Rami Cassis named CEO of ieDigital, Connect FSS and Abaka

Source: ieDigital

ieDigital, Connect FSS and ABAKA, which together form one of the leading digital banking and financial services specialists, have today announced the appointment of Rami Cassis as CEO.

Cassis’ appointment comes at a time when all three companies are integrating under a single identity, a move which will offer clients, including the largest banks, building societies and credit unions in the UK and US, a sophisticated, comprehensive, and enhanced suite of digital channels. The integration comes as the financial technology sector continues to experience intense demand for the latest innovations to satisfy increasingly digital-savvy consumers.

Cassis is currently the Executive Chairman of ieDigital, Connect FSS and ABAKA. He has been part of the senior leadership team and an active investor in ieDigital since 2012, when his family office, Parabellum Investments, acquired the firm. Cassis has similarly been an active investor in both Connect FSS and ABAKA since both were also acquired by Parabellum Investments.

Existing CEO of the three companies, Jerry Young, will take retirement after leading ieDigital for over six years, a period that saw significant growth including its appointment by many of the UK’s leading financial services providers. He was also instrumental in the acquisition of Connect FSS and ABAKA and has also been the CEO of both businesses since their acquisition. Young will continue to support the three businesses during the transition. Grant Parry will remain as Executive Vice President of Strategy.

ieDigital, based in the UK, acquired Connect FSS, the US-based digital banking Software as a Service (SaaS) technology provider for credit unions, in September 2023. This was followed by the acquisition of ABAKA, the Artificial Intelligence recommendation engine platform, in January 2024. ABAKA uses machine learning and behavioural segmentation to predict which products, such as banking products, savings accounts, or retirement solutions, are the most likely to be of interest to financial services consumers.

Rami Cassis, CEO, ieDigital, Connect FSS and ABAKA, said: “Our immediate focus is simple; concentrate on our clients and deliver exceptional software. We have highly talented teams whose capabilities need to be further harnessed. Swift integration of the companies is an essential component of this and will provide numerous benefits to our clients, including added product functionality and greater scale of both development and implementation resources.

“I want to thank Jerry for his hard work over the last few years and wish him all the best in his retirement. Furthermore, I am looking forward to working alongside the team as we integrate the three companies and play a key part in rewriting the way that banks and credit unions, together with other financial services providers, interact with their customers.” 

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