Solarisbank establishes group structure and expands management team

Berlin/London 30.03.2022. Solarisbank, Europe's leading Banking-as-a-Service platform, has implemented its previously announced new organizational group and management structure. As of April 1, the Group will replace the previous matrix structure based on dedicated business units, with a country-oriented commercial organization supported by a central product and technology platform. In doing so, Solarisbank pursues its strategy of strengthening local markets while running a holistic pan-European platform.

With this setup, we are building the foundation for our next growth phase. Direct access to local markets and quick product adaptation are decisive for the success of our international expansion. At the same time, our central production platform ensures that our core processes remain efficient and highly scalable. With the new organizational structure, we have found a way to maintain our agility while growing with our innovative partners and the financial industry of the future. Dr. Roland Folz, Group CEO of Solarisbank
Solarisbank CEO Dr. Roland Folz
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Solarisbank CEO Dr. Roland Folz

In the course of the reorganization, Solarisbank adds more talents to its management team. Already on March 1, Chloé Mayenobe started as the new Chief Growth Officer and leads the commercial organization together with Chief Commercial Officer Jörg Diewald, Deputy CCO Timo Weber and Krishna Chandran, Managing Director Partnerships. 

Joining the group of General Managers for the local markets as of May 1 is Dr. Jens Lütcke in the newly created position of General Manager Germany. Lütcke is currently Deputy CEO of Blue Code International AG and was co-founder of the online payment service Sofort as well as Head of DACH region at Klarna.

Dr. Jörg Howein, previously Chief Product Officer, will assume responsibility for the central production platform as Chief Platform Officer. His successor as CPO will be Delia König, who was previously in charge of Solarisbank’s Identity Unit as Managing Director. She will report directly to Howein in the future. 

With Lee Johnstone continuing to lead Contis as Managing Director, after previously serving as the company’s CFO, newly hired Tim Spurr takes on the role of Deputy CFO of the Group. Spurr is an experienced financial executive with roles at 10x Banking, Kuflink and Barclays.

Layla Qassim, previously Head of Strategy & Shareholder Relations, moves up and, in the newly created position of Chief of Staff, will support the Group CEO. Along with Andrea Ramoino, Chief Strategy Officer of Contis, she will also spearhead the integration project of Solarisbank and Contis.

New hire Scott Donnelly will join Solarisbank as Senior Vice President Lending and Digital Asset Products, complementing the product leadership team of Leif Wienecke, Florian Redeker, Georg Heibel and Nicolas Knecht. Previously, Donnelly was executive chairman and CEO of CapitalBox.

In our Group, impressive individuals from around the world and a seasoned team bring together the best of the banking and tech industries. We are a very diverse company and I am proud that we have been able to win top-tier talent for our management both from within our own ranks and to attract new reputable colleagues to join us on our mission. Dr. Roland Folz, Group CEO of Solarisbank

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About Solarisbank

Solarisbank and Contis provide Europe's leading Banking-as-a-Service platform. We enable other businesses to offer their own financial services both rapidly and compliantly in the EEA and UK. Via APIs, our partners can integrate modular financial services directly into their own product offering. Our services cover fiat and crypto assets, lending as well as payments, card issuing and processing. In 2021, we opened up branches in France, Italy, and Spain to offer local IBANs, providing access to local financial ecosystems in Europe’s largest markets. Headquartered in Berlin and London, our group now boasts over 700 employees at eight locations in Europe and in India. Combined net revenues in 2021 amounted to around EUR 100 million, representing over 90 percent year-on-year growth.

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