Key people

Liam de Rothschild

CEO / Chief Executive Officer

Liam de Rothschild is a co-founder of UNITE. He brings extensive experience of managing companies at board director level. His financial services experience spans 30 years, where he has gained a deep understanding of the industry. Liam has built several successful management teams in the sector, both in the UK and internationally. His overall responsibility is to oversee the global strategic goals and objectives of our business.

Erik Svante Bergström

CFO / Chief Finance Officer & Executive Chairman

Erik Bergström is also one of the founders of UNITE. His experience covers 25 years as a senior executive in multinational corporations in the Telecom, Banking and Corporate sectors, including Fintech. He is a co-founder of UNITE and brings to our business the benefit of his wide international experience, having held senior roles in the USA, Australia and throughout Europe.

Tord H. Coucheron

CTO / Chief Technology Officer

Tord Coucheron is a co-founder of UNITE. He is a key driver of the technical and commercial development of the UNITE system since its inception, applying his deep and detailed knowledge of bank settlement processes and payment systems. Tord has been involved in IT/Tech for many years and has held senior management positions in several international IT companies. Prior to UNITE, Tord was central to the development of a cross border bank payments system, operated on behalf of a UK based Payments Institution.

Tone Rørbakken

Deputy CEO & Member of the Board

Tone Rørbakken is a co-founder of UNITE and central in building the organisation to commercial launch. Her international experience comes from senior management positions in businesses throughout Europe and beyond, from the Norwegian export industry to pan-European retail. With more than a decade of experience in cross-border banking payments, Tone’s focus and responsibility at UNITE is on our operations, compliance, and regulatory matters.

FREDRIK ÅKERMAN

CRO / Chief Risk Officer

Fredrik Åkerman joined UNITE with more than 18 years’ experience with a major insurance company operating in the Nordics and in Europe. He held a variety of senior leadership positions, primarily in Claims, Risk and Corporate Governance. Fredrik’s primary responsibility as Chief Risk Officer at UNITE is to create and deliver a robust, transparent and fit-for-purpose risk and control environment to support UNITE’s mission to bring cross-border payments into the 21st century.

Lennart Ågren

Member of the board

Lennart Ågren has a long and wide experience in the finance industry over more than 30 years. He is the entrepreneurial President and CEO of the large Swedish financial institution Svea Ekonomi AB and chairman of the board of Svea Inkasso AB. He also holds several key board roles in other companies throughout Europe and beyond. Lennart brings a valuable vision and expertise in the long-term build of a strong finance industry player to our senior team.

STINE NILSEN

Compliance Manager

Stine is responsible for the build and growth of UNITE’s compliance operation which handles regulatory matters and sanctions screening in real-time. Under Stine’s oversight, this compliance function also delivers the high-quality due diligence necessary to ensure the integrity of UNITE Network and Connected banks. With many years of experience in financial institutions in Norway and Sweden, Stine leads our compliance team with the benefit of his insight and knowledge of the changes that the banking industry has recently undergone, particularly in the Nordics.

RUNAR PETTERSEN

CRS Manager

As our Manager for Correspondent Relationship Services, Runar Pettersen leads the department that is responsible for the delivery of our customer-friendly, front office service for UNITE's Network and Connected banks. Runar brings to UNITE more than 10 years of experience in the provision of front- and back-office services for major insurers, and a long track record in building new business for financial services.

FREDRIK BENJAMINSSON

Operations Manager

Fredrik Benjaminsson brings to UNITE a wide experience and knowledge from the payments industry. His operations department is responsible for maintaining stable, global transaction flow through the UNITE platform. Fredrik’s focus is on building and leading efficient, autonomous, and successful operations teams to deliver our 21st century, real-time payment services, 24/7/365, for UNITE's Network and Connected banks.

Camilla Sanders

HR Adviser

Camilla Sanders is the people-driven team member that most of our job candidates first meet when they connect with UNITE. She truly understands UNITE’s friendly philosophy and applies those principles across our people and business.

ANNA CLEMENT OKEZIRI

Senior Compliance Officer

Anna Clement Okeziri has developed the compliance function at UNITE up to its current stage. Together with our full team, she will be part of taking UNITE on its next step into live payments.