June 1, 2024

Upvest welcomes seasoned leaders to drive next stage of growth

Julieta Varsano
B2B Marketing

Berlin, 1. June -  Upvest, a Berlin-based fintech and the leading investment infrastructure provider in Europe, welcomes Rebekah Fox as its new VP People and Jonathan Brander as its new Chief Operating Officer. Both Rebekah and Jonathan will begin their roles in June 2024, bringing their wealth of expertise to the Upvest team. With diverse backgrounds from various sectors of the finance and tech industries, both their journeys to Upvest reflect their commitment to making investing more accessible to everyone.

Rebekah Fox: a new vision for People and Culture

After having spent almost a decade at Meta (formerly Facebook), Rebekah joins the Upvest management team. Her passion for aligning values with organisational goals is what drew her to Upvest, where she will lead the People department. Rebekah joins Upvest with extensive experience in HRM, and people and strategic management. 

Rebekah’s career spans consultancies, including KPMG, where she led various initiatives in the areas of people, recruitment, and digital transformation. Most recently, at Meta she directly managed team leaders in EMEA and APAC, while also playing a pivotal role in driving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives globally.

Jonathan Brander's journey to Upvest leadership

Jonathan joins Upvest as COO after previously serving as COO Europe at FNZ, a leading fintech. His journey began at FIS, implementing risk management solutions for financial institutions. His experiences took him across the globe, offering him a firsthand look at the challenges and opportunities in the banking industry. During his 11-year tenure at Schroders, a UK-based financial services firm, Jonathan was responsible for overseeing the Swiss-based service center and global operations for wealth management.

Following this, as European COO and member of the executive board of Germany-based FNZ Bank, Jonathan spearheaded FNZ's European operations. He orchestrated the market entry into several European countries as well as the integration of several acquired companies. Leading large teams and navigating complex operations, Jonathan is well accustomed to high-paced environments. 

Joining Upvest: a perfect fit

At Upvest, Rebekah and Jonathan found the perfect blend of cutting-edge technology, a vibrant company culture, and a shared mission to democratise investing. Impressed by Upvest's vision, modern product, high calibre of investors and clients, and a team of talented individuals, they saw an immense opportunity to drive both company growth and personal fulfillment.

Jonathan looks forward to leveraging the company's strengths to onboard and service even larger clients seamlessly and expand into new segments and jurisdictions. As Upvest scales its operations, Jonathan aims to strengthen the balance between growth and structure. “Strategic decisions made now will shape the company's future trajectory”, he says.

Rebekah’s focus on fostering a positive culture underscores her commitment to driving Upvest's success. “Upvest is at an inflection point and what got us here might not be what gets us to the next chapter”, says Rebekah, emphasising the need for mindful and sustainable growth. Rebekah looks forward to driving Upvest's DEI initiatives while scaling the company.

With the addition of Jonathan Brander and Rebekah Fox to its leadership team, Upvest is set for even more success ahead. Their combined expertise and passion for innovation will drive Upvest's mission of making investing as easy as spending money.