11:FS welcomes ex BCG Ventures and Apple head of talent

Source: 11:FS

11:FS​, the challenger firm defining and building digitally  native financial services through technology, product and design expertise, today  announced Michael Curds has joined the firm as Head of Talent.

He brings a wealth of experience in scaling digtally-native business, having most  recently led the talent team at BCG Digital Ventures. Curds was employee number  two at the firm and helped establish a highly successful business, building and  leading a function that attracted and hired the industry's top talent. Prior to BCG, he held a number of talent leadership roles, including digital media company PERFORM,  audio start-up MusicQubed and Apple, where he ran recruiting for it’s EMEA  operations.

At 11:FS ​he will be responsible for the planning and execution of the firm’s hiring  strategy as it continues to build out its consulting, media, research and benchmarking, 11:FS Pulse and 11:FS Foundry teams.

“The work and the approach to client delivery at 11:FS speaks for itself. What really  attracted me was the culture that has been built, how it is lived and cultivated the  leadership team, and embraced by the entire company,” said Curds. “The opportunity to help scale the firm, while also being focused on maintaining and expanding that  culture, is exciting.”

11:FS has delivered digital financial services projects for firms including NatWest’s  Mettle business banking service, Standard Chartered, and other firms across Europe,  Asia, Africa, and North America. It is also building its own modular banking  infrastructure, 11:FS Foundry, to deliver secure, digitally native banking proposition to  scale and at speed, in association with Norway’s largest bank, DNB.

“When we founded 11:FS it was with a belief that the talent we work with and the  culture we create would set us apart from the current incumbents. Digital has  created the shift towards ‘small team sports’ because we know that smaller, diverse  team of specialists outperform a larger team of unmotivated generalists,” added  David M. Brear, Group CEO of 11:FS. “For me this means finding, attracting and hiring the  best talent on the planet that's aligned to our cultural values, in what is a highly  competitive market. I'm really excited that someone of Mike’s ability, character and  passion for talent and workplace culture that makes us proudly different, will be  taking our Talent team to the next level. We have incredibly aggressive expansion  plans and with Mike leading that team, I believe we will have no problem getting the  right talent needed to deliver that growth both in the UK and globally.”

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