Paysend appoints ex-Mastercard President to the board

Rick Steves

“The company is positively disrupting the payments market in making financial services more accessible and inclusive for individual people and small businesses.”

Paysend has appointed Javier Perez as a non-executive director of the board following the company’s recent announcement of its growth to 5 million customers globally in under five years.

The card-to-card pioneer and international payments platform has been able to grab the former President Mastercard Europe in a move that shows the ascending trajectory of the company.

One and a half million customers have joined in the last six months alone, the firm raised an additional $125 million Series B investment round in May, and it seems that Deloitte ranked Paysend the third fastest growing technology company in the UK for its 14,498 percent growth.

Javier Perez brings 25 years of experience at Mastercard to Paysend

Javier Perez will work closely with the company’s senior management team to help drive further global expansion as he will have an active role in Paysend’s future business strategy and will help extend Paysend’s ecosystem of strategic partnerships and open banking ambitions.

Javier Perez spent 25 years at Mastercard, including 15 years as president of Mastercard Europe, and two years as president of Mastercard Latin America and the Caribbean.

During his time at the company, the payments industry professional helped merge Mastercard with Europay, integrating two large players in the payments space and taking the new entity to IPO.

The new addition to Paysend’s board of directors is the Founder and Managing Partner at Global PayTech Ventures, which invests in early stage paytech companies.

Leadership behind Paysend’s astonishing growth

The board of directors features an impressive list of industry leaders, including non-executive board members Mark Evans, a startup technology investor; Michael Fazio, Chairman of MARCorp Financial; and, Humbert de Liedekerke, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at One Peak Partners.

Paysend’s advisory board members include Gary Kearns, President and CEO of Growth Analytics LLC; Tom Zschach, Chief Innovation Officer at SWIFT; Brad Koenig, Co-CEO of Apex Technology Acquisition Corp; Alireza Masrour, General Partner at Plug & Play Ventures; and, Jairo Riveros, former Head of Market Models and Business Strategies for MasterCard Worldwide.

Ronnie Millar, Chief Executive Officer at Paysend, said: “Javier has an extensive and successful track record in new business development, mergers and acquisitions and global strategy, and under his leadership, Mastercard Europe was recognized as the leader in payments technology innovation. We’re thrilled to welcome Javier to the Paysend board and look forward to the active role he’ll play in helping to drive our business strategy as well as further cementing relationships with key players in the payment ecosystem.”

Javier Perez, Founder and Managing Partner at Global PayTech Ventures and Non-Executive Director at Paysend, commented: “I am delighted to be joining such a pioneering and fast-growing company in Paysend. The company is positively disrupting the payments market in making financial services more accessible and inclusive for individual people and small businesses. I am hugely excited by Paysend’s potential to become the number one payments platform of choice for customers around the world.”

 

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