From the industry, for the industry
A unique approach to deliver better sanctions screening

Our Concept

GSS brings global financial institutions together to deliver higher standards in compliance, providing a trusted platform to enhance and exchange information. The first service delivers sanctions transaction screening, built on industry standards and improved processes. Services under GSS are easily accessible to everyone, delivering greater effectiveness, improved efficiency and the reduction of friction.

GSS Design

GSS works by digesting financial institution's (FI's) transaction data directly into its cloud ecosystem via a proprietary integration layer. Once the transaction data is uploaded to the secure GSS cloud environment, GSS takes the various submitted data formats and begins to screen the transaction data against selected public and private sanctions lists using a common matching standard agreed with the FIs. Throughout the process, transaction data is being checked against these lists and user-specific risk configurations. The end result is a more effective and higher efficiency transaction screening product which allows users to leverage cloud native technologies and automation for one of their most important compliance processes.

GSS Ecosystem

Our History

Leadership Team and Advisors

Tom Scampion

Co-Founder, CEO
  • Over 30 years of experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of compliance systems and controls, particularly in the field of sanctions
  • Has worked closely with regulators, law enforcement and external counsel in the US, Europe and Asia
  • Former Head of Financial Crime EMEA for a major consulting firm, and has led over 100 reviews of sanctions systems and controls

Robert Urtheil

  • Over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, both in consulting and in senior roles within leading financial institutions
  • Currently serves as MD, Global Head Financial Services Practice at AlixPartners
  • Record of achievement in successful strategic business development and the design and implementation of major strategic and operational shifts at global banks, asset managers and infrastructure players
  • Previously co-founded and launched his own company, iBoxx, in coordination with a dozen international banks

Ralph Kreis

Chief Financial Officer, Deputy CEO
  • Over 20 years of experience as an advisor and manager in the financial services industry with a strong focus on complex transformation and operations
  • Previously worked at BCG on the global financial services team and at UBS Wealth Management in the product division
  • Experience in M&A negotiations and leading client post-merger integration efforts including project planning, governance setup and corporate function integration

Ed Thurman

Chief Commercial Officer
  • Over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry as a regulator, consultant and in senior management roles within financial institutions
  • Recently served as MD Global Transaction Banking and MD Financial Institutions at Lloyds Banking Group, and prior to that in senior strategy roles in global financial institutions
  • Senior Adviser on Fintech to the Confederation of British Industry

Stuart Mitchell

Chief Technology Officer
  • Over 25 years of experience in Technology building platforms and delivering transformative technology services to tier one clients
  • Previously led the carve out and outsource of fund management and dealing services from a leading European bank to a global wealth management platform
  • Oversees the GSS Cyber and Privacy implementation with the GSS CISO, DPO and advisors

David Marshall

Chief Product Officer
  • Over 16 years of experience working in financial crime, advising  global financial institutions on programs needed to transform their financial crime risk management functions
  • Led the development of sanctions policies, standards and design of sanctions operating models for major financial institutions
  • Held the role as Head of Banking Solutions for a leading financial crime detection technology company

Praveen Jain

Global Head of Client Implementation
  • Over 17 years of experience in financial crime compliance with deep expertise in surveillance, controls design, data and analytics, working closely with industry leaders and regulators
  • Recently served as Head of Financial Crime Compliance Surveillance Solutions and Innovation at Standard Chartered Bank
  • Experience delivering large strategic programs and transformations across geographies for tier one banks’ compliance programs

Anthony Lyons

Chief Legal Officer
  • Anthony oversees legal, compliance and privacy to help GSS build and sell while preserving the value we create
  • In addition to working in financial services, Anthony has been part of Amazon, Trustpilot and FundApps' growth journeys

Clare Jones

Chief People Officer
  • Extensive HR experience, previously within the legal sector and management consultancies
  • Previously led an award-winning HR team, with recognition for Diversity and Inclusion, Wellbeing and HR Team of the Year
  • A widely experienced CIPD-qualified HR Generalist with significant experience in leading the development and implementation of people strategy to align with organisational goals

John Cusack

Co-Founder, Advisor
  • Over 30 years of experience working in the financial services industry
  • Elected as the inaugural chairperson of the Global Coalition to Fight Financial Crime. Previously acted as Co-Chair of the Wolfsberg Group and Global Head of Financial Crime Compliance at Standard Chartered Bank and UBS.
  • ‍Extensive experience providing advisory services to financial institutions and regulatory technology companies

Vivienne Artz OBE

  • Over 20 years of experience working in financial services with expertise in data, privacy strategy and compliance
  • Currently serves as Data Strategy and Privacy Policy Advisor to the Centre for Information Policy Leadership, Chair of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and NED for GLEIF
  • Previously acted as Chief Privacy Officer at London Stock Exchange Group, Refinitiv and Thomson Reuters

Russell Saunders

  • Over 40 years of experience working with global banks, market infrastructures, regulators and start-ups
  • Previously served as the MD Global Payments and Transaction services at Lloyds Banking Group, SWIFT Board Director; NED Pay. UK. Chair of the UK Banks Faster Payments Implementation Committee; Member of the PSR’s Payments Strategy Forum and Chair of the Financial Crime Committee

GSS News

Co-Founders in conversation

About GSS

GSS was founded in 2021 to solve cross-industry challenges in financial services where there is material benefit to be gained from:

- Agreeing common standards
- Sharing information
- Delivering solutions via trusted platforms
- Embracing the best of new technology

Starting with sanctions transactions screening, GSS changes the way financial crime is managed by partnering with leading financial institutions and trusted industry partners to deliver effective and efficient watchlist screening.

As well as promoting excellence in compliance, GSS’ sanctions screening solution significantly removes the friction in the customer experience, whilst reducing the information that needs to be shared on individuals.

The solution will perform state of the art, real time watchlist screening using the most advanced technology solutions for list management, alert generation and disposition.

Working with leading international financial institutions and harnessing a leadership team with over 100 years of direct experience, GSS will redefine how compliance can be delivered effectively and efficiently.

Our first customers are in prototype in 2022 and we launch in 2023.

GSS’s promotes excellence in compliance while delivering frictionless customer service.

Founded in 2021 and designed by senior industry experts with more than 100 years of combined expertise in combating Financial Crime, GSS will perform state of the art real time watchlist screening using the most advanced technology solutions for watchlist management screening and automated alert dispositioning.

Our focus is to help banks, Fintechs, and digital platforms perform watchlist screening through a secure GSS interface into the GSS cloud.

The demand for this type of unique screening service originated through conversations with major international correspondent banks who recognised that a collective and collaborative approach to watchlist screening (e.g. payments, securities, trade) had significant advantages over the current model of each FI screening themselves.That demand for these services is strong, has encouraged GSS to deliver its services expected to go live in 2023 with the aim to become the dominant provider of sanctions screening services globally by 2025.

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