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GFT Technologies appoints Marco Santos to Group CEO

By Gloria Methri

April 01, 2024

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GFT Technologies, Sophos Solutions, Advent International, FinTech, Core Banking Solutions, AI, Cloud Modernisation,GFT Technologies has appointed Marco Santos as the new CEO of the digitalization group. The 48-year-old will take office on 1 July 2024 and will initially lead GFT as co-CEO together with Marika Lulay until the end of the year. In addition to his current role, Jochen Ruetz (56), CFO of GFT Technologies SE, will become Deputy CEO as of 1 January 2025.

Santos has held leading roles at GFT since 2011. He was initially the Country Manager of GFT Brazil and then headed up its Latin American operations. In 2020, he also assumed responsibility for GFT USA and was appointed to the company’s Group Executive Board. During this time, he oversaw a period of rapid growth, especially in the Brazil branch. In 2023, he was promoted to CEO at GFT Americas, leading operations throughout North and Latin America.

Ulrich Dietz, Chairman of the Administrative Board of GFT Technologies, said, “Marco Santos is a guarantor of growth and innovation. He has proven this time and again throughout his career at GFT, both in North and Latin America. He has built strong teams and opened new markets. He is consistently among the first to use the potential of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, for the benefit of GFT and our clients.”

“I would like to thank the Administrative Board for their trust and look forward to shaping the future of GFT Technologies as CEO,” said Santos. “GFT’s recent development shows the enormous potential of our strong team with over 12,000 talents in 20 key markets. Our goal is, therefore, clear: We are steering the company towards an exponential future.”

The Administrative Board has also appointed Jochen Ruetz, GFT’s CFO, as Deputy CEO. He has many years of experience in the capital market and business and has been CFO of GFT Technologies SE since 2003.

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