Open banking platform Railsbank has appointed Louisa Murray as its Chief Operating Officer (COO) for UK and Europe, effective immediately.

Murray’s career spans more than 30 years in the financial services sector. The firm reports she was one of the first female derivative traders at Barclays and CIBC and has been recently named a ‘Rising Woman in Crypto’ by Wirex and The Fintech Times.

The announcement follows the recent appointments of Dov Marmor as COO for North America and Justin Xiao as COO for Southeast Asia.

In this newly-created role, Murray will focus on driving expansion and helping the company build on its position as a Banking-as-a-Service (BaaS) player in the region.

The announcement follows Railsbank’s recent $37m growth funding round, co-led by MiddleGame Ventures and Ventura Capital.

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Speaking of her appointment, Murray said: “I am honoured to take on this new role to help Railsbank execute its ambitious vision to democratise and embed financial services, and drive forward the open API economy.”

Prior to taking on her new role, Murray was Railsbank’s Head of Sales, leading the company’s growth strategy across business units and regions, as well as overseeing global marketing activities.

Nigel Verdon, co-founder and CEO of Railsbank, added: “Louisa has been a trusted and instrumental part of our team from pretty much the outset. She is a pioneer in our industry and will help take Railsbank to new heights. Not surprising for a former GB junior show jumping team member.”