Starling Bank founder moves to lead tech at cutting-edge currency business
Centtrip today announces the appointment of Mark Hipperson as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Board Director. Mark leads technology and digital strategy and also product build at Centtrip, an established high-growth FinTech firm that offers consumers and businesses a unique proposition in buying and selling currency and making international payments.
Mark’s appointment follows 12 months as a Non-Executive Director at Centtrip. In his new role, Mark heads a 10-strong technology team, reporting to founders Tony North and Brian Jamieson. His appointment supports the company’s growth strategy and its goal to remove the complexity and expense from currency exchange.
Commenting on his new appointment, Mark Hipperson said: “Centtrip is business which I have known well for a while. It is taking a very different approach in terms of transparency and fairness compared to others in the market and I was keen to come on board in an executive capacity, in order to enhance and develop the market-leading technology platform. Centtrip’s product strategy delivers ultimate flexibility and customisation for our customers. We cannot only meet the needs of our customers today but also stay ahead as opportunities evolve in the future.”
Mark brings more than 25 years’ experience in financial services and technology. He began his career at Barclays, where he spent a decade leading IT projects for multiple business functions across retail and corporate banking. Mark was also General Manager and Board Director of BJSS, an award winning IT consultancy focused on software development and IT advisory services. Most recently, Mark co-founded Starling Bank and was formerly its CTO, responsible for the design, build and implementation of its banking platform which has been approved for a full UK banking licence.
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Tony North said: “Mark has already made a huge impact on our business in his capacity as Non-Executive Director and we are very happy to welcome him to this new Executive role after a number of competitive approaches. At Centtrip, we believe in giving people freedom from unfair and hidden charges and the autonomy to manage their currency. Mark is passionate about helping us to change the UK foreign exchange services market and we are looking forward to launching more digital currency services under his technology leadership.”