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Wynyard Group Appoints Jim Oakes as Director Financial Crime

Wynyard Group Appoints Jim Oakes as Director Financial Crime

Global financial crime expert brings three decades of experience to Wynyard Group

Auckland, 4 July 2013 - Wynyard Group, the specialists in intelligence-led software and solutions for protecting companies and countries from threat, crime and corruption, has appointed international financial crime expert, Jim Oakes, in the newly created role of Director, Financial Crime.

Based in London, Oakes brings highly valuable real-world experience garnered over a prestigious more-than thirty year career managing large-scale financial fraud and anti-money laundering investigations for major financial institutions in over 62 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

A globally recognised industry expert, Oakes will apply his extensive experience and knowledge in managing international financial crime investigation, anti-money laundering and financial crime prevention to drive Wynyard’s global financial crime strategy.

Wynyard COO, Paul Stokes, said the company is excited to have Oakes join the team to help drive the development of Wynyard’s financial crime offerings and strategy for global markets.

“Wynyard is experiencing growing demand for our advanced Financial Crime SaaS solution, particularly in the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand. Jim’s appointment will add valuable expertise to our Financial Crime team and help shape our offerings targeted to these markets. His experience in conducting complex corporate fraud and anti-terrorist investigations will give Wynyard clients access to the best global knowledge, skills and experience for supporting local, national and trans-national financial crime detection and prevention.

“Being able to attract someone with Jim’s experience and international standing in the field of financial crime is a real coup for Wynyard and we are delighted that Jim has chosen to work with us,” said Stokes.

Delivered through its Financial Crime Detection Centres globally, Wynyard’s financial crime solutions provide government agencies, financial institutions and critical national infrastructure providers with a highly effective platform for the prediction, detection and prevention of cross-channel financial crime.

Oakes said he is looking forward to joining Wynyard to help the company keep its clients ahead of the growing risks presented by criminals using increasingly sophisticated tools to discover vulnerabilities and exploit them.

“I’m passionate about fighting financial crime and my new role with Wynyard will give me the chance to help government agencies, financial institutions and critical national infrastructure providers disrupt crime, corruption and threat.

“Through my experience managing complex and large-scale financial crime cases I understand the challenges that continue to grow in scale, complexity and look forward to helping Wynyard’s clients combat financial crime,” said Oakes.

A former UK Police Fraud Squad Detective, Jim has held senior regional and global positions in the field of financial crime with major financial institutions including Citigroup, GE Money, Abbey/Santander, Barclays and Standard Chartered Bank. An internationally recognised financial crime expert, Jim has presented at international events to the financial industry and government and law enforcement agencies worldwide - including central banks, Interpol, US Treasury and the US Secret Service.


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