Commercial debt solutions provider, Azzurro Associates has announced the appointment of Stefan Acklam as Finance Director.

Acklam has more than 20 years’ expertise in Financial Services in the UK and US, having recently been Finance Director for a well-known Challenger Bank, supporting the business through its Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) approvals and successful multi-million-pound fund raising.

He has a proven track record in building strong finance teams, and in putting in place the necessary financial systems and processes demanded of a highly regulated industry.

An Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA), Acklam began his career with Bass Leisure before moving to Capital One Bank where he had a spell in the US. As well as Banking, he also has experience of insurance and pensions with Capita PLC and Liverpool Victoria. He holds a BA (Hons) in Industrial Economics.

Andrew Birkwood, Founder and CEO of Azzurro Associates, said “Stefan’s experience of Financial Services, and his proven track record with a Fintech and Challenger Bank specifically, will be of particular benefit as we look to grow the business and promote a new generation of debt management solutions to an increasingly demanding market.”