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Capital One appoints digital leadership team

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Rob Harding, CIO Capital One Europe

Financial services organisation Capital One has recruited eight major business technology leaders in the UK today as part of a major re-organisation to ensure fintech is at the heart of business transformation for the Nottingham and London based global organisation.

“We want to be at the forefront of change within the financial sector, and by building our own software and hiring the best talent we believe we can deliver our core objective of helping customers succeed,” CIO Rob Harding said of the appointments in a statement.

Harding added that Capital One plans to add a further 200 technology positions to the organisation as part of the digital transformation.

Neil Turner has been appointed senior director in software engineering following roles at Amazon where he led the video web teams serving content across the US, Europe and Asia. He will take responsibility for the service, web and developer tools teams.

Jason Birth joins as director of software engineering and will lead the transition to a micro-services architecture and Wayne Freeman, also a director of software engineering,  will oversee web teams moving forward.  Birth previously led the commerce platform engineering teams at Amazon UK, responsible for the Video On Demand transactions and subscriptions services and Freeman previously worked as a software development manager at Amazon Video.

Chris Miller, Jim Hartill and Jodie O’Rourke take up roles as senior managers.

Miller will lead the web accounts servicing teams, Hartill will be responsible for quality engineers and O’Rourke will be responsible for the mobile engineering teams in London.

Dave Warren and Ben Gould have been appointed managers in software engineering. Warren will work on third party API and partners whilst Gould will lead the DevTools teams.

All eight additions will be based at the Capital One London office at Regents Place, spending part of the week at the Capital One headquarters in Nottingham.  In February 2017 the new team will move to Capital One’s new offices at the White Collar Factory EC1, overlooking Silicon Roundabout, where the company has just signed an 11 year lease for two floors.

“Already, with the hiring of Andy Reeves, from Amazon in February 2016, as vice president of technology and Aline Baeck from eBay in April as our new head of design, recruits are recognising that this is an exciting time to join the business as we undertake our digital transformation. I am hugely excited about the prospect of working with our new software engineers who I’m sure will complement the existing talent we already have,” CIO Harding said.

In the US Skip Potter, CTO of Capital One is reported to be leaving the credit card company to join sports goods maker and retailer Nike to replace British CIO Anthony Watson who also left financial services to join the famous swoosh.

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