Appointments

Griffin makes two senior appointments as tech platform build continues

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Banking as a Service (BaaS) provider Griffin has announced that Chris Forlano and Laura Hauser will join the company in VP roles.

The company is backed by EQT Ventures and revealed that Forlano will take on the role of VP of product while Hauser will serve as VP of marketing.

Both will support Griffin’s growth plans as it enters the banking application process and build of its own technology platform.

The company is seeking regulatory approval to become the UK’s first full-stack BaaS platform with its own bank licence.

Griffin says that the appointments will strengthen its leadership team and bring Griffin closer to its goal of becoming the “de facto operating system for embedded finance”.

Paul Forster, co-founder of Indeed and angel investor who led Griffin’s seed round said: “As an investor, I always look for companies that think big and have the stamina to disrupt entire industries, but building the right leadership is crucial to achieving this.

“I’m thrilled to have Chris and Laura join the executive team and bring their collective experience to foster growth at Griffin.”

Forlano has over 25 years’ worth of experience leading transformation in the banking, payments and fintech spaces.

He has worked for HSBC, NatWest, and Visa, helping to design and deliver banking solutions in those roles.

He will lead the strategy and development of the company’s full-stack banking platform and will help in launching standalone products.

Hauser, meanwhile, has worked for companies operating in the B2B space including Atlassian, Nextroll, and UK-based IT solutions firm Adaptavist where she ran global marketing.

She will lead Griffin’s go-to-market strategy. Bolstering the brand’s positions to attract new clients and scale the businesses.

Tom Mendoza, deal partner and investment advisor at EQT Ventures added: “Griffin’s full-stack approach to BaaS brings best-in-class practices from the financial services world and an innovative approach to complex technology.

“Chris and Laura bring a wealth of experience from both industries that will help Griffin actualise its vision and support the many milestones ahead for the company.”

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