IDS, a provider of technology solutions for secured finance, appointed Brendan Gleeson to the role of chief strategy officer. In this newly created executive position, Gleeson will play a role in driving IDS’ overall innovation focus. This role will include identifying industry and technology trends and translating them into strategic insights to expand value across IDS’ solution portfolio.

IDS recently acquired White Clarke Group, where Gleeson served as group CEO since 2013. The two companies are now combined as one to create a multi-asset class secured finance technology company that supports banks, independent finance companies and OEM captives globally.

“Brendan’s innovation leadership and strategic direction at White Clarke Group led to the development of a world-class portfolio of solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of the automotive, wholesale and equipment finance marketplace,” David Hamilton, CEO of IDS, said. “As part of the IDS executive team, he will continue to drive innovation by identifying mid- and long-term strategic needs of the broader secured finance industry and capitalize on technology trends with the goal of bringing to market forward-leaning solutions and innovative products for our customers.”

Gleeson has nearly 30 years of industry experience and a track record in developing and executing global strategies, international expansions and technology product innovation.

“The technology landscape is rapidly evolving and requires dedicated focus to be able to innovate at the speed and scale our customers demand,” Gleeson said. “Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning, coupled with changes in consumer behavior such as consumption-based subscriptions, are reshaping market dynamics and creating new opportunities in secured finance. As these digital trends accelerate, financing firms will look to IDS to deliver innovative products to navigate the new normal with confidence.”