The CIO of SWIFT is retiring after 15 years at the secure messaging services provider for the financial sector.
CIO Mike Fish, who is also head of information technology and operations at the firm, will step down from the role on 31 January 2015. In the meantime, SWIFT has begun recruiting for his successor, looking internally and externally.
Gottfried Leibbrandt, CEO of SWIFT, described Fish as an “outstanding” CIO, and thanked Fish for his services.
He added “Our infrastructure is in better shape than ever, as evidenced by our strong operational record.
“He has steered this important function through an extended period of intense change, meeting a number of key new technological challenges while always maintaining consistent operational excellence."
Fish joined SWIFT in 1999 from US telecoms company Ameritech, where he held a number of senior management roles in IT. He was appointed CIO at SWIFT in July 2006.
In his CIO role, he was responsible for overseeing transformation projects such as the SWIFTNet messaging platform migration and the construction and go-live of the organisation’s new operating centre in Switzerland.
He also led the development and launch of new commercial services, such as SWIFT’s cloud-based Lite2 connectivity option, the sanctions screening service and the TARGET2-Securities European securities settlement engine project.
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