Two Smart Pension trailblazers have been named in the 2018 Innovate Finance Women in FinTech Powerlist.
Chief corporate officer Claire Altman was named in the Senior Leaders category and programme director Kate Ross was featured in the Technology Professionals section of the awards, which saw women operating at the highest level in international fintech firms celebrated.
More than 1,200 women were nominated for the awards, with only 150 outstanding women making the final powerlist.
Andrew Evans, Smart Pension co-founder and CEO, said: “It’s fabulous to see our female colleagues celebrated for smashing the glass ceiling out of the park. Both Claire and Kate are respected and valuable members of the Smart Pension management team and they are integral to Smart’s success. This is great recognition of the important skills they bring to our business.”
The Women in FinTech Awards aim to shine a spotlight on the female leaders and innovators that are transforming financial technology across a broad range of financial services roles.
Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of Innovate Finance, the awards’ sponsor, said: "It is vital that the sector doesn’t just pay lip service to inclusion and diversity. We must now be geared more towards action and ensuring change actually happens.”
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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