Eelko van Leeuwen – CIO of ABN Amro Clearing Bank – Leadership Deep Dive | Part 1

For the last 5 years Eelko van Leeuwen has been the CIO of ABN Amro Clearing Bank, which clears and finances over 16 million trades per day and covers 90 of the world’s leading exchanges. It guarantees that agreements between all sides of
transactions in financial markets are honoured.

Eeelko has led two impressive, massive transformation programs – integrating and unifying backoffice systems for all 4 regions of the Bank’s trading systems, and developing an ingenious Banking as a Service platform – a blockchain-based service that backs fintechs with a banking license that they otherwise wouldn’t have.

When the whole industry was either competing with or buying out fintechs, ABN Amro decided to partner with them to make ABN indispensable.

In today’s conversation with Hendrik Deckers, Eeelko talks about the future of CIO (will that role disappear as technology savviness is becoming a norm among business leaders?), about surrounding himself with people he considers smarter than him and embracing his role as a facilitator for professional development, about lessons learned from buddhism, about automation and the future in general.


1:10 – Introduction: Eelko van Leeuwen, CIO of ABN Amro Clearing bank
4:23 – Transformation program: Integrating local trading system on a global level
9:51 – Transformation program: Banking as a Service – a blockchain-based platform for fintechs
13:10 – How IT operates at ABN Amro Clearing Bank
15:05 – Cloud adoption
18:52 – Attracting talent
20:15 – Eelko’s role in the organisation
22:05 – How the CIO role has changed in the last years
23:33 – ▶▶ PART 2 – Leadership – Lessons Learned:


Eelko van Leeuwen is a Financial sector finalist in the European Digital Leader Of The Year Awards organised annually by CIONET.

Find out the B2B and B2C winners and learn more about the other 16 finalists in the Public and Financial sectors – the winners among the latter will be announced at CIONEXT on 26th June 2020.

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