Saxo Bank appoints Lars Kufall Beck as Global CFO
Saxo Bank, the multi-asset trading and investment specialist, today announces the appointment of Lars Kufall Beck as Global Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective no later than 1 May 2019.
He will report directly to Steen Blaafalk, Head of Group Finance & Risk (GFR) and Group CFRO. Kufall Beck will be part of the global management team in GFR and Saxo Group’s Senior Management Team (SMT).
In his role, Kufall Beck will be responsible for all the important functions within Group Finance overseeing regional Finance Operations, Business Planning and Analysis, Facility Management, and Group Procurement.
During his 15+ year career, he has held several finance leadership roles and joins Saxo Bank from ISS Group where he spent almost 10 years in various executive positions. Most recently, he served as the Group’s Regional CFO for Continental Europe and prior to this, spent more than 3 years as CFO for ISS Facility Services Sweden, and served as the Group’s Regional CFO for the Nordic region. He has also headed ISS Group’s Risk Management for two years. Before joining ISS, Kufall Beck spent 3 years as Senior Manager for the Actuarial and Insurance solutions at Deloitte Consulting and was Chief Actuary for Danish Re Underwriting Agencies before then.
Lars Kufall Beck holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master’s degree in Actuarial Science from Copenhagen Business School. Moreover, he has obtained a certification as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Commenting on his appointment, Steen Blaafalk, Group CFRO, said:
“Lars has a broad and deep international experience with a good understanding of regulation, risk management, treasury, and financial instruments, which ideally positions him to take the company to the next level. He has served in a broad range of executive roles in risk management, treasury and finance and has a strong background as an actuary. Global CFO is a key role in Saxo Bank and an important sparring partner and advisor to the Executive Team of the Bank. Lars is a very talented top executive with strong leadership skills and practical management experience and we look forward to working with him on developing the CFO function further.”
“I am delighted and proud to join Saxo Bank and feel strongly about the high level of ambition and the dynamic environment that Saxo Bank is operating in. The prospects for Saxo Bank are highly positive and I very much look forward to contributing to Saxo Bank’s ambitious journey ahead.”
Lars Kufall Beck will succeed Rasmus Lund who will join Copenhagen Airport as CFO.
Saxo Bank Group (Saxo) is a leading Fintech specialist focused on multi-asset trading and investment and delivering ‘Banking-as-a-Service’ to wholesale clients.
For 25 years, Saxo’s mission has been to democratize investment and trading, enabling clients by facilitating their seamless access to global capital markets through technology and expertise.
As a fully licensed and regulated bank, Saxo enables its direct clients to trade multiple asset classes across global financial markets from one single margin account and across multiple devices. Additionally, Saxo provides wholesale institutional clients such as banks and brokers with multi-asset execution, prime brokerage services and trading technology, supporting the full value chain delivering Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS).
Saxo’s award winning trading platforms are available in more than 20 languages and form the technology backbone of more than 100 financial institutions worldwide.
Founded in 1992 and launching its first online trading platform in 1998, Saxo Bank was a Fintech even before the term was created. Headquartered in Copenhagen Saxo today employs more than 1500 people in financial centers around the world including London, Paris, Zurich, Dubai, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.