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Hitachi Capital UK appoints chief risk officer

Hitachi Capital UK has bolstered its leadership team with the appointment of experienced finance and risk professional John Shiels as chief risk officer, based in Leeds.

With over 25 years’ experience in compliance, risk, finance and general management, John  will lead Hitachi Capital UK’s 2nd line risk function with responsibility for overseeing the assessment and mitigation of risk across all business channels.

John joins from online investment service, Interactive Investor where he oversaw all aspects of risk, compliance and financial crime.

With a strong background in the financial services industry, holding senior positions at Clydesdale Bank, Virgin Money and RBS, John will ensure that Hitachi Capital UK is identifying and managing risk, improving efficiency across its reporting procedures and delivering on the business’s key strategic objectives.

Robert Gordon, CEO of Hitachi Capital UK, said: “I’m delighted to welcome John as part of our senior leadership team. Risk management is an integral function in today’s complex operating environment.

“John’s significant experience and expertise in the financial services space will play a crucial role in challenging our approach and driving our performance.”

John Shiels, chief risk officer, Hitachi Capital UK, said: Hitachi Capital UK has a strong and growing reputation as a reliable and trustworthy finance provider and I’m excited to play a part in supporting its development from a risk and operational perspective.”

This appointment represents the second senior hire for Hitachi Capital UK in recent months, following the appointment of Vincent Reboul as the new managing director of its consumer division.


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