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Friday, February 14, 2020

Sopra Banking Software makes strategic appointments in North America

With the arrival of a new decade, 2020 will bring exciting new core roles within Sopra Banking Software’s Specialist Finance division.

Apak Group CEO, James Powell, has been promoted to lead the strategy of the Specialized Finance Business Unit within Sopra Banking Software. The recently launched Sopra Financing Platform comprises of global offerings from Apak and Cassiopae, creating a best of breed, end-to-end solution. James is directly responsible for the United States’ Financing Platform Offering, and will drive through clarity and direction for the region’s ambitious strategy.

In addition, Jeff Bunch has been promoted to Head of Automotive Strategy for North America and will spearhead expansion and development across the continent. Vice President of Global Sales since 2016, Jeff has extensive knowledge of the North American market and a broad wealth of experience, with a career that spans more than 30 years in the automotive industry.

North America is an increasingly key strategic region for Sopra Financing Platform, which has seen a growing North and South American client base, including banks and captives for Automotive and Equipment dealer finance lending.  We’re looking to build on recent successes in the region, including the migration of over a million units onto the wholesale platform as part of a go-live for a large automotive captive and a recent go-live for a large truck captive in Canada.

Sopra Financing Platform is the combination of more than 50 years’ industry experience, providing broad expertise on both the wholesale and retail sides. The result is a best-of-breed platform that provides proven, mature components that reflect the best practices of hundreds of clients globally

About Sopra Banking Software:
With 4,500 experts, a pro forma turnover 2018 of 373.7 million euros and one of the deepest, broadest portfolios of software and services, Sopra Banking Software is a trusted, long-term partner of over 800 banks in more than 70 countries. Sopra Banking Software has an unequalled ability to address the requirements for banks and financial institutions of any size and scope, allowing them to innovate and expand their services. Sopra Banking Software is a subsidiary of the Sopra Steria Group, a European leader in digital transformation, with more than 44,000 employees. In 2018, Sopra Steria generated a revenue of € 4.1 billion.

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About Apak Group:
Apak Group, a Sopra Banking Software company, has over 40 years’ experience of providing specialist financial systems to the global asset finance and banking sectors. Our products have been designed by in-house financial software specialists, utilizing their extensive knowledge and long-term experience of working within the financial services industry. Our specialist teams work with business and IT leaders to help translate their strategic business agendas into IT initiatives and solutions that measurably improve performance.

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