Odgers Berndtson expands FinTech capabilities

16 Jun 2022

Odgers Berndtson expands FinTech capabilities

We’ve expanded our FinTech capabilities in the UK, following growing demand from our clients in digital payments, financial technology, and early-stage businesses for top-tier leadership candidates.

Sejal Mehta and Oliver Sherwood join Odgers Berndtson to lead in these critical areas.

Sejal will operate out of the UK financial services practice, focusing on leadership appointments in payments, market infrastructure, and digital assets. She has a wealth of experience in these areas, having spent the past 20 years working in financial services strategy consulting, analytics, digital innovation, and business transformation.

Sejal began her career at McKinsey, before moving to PA Consulting where she led financial services within its strategy practice for 12 years. Her most recent roles include director of partnerships at Fluidly and prior to that, director for digital innovation at HSBC. For most of her career, Sejal has focused on leading various technological innovations in FS by establishing partnerships between banks and FinTechs. She has also advised several FinTech and digital assets founders as a business model expert.

Commenting on Sejal’s appointment, Anne Murphy, global head of the financial services practice, said:

“Sejal brings a much needed skillset to Odgers Berndtson. Her previous leadership roles in FS consulting, partnerships, innovation, and business transformation provide her with unique knowledge and deep expertise of the sector. She is an asset to the practice and the entire firm.”

Oliver will operate out of the UK technology & IT services practice, helping FinTech, and early-stage and scale-up technology businesses build their leadership teams. He has a background in professional services consultancy, operations, and marketing, and has worked across a range of sectors both in the UK and internationally.

Prior to joining Odgers Berndtson, Oliver served as chief of staff to the European managing partner of Brunswick Group, the world’s leading critical issues advisory firm. Whilst there, he supported on strategy and operations, financial planning, and people management. Previously, Oliver spent seven years advising senior executives and boards of private and public companies on a variety of business-critical issues including crises, mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings, restructurings, and shareholder activism.

Oliver began his career at Centrica plc where he worked in roles spanning customer operations, marketing, and corporate affairs.

Commenting on Oliver’s appointment, Mike Drew, Global Head of the Technology & IT services practice, said:

“Oliver comes equipped with a broad business background and skillset. He understands the many and varied challenges that businesses across the world face today, and his blend of UK and international experience operating at a board level means he is the perfect advisor for leadership appointments in this space.”

To contact Sejal, click here. If you'd like to contact Oliver, click here.