HSBC has hired Google engineering director Mike Warriner for a key role in its wealth management division.
Warriner (pictured) joins as chief information officer for HSBC's retail banking and wealth management digital arms.
Warriner spent five years at Google, where he was responsible for the firm's engineering site. He also served as the European chair of Google Payments.
Prior to Google, Warriner spent 19 years at UK banking tech house Intelligent Environments.
He will be based in London and will report to HSBC global retail and wealth management CIO Ganesh Balasubramanian.
'I’ve been lucky to be at the forefront of pretty much every seismic technology wave over the past 40 years,' Warriner said.
'My focus has always been on the use of technology to delight users, whether a multi-player adventure game I wrote at school or more recently the complete re-write of Google’s main publisher advertising system.
'HSBC is an amazing brand, has great products and a highly capable global technology team. But even the strongest can’t sit still and the market is moving rapidly with new entrants taking advantage of mobile, artificial intelligence, chat bots and agile development.'
HSBC has created a technology advisory board of independent industry experts, including CEOs from Silicon Valley and venture capital companies, to advise on use of emerging technologies.
Recent digital launches include HSBC Beta, the UK’s first open banking application allowing customers to see all of their bank accounts on screen, no matter who they bank with.
'As we continue to adapt to evolving customer needs, we need the right people to bring new thinking to HSBC, ensuring we are able to offer the best possible banking experience,' added Balasubramanian.
'Mike brings a unique mix of deep technical knowledge, past experience of the banking world and Google scale, plus expertise in building and leading global technology teams.'