Näktergal recruits compliance expert as new CPO

June 25, 2020 - 2 min read

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Näktergal recruits compliance expert Stig Johansson. Stig, a former payment expert at Riksbanken is bolstering our leadership team here. 

 Stig is our new Chief Product Officer. We are continuing to recruit to key positions. Stig’s appointment is a strategic approach to strengthen our capacity to both scale and build cutting-edge technology. It doesn’t hurt that he has extensive compliance and regulatory knowledge either!

Prior to joining, Stig spent more than 15 years in management and development in the financial technology arena. In his most recent position at Riksbank he focused on the policy perspectives and implications of modernising the Swedish payment system and the possible implementation of an “E-Krona” in Sweden’s highly digital and cashless society. Before that he was Senior Supervisor at Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Finansinspektionen). Where was responsible for launching the Innovation Centre and helping determine the role of authorities in the context of innovation. Stig was previously part of our advisory board. He has even been a board member for the Swedish FinTech Association and Bonfire. He was also with Svea Ekonomi in various different positions. Most recently as Chief Strategy Officer. He focused on the overarching product development for the whole Enterprise with operations in 12 countries across Europe.

Stig’s compliance and regulatory knowhow will be invaluable

“With this strategic recruitment we will gain Stig’s experience and talent, which will be invaluable to help grow the tech team, streamline our products and quickly scale to new markets. Stig’s combination of a tech background together with his knowledge of compliance and regulation is incredibly beneficial for Näktergal’s next phase”, says Erik Bennerhult, CEO at Näktergal.

Stig’s appointment follows the recruitment of Sarah Kok, former brand manager at Instantor and co-founder and head of partnerships at WIFTN (a network promoting gender diversity in FinTech). She joined Näktergal in November as the FinTech’s new Chief Marketing Officer. Further strengthening the leadership. This and a string of other recent recruitments are helping us take the company to the next level and increases the number of employees by nearly 70% in the last 6 months alone.  

Meanwhile, Stig joins Näktergal at an exciting time. The recruitment comes hot off the heels of the announcement that we are expanding mortgages to Finland with Bluestep Bank, meaning the CPO has to hit the ground running. 

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