Smart, the fast growing UK-based fintech savings technology platform and workplace pensions provider has announced two non executive appointments to its main company Board.
Joining the Board are Stephen Morana, an independent non-executive director with significant experience of high growth and disruptive technology-enabled businesses, including being CFO during two highly successful IPOs at Betfair and Zoopla, and Karen Roberton, Global Head of Consultant Sales at J.P. Morgan.
Ruston Smith, Chair of Smart, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Stephen and Karen to our Board at a time when we are expanding at pace and looking to enter new strategic markets. Both bring an expertise and talent that will help guide Smart through the next phase of its development and their advice and counsel will be crucial in helping steer the business to the next level.”
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Stephen Morana, Independent Non-Executive Director
Stephen is an experienced Executive and Non-Executive director, having built up a track record working for high growth, disruptive technology enabled businesses. He spent a decade as part of the senior management team at Betfair, where he was CFO during the IPO in 2010. After Betfair he moved to Zoopla, where he was again CFO during their successful IPO. As a non executive, he was the Audit Committee Chairman of Boohoo plc from its IPO, and is currently the Senior Independent Director at GVC plc, the FTSE 250 global gaming business.
Karen Roberton, Global Head of Consultant Sales, J.P. Morgan
Karen has been with J.P. Morgan Asset Management for 25 years and is the Global Head of the Consultant Sales team. Throughout her career, she has always been client focused, working with both Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Pension Schemes and their advisers. She has a Law degree from the University of Westminster and has successfully completed the Law Society Final Examinations at the College of Law in London.
Smart Pension is a global savings and investments technology platform provider. Co-founded in 2014 by Andrew Evans, CEO, and Will Wynne, MD, it is one of the UK's largest providers of workplace pensions. Its award-winning master trust is overseen by independent professional trustees. In 2016, Europe’s second largest asset manager Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) took a minority stake in the digital pension platform, part of a move by LGIM to invest in high-achieving, innovative technology that has a positive impact on the wider economy. In January 2019 J.P. Morgan invested as part of a strategic investment round and in November 2019, Link Group, the leading administrator in the Australian superannuation industry, invested as part of strategic partnership.
In 2019 Smart Pension was named DC Master Trust of the Year, DC Innovation of the Year and Retirement Innovation of the Year in the UK Pensions Awards. It was also named European Pension Fund of the Year 2019 in the European Pension Awards.
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