IT Brief Australia - Fintech Australia begins hunt for new CEO as Danielle Szetho steps down


Fintech Australia begins hunt for new CEO as Danielle Szetho steps down

Fintech Australia’s Danielle Szetho is stepping down from her position as CEO after nearly two years in the role.

The organisation has already begun the search for its new lead executive while appointing Sarah Worboys as interim CEO.

Szetho says it has been an honour and a privilege to have served Australia’s fintech industry as its inaugural industry association CEO, and to have been part of its founding journey and establishment as a real force for positive policy change and industry growth.

“With the support of the board, our team and our incredible community, we have turned FinTech Australia from being little more than an ambitious idea to an industry association that has successfully driven the fintech agenda across the nation, resulting in real, positive change in areas such as Crowdfunding, Digital Currency regulation and Open Data,” Szetho adds. 

“We started with 52 founding members - today we have well over 200, with strong connections across a broad range of regulators and policy makers. We’ve also built a strong international network to support our fintech community’s expansion and growth.”

"It is now time to hand over the organisation to a new CEO as the sector matures and the organisation scales to the next stage of growth.”

“I’m looking forward to having a good rest and time off to travel before I delve into the next stage of my career, and I’ll be working with our Policy leads and Board in the next few weeks to ensure they are supported through the transition until the new CEO can take the reins.”

FinTech Australia chair Stuart Stoyan thanks Szetho for her outstanding and dedicated service to Australia’s fintech community, calling her departure “our loss.”

“For the last 20 months, Danielle has been the heart and soul of Australia’s fintech community. Danielle’s energy and passion has been central to Australia developing into one of the world’s leading fintech ecosystems,” adds Stoyan.

“With the support of a small team she has delivered incredible outcomes, including Australia’s first national fintech festival and industry-backed awards and a range of major policy wins for our members.”

Stoyan continues, “We are in the market for a candidate that can drive our ambitious program to take the Australian fintech market to the next level.”

“This is a great leadership opportunity in what is Australia’s largest and arguably most exciting startup sector.”

Applications for the position of CEO are open until Friday, 23 March.

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