iBanFirst hires Chief Data Officer to strengthen its global market position

25 August 2020


Former Silicon Valley technologist and Microsoft research engineer, Yann Stadnicki, has been appointed Chief Data Officer (CDO) at iBanFirst. He will be responsible for Business Intelligence, Business Analytics and Data Engineering teams to leverage data, artificial intelligence and machine learning across workstreams in order to scale and grow the company. The hire is part of iBanFirst’s data-driven hyper-growth strategy.


Paris, 25 August 2020 - Global financial services provider iBanFirst, delivering solutions across banking borders, announces the appointment of Yann Stadnicki as Chief Data Officer (CDO). He will be responsible for managing iBanFirst’s Business Intelligence, Business Analytics and Data Engineering teams, which will leverage data, artificial intelligence and machine learning across all company workstreams responsible for its client portfolio – such as sales, finance, and research and development (R&D).

Previously, Yann worked as a research engineer for Microsoft, creating artificial intelligence (AI) products for Azure, and prior to this, he supported the growth of an AdTech start-up in Palo Alto, Silicon Valley.

Recently, iBanFirst announced its last funding round, while achieving three-figure revenue growth. The CDO’s appointment is testament to the company’s data-driven hyper-growth strategy to become the world’s leading financial services provider.


Commenting on his appointment, Yann Stadnicki, Chief Data Officer, iBanFirst said: "I’m delighted to join the iBanFirst team to fuel its growth in Europe and on a global basis, to achieve its global ambition of becoming number 1 in FX payments. With a PhD in mathematics, and with my software engineering background in Silicon Valley and at Microsoft, I realised the potential for data insights and applied artificial intelligence and machine learning within the fintech market. I was attracted by iBanFirst’s already fast-growing business, and through applying emerging technologies – within the context of the new European Directive and the open banking framework – we can now support its hyper-growth trajectory."


Pierre-Antoine Dusoulier, CEO and Founder, iBanFirst said: "As we navigate the ’new normal’, innovations in the fintech sector will have a truly transformative impact on small and medium-sized businesses and their ability to make cost-efficient payments. At iBanFirst we understand the importance of embracing emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data orchestration to optimise the experience of our customers."


“The appointment of Yann Stadnicki as Chief Data Officer strengthens our global market position as a world leader in financial services. The new hire is a great asset to the iBanFirst business and is part of our hyper-growth strategy. We are using the power of data to offer our customers the information that will help them make smarter decisions and operate more effectively.”


About iBanFirst

iBanFirst is a global financial services provider delivering solutions across banking borders. iBanFirst provides a specialist online platform for multicurrency transactions. As an alternative to the traditional bank offer, iBanFirst enables a payment experience and package of financial services addressing the needs of SMEs in their daily operations.

Thanks to iBanFirst, financial teams can pay and receive payments in any currency and hedge foreign exchange risks.

Founded in Paris in 2013, at a stone’s throw from the Champs-Élysées, by former bank executives and entrepreneurs, iBanFirst is a French company headquartered in Belgium, with operations in France, the Netherlands and Germany. It is regulated as a payment institution passported throughout the European Union and serves more than 4,000 customers all over Europe. Member of the SWIFT network and SEPA homologated, iBanFirst holds AISP and PISP accreditations under PSD2. It has raised €46m from Xavier Niel and leading European venture capital funds Serena, Breega, Elaia and Bpifrance Large Venture.


Will Painter // WP Communications
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