Amsterdam-based finance provider Home Credit has appointed Ladislav Simicek as the chief information officer (CIO) for its India unit.
Simicek will lead the information technology (IT) function for Home Credit India to drive organisational growth, performance, technology development and IT security, a statement said.
He has over 20 years of experience in the banking sector and has been working with Home Credit Group since 2017. Earlier, he was the CIO, the chief operations officer (COO) and a member of the management board of Home Credit Bank in Kazakhstan.
He was also the CIO of Czech Republic-based bank Hypotecni Banka and the head of IT development team at eBanka, a subsidiary of Czech Republic-based insurance company Ceska Pojistovna.
“With a strong background in strategic planning, building high-performance teams, and implementing innovative technological solutions and continuous improvement programmes, I look forward to putting my years of experience to accelerate the growth of Home Credit over the next few years,” Simicek said.
He holds a master’s degree in information technology and management from Prague-based Banking Institute College. He is also a Microsoft certified solutions developer with a C++ certification.
“With his expertise, he will ensure that our IT infrastructure is aligned with our wider business objectives,” Ondrej Kubik, CEO of Home Credit India, said.
Home Credit, a consumer loan provider, claims its India unit has served over 10.7 million customers with various flexible loan options. The company has over 16,500 employees with operations spread over 265 cities across 20 states in India.
There were some appointments in the wider fintech space last month. Datasigns Technologies, which operates lending platform Shubh Loans, appointed Venkatesh Madyastha as its chief data scientist. Mumbai-based GetClarity Fintech Services, which owns and operates SuperMoney, an online financial services platform for blue-collar professionals, raised $1 million from early stage venture fund Unitus Ventures.
In January, Flipkart co-founder Sachin Bansal stepped down as an independent director from the board of microfinance lender Ujjivan Small Finance Bank.