Microsoft has announced the appointment of Koen Van den Brande as chief technology officer (CTO) financial services, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Van den Brande will be responsible for working with the company’s customers, partners and international financial standards bodies as well as Microsoft product groups on defining and executing its technology strategy across EMEA. Van den Brande re-joins Microsoft from Polaris, India, where he was president, product group and CTO, responsible for managing a team of 800 people. While at Polaris he led the launch of Intellect Suite, a set of products covering retail, private as well as treasury and corporate banking requirements, and rolled out Smart Build, a service-oriented architecture-based initiative across the entire Polaris organisation of 6,000 associates focused exclusively on financial services. In 2004, Van den Brande was Microsoft’s strategist for retail banking in EMEA and helped define the company’s vision for the bank branch of the future.
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