Financial services business Close Brothers has recruited Tony Sweeney as its new chief information officer (CIO) for its Asset Finance division. Close Brothers confirmed the role to Horizon as Sweeney joins the business from Hyperion, an insurance leader.
Close Brothers is a specialist financial services business listed on the FTSE 250. The London headquartered Asset Finance Management division provides investment management services to corporations, institutional investors as well as private clients and in 2015 reported it was managing £10.6 billion in funds. The wider Close Brothers business provides unique financial services to small and medium sized business and recently announced a digital assets funding product. Close Brothers has been managing asset portfolios for over 40 years and Sweeney will be delivering technology services to 550 staff across eight sites around the UK.
Sweeney has been with insurance business Hyperion since February 2014 in a variety of roles including Delivery Director before becoming CIO for the Howden International division. In December 2015 Hyperion recruited Lyn Grobler as Group CIO from global oil company BP. Grobler was hired as Group CIO to replace David Jack who had been Group CIO and is now Group CIO at logistics technology services business MetaPack. Before entering financial services Sweeney was at telecoms giant BT as Transformation and Service Delivery directors.
Sweeney has had a varied career that includes roles in gaming with Betfair for seven years. Betfair during the period 2004 to 2012 went through phenomenal growth and was at the forefront of database, cloud, networking, transaction and user experience technology.