Neil Blagden

Neil Blagden

Chief Operating Officer

Neil owns Finastra’s operational strategy and transformation, including support, success, experience, global services, managed services, automation, and IT, as well as overseeing the company’s Cornerstone Businesses – Student Lending, Cheques and Sustained Enterprise Solutions.

He takes a relentless approach to creating a customer-first culture, leveraging technologies such as AI and data to drive greater insight for businesses, and translating the learnings into compelling and meaningful customer experiences.

Having spent over 20 years in customer-centric leadership roles, he combines a genuine passion for better customer outcomes with a pragmatic approach to functional alignment across a business to deliver success.

Prior to joining Finastra, initially as Chief Customer Officer, Neil spent several years at Vodafone, where he was responsible for the company's Digital, Consumer & Enterprise Care, billing & collections, transformation function and overall customer experience for 24 million UK customers across mobile, broadband and IoT services. Previous roles included Director of Customer Experience & Conduct at Direct Line, and consultancy positions at PwC, EY and Accenture.

He holds a BSc in Geography and Economics from Loughborough University.

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