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NorthRow Appoints New CEO for the Firms Upward Growth Trajectory

NorthRow, an SaaS compliance solution for regulated businesses, has announced the appointment of Adam Holden as Chief Executive Officer. Adam will oversee the firm’s upward growth trajectory, replacing Adrian Black who retired from the business in December 2020. Adam joined NorthRow in 2018 as the Chief Financial Officer and has been instrumental in securing additional investment over the past 18 months to enable NorthRow to scale its operations.

Adam Holden, CEO, NorthRow

With over 20 years in leadership roles, working in both fintech and traditional Financial Services including Tandem Bank, Lombard Asset Finance and RBS, Adam brings deep expertise in driving strategic growth and operational initiatives. Adam will be responsible for continuing the expansion of the customer base while establishing the NorthRow brand as the industry-leading Client Due Diligence solution for regulated firms. Adam is a highly motivated team member and his unrelenting drive for success, a wealth of experience in technology startups and the FS market, make him a perfect cultural fit to lead NorthRow forward.

Andrew Doyle, Executive Chair of NorthRow, said: “The Board and the Executive team are delighted that Adam has taken up the role of CEO. With his deep financial expertise, combined with his operational experience and strong customer focus we are confident that Adam has the focus, ability and ambition to continue to accelerate NorthRow’s growth.”

Commenting on his new role, Adam said: “The highly talented team at NorthRow has made exceptional progress and delivered great results under the direction of Adrian Black. Thanks to Adrian’s leadership and vision we now have a strong foundation on which to deliver an ambitious growth trajectory. We have a clear focus on our product roadmap and increased engagement with our diverse customer base. I’m excited to lead the team on the next stage of its strategic development journey.”

NorthRow, founded in 2010, delivers digitised compliance solutions to regulated businesses to support in the fight against financial crime. Its SaaS technology provides automated solutions for onboarding, ongoing monitoring and remediation. They deliver fast, cloud-based technology to solve the compliance challenges threatening regulated businesses.


  • Polly is a journalist, content creator and general opinion holder from North Wales. She has written for a number of publications, usually hovering around the topics of fintech, tech, lifestyle and body positivity.

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