BAI – Finacle Global Banking Innovation Awards Announces 2012 Winners

Global Banks Honored for Vision and Leadership in Innovation


WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwire – October 9, 2012) – BAI and Infosys today
bestowed the most innovative banks in the world with the prestigious
2012 BAI – Finacle Global Banking Innovation Awards. Now in its second
year, the global awards program recognizes and supports innovation in
the retail banking industry. This year’s honorees were recognized at a
special ceremony today at BAI Retail Delivery 2012 in Washington, D.C.


The winning financial institutions were chosen among more than 150
entries from over 30 countries for breakthrough innovations that
positively impact banks and their customers. The award winners were
selected by the Innovation Circle Judging Panel, an objective,
third-party board. This distinguished international group is composed of
prominent industry thought-leaders, academics and retail banking
professionals.

OCBC Bank, located in Singapore, earned the
Product and Service Innovation Award for FRANK, a radical approach to
addressing Generation Y’s different style of connecting and engaging
with financial institutions. FRANK branches — or “stores” — are
designed to specifically serve this group of young people aged 18 – 28,
through being conveniently and strategically located in campuses and
malls, the use of understandable language on signage and documentation,
and through a casual atmosphere where popular music is played, and where
interactive touch screens allow customers to shop and apply for their
personalized FRANK debit or credit card. Overall, FRANK allows OCBC Bank
to develop lifetime, personalized relationships with these consumers by
meeting their needs early on.

The award for Channel Innovation
was won by DenizBank, located in Turkey, for introducing the ‘Globally
First Ever’ Banking Platform on Facebook. With full online banking
functionality, the platform enables Facebook users to check their bank
account, see a total picture of assets and liabilities, send money to
anyone, anytime, purchase/enroll in consumer loans and credit cards, and
invite Facebook friends to use the platform, among other capabilities.


Alior Bank, located in Poland, received the Disruptive Innovation in
Banking Award for changing the banking services market in its country.
Alior Sync is a progressive, virtual bank that offers full-service
banking via a virtual platform with a contemporary means of
communication for its target segment, customers between the ages of 20
to 35. The innovative model of operations eases the facilitation of
processes involved in offerings and sales of products and services, such
as a fully online credit process — a first in Poland.

The Most
Innovative Bank of the Year Award was awarded to First National Bank, a
Division of FirstRand Limited, located in South Africa, to honor its
culture of innovation and advancement of retail banking. As part of
their innovative culture, the bank holds an internal competition, called
“Innovators,” that formally encourages and supports the process of
innovation and related competencies. Business units within FNB are
empowered to innovate through leadership buy-in and advocacy.


Debbie Bianucci, President and CEO of BAI, congratulated the award
winners for their creativity and excellence. “These banks serve as a
model of what can be achieved through innovation when it comes to
enhancing the customer experience and transforming our industry. Their
commitment and leadership set new standards for us, and we honor them
for their achievement. We look forward to seeing what future innovations
will come from the finalists and winners here today as well as other
banks around the world.”

Haragopal Mangipudi, Global Head –
Finacle, Infosys, commended the award winners for their ability to drive
consumer engagement through innovation. “Their original thinking is the
key to accelerating growth and increasing customer loyalty. As the
innovation partner for global financial institutions, we applaud their
outstanding efforts.”

To learn more about the 2012 BAI – Finacle
Global Banking Innovation Awards and to submit nominations for the 2013
awards, please visit http://www.baiglobalinnovations.com.

About BAI:


BAI is the financial services industry’s partner for breakthrough
information and intelligence needed to innovate and stay relevant in an
evolving marketplace. For more than 85 years, BAI has focused on
advancing the industry by offering unbiased education and research.
BAI’s offerings are as diverse as the industry, and include premier
events such as BAI Retail Delivery Conference & Expo, groundbreaking
research and performance metrics, professional learning and development
programs, and in-depth editorial coverage through BAI Banking
Strategies. For more information, visit http://www.bai.org

About Infosys:


Infosys partners with global enterprises to drive their innovation-led
growth. That’s why Forbes ranked Infosys 15 among the top 100 most
innovative companies. As a leading provider of next-generation
consulting, technology and outsourcing solutions, Infosys helps clients
in more than 30 countries realize their goals. Visit http://www.infosys.com and see how Infosys (NASDAQ: INFY), with its 150,000+ people, is Building Tomorrow’s Enterprise