Citi Managing Director and General Counsel for Intellectual Property, Vivienne Artz has been named as the new president for Women in Banking and Finance.
Artz will lead the UK-wide networking and development organisation from April 2017, taking over from current president, Janet Thomas.
Artz, former WIBF Champion for Women award winner, will take the helm of the group in the year that the organisation celebrates 20 years of its prestigious WIBF Awards for Achievement.
Artz also chairs the AFME Data Protection Working Group, the International Regulatory Strategy Group Data Working Group and is an active participant of the Data Working Group at the BBA, as well as a Steering Committee member for the Technology Discussion Group.
She has recently been appointed to the IAPP European Advisory Board having also served as a co-chair of the IAPP Knowledge Net for the UK, a co-chair of the UK Citi Women Network, chair of the Legal Diversity Council for EMEA, and is currently a Citi Women Community Ambassador.
Speaking about her new appointment, Artz said, “In 2016, I was honoured to received the Champion for Women Award and I can think of no better way to put that amazing award and recognition into practice, than to step up and lead WIBF.”
“I am proud to take on the role of WIBF President in 2017, it is a special year for WIBF, celebrating twenty years of the WIBF Awards for Achievement.”
“I want to use the celebration as an opportunity to inspire and encourage women in the sector to exploit their most powerful ally – their network.”
“I know that women in our sector need this network.”
“These are challenging times for our industry.”
“The world and the sector are uneasy. It makes it even more important for women and members, corporate or individual, to be able to turn to each other for advice and to share good practice.”
“My vision for WIBF is to build on the excellent modernising wprk which has been started by the current president and executive board, and to ensure that WIBF continues to not only be relevant to its individual and corporate members, but that it also serves as the professional network for banking and finance in the UK and beyond.”
“I look forward to working with member to improve the circumstances of women in our industry and to celebrate their achievements.
Current president Janet Thomas said, “Vivienne has forged an outstandingly successful career in the finance industry.”
“During this time she has played an active roe in ensuring that other women fulfil their potential too, devoting time and energy to women’s networks and providing sage counsel to individuals.”
“This year marks twenty years of the WIBF Awards for Achievement.”
“Twenty years of celebrating the inspiring women working in the sector.”
“So it is particularly poignant that in this anniversary year an awards winner herself should be selected to lead WIBF.”
“With her intellectual rigour, I know that Vivienne will combine inspiring thought-leadership with effective network leadership.”
“I have every confidence in Vivienne’s proven skills, strengths and focus.”
“I know she will lead Women in Banking and Finance to be an even more powerful force for women in our sector.”
WIBF is a non-profit organisation founded in 1980. The group’s members include global financial services companies, major banks and firms servicing the finance industry.
The organisation aims to foster their members’ ambitious spirit, with networking events, development programmes and leadership opportunities. It currently has branches in London, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow, staffed primarily by voluntary Executive and Supervisory Boards and committees.