BNY appoints EMEA innovation head

The new head will be responsible for BNY Mellon’s innovation in the EMEA region.
By Paul Walsh
BNY Mellon has appointed Visa’s Niamh De Niese as director and head of its London based EMEA innovation centre.

As part of her new role, De Niese will focus on expanding options offered via BNY Mellon’s NEXEN platform as well as increasing client engagement and building relationships with the FinTech community.

“Our network of global innovation centres is a core part of BNY Mellon’s NEXEN digital transformation strategy,” said Lucille Mayer, global head of innovation and client experience delivery at BNY Mellon.

“Under Niamh’s leadership, we anticipate a step-wise increase in collaborative innovation in financial services.”

Prior to her current role, De Niese served as head of Visa’s head of European innovation labs in London, Berlin and Tel Aviv.

She has also held positions at UBS and Accenture.

BNY Mellon’s London based EMEA innovation centre is one of six of its kind with others located in India and the United States and additional centres due to open in Singapore.

The development is the latest in BNY Melon’s innovation strategy following the news at the end of August that they had signed up to the Utility Settlement Coin initiative, designed to facilitate payment and settlement for institutional markets using blockchain technology.