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Len Pienaar
CEO at FNB Connect


Len Pienaar, CEO of FNB Connect

Len heads up FNB Connect, a dedicated business unit within First National Bank’s South Africa operations. FNB Connect is one of the first bank lead MVNO globally. FNB Connect won the The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF)’s Financial Innovation Award in 2017.

Len has been responsible for starting and leading business units both in the Telecommunication and Banking industry over the last 20 years.

At FNB, he has led the strategy and deployment of several world first mobile banking services, and received local and international awards, including the coveted Celent Model Bank Award for their mobile banking initiatives in 2009. He relaunched Cellphone Banking in 2005 to enable people to bank on any mobile phone, charting a period of rapid mobile banking growth for FNB and the entire banking industry. Before taking on the FNB Connect role, he was the COO for FNB International.

Outside FNB, he held the Executive Vice President for Product and Marketing position at Clickatell, one of the leading global mobile messaging providers. He also held senior positions at MTN and Cell C, two of South Africa’s leading mobile networking providers.

His academic credentials include a Mechanical Engineering degree and an honors degree in Business Administration at the University of Stellenbosch.

Agenda Sessions

  • Panel: Future of Digital Financial Services in Africa