Chris Allen joins Axis Corporate UK wing from Capgemini Invent

27 September 2018 Authored by Consultancy.uk

In response to a digitalising financial services market, Axis Corporate has hired a new Digital Director to its UK wing. Chris Allen arrives at the firm from the newly rebranded Capgemini Invent, where he was most recently a Principal in the firm’s Digital Banking team.

Axis Corporate is a global consulting firm which focuses on financial services, insurance, real estate, energy, technology and telecom – in the UK, the consultancy serves exclusively the financial services industry. As financial entities bid to adapt to a new age of digitally driven competition, and seek to disrupt the market for themselves by tapping into innovative technologies coming to prominence, Axis is working to better support its client base. To that end, the management consultancy has tapped Chis Allen as its new Digital Director.

Chris Allen takes up the role in Axis Corporate’s London office, bringing more than a decade of consulting experience with him in order to meet rising demand for digital implementation and delivery from Axis’ clients. Allen specialises in working collaboratively with clients to deliver high-value digital transformation programmes and combining this with deep financial services domain expertise. He will report to Daniel Meere, Managing Director, and will have a national and global remit with Axis Corporate.

Chris Allen joins Axis Corporate UK wing from Capgemini Invent

Allen arrives from moved Capgemini Consulting, shortly after the consulting wing of the professional services network was rebranded as part of the new multi-faceted Capgemini Invent offering. During his six year stint with Capgemini, Allen was most recently a Principal in its Digital Banking team. In this capacity, he advised both fintechs and incumbent financial services businesses on how to thrive in the digital economy – focusing on digital proposition design, open banking strategy, and complex programme delivery. This saw him work with clients such as Barclays, Bank of Ireland, Deutsche Bank, Wonga (which required assistance with regulatory compliance). Prior to that, he worked his way up at the firm from Consultant to Senior Consultant and Managing Consultant.

Before his time with Capgemini Invent, Allen spent two years in HSBC’s Global Management Office, where he worked to deliver value to the European banking market – having led business delivery for UK’s first FCA authorised fintech lending product, advised on early adoption Digital Operating Models and comprehensive Proposition renewal for a Leading European Bank. He holds a degree in Economics with Economic History from the University of York.

Commenting on the move, Daniel Meere, Managing Director, Axis Corporate, said, “Chris is a highly respected expert with specialist know-how in bank/FinTech partnerships and ecosystems and has a great track record of delivering innovative change with lasting results. Chris’s skillset will provide leadership to our growing team, as it continues to provide digital solutions to clients in Financial Services.”

Chris Allen added, “I am excited about working with Daniel and the rest of the UK team to grow our delivery footprint and extend the impact we are having with clients and their customers.  Axis Corporate is highly differentiated in a competitive market – with true subject matter expertise, active and deep fintech partnerships, and a real challenger mindset. I am confident that I can support the team build on these to achieve our goal of being the UK’s number one challenger consultancy.”

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