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Atom Bank founder and chair steps down

The chair and founder of Atom Bank is stepping down from his role at the digital lender to focus on new projects, including launching a co-authored book.

Anthony Thomson (pictured) founded the app-only bank, which launched in 2014, and guided the process of gaining a banking licence and raising over £250m of capital.

He will now step aside “as the bank moves into a new phase of development.”

“I am immensely proud that Atom bank has now completed over £1bn of lending to households and small businesses,” says Thomson.

“This is a testament to the efforts of every person at Atom bank, and to the support of all of our shareholders.

“As Founder I remain fully committed to Atom bank’s success and will remain a shareholder.

Looking ahead, I have recently co-authored a book on the marketing of money that comes out in March. As I discuss the messages and learning in the book I am going to spend much of the next twelve months travelling extensively. However the people who work at and support Atom bank will never be far from my thoughts.”

Economist Bridget Rosewell, who is currently the chair of Atom’s audit committee, will replace Thomson in the role of chair.

She says: “It is thanks to Anthony’s vigour and dedication that Atom bank is what it is today. It is with regret but also great admiration that the Board have accepted his resignation, and I and my colleagues fully understand his reasons for leaving having brought the business to maturity and achieved so much so quickly.

“Today there are 300 people working for Atom bank who will miss Anthony’s unique wit and wisdom, but customers and stakeholders should know that he leaves the bank in great heart and with an exciting future in prospect.”



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