Former Lloyds exec to head Swift U.K. operations

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A former Lloyds Banking Group executive is joining financial messaging service provider Swift as its head of U.K., Ireland and Nordics operations.

Cate Kemp, who was global transaction compliance director at Lloyds, will be responsible for Swift’s growth strategy in the region by strengthening key relationships and delivering commercial performance across its portfolio of products and services. Her work will include advancing Swift’s global payments innovation service and its suite of financial crime compliance solutions.

Kemp will begin her London-based Swift position next month.

“Cate has a wealth of experience in delivering customer-centric payment, compliance and risk management services," Javier Pérez-Tasso, chief executive, of Americas and U.K. for Swift, said in a Tuesday press release. "We are excited to welcome her on board to help drive our strategy and support our customers at a time of unprecedented change in the financial industry.”

At Lloyds, Kemp led the transformation of the bank’s AML and sanctions compliance services. She was also accountable for group-wide payments policy and oversight, and was a member of the bank’s Global Payments Management Committee.

Kemp is a member of the Women in Payments group and an active inclusion and diversity sponsor and mentor. She is also a member of the Payment Systems Regulator Panel.

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