Trade Ledger, the UK-based global technology provider for the commercial banking and financial services sectors, has announced three senior appointments, further underpinning its ambitious expansion plans. Already in 2021, the company has secured major customer wins and further funding.
Jarrad Hubble joins in a new role of chief revenue officer for Trade Ledger’s global operations. Rikard af Ekenstam has been appointed as managing director for Europe, also a new role for the fast-growing business.
A third new role has been created to underpin Trade Ledger’s growth ambitions in the Asia Pacific and China: Alan Beattie has been appointed as executive director for the region.
Hubble’s focus is on building the global sales and business development functions at Trade Ledger. He brings a wealth of both traditional financial services and fintech experience.
Most recently managing director at NatWest Markets, he oversaw the £250 million international payments business, developing solutions for many of the world’s largest ecommerce marketplaces.
Previous to that, Hubble was head of the commercial function at Currencies Direct, where he grew business-to-business services from infancy and expanded the company across the globe.
His strength lies in delivering global expansion of digital businesses, across both the fintech and Tier 1 banking sectors. This experience, drive and culture makes him ideal to play a key role in Trade Ledger’s next stages of growth, reporting directly to co-founder and chief executive officer, Martin McCann.
Ekenstam’s experience, encompassing both the banking and research arenas, adds another important facet to the Trade Ledger executive team, with a particular focus on growing the company’s footprint across Europe.
Prior to joining Trade Ledger, Ekenstam was managing director at OakNorth, the UK-based bank and tech company backed by GIC and SoftBank, focusing on business development and corporate development.
Before that, he held leadership positions within commercial and investment banking, including head of the Nordic region for Mizuho Bank, head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, and head of new markets for ABN AMRO Bank.
Supporting Trade Ledger’s global ambitions, Beattie brings a wealth of international financial services experience, underpinned by strong strategic thinking.
He spent 25-plus years with HSBC in a variety of senior executive roles, including as global chief executive officer of private wealth solutions, regional head of commercial banking in Latin America, and deputy chief executive officer for Europe.
Beattie also has extensive experience in venture capital and early-stage growth businesses.
McCann, co-founder and chief executive officer of Trade Ledger, says: “The appointment of Jarrad, Rikard and Alan into these new positions in our executive team gives us the strength and depth to drive our international expansion as well as, importantly, improving access to finance for SMEs and mid-market corporates globally.”
“Jarrad will work closely with me on continuing to strengthen Trade Ledger’s position as a trusted global lending technology brand. Rikard´s extensive experience in banking and analytics research coupled with long established relationships with financial institutions will help us build our presence throughout Europe. And Alan’s wealth of experience in financial services will be valuable in growing our footprint globally.”
Trade Ledger’s platform has a lending-as-a-service capability, supporting both secured and unsecured, to unlock all types of working capital and business lending products for businesses that otherwise find access to finance difficult.