Greenhill to lose banker to Experian

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INFORMATION services group Experian has hired top Greenhill banker Brian Cassin as chief financial officer.

Cassin, currently co-head of European corporate advisory at Greenhill, will join Experian on 30 April, the firm said yesterday.

The loss of Cassin will come as a blow to investment bank Greenhill, which last year saw chief executive Simon Borrows take a back seat to take up a new role at investment group 3i.

But Cassin’s experience will be a boon for Experian. He said yesterday: “I am excited to be joining such a successful business as Experian and to be inheriting an exceptionally strong finance function. Experian is a company I know well and I look forward to being part of the management team as we work to further develop and grow the business.”

Experian began the search for a chief financial officer in January, following the sudden death of Paul Brooks.

Shore Capital analyst Robin Speakman said Cassin’s appointment is not likely to drastically alter the firm’s course.

“He’s well known, he’s got a good pedigree, and has worked with Experian in the past. But what’s important in our view is that the firm works in so many regions with operational managers on the ground, the strategy is unlikely to be changed by one appointment.”

The firm also completed its purchase of identity verification specialist 192business yesterday. The firm works with companies on fraud screening, voice recognition and online data verification.