Swift hires Pérez-Tasso as new CEO

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Javier Pérez-Tasso has been named the new CEO of payments messaging standards provider Swift, replacing Gottfried Leibbrandt, who steps down from the post at the end of June.

A member of the Swift executive team for the past seven years, Pérez-Tasso currently serves as chief executive of the Americas and U.K. region. He will take the CEO position on July 1.

The appointment follows a comprehensive internal and external search conducted by the Swift board’s human resources committee and advice from a professional search firm.

“I am delighted to announce Javier’s appointment with the full endorsement of the board," Swift chairman Yawar Shah said in a Wednesday press release. “Javier‘s track record of impressive leadership, coupled with his in-depth understanding of the company and its business, means that he is expertly positioned for this new role."

Pérez-Tasso joined Swift in 1995 and was appointed to his current position in September 2015. In this position, Swift says Pérez-Tasso significantly deepened Swift's engagement model with global transaction banks and successfully delivered business development results in high-growth markets.

He was also an executive sponsor of Swift's Customer Security Program from 2016 to 2018, helping to formulate and lead the organization's response to the growing cyber challenge facing the community.

Prior to that, Pérez-Tasso served as chief marketing officer, a role in which he was responsible for developing Swift's current five-year strategy, leading to a renewed focus on cross-border payments, expansion into financial crime compliance and deeper presence in the market infrastructures area, including its entry into instant payments.

“I thank the Swift board for its trust and feel privileged to lead Swift and serve its customers as CEO," Pérez-Tasso said in the release. "I am fortunate to start this mandate building on Gottfried’s strong legacy, and I look forward to maintaining our focus on operational excellence as well as to accelerating Swift's transformation during a period of unprecedented change and opportunity for the community.”

Pérez-Tasso will be based at Swift's headquarters in Belgium.

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