Former Swift chief Leibbrandt joins CLS board

Source: CLS

CLS, a financial market infrastructure delivering settlement, processing and data solutions across the global FX ecosystem, announced that two new members were appointed to its Board of Directors at the CLS Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 17 May 2021.

The new directors on the Board are Gottfried Leibbrandt (Independent Director) and Shuta Okawara (MUFG Bank).

Gottfried Leibbrandt is the former Chief Executive Officer of SWIFT, a role he held from 2012 to 2019. Prior to this, he held several roles within SWIFT, including Head of Marketing, Head of Standards and Director of Strategy and Business Development. Prior to joining SWIFT, Mr. Leibbrandt was a partner with McKinsey & Company, focusing on financial institutions, specifically payments and transactions. He is a member of the supervisory board of and the co-author of an upcoming book on payments (“The Pay Off: how changing the way we pay changes everything”) to be published 1 July of this year.

Shuta Okawara is currently Managing Director and Head of the Transactions Services Division of MUFG Bank. Mr. Okawara’s career has revolved extensively around custody and clearing. He has been involved in most of the settlement systems reform initiatives that have led to mitigating settlement risks and standardizing securities and currencies settlement processes as we know them today.

Both directors will be joining the Technology and Operations Committee, while Gottfried will also be joining the Product Development Committee. The CLS Board now comprises 21 directors in total, nine of whom are designated as outside or independent directors.

Ken Harvey, Chairman of the Board at CLS, said: “We are delighted to welcome Gottfried and Shuta to our Board. Their specific experience in and knowledge of payments, transactions and settlement systems relate closely to CLS’s core focus and will be invaluable to us as an organisation as well as our members and other relevant stakeholders. We look forward to working with them as we continue to develop our role as a systemically important financial market infrastructure, strengthening resilience and efficiency across the global FX ecosystem.”

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