Leumi UK appoints CEO

UK: The London-based subsidiary of Israel’s international bank Leumi has appointed Mickey Schiller as its CEO, succeeding Gil Karni.

Schiller has over 20 years of experience in financial services and the technology industries, with a passion for strategy, business development and management. 

He recently served as executive vice president, chief operating officer and head of strategy at Bank Hapoalim International in Tel Aviv. Before this, he held senior positions around the globe including ABN AMRO Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and American Express.

Under Schiller’s direction, Leumi UK will focus on real estate financing as a key driver of growth in 2021, originating new lending opportunities the property and hotel finance sectors.

Commenting on his new role, Schiller said: “I am honoured to be leading Leumi UK at such a pivotal time and am incredibly grateful for the confidence Leumi Group has shown in me. This is the start of an exciting era for the bank here in London as we focus on business growth and strengthening relations with customers as experts in our focused sectors. In the months to come, I look forward to furthering the solid progress of my predecessor to render the business more efficient and ultimately more customer focused.” 

Schmulik Arbel, chairman of Leumi UK, added: “Mickey’s breadth of banking experience will prove a valuable asset to our expanding team. Cementing our position as the Leumi Group’s European hub has been a key focus for the bank over the past year. Under Mickey’s committed leadership, we will continue the great work we have already achieved to develop our infrastructure and improve the overall customer experience. We are now geared to grow our activity even further across the property, hotel and commercial finance spaces.” 

Leumi (UK) is a UK-regulated bank that operates through its head office in London and asset based lender subsidiary, Leumi ABL in Brighton. Activities include commercial finance and trade finance, with an expertise in financing cross border trading, property finance and hotel finance. The bank serves its clients with deposit accounts, hedging and foreign exchange capabilities and a full treasury offering. 

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