The ICMA names first head of FinTech

The ICMA names first head of FinTech

The International Capital Market Association (ICMA) has appointed Georgina Jarratt as managing director, head of FinTech and digitalisation.

Alongside this, Jarratt was also named as a new member of the executive committee.

The ICMA stated that FinTech and digitalisation are transforming financial markets and are embedded in all of the association’s work in primary, secondary, repo and collateral fixed income markets.

It added that the ICMA has several technology initiatives under way, including the Common Domain Model (CDM) for repo and bonds and the Common Data Dictionary for primary bond markets. Furthermore, it is running established working groups on DLT and blockchain in bond markets and market electronification.

Jarratt has a lot of experience running large and complex programmes of change across a variety of industries, including the financial services. Since 2005, Jarratt has worked at HSBC in several roles, including global programme director, prime services, global head of business transformation, global banking and markets and most recently as head of transformation, digital & innovation, private banking.

Speaking on the announcement, ICMA chief executive Bryan Pascoe said, “I am delighted to be welcoming Georgina who brings a huge breadth of experience across transformation, digitalisation and leadership.

“Georgina will be instrumental in advancing our work in Fintech and digitalisation in a broader and more strategic way to bring further efficiency, standardisation and subsequently, automation to the capital markets. Her extensive experience in executive leadership and people management will also help drive forward our diversity and inclusion agenda.”

Earlier in the year, the Singaporean government published the Singapore Green Bond Framework, a framework for governance of sovereign green bond issuances. These align with the recommendations of the ICMA Green Bond Principles 2021. The framework details how the government intends to use green bond proceeds, governance structure to evaluate and select eligible projects and more.

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