Iconic Fintech Founder Anne Boden Announces Exit as CEO of Starling Bank

Anne Boden, the founder of Starling Bank – a top UK digital bank, is to step aside as CEO on 30 June. Boden will remain on the Board as a non-executive director.

John Mountain, Starling’s COO, will take over as interim CEO to lead the company into its next phase of growth.

The move comes as Starling reports:

  • Revenue of £453 million “for the year to 31 March 2023, more than double last year’s figure of £216 million.”
  • Record pre-tax profits of £195 million “for the year to 31 March 2023, a six-fold increase on the previous year’s figure of £32 million.”
  • Total lending of £4.9 billion, “versus £3.3 billion previously.”
  • Customer deposits have “increased 17% to £10.6 billion.”

Anne Boden said:

“When I started Starling in 2014, I was told no one ever starts a bank, nobody wins market share and you’ll never make a profit. Today’s results prove them wrong. We’ve succeeded in disrupting an entire industry. I’m immensely proud of these results, which are a testament to how far we have come as a team and how fast we’ve moved as a business. I have spent nearly a decade here as both the founder and CEO, a dual role which is unique in UK banking. It’s been all-consuming and I’ve loved every minute of it.”

She added:

“Now that we have grown from being an aspiring challenger to an established bank, it is clear the roles and priorities of a CEO and a large shareholder ultimately differ and require distinct approaches. As Starling continues to evolve and grow, separating my two roles is in the bank’s best interests. Handing over my responsibilities to John Mountain will enable me to focus on my position as a shareholder, championing Starling and ensuring we hold true to our values and vision of changing banking for the better.”

She also noted:

“To the team, thank you. Together we have revolutionised the face of banking. To our 3.6 million customers – thank you for believing in and trusting us.

David Sproul, Chair of Starling Bank, said:

“Anne is a brilliant and inspirational leader. She has built Starling from nothing and has led it to become the UK’s leading digital bank in the space of just eight years. It is an astonishing achievement and we all owe her a huge debt of gratitude. One of Anne’s great strengths is building extraordinary talent. We are confident that Starling is well-positioned for its next phase of growth and the bank’s relentless focus on our customers will not change. I am looking forward to working with John Mountain as we continue to grow and to retaining Anne’s vision and expertise on the Board.”

As noted in the update:

“I am delighted to end the year with such strong growth, built on the foundation of a solid and low-risk balance sheet and a tight control over costs. This demonstrates the strength of our business model and the advantages of our market-leading consumer brand.”

John Mountain, interim CEO, said:

“Anne has created a company that I’m really proud to work in and is genuinely different. What makes Starling stand out is that we’ve succeeded in making it both customer-led and technology-led throughout. We’ve firmly established a sustainable business model and I look forward to continuing our work of changing banking for good.”

Starling has begun an international search “for a permanent CEO and will update in due course.”

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