In a world where investment banks are keen to diversify their ranks by hiring and promoting more women, and where women are especially sought for the more male-dominated technology functions, it’s worth noting that some banks have pockets of senior women in top technology jobs. One of those banks is Credit Suisse.
The Swiss bank announced today that it’s recruited Joanne Hannaford, the former head of EMEA technology at Goldman Sachs and a long-time proponent of women in technology careers. After a pleasingly long gardening leave, Hannaford will be joining Credit Suisse in Zurich in January, where she’ll be chief technology and operations officer and will presumably arrive just in time for the implementation of the conclusions to the business review currently being undertaken by Credit Suisse chairman António Horta Osório.
Hannaford is replacing James Walker as COO of Credit Suisse (Walker is off to America where he’ll be deputy CEO of Credit Suisse Holdings USA). She joins a phalanx of other senior women working in the Swiss bank’s technology team. – Credit Suisse’s global information officer (CIO) is London-based Laura Barrowman, who runs its 12,000 IT staff globally. Credit Suisse’s head of technology, data and infrastructure for the investment bank is New York-based Radhika Venkatraman, who oversees a team of 10,000 data science and technology professionals.
Hannaford has worked in banking technology since 1992. In a podcast two years ago, she…