Germany-based digital bank N26 announced today it is bringing on Gilles BianRosa as its new Chief Product Officer.
In this new role, Gilles will be responsible for leading product teams in Berlin, Barcelona, Vienna, and New York. He will also define, guide, and implement N26’s product strategy. To support these efforts, Gilles will bring on new team members and build N26’s product innovation.
“Gilles has a track record of delivering consumer-facing innovation that truly engages, excites and entertains customers,” said N26 co-founder and CEO, Valentin Stalf. “Today, N26 has revolutionized how people relate to their banking experience on an everyday basis. With Gilles on board, we will expand our experience further to being banking that easily connects an account with one’s lifestyle in an even more tangible way.”
Gilles brings with him decades of experience as CPO at tech companies including SoundCloud and Samsung Electronics. He also has entrepreneurial roots, having served as the co-founder and CEO of two Silicon Valley startups.
N26 is one of the most well-known players in the ever-growing digital banking realm. Founded in 2013, the startup offers its digital banking services in 25 countries, including the U.S., where it launched in 2019 and has since accumulated 500,000 customers in the area.
Today’s news comes about a month after N26 received a $35 million (€30 million) investment, bringing its total raised to $819 million. And it’s not the first C-level hire that N26 has initiated this year. In January, the company brought on Jan Kemper as Chief Financial Officer. Kemper holds experience in leading companies to go public, which may be an indication of N26’s intentions. In fact, Bloomberg expects the startup to IPO within the next two years.