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New Managing Director of SME Lending appointed at Paragon

A new Managing Director of SME lending has been appointed at Paragon, with extensive experience in the asset finance sector, spanning the UK and Europe.

John Phillipou joins Paragon from PEAC Finance, where he was Chief Executive Officer, leading the business in providing finance solutions for predominantly SME clients.

John will be responsible for overseeing the SME lending activities of Paragon Banking Group including broker, commercial, invoice finance and professional loans to support UK businesses. He also aims to ensure that customer focus continues to be at the forefront of Paragon’s commercial lending.


John Phillipou, Managing Director of SME lending at Paragon, said:

I am delighted to be joining Paragon and I look forward to working with the team to deliver both a first-class service and products.

John Phillipou, Managing Director of SME lending at Paragon

John’s career spans 25 years in business lending both in the UK and globally, including roles with Bank of Scotland, JCB Finance, Citigroup and as International MD for Deutsche Leasing.

Paragon Bank PLC is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Registered in England number 05390593. Registered office 51 Homer Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 3QJ. Paragon Bank PLC is registered on the Financial Services Register under the firm reference number 604551