Mobiquity appoints Kendall Evans and Michael Elphinstone to head up APAC financial services arm
Mobiquity, a digital consultancy that designs and delivers innovative digital products and services for the world’s leading brands, has bolstered its Asia Pacific team with the announcement of four new local hires.
Kendall Evans (pictured above) has been appointed as the company’s new Head of Financial Services, joining from Trade Ledger where she previously held the role of Head of Sales. With over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Kendall will call upon her extensive knowledge to support the delivery of digital services to Mobiquity’s growing clients across the financial services and payments sector.
Financial services heavyweight Michael Elphinstone (pictured above) has also joined Mobiquity as the company’s Senior Delivery Manager in APAC. Michael joined from Commbank, where he was the Head of Client Integration and Transition responsible for delivering strategy to support the digital transition of complex transaction banking customers across SME, corporate and institutional sectors. Prior to this, Michael was the Head of Client Implementation and Onboarding at Westpac, responsible for all new transactional business in the institutional bank.
The new hires build on Mobiquity’s appointment of Joe Zachariah, ex-McKinsey Associate Partner, who has taken a lead role in the company as APAC Digital Delivery Director. Joe is responsible for leading strategic delivery programs for Mobiquity and brings additional experience from Delterra, Goldman Sachs and Tata Consultancy Services, where he has spent more than two decades delivering at scale digital transformation projects for financial services companies in the region.
Sunando Mukherjee, has also been welcomed to the Mobiquity team in APAC, joining as Senior Solution Architect. He joined Mobiquity from Commbank, where he held the role of Solution Architect and prior to that was a Technology Architect at AMP.
Mobiquity’s new Head of Financial Services, Kendall Evans said the financial industry is in the midst of a seismic digital shift in Asia Pacific and looks forward to supporting new and existing client partners on their journey.
“Banking and financial services in Australia, as well as wider Asia Pacific, are now at a tipping point. Many are now looking to digital touchpoints to enhance and grow their offerings to customers and our team at Mobiquity is very excited to be helping support them on this journey. Whether it’s the addition of Islamic banking services through Mobiquity’s new prototype, or the development of a digital bank from scratch, our team of experts are hungry to help partners accelerate innovation,” said Ms. Evans.
Mobiquity General Manager for APAC, Gustavo Quiroga (pictured above) said the new hires are a welcome addition to Mobiquity’s local team and will play a large part in supporting the company’s growth in the region.
“We are very pleased to be welcoming such high calibre talent to Mobiquity here in APAC. In the midst of a world-wide tech talent shortage, businesses are no doubt finding it difficult to not only attract but also retain talent. This makes it even more difficult for us, as at Mobiquity we are looking for great talent, not just a head count,” Quiroga said.
“We’re always looking at new ways to support employees and embrace the changing world of work. Internally, we promote a ‘flat’ industry culture and encourage team members to speak out if they feel something is wrong. We also give them time to explore their passions as we appreciate that we touch many lives through our projects and at the heart of each digital strategy is creativity.
“We don’t just hire for quota, we hire for passion and understand the importance of a healthy work-life balance. These new hires are testament to the need for this type of flexibility in order to attract great talent,” he said.
Mobiquity launched its operations in APAC just over a year ago, with the appointment of Gustavo Quiroga. Prior to joining Mobiquity as the General Manager in APAC, Quiroga was a director of Azure Data & AI at Microsoft and the head of cognitive application for financial services and retail at IBM.
With an extensive presence in EMEA and the US, Mobiquity plans to grow its local footprint in APAC with its core team who will be responsible for supporting business growth under Quiroga.