05 July 2021
Under the new Group structure, Paul Monk – Board member and former Managing Director – is appointed Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Paul will be responsible for Alpha’s long-term strategy, as well as retaining day-to-day management of the Executive Team.
Alpha’s Chief Learning Officer (CLO), Hector Payne, joins the Group Board as a second Executive Director alongside Paul, with a focus on Alpha’s digital product solutions strategy as the company supports its clients in the post-COVID “new normal”.
Robert White is appointed Global Commercial Director and joins Alpha’s Executive Team. Robert brings over 10 years of L&D experience and will be leading the regional Commercial Directors for the US, Europe, Middle East, and Asia to support Alpha’s global client base.
Essia Harding joins Alpha in the newly-created role of HR Director, also as part of the Executive Team. Essia will be developing Alpha’s people strategy, with a specific focus on supporting a workforce that is increasingly international beyond the UK Head Office.
In June this year, the company announced more detail of its expansion to the Middle East and the US, including two new appointments – Anesh Jagtiani, Commercial Director, ME, and Daniel Townsend, Account Director, North America.
Paul Monk, Group CEO at Alpha Development, says:
“It’s a genuine privilege to announce these changes. Our investments in technology, begun long before the pandemic but accelerated by it, are driving much of our product development – but behind the product are our people, and at heart, we remain a people business.
“These new appointments, integrated with our fantastic existing team at Alpha, will drive our next phase as we continue to internationalise and develop in support of our clients – who trust us to innovate and deliver for them in an ever-changing business environment.”
Hector Payne, CLO and Executive Director
“I am honoured to be joining the Alpha Development board at an exciting time in the company’s growth. Paul, the Executive Team and the Board of Directors are committed, enthusiastic and particularly driven by our mission to be the most trusted provider in early careers development for the financial services industry. I look forward to to joining and supporting them in the development of this unique, ambitious and exciting part of the firm’s journey.”
Robert White, Global Commercial Director, says:
“Alpha are at such an exciting stage in their story, and the opportunity ahead for us is a significant one. Among many of the things I saw as attractive at Alpha was the exceptional level of client satisfaction and how humble we are about it.
“A number of the largest financial services organisations in the world select Alpha year-after-year and recognise the impact an Alpha learning programme contributes towards their strategic goals.
“Working in partnership with clients to craft the right solution(s), with the desired impact is at the centre of how Alpha will continue to build our success and reputation. Becoming a trusted learning partner for our financial services market and associated sectors, with localised sensitivity and responsiveness.”
Essia Harding, HR Director, says:
“I am delighted to be joining the team at Alpha Development at a time of ambitious growth, and look forward to working with the Executive Team and wider colleagues to build on their successes to date.”
About Alpha Development
Alpha Development is a global Early Careers training provider for professional and financial services. Delivering bespoke learning solutions that enhance employee and business performance, Alpha Development supports the world’s top global and regional banks, insurance firms, and asset managers.
With offices in London, Singapore, New York and Abu Dhabi, Alpha Development supports employee and business growth through a range of developmental training programmes in areas including Early Careers training, Financial Product and Accounting, Professional Skills, Sales & Client Relationship, and Leadership & Management.
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