Commenting on his new role at the firm, Neil said “I am passionate about customer experience, which has always been the key focus throughout my career, and I’m excited to bring my learnings to Finastra. The open innovation vision of the leadership team, and the value that the business places on ensuring the customer is at the heart of everything, is inspiring. I’m looking forward to accelerating that drive and deepening these relationships”.

Speaking about Neil’s addition to the team, Simon Paris said “Neil brings with him significant insight into shaping customer experience with the help of innovative technologies. His enthusiasm for his craft and proven track record aligns with our commitment to shape our solutions and the way we work with our customers. We’ve always strived to build deep and long-lasting relationships with our customers, and long may this continue and evolve with Neil on board”.

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