SME financier Hitachi Capital Plc UK has appointed a Kim Brien as chief information officer who looks to drive Group IT and digital operational development.

Brien, chief information officer, Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC, said: “There’s huge scope to use technology to create opportunities which deliver substantial incremental efficiencies and continue to build on the strong foundations of the existing business, which is really exciting,” he added.

Brien brings over 20 years’ experience in information technology to the role and joins Hitachi from global research and advisory company, Gartner.

He previously held senior positions at HML, MDA Ltd and Armature Ltd.

Hitachi is looking to build its ten years of growth and in July, reported a strong performance across its five key business units.

Brien will be based out of Hitachi Capital’s Leed’s office and will oversee the IT strategy aligned to business operations across Hitachi Capital UK.

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In addition to leading IT organisational design he will use data from across the group to drive informed decisions to deliver a smooth customer experience.

Robert Gordon, chief executive officer of Hitachi Capital Plc UK said: “After more than a decade of rapid growth, Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC continues to deliver improvement as a business. The appointment is testament to our focus on developing industry leading solutions which deliver real value for our customers.”

“I’m delighted to welcome Kim as part of our senior leadership team. Kim’s significant experience and expertise in implementing innovative IT and digital strategies across a range of industry sectors will play a crucial role in delivering operational efficiencies and creating new customer-facing platforms that make it easier and faster to transact business,” he concluded.

Hitachi Capital Plc UK is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Capital Corporation, one of Japan’s largest non-bank financial institutions and an affiliate of both Hitachi Ltd, a world leader for manufacturing and technology, and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc.