Stephen Gilderdale was appointed to SWIFT’s Executive Committee as Chief Platform Officer in October 2017. He is responsible for developing SWIFT’s messaging platforms, supporting financial messaging, software and connectivity solutions for the SWIFT community. As such, he is also responsible for SWIFT’s innovation and research into cyber, DLT and other fast-moving technological areas supporting the evolution of SWIFT’s unique platform proposition. Stephen was previously Managing Director for the UK, Ireland and Nordics, with responsibility for strategic client relationship management and business development. He also headed SWIFT’s Customer Security Programme, setting the standard for customer security through a SWIFT initiative designed to safeguard trust in cross-border payments, supporting banks in managing and reducing cyber risk before, during and after payments are made. Stephen has more than 20 years’ experience in the operations, technology and business consultancy space, having held senior executive positions for several multinational organisations. Prior to joining SWIFT in 2007, Stephen held senior management positions at Accenture where he worked across a variety of financial institutions, including securities marketplaces, banks and card operators. Stephen, a British national, is based in the SWIFT Head Office in Belgium.