To say managers of information technology have achieved co-pilot status in the financial services industry as Lieve Mostrey does may be stating the obvious. But over the 30 years since Mostrey started out in the IT department of Generale Bank in Brussels, she has borne witness to how integral a part of the business technology is and considers it worth repeating. After rising through operations and technology positions to COO of Fortis Bank before its acquisition by BNP Paribas in 2009, Mostrey in 2010 became executive director and chief technology and services officer of Brussels-based Euroclear, the international group of central securities depositories (CSDs) on whose board she had sat since 2006. Technology is a raison dêtre, part of a holistic business view encompassing product development and Euroclears overall vision, asserts the 52-year-old, who reports to CEO Tim Howell. An innovation Euroclear introduced in 2012, Collateral Highway, is reducing various types of counterparty exposures by moving 780 billion ($1 trillion) of collateral daily to where it is needed. Aiming to partner with agent banks and CSDs worldwide, Euroclear and Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. (see Michael Bodson, No. 18) in May announced plans to develop a joint collateral-processing service.
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