Saxo Bank hires Mette Ingeman Pedersen as Chief Financial Officer

Rick Steves

Saxo Bank will divide the current role as Chief Financial & Risk Officer into two separate areas, with Steen Blaafalk taking responsibility for Risk & Capital, Compliance and Credit, while Ms. Pedersen takes over Group Finance & Treasury, Legal and the GFR COO area.

Saxo Bank has appointed Mette Ingeman Pedersen as the new Group Chief Financial Officer, reporting directly to Kim Fournais, CEO & Founder.

Starting her new role no later than 1. November 2021, Ms. Pedersen will also join the Board of Management and Executive Team as a member. She will succeed Lars Kufall Beck who will join TopDanmark.

Mette Ingeman Pedersen is an industry veteran with a solid career in leadership positions, including as CFO in Nordea’s Nordic Personal Banking unit, which was her most recent role.

The unit she led has more than EUR 160bn in assets with EUR 3.3bn revenue, serves 9.2m customers with 7,000 employees across the region.

Prior to Nordea, she worked as a Senior Manager in Deloitte leading the consultancy’s asset management services team and held the position of Head of Finance in Danske Bank’s Business Banking unit for ten years.

Mette Ingeman Pedersen, Chief Financial Officer at Saxo Bank, commented: “I am both proud and very excited to be joining Saxo Bank. The ambitions are high and so is the passion – and I am very much looking forward to meeting Saxonians across teams and departments and do my part to further bring Saxo Bank’s mission to life on the ambitious journey ahead.”

Kim Fournais, CEO and Founder, said: “We are pleased to soon welcome Mette to Saxo Bank. She comes with a strong track record, which will be important assets for our future growth.

“Apart from being a key sparring partner for the entire organisation, Mette brings a strong commercial mindset that will help take Saxo Bank to the next level. We are on an exciting journey; fully integrating BinckBank, executing on strategy plan, and not least serving more clients than ever before. The CFO area is crucial for achieving this success – and for ensuring strong cost management and a focus on input-output.”

Saxo Bank will divide the current role as Chief Financial & Risk Officer into two separate areas:

– Steen Blaafalk, CFRO, will take the overall responsibility for Risk & Capital, Compliance and Credit, thereby overseeing the 2nd line of responsibility across the Saxo Bank Group as Group Chief Risk & Compliance Officer – CRCO.

– Mette Ingeman Pedersen will assume responsibility for Group Finance & Treasury, Legal as well as for the GFR COO area.

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