SAS UK appoints Gez Llanaj as business development manager at risk practice

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SAS UK, the leader in business intelligence, has appointed Gez Llanaj as business development manager to the Risk Management Practice. Llanaj will be responsible for driving strategy and raising market awareness of SAS' Risk solutions, supporting customers in meeting operational risk and compliance requirements.

Llanaj joins SAS with over seven years of experience in the field of credit and operational risk, having worked closely with the top 50 European financial institutions addressing conformity issues with the Basel II framework and dealing with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

"Organisations are currently on a steep learning curve with regards to meeting regulatory requirements. They face a series of challenges from data quality to a fully integrated operational risk intelligence infrastructure" said Gez Llanaj, business development manager, SAS. "The SAS 9 Platform provides true enterprise intelligence, a breakthrough to a higher level of understanding of data management, reporting and analytics capabilities."

Commenting on the appointment, Peyman Mestchian, Director Risk Management Practice at SAS UK said, "SAS works closely with its customers to achieve a competitive advantage from successful risk management. Llanaj brings valuable customer and industry experience to SAS and his appointment reflects our commitment to taking a long-term view of risk management."

"Addressing operational risk is currently in its infancy, with many organisations yet to comply with requirements such as Basel II. The Risk Management Practice at SAS is working with organisations to focus on their data, processes and people. Llanaj will play a key role in supporting customers meet business requirements today and plan for the future," Mestchian added.

Llanaj was formerly a senior director at Fitch Risk Management and Fitch OpVantage, where he worked with both regulators and consultancies to raise the awareness of compliance issues Europe-wide.

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