AMSTERDAM, September 28, 2017 – Blanco supports asset managers, investment firms, investment institutions and (private) banks with scalable solutions based on state-of-the-art technology on the one hand and shares legal, risk, audit and compliance knowledge with its customers on the other. Recently Blanco established an Advisory Board that supports the company in future growth and development by regularly reviewing the chosen strategy. In addition to former BlackRock executive Leen Meijaard, current Brand New Day director Kalo Bagijn will strengthen the Blanco Advisory Board.
Kalo Bagijn was one of BinckBank’s founders – the first bank in The Netherlands that enabled private investors to get direct, online access to the stock market – and has thereby changed the market forever. Together with BinckBank co-founder Thierry Schaap he founded online pension-bank Brand New Day, and created challenging new services that had a disruptive and positive influence on the old-fashioned pension market. Both at BinckBank and Brand New Day, technology has contributed significantly to its success. Both companies became banks, which is a rarity for newcomers in the Dutch market.
Kalo Bagijn about his role as an advisor to Blanco: “Among the many FinTech companies that have emerged in recent years, there is only a handful of companies that have the potential to positively change a market. A good plan is important, but the team executing the plan is even more important. From my own experience, I know that the people who are now forming the Blanco team are strong, professional and balanced and willing to work old-fashionably hard for their customers. They have the ambition and skills to bring radical innovation to the financial services market.”
Blanco co-founder Joost Walgemoed worked with Kalo Bagijn for years at BinckBank where he was responsible for the successful business unit Professional Services: BPO services to asset managers. About Kalo’s advisory role he says: “To have Kalo as an official advisor is a huge honor. In the years we’ve worked together at BinckBank, he instilled in me to work hard for our customers. Kalo’s entrepreneurship, winning mentality and smart business ideas have inspired me to start Blanco and nowadays help us to develop even better services for our customers.”
Blanco’s Advisory Board will meet on a periodic basis to advise the board of directors on issues and developments.