Arvest Bank teams up with Google Cloud to boost digital transformation


US-based Arvest Bank has hired Ninish Ukkan as the company’s new chief technology officer (CTO) to lead the development of its banking platform in the cloud.

Arvest Bank hires new CTO

Ukkan previously served as CTO at Green Dot Corporation, where he led the company’s cloud migration and enterprise data platform for its banking-as-a-service (BaaS) platform.

Ukkan brings more than two decades of experience leading digital transformation in financial services as well as building BaaS platforms and embedded banking services that support multiple high-profile partners, including Apple, Uber, Intuit and Amazon.

At Arvest, his role will be to support the bank’s digital transformation strategy by leading the new core banking technology initiative and other financial products in the cloud.

Also joining Arvest Bank is Bryan Hicks, who will serve as head of product over Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and third-party integration.

Hicks joins Arvest from Derive Systems, having previously held technology product management roles at Ford, SAP and AT&T.

“Consumers and commercial customers are demanding seamless financial services when and where they need it,” says Laura Merling, Arvest’s chief transformation and operations officer.

“It’s never been more important for institutions like Arvest to ensure the technology and infrastructure is in place to meet customers where they are.”

Arvest Bank recently entered a five-year partnership with Google Cloud to boost its digital transformation strategy.


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