PRESS RELEASE: FinTech Australia appoints Danielle Szetho as CEO to connect and support Australia’s FinTech Ecosystem

FinTech Australia, Australia’s national FinTech Association, is pleased to announce the appointment of Danielle Szetho as its Chief Executive Officer. The appointment was made by the Association’s Committee.

Formerly Banking & Finance Industry Head at Fairfax Media, Danielle’s career has traversed multiple disciplines including Business Transformation, Partnerships, Strategy, Marketing, Product Management and Design. At Fairfax, Danielle led major initiatives across Fairfax’s Publishing, Events, Content Marketing and Data divisions to meet new trends and deliver solutions for key partners. She is also on the Leadership Committee of StartupWeek Sydney.

“Danielle has a huge amount of passion and energy for Australian FinTech, and the perfect mix of skills to help FinTech Australia achieve it’s vision to make Australia one of the leading markets for FinTech innovation and investment” said Simon Cant, FinTech Australia President and Co-Founder/MD of Reinventure Group.

“Danielle has deep connections across the Corporate sector and in Media, and brings a wealth of experience driving successful collaborations across diverse stakeholders. As an early contributor to the Association’s business plan, we’re confident she’ll hit the ground running fast when she starts mid June.”

FinTech Australia Vice President and Founder/CEO of Timelio, Charlotte Petris, said “Danielle’s diverse experience is a great complement to the Committee as we continue to build on what FinTech Australia has achieved so far. Our Financial Reform Priorities Paper led to the Federal Government making FinTech a National priority, the creation of the FinTech Advisory Group and the inclusion of several FinTech-specific measures in the 2016 Federal Budget.

“We’re continuing that momentum and have established Member Sub-committees that feed directly into policy makers and both sides of Government. They’re currently working on key policy areas like Robo-Advice, RegTech, Open Data and Blockchain – these ongoing policy discussions need a lot more visibility in the FinTech Community to ensure we capture their input and support.”

Speaking on her appointment, Danielle said “I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured by this opportunity to support our FinTech ecosystem. I have a tremendous amount of respect for FinTech Australia’s achievements, and look forward to working with the Committee to create supportive infrastructure and more connectivity between our Members, Partners and the broader FinTech ecosystem in Australia and overseas.

“As we progress our plans to establish nation-wide benchmarks and regular touch-points for the industry, I hope to meet many of our Members to understand what they need to flourish and scale. I’m also keen to work closely with FinTech Hubs, Accelerators, VCs, Meet-ups, both sides of Government and other Industry Associations to promote and amplify their efforts on existing programs that help connect and improve conditions for FinTech Startups.”