Cornerstone FS taps James Hickman as CEO

Rick Steves

“I see great potential in the business from its proprietary technology to its regulatory permissions. It is already delivering an exceptional service to its SME customers and the scalable platform is ideally positioned to add further product capability.”

Cornerstone FS has appointed James Hickman as Chief Executive Officer of the cloud-based provider of international payment, currency risk management, and electronic account services.

Taking effect on 12 September 2022, James Hickman joins Cornerstone FS after more than 19 years within the payments industry, having most recently played the role of Chief Revenue Officer at Dublin-based fintech business, Fire Financial Services Ltd.

Another stepping stone in his career was spending nearly five years as Chief Commercial Officer at AIM-quoted Equals plc, where he was responsible for growing sales, operations, and managing key relationships, as well as managing investor relations, fundraising, and strategic acquisitions.

He was also Managing Director at privately held card and payments business, Caxton FX Ltd, where he played many of the same functions described above.

“Exciting future in front of us”

Elliott Mannis, Chairman of Cornerstone, said: “James brings a wealth of industry experience and excellent strategic and leadership skills to Cornerstone, and I am delighted that he will be our new Chief Executive Officer. He has impressed the Board with his clarity of vision, breadth of knowledge and his strong client-centric mindset. The Board believes he is a great fit for Cornerstone, with the combination of skills and experience to lead the business through its next strategic phase.”

James Hickman, incoming Chief Executive Officer at Cornerstone, added: “I am delighted to be joining Cornerstone at a very exciting time in the Group’s development. I see great potential in the business from its proprietary technology to its regulatory permissions. It is already delivering an exceptional service to its SME customers and the scalable platform is ideally positioned to add further product capability. I have been impressed by the quality of our people, and the strength of our culture and our client relationships, which provide strong foundations on which to build in the years ahead. I believe we have an exciting future in front of us as we capture growth opportunities in payment services and deliver value for our shareholders.”

According to information disclosed pursuant to Schedule Two paragraph (g) of the AIM Rules for Companies, the incoming CEO of Cornerstone holds or has previously held the following directorships/partnerships within the last five years: Clappar Limited,
Gogo Remit Limited, Q Money Limited, Fresh B2B Ltd, Fairfx Plc, Equals Connect Limited, and Fair Payments Limited.

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