Australian fintech startup Xinja has added Tesla senior engineer Thomas Vikstrom to its board, to help build its fully digital ‘neobank’.
Xinja CEO and co-founder Eric Wilson noted Xinja’s aim is to provide intuitive banking and that Mr Vikstrom is a good fit, being a natural leader in new technology and ways of thinking.
“He brings to the Xinja board a business acumen and entrepreneurial drive, along with the global experience Xinja needs, to really help us change the banking industry,” Mr Wilson said.
Mr Vikstrom comes with around nearly 20 years of experience leading product development and engineering programs at Tesla, Ford, Noble Metal Processing and SSAB HardTech.
He is currently a senior engineer at Tesla where he has worked for nine years, helping to develop and introduce products.
“Banking, like automotive in the past, is an industry ripe for change,” Mr Vikstrom said.
“I’ll be looking beyond what is, and imagining what could be, enabling Xinja to disrupt banking and improve the lives of people and the world in which they live.
“It’s exciting when a start-up like Xinja muscles its way into an industry and goes up against established players. That’s a big win for all.”
Mr Wilson added that Mr Vikstrom’s intellectual discipline and vision will be a good addition to the Xinja board and expects his influence will be central for the start-up.
“Thomas is an adaptive leader who possesses a rare combination of strategic and critical thinking,” he said.
Mr Vikstrom joins Xinja chair Lindley Edwards, and other board directors, including Craig Swanger and new board adviser, Brett King.
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