Berlin, December 2nd, 2021 – As of today, Emiliano Costanzo is the new Managing Director of finleap connect in Italy. Previously, he headed the Corporate Solutions & White Label Products department and was finleap connect’s Principal Product Manager prior to that. With his innovative approach and understanding of the Italian market, Costanzo will continuously establish the product portfolio locally and further expand international connectivity to the Italian banks. Costanzo succeeds Marco Berini, who remains committed to the success of finleap connect as a shareholder, as well as a member of finleap connect’s advisory board in Italy.
In his previous position as Head of the Corporate Solutions & White Label Products business unit, which Costanzo took on in July 2020, its sales grew to one million euros within a year. By also launching an Italian PSD2 connectivity partnership, he laid the foundation for two entirely new Open Banking-based business units. Today, they enable customers from across the EU to connect to Italian bank accounts via finleap connect.
During his time as Principal Product Manager, Emiliano Costanzo was already involved in setting up the Lendbox business unit for finleap connect Italy. At the same time, he introduced cross-country joint product management and strategic best practices for finleap connect's product organization. Costanzo, a computer scientist, was already an expert in digital product development when he joined infinitec solutions in 2017, one of the companies that later merged to form finleap connect. He quickly advanced to Project Management Officer in the venture building division at finleap and helped develop its ventures in Italy.
As Managing Director, Costanzo’s initial goals are to further expand the connectivity to Italian banks and to continuously establish finleap connect's Open Banking products in the Italian market. In addition, finleap connect will offer its expertise in business analysis, product design, management, development and marketing to financial institutions and companies from various industries in Italy to design and develop digital products. As one of the locations that gave finleap connect's internationalization its initial momentum, finleap connect Italy will continue to provide directional impetus for the expansion of the company's product offering. In Italy, finleap connect already counts large banking groups, Italian and international fintechs, utilities providers and public administration authorities as its customers. Moreover, the independent Open Banking provider is pushing ahead with its further European expansion, starting from its established locations in Germany, Spain, Italy and France.
"Open Banking and in particular finleap connect’s product range not only offers enormous potential for our Italian partners and customers, but also exciting prospects for international banking. I look forward to putting my competencies to full use in this new position and to playing a decisive role in shaping Europe's Open Banking landscape with further innovations, together with finleap connect," says Emiliano Costanzo.
"With Emiliano we have a proven expert of the Italian Open Banking and fintech market at the helm, who will continue the very successful work of Marco Berini. With him, we will continue to drive international connectivity, which is the foundation of the banking industry's future viability today”, adds Frank Kebsch, CEO of finleap connect.
finleap connect is the leading, independent Open Banking platform provider in Europe. It enables companies across a multitude of industries to provide the next generation of financial services by understanding how customers transact and interact. With its “full-stack” platform of solutions, finleap connect makes it possible for its clients to compliantly access the financial transactions data of customers, enrich said data with analytics tools, provide digital banking services and deliver high-quality, digital financial services products and solutions to customers.
finleap connect is a regulated payment institution under the Payment Services Supervision Act (Zahlungsdiensteaufsichtsgesetz – ZAG). The company employs over 160 people from more than 35 countries in its offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Milan, Madrid and Paris.