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Swift chair Yawar Shah steps down after 16 years

Swift chair Yawar Shah steps down after 16 years

The Swift Board of Directors has announced that Yawar Shah has stepped down, retiring after 16 years as Chair.

Deputy Chair Mark Buitenhek will cover Shah's responsibilities until a new Chair is formally elected by the Board in the months ahead as part of Swift's governance process.

Yawar Shah says: “It has been an honour and privilege to serve the global financial community as Chair of Swift and as a representative of the US community on the Swift Board. I am immensely proud of the cooperative’s many achievements in transforming the cross-border experience for both payments and securities, whilst upholding the highest levels of security, resilience and reliability. Swift is in great shape with strong financials, growing traffic, industry momentum around its strategy and exciting innovation ahead. At the end of a successful year and as we move to the next phase of strategic delivery it is the right time for me to retire from the role of Chair and the Board. I would like to thank Swift Board colleagues from around the world for their continuing dedication and together with Swift’s management team, I am confident the cooperative remains in excellent shape for the years ahead.”

Javier Pérez-Tasso, CEO, Swift adds: “I would like to recognise Yawar’s many contributions to the Swift community over the years. I look forward to working together with the Board through the leadership transition as we continue to deliver on our global vision for instant and frictionless transactions with the highest standards of operational excellence.”

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Comments: (1)

David Gyori
David Gyori - BANKING REPORTS, LONDON - London 19 December, 2022, 11:03Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Congrats to Mr Shah! SWIFT should evolve faster in my humble opinion. I know, it is easy to say this and HARD to execute, implement, deliver, do. 

All my respect!