Rakefet is a Managing Partner at Team8. She helps to build and support cutting-edge fintech startups that are poised to redefine the financial services landscape. In 2016, she was named as one of the “10 Most Innovative CEOs in Banking” by Bank Innovation for the second year in a row and was also listed among the BBC’s “100 Most Inspirational and Influential Women” of the year. Rakefet served as President & CEO of Leumi Group between 2012-2019. Under her leadership, Leumi established itself as Israel’s leading bank in profits, market cap and innovation. Rakefet led this turnaround via digital transformation, enhanced efficiency and a culture change.
Only one thing frightened me when I was CEO of Bank Leumi, and I ended up making lemonade out of that lemon. When I announced that I was leaving my position in 2019, and was asked what I wished for during my notice period, it was clear to me what was most important: no cyber incidents. This was also the thing that frightened me the most as CEO of Bank Leumi: a cyber attack.