Eran Agrios and Tracy Strong are appointed to leadership team to provide strategic guidance as the industry continues to face change

Frankfurt am Main, 14 July 2022 — The Banking Industry Architecture Network (“BIAN”), the independent not-for-profit standards association, today announces two new appointments to its executive board. Eran Agrios, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Financial Services at Salesforce and Tracy Strong, Global Head of Technology Strategy for Personal Banking and Wealth Management at Citi have both joined the executive board effective 10 May 2022.

 The nature of the financial services industry continues to change like never before. This change has been accelerated by new regulations, the evolving needs of the consumer and the competitive nature of the industry. BIAN’s members of banks, technology providers, and consultants are looking for ways to transform their business to keep up with this change. Eran and Tracy’s appointments will help support BIAN’s strategic vision as it continues to build and promote a common architectural framework for banking interoperability issues.

Commenting on the appointments, Hans Tesselaar, Executive Director of BIAN, says, “I am very proud to welcome Eran and Tracy to our executive board as we look for new ways to support the needs of our growing organisation. Their extensive knowledge and experience in encouraging innovation across the financial services sector will be extremely valuable as we progress further with our goal.”

With over 20 years of experience, Eran Agrios is responsible for the product and solution strategy and portfolio for Financial Services customers globally. She helps transform businesses by optimizing for growth and impact while putting their customers at the center of every interaction. For the last 14 years at Salesforce, Eran has focused on financial services customers across wealth management, banking, and insurance.

Speaking about her appointment to the BIAN executive board, Eran says, “For many years, BIAN has been well known for driving transformation across the industry. I am proud to be appointed to BIAN’s executive board as we continue to promote the importance of banking standards for the future of the industry.”

Tracy Strong brings 15 years of progressive hands-on technology experience across the financial services sector in various engineering leadership positions in consumer and small business banking, both at Citi and National Bank of Canada. In Tracy’s current role, she works across architecture, engineering, and business intake teams to influence and drive decisions around the bank’s technology transformation efforts.

On her appointment, Tracy shares, “I am excited to join BIAN’s executive board during this time of change. Throughout my career, I have seen and experienced the obstacles caused by a lack of industry standards. As a result, I am extremely passionate about the role BIAN plays across the industry, and I look forward to joining its executive board.”

To find out more about BIAN’s Executive Board, see here.

About BIAN

Established in 2008, the Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN) is an independent, member owned, not-for-profit association, designed to build and promote a common architectural framework for banking interoperability issues. BIAN’s goal is to define operability and semantic definitions for IT services in the banking industry.

The community of over 80 members focuses on creating a standard semantic banking services landscape, while ensuring consistent API and Microservices definitions with high levels of detail and well-defined boundaries. This will help banks to achieve a reduction of integration costs and take advantage of a message-based architecture.

Financial institutions, software vendors, system integrators and technology partners, along with standard bodies and academics, are invited to join the association and play a collaborative role with other industry leaders in defining, building and implementing next-generation banking platforms.