Frankfurt am Main, 11 May 2021 - Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), the bank of the world's most innovative companies and their investors, today announced new management of its Frankfurt office. Christian Hoppe, previously Managing Director, will become Co-Head replacing Oscar Jazdowski who is retiring from SVB. Dayanara Heisig, previously Director of Credit, Risk and Compliance, will serve as Co-Head alongside Hoppe.
The change at the head of the Frankfurt office comes after SVB’s first three successful years in the German market. The bank opened its German headquarters in 2018 and since then has been lending to leading technology and life science companies in the country. Among them are the well-known seed and early-stage fund Cherry Ventures, the air taxi manufacturer Lilium, and the cooking box start-up HelloFresh. Recently, the experience booking platform GetYourGuide, and the trade finance platform MODIFI, have also joined SVB Germany's client list.
Hoppe will focus on new client business, with Heisig focused on Credit, Risk Management and Compliance. Hoppe was a founding member of the SVB Germany team and helped with the bank's successful market launch in 2018. His focus has been on client relationship management. Prior to joining SVB in 2020, Heisig worked for Banco de Brasil for more than nine years, most recently as General Manager of the back office. She brings more than 20 years of experience in international banking to this new role.
Andrew Parker, who was previously responsible for serving Enterprise Software companies from the Silicon Valley Bank UK branch, will now lead the Relationship Banking team for the Germany branch. Before joining SVB, Parker worked as Relationship Director for the Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest Bank.
Looking ahead to his new role, Christian Hoppe, the new Co-Head of Silicon Valley Bank Germany, said: "I am extremely excited about this new role and the opportunity ahead for Silicon Valley Bank in Germany. We continue to build on the strong foundation that our team has already created, with SVB being a long-term strategic partner for start-ups, scaleups, corporates and investors by helping them scale their bold ideas and adding value beyond just financing.”
Hoppe adds, “I’m delighted to work together with Dayanara to grow the bank’s presence and involvement within the German innovation ecosystem and welcome Andrew Parker on board. Our combined experience and expertise as a team will help Silicon Valley Bank German Branch become an integral part of the German innovation ecosystem. Finally, I would like to thank Oscar for his partnership, cooperation and his dedication to SVB and wish him all the best for his well-deserved retirement.”
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