The European Advisory Board was established in 2014 to focus on the industry issues most relevant to the European region. Since then it has provided invaluable guidance to CPI, especially in development of the European Summit program. In 2015 a working group to examine the supplier enablement challenge was established and continues to seek solutions to help overcome this challenge.
CEO & Co-Founder, Conferma
Simon Barker is co-founder and CEO of Conferma. He is responsible for developing and executing the company’s strategic vision to optimise B2B payment processes, through the use of innovative virtual card technology. Prior to establishing Conferma in 2004, Simon accumulated vast experience of the business travel industry during 18 years as Managing Director of NIS Travel Management Solutions. Simon was recently recognised as one of the 25 Most Influential Executives in the travel industry by Business Travel News for Conferma’s ground-breaking work modernising the business travel industry’s payment processes.
Group Head, PayTech Group
Nicki has enjoyed more than 35 years in the cards and payments industry internationally. Most recently as Group Head for PayTech – a specialist advisory services company supporting payment schemes, banks, processors and corporate clients on leveraging the opportunities provided in this highly specialized space worldwide. PayTech has under his leadership delivered more than 700 projects in 32 countries in the past 10 years alone and provided consulting services to 65% of the world’s 20 largest banks and a long list of smaller ones. Today, PayTech is recognized as a leader in their field of specialist payments expertise. Prior to founding PayTech, Nicki had a distinguished career from leadership positions as CEO at EnterCard, Head of Corporate Products at Visa Europe, Senior Vice President and head of products at DNB and Marketing Director at Sparebankort in Norway.
He was instrumental setting up the new and very successful FinTech company EedenBull in 2018 in response to customer demand from banks looking for practical support for new and innovative payment solutions in a time where new technologies, new regulations and new players are changing the way consumers and businesses think about payments. He was consequently appointed Chief Executive Officer at EedenBull in May 2018.
VP, Global Product Management, Global Corporate Payments, American Express
Simon is a Vice President within Global Product Management, where he leads the Global Business2Business (B2B) Product Management Function, responsible for managing a portfolio of Global Corporate Payment (GCP)’s suite of products used by corporate buyers and suppliers. With American Express for 14 years, during his tenure at American Express Simon has always been in the Commercial Payments arena – working with many of the Fortune 500 and Footsie 250 companies to implement Commercial Payment Solutions. Prior to joining American Express, Simon was an Officer in the British Army.
Head of European Large Market Commercial Products, Mastercard
Brooke DiNatale leads the European Large Market Commercial Products team for Mastercard, based in London. Her team is responsible for the development, launch and management of T&E and B2B Commercial Payment solutions in Europe. Prior to joining Mastercard, Brooke spent 10 years at American Express in London and NYC. Most recently she led the development and management of international loyalty solutions for Corporate Products, primarily focused on creating and launching a company-level loyalty program for the Middle Market space in 11 countries. Brooke also held roles in global business transformation, pursuing M&A opportunities and global business development, and creating partnerships with banks and travel agencies. She was previously director of finance for a satellite media company and spent several years as an investment banker.
Managing Director, AirPlus International
Andreas Hagenbring serves as Managing Director AirPlus International, responsible in particular for Finance (CFO), Global Services and Regulatory & Risk. AirPlus is a highly specialized business travel payment company and one of the leading global corporate card issuers with 1,300 employees. It provides services to more than 50,000 corporations in more than 60 countries. Prior to joining AirPlus International, Andreas Hagenbring spent altogether ten years in senior management roles in Mergers & Acquisitions and Investor Relations of Lufthansa Group. Previously, he was Project Manager Mergers & Acquisition at the auditing firm Ernst & Young and a German private bank. Andreas Hagenbring has studied International Management in Malente and Chelmsford.
Founder & Director, PaySavi
David has over 20 years’ experience in the payments industry and was previously with a major UK Commercial Card issuer before being asked to join Visa Europe. He has held a series of senior leadership positions including Head of Commercial Card Products, Head of Government Services, Head of European Market Development and Regulatory Workstream leader.
David established PaySavi in 2018 to develop payment optimisation, data and business development solutions for service providers and their clients. Based in London, PaySavi provides access to experts in business development, proposition development, research and data architecture based in Europe and Asia Pacific.
In addition to working with issuer, acquirer, fintech, government and end user clients, PaySavi works with regulators and business associations. Its sister company, SaviCom, provides advisory and implementation services on GDPR, PSD2 and IFR.
SVP, KAE Consulting
Chris is a Senior Vice President at KAE, the strategic marketing consultancy. Chris joined KAE in 2007 and during this time, he has managed multiple high profile global projects across the payments space (focusing on various issuing and acquiring topics across both the commercial and consumer payments sectors), banking, FinTech, AltFi and telco industries. His specialist skills are geared to NPD, market sizing and opportunity assessments, benchmarking, and best practice identification. He also heads KAE’s FinTech practice as well as KAE’s wider marketing and business development activity. Chris holds a BSc (Hons) Business Studies degree from the Cass Business School and is also a qualified professional marketer (DipM) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). Prior to joining KAE, Chris provided market research and consultancy support on Responsible Business Practice and international development opportunities for the UK Food and Drink industry.
Head of Business Solutions, Europe, Visa
Helen joined Visa from Basware where she led their Financial Services Product group developing B2B solutions for Global Financial Institutions. Prior to Basware, Helen held leadership roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Transaction Services business in Transaction Management, Commercial Card solutions, and operations.
Prior to joining the GTS business at BAML, Helen began her career at MBNA in consumer and small business cards. Helen was also part of BAML’s European senior female leadership group where she actively mentored, coached and developed junior female talent.
Product Owner, ING Commercial Cards
Jacco is central Product Owner Commercial Cards. Prior to this role, he was Head of Product Commercial Cards within ING. The ING Commercial Cards product coverage spans travel and expense and purchase to pay solutions for clients in the SME, Mid corporate public and corporate sector. He has over 18 year’s experience in banking and an extensive background in Retail and Wholesale payments, product management, marketing, issuing and acquiring. This includes several product launches, post-merger integrations as well as high profile strategic projects within the payment space. Jacco holds a degree in Business economics, IT audit and recently acquired Stanford’s LEAD certificate in Corporate Innovation.
Chairman & CEO, Boost Payment Solutions
Dean Leavitt is the founder and CEO of Boost Payment Solutions, the only acquirer in the United States focused exclusively on the business-to-business electronic payments. Dean is a well-respected veteran of the electronic payments industry with nearly 25 years of experience in various leadership roles at both public and private companies. Dean has received numerous awards from his industry peers and is often asked to speak at industry events. Dean currently serves on the advisory board of Commercial Payments International, having previously served two terms on the board of directors of the Electronic Transaction Association. Dean holds a B.A. with high honors from Emory University, where he served on the college’s Alumni Board of Trustees from 2002-2008.
Director, Cards & Product Channel Management, Silicon Valley Bank
Allister has worked across the Banking and Payments Industry for over 20 years, helping organisations assess new markets, build infrastructure, undertake integrations and transform P&L’s. His roles have spanned strategy development & execution, product innovation & development, commercialising technology, customer portfolio management, business development, partnerships and channel management.
His experience in financial services cut across payments, ecommerce, process and user digitisation, data products, emarket places and policy compliance. Allister has previously held senior roles with leading brands, Fleetcor Technologies, Lloyds Bank, mastercard and Royal Bank of Scotland Group, across multiple countries and regions. He holds a Food Manufacturing & Business Management degree, post graduate Diploma in Marketing and Masters Degree in Business Administration.
Managing Director, Commercial Payments, Barclaycard
With over 20 years in the payments arena, Marc Pettican has seen significant development in technology and innovation across the payments industry, and has been a driving force in shaping new propositions for Barclaycard’s corporate portfolio. Marc joined Barclays over two decades ago and has extensive experience in acquiring, Payment Gateways, Data Security and Commercial Payments. He has undertaken a succession of senior leadership & general management roles in Barclaycard, covering Small Business through to Global Corporate. More recently he spent two years transitioning The Logic Group technology provider into Barclaycard post acquisition, and is now in his current role as Managing Director for Barclaycard Commercial Payments, overseeing the adoption of B2B & Virtual payments across all segments.
Head of Wholesale Cards, EMEA, Citi
Steve has been the EMEA Head of Wholesale Cards since June 2012, with responsibility for Commercial Cards and Prepaid. He joined Citi in January 2010 and prior to working in Cards he was the EMEA Head of Business Development for Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions. Steve has more than 20 years’ experience of financial services and product management in the UK and continental Europe. He previously worked for Barclays and Barclaycard in the UK and France in both Cash and Cards. He holds a BA Hons degree in French and Economics and a Masters in French Literature and holds the Chartered Institute of Marketing Post Graduate Diploma and the Association of Corporate Treasurers Cert. Cash Management.
Founder & CEO, Dataflexnet
Reza Satongar is the founder and CEO of UK-based Dataflexnet Limited. Dataflexnet provides innovative solutions for 3 main sectors: travel agents, corporate travel managers, and credit card companies. Dataflexnet has nearly 25 years’ experience working with blue-chip companies, having developed a range of products and services for online bookings, expense management, T&E and PSP. With Virtual Card System, SharePay, and Authentication System, Dataflexnet has introduced services designed specifically to help the payment processing industry overcome the challenges of recently introduced security and data sharing regulations. With FlexUTN the company provides a Virtual Card platform delivering the highest levels of payment security and process excellence.
European Head of Corporate Cards, HSBC Global Payment & Cash Management Group
Brian Tomkins is European Head of Corporate Cards for HSBC’s Global Payment and Cash Management Group. He leads the European strategy, development and commercialisation for the full suite of Corporate Card Products and solutions. Prior to joining HSBC, Brian was Vice President of Commercial Cards for Citibank’s Treasury and Trade Solutions business, where he was responsible for the Product Strategy & Development of Business to Business Commercial Card Payment Solutions. He started his career with Diners Club International and subsequently spent 15 years with Citibank. During his tenure at Citibank, he held numerous management positions in the Consumer and Commercial Card divisions, including Operations, Customer Service, Project and Product Management and spent several years working internationally.
Head of Commercial Card, MEA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
David Voss is head of Commercial Cards, Global Transaction Services, for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. He is responsible for product management, new business growth, sales support and account management for the EMEA commercial cards platform. Voss also works with all regions to develop the company’s card capabilities globally. Voss joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch in May, 2017 and has more than 18 years of experience in the cards industry. He has held a variety of senior sales, product and account management roles across Europe, including with G.E, Lufthansa AirPlus and most recently in consumer cards. He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt process practitioner. Voss is based in London and speaks fluent French and German.