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Equifax Sales Director joins SmartSearch


SmartSearch has named fintech and regtech specialist, Zowie Lees-Howell as its new Vice Presence of Enterprise Sales.

She joins the Yorkshire anti-money laundering software firm from Equifax, where she was Sales Director. She’s also worked as Strategic Business Development Director at Dun & Bradstreet and spent 13 years at Experian.

“Joining an innovative and agile firm like SmartSearch that’s been hugely successful is a fantastic opportunity and one I’m really excited by,” said Lees-Howell.

“Over the past decade, SmartSearch software has set the standard for digital compliance, not only delivering an efficient and cost-effective solution, but a competitive advantage to businesses of all sizes. Fraud and money laundering presents a very real threat to all sectors, with electronic verification and digital monitoring offering the only viable way to mitigate that risk.

“I look forward to working with the SmartSearch team to further penetrate these emerging markets by providing highly valuable services to companies who may not have had access to them before. I’m thrilled to be presenting this valuable proposition to businesses to help keep them both safe and compliant.”

At the Ilkley-based firm, she’ll head up its enterprise sales team and be responsible for its expansion into markets such as banking, financial services, crypto, utilities and telco.

“We are really pleased to welcome Zowie to the team. Her skills and wealth of experience across vertical markets will be a huge asset as we look to expand and continue our ambitious growth strategy,” explained Managing Director, Martin Cheek.

“As the complex world of money laundering continues to change rapidly, I am proud that we haven’t stood still. Not only has our product offering constantly evolved to meet the growing compliancy burden, but we’ve continued to strengthen, both by harnessing the potential of our talented team and by making key strategic appointments.”

SmartSearch operates across the UK, Europe and the United States providing anti-money laundering software to one in three of the UK’s top 200 law firms and 30 per cent of top 100 accountancy firms.

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