Standard Chartered Ventures

Standard Chartered Ventures, Singapore’s Standard Chartered’s (SC) Ventures team is reportedly one of the best places to be in terms of banking tech jobs amidst the bank’s plans to axe senior roles globally in a bid to reduce costs.

Moreover, Ventures is hiring. It’s just taken on Fernn Lim, who was previously head of culture and fintech acceleration at The Open Vault, OCBC’s fintech lab, as a director. Lim joined OCBC in January 2016 after a brief stint as an innovation strategist at Accenture’s fintech and innovation lab in London.

Lim’s recent moves reflect a new trend in the banking sector: lab hopping. So many innovation labs have sprung up in major financial centres that it’s now possible to build a career purely within the sector – and move from lab to lab in the process.

SC Ventures is led by Alex Manson who joined Standard Chartered in 2012 and was latterly global head of transaction banking. Other recent senior transferees into the new unit include Gautam Jain (formerly global head of digitisation and client access for transaction banking), Sachin Rajat Sharma (who led pricing and portfolio, group deposits), and Maxime de Guillebon (ex-head of digital platforms).

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