The Challenger Challenge

Written by Mike Fisher on Oct 03, 2016

Executives Online have provided Executives and NED's to challenger banks of all sizes, from 2-4 person start-ups at seed funding stage through to those that have just received a banking license in high growth.

Most are picking a niche, whether it be full service end to end bank through to pure play digital offerings. They partner with us to bring on high caliber Executives and Heads of Product to develop and launch new propositions across current accounts, savings and lending products.

Working with Challenger banks on a daily basis, I have a unique overview, which got me thinking…

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How Financial Services Reacted to The Brexit Result

Written by Mike Fisher on Aug 22, 2016

Britain's recent decision to leave the EU caused high levels of uncertainty and disappointment across many businesses. So, here at Executives Online our team set to survey over 1,000 senior leaders across the UK and Europe to understand the real details of the impact. 

There was a great deal of uncertainty when the Brexit news first hit but what was certain was that many businesses were likely suffer. Financial services was predicted to be one of the sectors most likely to be impacted long term due to uncertainty around the future 'passporting' and the single market. 

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Will The Government's Proposed Bank Comparison Site Be A Success?

Written by Mike Fisher on Aug 09, 2016

On a recent Radio 4 show, Alasdair Smith mentioned that customers are still very loyal to the banks that hold their current accounts, despite the fact that many are paying substantial fees for unauthorised overdrafts and have been for many years. 


If the financial impact of paying high overdraft fees isn’t a big enough incentive for customers to move banks, then is a government comparison site that requires the input of personal bank details really the tool that is going to change that behaviour?

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What Does It Take For A Challenger Bank To Succeed?

Written by Mike Fisher on Jun 09, 2016

Back in 2014 I wrote a blog about the threats to the established banking royalty. At the time there were 29 applications for a banking license ‘in flight’ from challenger banks, and in those intervening two years I have been lucky enough to support over 20 start-ups and challengers with CEO, COO, Heads of Function and NED recruitment and hiring requirements.

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What is Digital Hiring? [Video] Episode 1 - Digital Hiring For Digital Banking

Written by EO Executives on Oct 08, 2015

Recruitment (especially Executive Search) has stayed the same for years, yet in that time almost every other industry has been changing rapidly.

In my last blog 'Why Financial Services Companies Are Losing The War For Top Talent' I talked about how important it is for Financial Services firms to be more innovative in their hiring. After discussing this topic with Andy McLean (a passionate FinTech Innovator and Project Lead who is searching for his next gig since returning to London from Bali) we decided to put together a series of videos talking about Andy's recent experiences as 'a candidate' and my thoughts around using Digital Hiring techniques to improve success rates.

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How Hiring Has Evolved Within Financial Services

Written by EO Executives on Aug 11, 2015

Recruitment within Financial Services has evolved over the last 20 years, and I’ve been fortunate to have seen this evolution by working both for a Financial Services organisation and now for a recruitment company. In my last post I looked at why FS companies are losing the war for talent, and it sparked some insightful conversations from within the FS community.

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Contactless Payments: Keep Your Enemies Close...

Written by EO Executives on Jul 30, 2015

Forget carrying around bulky wallets and fumbling through loose change... Mobile Payment devices and other contactless techs such as Barclaycard BPay wristbands are set to take the UK market by storm over the next year.

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The Key Advantage Challenger Banks Have Over The High Street

Written by Mike Fisher on Jul 27, 2015

For decades high street banks have had an unshakeable grip on the consumer banking market, but with over 20 applications in flight for a banking license with the FCA from new ‘challenger’ banks, should the High Street banks be worried?

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Solving the Digital Leadership Equation

Written by EO Executives on Jul 08, 2015

“Chief Digital Officer”, “Head of Digital”, “Head of Digital Innovation”… just 3 roles that didn’t even exist 10 years ago but are now imperative to business growth.

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How Can CIOs In Financial Services Stay Ahead Of The Competition?

Written by EO Executives on Jul 02, 2015

In a previous blog post I caught up with Dominique Moreau to discuss the impact digital is having on the role of CIOs. It sparked an interesting conversation about the consumerisation of IT and the impact this was having on the strategies CIOs are using, so I was keen to speak to him again to get his views about the effect of digital on the Financial Services sector.

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