Posted on August 5, 2019 by staff

Credit platform OakNorth appoints new CTO and COO


FinTech firm OakNorth has announced the appointment of Jackson Hull as its CTO and COO.

Hull will be in charge of OakNorth’s technical architecture and product program, as well as its product and engineering teams.

The credit platform provides debt finance to SMEs and has raised more than $1bn investment to date. It was today announced in second place in BusinessCloud’s London Tech 50.

With over 15 year’s C-suite experience in London and San Francisco, Hull will also have accountability for the compliance and infrastructure teams and pre- and post-sales tech support.

Ex-GoCompare CTO and COO Hull will also serve as an adviser or non-exec director for several companies, including Bloom & Wild, Kindred Capital, and Hubble.

The credit platform said Hull is a leading expert in building high-volume eCommerce applications, global SaaS platforms, mobile and IoT platforms, as well as award-winning products and services in finance, FinTech , travel, accommodation and retail.

He has managed large technology teams globally, including in China, Singapore, India, Ukraine, Europe and South America, and has a Bachelor’s in Engineering from UC Davis and a Master’s in Information Systems from UC Berkeley.

“Jackson has been a technology executive at several institutions, and a founder or early-stage employee at successful startups,” said Joel Perlman, co-founder of OakNorth.

“He therefore not only has the knowledge and expertise that will be pivotal for this stage of OakNorth’s evolution, but also knows first-hand what it’s like to be an SME founder – the exact market our platform helps banks serve.

“As CTO and COO, he’ll be helping to build our world-class engineering team and the engineering culture required to develop and support our globally scaling platform.”

Hull added: “As a founder of several companies in the past, OakNorth’s mission to help small and medium-sized businesses achieve their growth ambitions was one that really resonated with me.

“Over the years, I’ve watched as the business has grown from a fledgling start-up to a mature, global fintech with exceptional talent, impressive growth metrics and a proven proposition.

“Given how significant the market opportunity is – $7tn globally – this still feels very much like day one so I’m excited to be joining at this stage and look forward to playing a key role in the company’s future success.