Expansion of GFT Group Executive Board

Expansion of GFT Group Executive Board driven by successful international growth

  • GFT Group Executive Board expands from 1st January 2020, to emphasise and pursue established growth trends
  • International team reflects GFT’s regional growth and success, creating synergy across the key regions
  • Mix of new and seasoned GFT talent combines outside knowledge with broad GFT experience
Stuttgart, 16th December 2019 – To underpin its ongoing diversification and international growth strategy, the GFT Group is expanding its Group Executive Board (GEB) and adjusting regional structures, emphasising already established growth trends. Chairman of the Administrative Board, Ulrich Dietz, comments: “This expanded leadership team represents the strong international footprint and ongoing transformation abilities of the GFT Group and will ensure further growth opportunities for GFT and our clients.”

Besides CEO Marika Lulay, CFO Dr Jochen Ruetz and Group COO Joan-Carles Fonoll, the new regional structures, regional leaders and GEB members, will be as follows:
 
  • Jens-Thorsten Rauer will join GFT in 2020 to lead Central Europe and Western Europe, bringing a wealth of knowledge in all of GFT’s important target sectors
  • Eastern Europe continues to be supervised by Joan-Carles Fonoll
  • The UK, as well as the North America Region with USA and Canada will be spearheaded by David Collins
  • The LatAm region will be led by Marco Santos
  • Asia-Pacific, GFT’s newest region with locations in Singapore and Hong Kong, will be further developed by Christopher Ortiz

Current members of the GEB, Carlos Eres and Alfio Puglisi, have both announced their intention to retire from operational roles within the GEB on 31st December 2019. Both will continue to provide valuable counsel to the GEB and oversee this succession period.

Marika Lulay, CEO of GFT Technologies SE, comments: “Our dynamic leadership structure is a core asset of GFT; we took the opportunity to review the current team as part of our multi-year leadership succession planning. It was my sincere wish to expand our Group Executive Board, so that its internationally diverse members represent some of the most important characteristics of GFT: our servicing of clients with delivery excellence in pioneering technology as well as our focus on global growth regions.”

She added: “The expanded team will create synergy across our key regions, helping clients drive change in their businesses around the globe while allowing us to accelerate our strategic development.”

New to GFT, Jens-Thorsten joins from DXC Technology, where he is currently leading the Banking and Capital Markets organisation in North, Central, and Eastern Europe. He has previously served as Managing Director Financial Services, Central and Eastern Europe for HP and HP Enterprise and held several business and sales executive roles at IBM.

“It will be my pleasure to welcome Jens-Thorsten on board in the upcoming year. He brings extensive, relevant expertise to GFT. While we recruited the majority of our board members from within GFT – something I am very proud of – we have also found a way to bridge new ideas and outside knowledge with existing leaders’ broad GFT experience and their inside view of the company’s strengths,” concluded Marika Lulay.

The expanded team will create synergy across our key regions, helping clients drive change in their businesses around the globe while allowing us to accelerate our strategic development.”
Marika Lulay CEO of GFT Technologies SE
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Press release: Expansion of GFT Group Executive Board

The GFT Group is expanding its Group Executive Board (GEB) from 1st January 2020 and adjusting regional structures with 4 new member joining to reflect GFT’s regional growth and success.

Press release: Expansion of GFT Group Executive Board

The GFT Group is expanding its Group Executive Board (GEB) from 1st January 2020 and adjusting regional structures with 4 new member joining to reflect GFT’s regional growth and success.

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