ADIB appoints Fernando Plaza as new Chief Digital Officer

Abu Dhabi, 18 April 2023: Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), a leading financial institution, has appointed Fernando Plaza Lopez as its new Chief Digital Officer. Fernando will be responsible for driving bank-wide digital strategy, including innovation, digital products, development, omnichannel and Agile initiatives.

With over two decades of experience in the digital and payment industry, Fernando is an accomplished industry expert with a proven track record of driving growth in high-growth, fast-paced businesses.  Throughout his career, Fernando has navigated the digital and payment industry at all levels, from startups to large corporations. He has held senior leadership roles at reputable organizations such as Lloyds Banking Group, Vodafone Group, Emirates Group, Al Rajhi Bank, and Arab National Bank.

"As we continue to prioritise digital transformation and innovation at ADIB, we are delighted to welcome Fernando Plaza to our leadership team," said Nasser Al Awadhi, Group Chief Executive Officer, ADIB. “With his wealth of experience and impressive track record in driving digital innovation and payments growth in the banking industry, we are confident that Fernando will further enhance ADIB's digital capabilities and continue to lead the way as an innovative bank."

Commenting on his appointment, Fernando Plaza Lopez, Chief Digital Officer, ADIB, said: "I am honored to join ADIB at such an exciting time for the bank. ADIB is known for its leadership in digital innovation, and I am committed to driving digital transformation, implementing best-in-market capabilities, and enhancing customer experience through innovative solutions. I look forward to working with the exceptional team at ADIB and contributing to the bank's continued success in the digital space."

In his previous role as Chief Digital Officer at Arab National Bank, Fernando established a new business unit to drive digital, fintech, payments, and remittances growth. He led the digital transformation of the bank's remittance business, driving online banking revenue growth, creating a payments group for Point of Sale, eCommerce acquiring, international remittances, and establishing a fintech partnership program, among other achievements.

ADIB continues to invest in technology to make its operations more effective and efficient. The Bank is well-positioned to further strengthen its digital capabilities and drive innovation in the banking industry.​