SmartStream, a UK-based financial transaction lifecycle management solutions provider, has named Akber Jaffer as its new CEO, starting from September 19.
- Akber Jaffer is described as an accomplished leader with a strong focus on technology and client satisfaction, with a background that includes working with startups, software, and tech firms.
- Jaffer brings over 25 years of experience to his new role and joins SmartStream from Finastra, where he held senior leadership positions for five years, followed by a year of freelancing from June 2022 to September 2023.
- Prior to his time at Finastra, Jaffer spent more than 11 years at Colt Technology Services, serving as its chief strategy officer and chief of staff.
- Khalifa AlDaboos, chairman of the board at SmartStream, emphasizes Jaffer’s distinguished career in financial services and software, making him an ideal leader for the company.
- Jaffer takes over as CEO from Haytham Kaddoura, who had served as SmartStream’s CEO for over seven years before transitioning into an advisory and board director role in September 2023.