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Approved for release April 6th 2021 – For use by professional investors only.

London UK – Channel Capital Advisors LLP (“Channel’) is pleased to announce that Ian Watson has joined Channel as Group COO, reporting to Walt Gontarek, CEO & Chair.

Ian will oversee all corporate centre activities including risk management, finance, operations and program management activities, compliance, organisational efficiencies, and risk control/third line-of-defence activities. He will also join the new Channel Leadership Team and its Risk and Management Committee structures.

Ian has extensive experience earned after a 30-career in working capital markets globally.  He served as CEO Asia Pacific and CEO/President of North America of at Bibby Financial Services, and Executive Director at GMAC Commercial Finance in the UK. Ian has also served as non-executive Board Member at FCI International Factors Group previously. He joins Channel after serving as UK Managing Director at Corporate Linx.

“We are very pleased to have Ian join the senior management team at Channel.  Besides looking after our corporate centre activities including risk, operations and program management, he is also charged with helping us to scale our business effectively as our client financing needs grow towards the end of 2021 and into 2022, explained Walter Gontarek”. Ian Watson added “I am delighted to join Channel and help it scale its ambitions in providing technology-enabled working capital finance for global clients. It is an exciting time for Channel with a number of important initiatives underway”.

About Channel

Channel Capital Advisors LLP is a London-based credit asset manager authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.  Its mission is to provide technology-enabled business finance to an ever-changing world.


Walter Gontarek, CEO & Executive Chairman