Sydney, 21 July 2022 – Abhish Saha, who over the past 9 months has been occupying the role of Executive General Manager of the Digital Banking & Elevate business unit globally, was today announced as the new CEO for Sandstone. Mr Saha will be replacing Mr Michael Phillipou, who has held this position since December 2020, after he announced his decision to take up an opportunity outside of the business.
During his time at Sandstone Mr Saha has made a significant impact across customer engagement, governance processes and lifting overall business relationships with customers, partners and key stakeholders.
Mr Saha brings over 25 years of experience across both the technology and financial services industries, including CBA and Fintech’s servicing tier 1 banks across the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Mr Saha brings vast financial, strategy, product and technology experience to this role having worked within technical and product functions.
On this announcement, Mr Phillipou said, “I joined Sandstone Technology because I believe in the mission of helping banks to grow their businesses in the most efficient & compliant way, through the provision of market leading technology platforms. As a self-funded private company, competing with some of the largest enterprise financial technology providers in the world, I am exceptionally proud as I reflect on the incredible work the Board, Advisory Committee, Executive Team and our Broader Team, have executed on to support our financial institution customers when they have arguably needed it most.
It now gives me great pleasure to hand over to the Executive General Manager, Digital Banking & Elevate, Abhish Saha who will become the next CEO of Sandstone Technology. Abhish is exceptionally well-suited and best qualified to work with the Board & Advisory Committee to guide this wonderful 26-year-old organisation into its next phase of growth and success.”
Mr Saha commented, “I am honoured to be appointed CEO of Sandstone Technology and am excited to have the opportunity to lead one of Australia’s leading fintech’s through this next period of growth. I would like to thank the owners of the business and other key stakeholders for their vote of confidence in this appointment and the unwavering support of the executive team.
“Over the past 26 years Sandstone Technology has carried a strong track record in delivering automation and digitisation programs across the banking sector with a particular focus on digital banking (including loan origination systems). Understanding the impact of manual processes, customer experience and how complex systems can be simplified for better user experiences has resulted in a string of proven, in-market successes for our customers across the globe.
“Our vast knowledge and depth of understanding of regulatory impact and compliance, provides our customers with a high level of confidence that we can help future proof their businesses, but also de-risking any complex transformation program.
“I would also like to thank Michael for the strong foundation that has been laid and for leaving the organisation in a position of strength.”
Mr Saha’s appointment will take effect on 8 August 2022, with Mr Phillipou continuing on in his capacity of CEO until this date.
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