New appointments to UK finance board

UK Finance has today announced the appointment of Thierry d’Argent, CEO, Societe Generale UK; Saif Malik, CEO, UK, Standard Chartered; and Mickey Schiller, CEO, Leumi UK, to its Board, effective 8 February 2024.

  • Thierry d’Argent, CEO, Societe Generale UK; Saif Malik, CEO, UK, Standard Chartered; and Mickey Schiller, CEO, Leumi UK, have joined the UK Finance Board.
  • TS Anil, CEO, Monzo; and Kelly Devine, Divisional President UK & Ireland, Mastercard, stepped down from the Board 1 February. Anne Marie Verstraeten, Vice Chair BNP Paribas UK, will step down from the Board 13 February.

Thierry d’Argent is CEO of Societe Generale London Branch and Group Chief Country Officer, UK and Ireland, and a member of its Executive Committee, Global Banking and Investor Solutions division, and the Group’s Management Board. Thierry was previously Societe Generale’s Global Head of Coverage and Investment Banking, as well as Deputy Head of the Global Banking and Advisory business unit. He previously worked at J.P. Morgan as an M&A practitioner, where he became a Managing Director in 2001 in charge of its Investment Banking practice in France. He advises some of the largest corporations and financial institutions across Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States.

Saif Malik is the CEO, UK and a member of the Global Client Coverage Leadership team at Standard Chartered, a leading international cross-border bank. In his current role, Saif leads the management and development of corporate and financial institution client relationships in the UK and Turkey. Prior to this role, he was Global Head of Global Subsidiaries at Standard Chartered. Saif possesses extensive global banking leadership experience having held senior management roles based in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Mickey Schiller is CEO of Leumi UK Group, a leading middle market specialist lender in the UK and in Europe, and a subsidiary of Israel’s largest financial group, Bank Leumi. At Leumi UK, Mickey has embarked on a refocused strategy to the property, hotels, and asset-based lending sectors, positioning Leumi UK as the go-to relationship funding partner in chosen sectors. Previously, Mickey held senior executive roles with Bank Hapoalim as head of international banking operations across Europe, Latin America and the United States, ABN AMRO Bank in Hong Kong as Asia head of strategy & business development, and Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore and Hong Kong as a global markets structurer.

UK Finance acts to enhance competitiveness, support customers and facilitate innovation across the financial services industry. It offers research, policy expertise and advocacy as well as operational and project activity to enhance members’ own services where collective activity across the industry is appropriate. The Board, which is led by UK Finance Chair Bob Wigley, has been developed to ensure senior and fair representation across the industry.

Commenting on the changes to the UK Finance Board, Bob Wigley, Chair of UK Finance, said:

2024 poses fresh challenges for the financial services sector and the appointment of Thierry, Saif and Mickey adds significant expertise to the UK Finance Board ahead of the year.

As the trade association for the financial services industry, we champion a thriving sector which acts in the best interests of consumers, businesses and wider society. I’d like to thank TS, Kelly and Anne Marie for their hard work and contribution to UK Finance. The Board looks forward to working with Thierry, Saif and Mickey to continue promoting a strong and representative financial services sector that underpins a healthy national economy.

Saif Malik, CEO, UK and a member of the Global Client Coverage Leadership team, Standard Chartered said:

For over 170 years Standard Chartered has served clients in the UK and connected them to the world’s most dynamic markets, supporting prosperity, global trade and growth. I’m privileged and proud to join the UK Finance Board and look forward to proactively supporting their important agenda and clear vision for the future.

Thierry d’Argent, CEO, Societe Generale UK, said:

Societe Generale has had a strong presence in the UK for over 150 years, demonstrating our commitment to supporting our clients, partnerships and community. The UK market presents many opportunities for the industry, and I look forward to contributing to UK Finance and helping to foster a thriving financial services sector for clients in the UK and globally.

Mickey Schiller, CEO, Leumi UK said:

I'm pleased to be joining the Board of UK Finance at a time when championing the financial services sector could not be more important. Both consumers and businesses have had to weather challenging macro-economic conditions over the last couple of years, and UK Finance has a pivotal role to play ensuring that the sector remains safe, transparent and innovative for all as we navigate these headwinds and hopefully start to move into more stable conditions.

I look forward to working alongside board members and represent the asset-based lending and property sectors.

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