Arvest Bank Makes 2 'Digital Transformation' Hires


Arvest Bank Makes 2 'Digital Transformation' Hires
A digital transformation is underway at Arvest Bank of Fayetteville.

Ninish Ukkan has joined Arvest Bank as its chief technology officer, and he will lead the development of its next-generation banking platform in the cloud.

Ukkan has more than two decades of experience leading digital transformation in financial services as well as building banking-as-a-service platforms and embedded banking services that support multiple high-profile partners, including Apple, Uber, Intuit and Amazon. He previously served in the same position at Green Dot Corp.

Also joining the Arvest team is Bryan Hicks, who will serve as head of product over Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and third-party integration. Hicks comes to the bank from Derive Systems, having previously held technology product management roles at Ford, SAP and AT&T.

This announcement follows the bank's partnership with Thought Machine and Google Cloud as well as former Google executive Laura Merling. She joined Arvest in February, as its chief transformation and operations officer to lead its full-scale transformation, technology and operations.