Former SFE CEO Graeme Jones joins Exizent board
Exizent, the Glasgow-based technology firm, has appointed Graeme Jones, the former CEO of Scottish Financial Enterprise, as a senior adviser to its board.
Mr Jones brings has decades of senior management experience within some of the UK’s leading financial institutions and extensive strategic experience in FCA regulated businesses.
Until December 2020, he was chief executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE), the representative body for Scotland’s financial services industry. During his time at SFE he made a substantial impact promoting awareness of and support for financial services companies with a presence in Scotland; Scotland being second only to London in the UK.
One of Mr Jones’ key initiatives whilst at SFE was as a key mover in the creation of FinTech Scotland, widely seen internationally as a benchmark cluster of financial services technology innovation.
Mr Jones has previously worked for some of the UK’s largest financial services businesses, mostly in marketing and sales roles. Prior to joining SFE he was senior partner (Banking and Financial Services) at Experian plc, and has also held roles including Head of Distribution at insurance giant Aviva, head of regulated sales at RBS Group, and Senior Manager of Strategy and Operations at Standard Life.
Since retiring from full-time CEO of SFE, Mr Jones has been working with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) as their UK Strategic Relationship Adviser. He is a graduate of Aberdeen University, an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurer.
Exizent is a platform that connects data, services and the network of people involved when someone passes away. The company’s mission is to reduce uncertainty, increase speed and make the process far simpler.
The company was founded by former financial services veteran Nick Cousins and transformation and technology leader Aleks Tomczyk. The business successfully raised significant seven-figure funding from several investors including FNZ, the global platform-as-a-service firm which reached unicorn status in 2018.
Commenting on his appointment, Graeme Jones said: “Exizent is a shining example of an enterprising Scottish business revolutionising probate domain - a space in clear need of innovation. Even this early in its journey, Exizent has demonstrated the value of industry collaboration and the benefits of being a purpose-focused fintech. Its potential to transform the bereavement landscape has benefits for individuals, the legal services sector and of course financial services companies. I’m thrilled to be joining to support that ambition.”
Aleks Tomczyk, co-founder and COO, added: “Exizent was founded on the principle that we are here to solve problems for everyone involved in the bereavement process, including the financial services community. Graeme has a unique understanding of the pressing issues impacting the industry and representing these interests at the highest level. We’re thrilled he’s bringing that insight to the Board and the Exizent team.”