Finastra appoints Helen Cook as chief people officer

Finastra Finastra, a global provider of financial software applications and marketplaces, has appointed Helen Cook (pictured) as chief people officer.

Based at Finastra’s headquarters in Paddington, Cook will be a member of the executive leadership team and report to chief executive officer Simon Paris.

She was recruited to the role in order to take responsibility for global people strategy, and help advance the business’ aspiration to be an inclusive and diverse employer.

Cook previously worked at Natwest Group, where she was chief human resources officer and a member of the executive team. Her career, which has spanned more than 25 years, has also included roles at Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley.

Cook said: “I’m excited to be at Finastra and look forward to working more with the passionate and diverse team I have met so far. Finastra’s vision is built on collaboration, and its commitment to become a truly inclusive workplace and enhance the skills of its workforce is inspirational. I’m thrilled to support in growing and developing the businesses’ global talent.”

Paris added: “Helen is passionate about personal development and building skills and capabilities for our employees that enable growth and boost business performance. Her expertise and experience will help us further accelerate Finastra’s people programs that afford opportunities to our employees to expand their horizons.”