Angelique Schouten appointed asUK CEO of Dutch-founded fintech


December 19, 2016

Ohpen expands into the international market, driving growth of cloud banking services in the UK

Dutch fintech and outsourcing company Ohpen expanded into the international market with their first overseas business in London. Angelique Schouten (38) takes the helm as UK CEO.

“The UK is still one of the biggest financial ecosystems in Europe, but it’s also one of the laggards in terms of digitalization,” says Schouten, describing the opportunity to accelerate fintech innovation in the UK market.

Appointing Schouten as UK CEO underscores Ohpen’s ambition to drive digital transformation for British financial companies. She and Ohpen’s founding team were once bankers themselves, which Ohpen Founder and CEO Chris Zadeh cites as the company’s competitive advantage. “We were in fintech before ‘fintech’ was even a word,” he explains.

The founding team started at BinckBank where they built the second largest broker in Europe. Schouten worked at Aon and NN Group/ING, and then went on to manage one of the first robo-advisers in the Netherlands. Schouten’s appointment follows the company’s expansion in its home market servicing asset managers, banks and insurance companies who offer savings and/or investment accounts to retail customers. She will hold overall responsibility for Ohpen’s activities in the UK building the business and local team.

About Ohpen

Ohpen delivers premium BPO services and SaaS solutions to financial services providers through their core banking application. Founded in 2009 by a team of highly experienced professionals, Ohpen’s solutions support the savings and investment propositions of their clients.
Drawing on their expertise as former retail bankers, the founding team redesigned all processes and built the service from scratch resulting in a “bank-out-of-the-box” solution that is digital- and API-first.

About Angelique Schouten

Angelique Schouten (aschouten@ohpen.com | @SchoutenA) has over a decade of experience in retail banking, insurance, asset management, and fintech at companies such as Aon and ING / NN Group. She was responsible for running the first direct-to-consumer robo-advisor in the Netherlands at Ohpen before switching to the software division of the company. There, Angelique successfully led business development, sales, and marketing activities, most recently as Chief Marketing Officer. In 2016, she established Ohpen’s operations in the UK and was appointed to CEO of Ohpen UK. Angelique is a member of the Ohpen Board in the UK. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business from Nyenrode University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Marketing Management from Fontys University.