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June 26, 2018updated 25 Jun 2018 3:36pm

BNP Paribas LS makes three hires for UK division

BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions UK has appointed three business development managers within its ICT finance division.

By Christopher Marchant

BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions UK has appointed three business development managers within its ICT finance division.

Graham Drew, Bernard Saikalis and Matt Dredger join an arm of the company that specialises in leasing finance for ICT equipment, offered through a partner network comprising of manufacturers, distributors and resellers.

Previously, Dredger worked for businesses including Forward Trust, Lombard, ECS and 3 Step IT. He joins BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions from his own successful company, Borroclub, an online peer-to-peer sharing platform where he was founder and director.

Saikalis joins BNP from Close Brothers Technology Services, where he was relationship director. Prior to this he held area finance manager positions at De Lage London and Syscap Group, where he launched the Autodesk finance program in the UK, and the Infor program in France.

Drew worked at Value Add Finance, a business he established last year. Drew has also held positions at businesses including Shawbrook Bank, Credit Suisse Securities and De Lage Landen where he was European sales director.

As business development managers, Dredger, Saikalis and Drew will be responsible for new partner recruitment in the tech sector and enabling BNP Paribas’ network to establish leasing as an integral part of the sales process.

Martin Ardern, ICT sales director of BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions UK, said: “Our ICT team is going through a period of rapid growth and it is my pleasure to be able to welcome Matt, Bernard and Graham on board.

“Each of them brings decades of experience in the asset finance and leasing industry to the role and I believe they will be instrumental in helping us achieve our ambitious growth plans. ICT finance is a solution that is empowering businesses across the country to stay ahead of the curve, maximise productivity and compete on a global scale.”

This month BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire IKB’s leasing operations in Romania.

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