Synechron names Jarno Droog Director of Technology in the Netherlands

05 June 2018 3 min. read

Synechron has appointed Jarno Droog as Director of Technology in the Netherlands. He joins from system integrator Ordina.

Jarno Droog brings over 20 years of experience in financial services to the international consultancy and technology firm for the financial services industry. The past six years he worked for Ordina, latterly as Director of the firm’s banking arm, which he led to growth. Prior to that, he held the role of Account Director Banking, responsible for several accounts in Ordina’s banking industry service line.

Before joining the consulting industry, Droog worked within large financial institutions in roles on the intersection of business, innovation and technology. At Banco Santander, he led the bank’s Change Management practice in the Benelux, while at Dutch player DSB Bank he was Head of the Project & Program Management Organization (PMO). Previously, he spent around six years at the Rabobank, where he started his career through a traineeship. 

In his new position at Synechron – which has more than 8,000 employees and 18 offices globally – Droog leads the firm’s Technology endeavours in the Netherlands. As part of the role, he has been appointed to the management team of Synechron Netherlands, which is based in Amsterdam.

“The addition of Jarno to Synechron will strengthen our technology expertise, both locally and globally, and helps us deliver tangible results to our clients and continue our global growth,” said Joost Loves, Managing Director and Head of Synechron in the Netherlands.Jarno Droog, Director Technology - SynechronLoves added, “Given Synechron’s commitment to its ‘Power of 3’ approach [Digital, Business Consulting and Technology], a strong technology approach is critical to implementing this integrated strategy and bringing the most innovative and strategic operationalised use cases to our clients. Jarno has proven leadership in the financial services industry, rooted in extensive expertise in technology within the sector, with experience being at the forefront of change and delivery execution, and a sizeable, solid network in the industry, making him a natural fit for Synechron.”

The arrival of Droog comes at a time when banks find themselves in a challenging period. Recent A.T. Kearney research has found that the sector's profitability is under pressure, and in addition banking executives are seeing all kinds of possible disruptive trends hit their frontiers. Due to the rise of automation, banks are turning into IT companies, customers are furthering their digital and 24/7 expectations, FinTechs and 'challenger banks' are gaining terrain, and big tech giants are looming around the corner waiting for the right market entry, especially in the payments domain. All while the regulatory burden of regulators and society's expectations continues to increase. “As a result, financial service providers now more than ever give priority to investments in technology, innovation and digital strategies," says Droog. 

Droog believes that Synechron is well positioned to help banks with such challenges, leveraging the end-to-end solutions that the firm has in its portfolio. “I look forward to joining Synechron in these efforts, with the goal of driving technology and digital growth for Synechron and its clients.”

Recent research by Synechron found that the average banker fears the rise of the robots in banking. Nearly half of all banking financials admitted to worry about losing (part of) his/her job as a result of technological development including robotics, artificial intelligence and chatbots.