Europe

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.

 


 

Simon Barker
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.

 


 

Cathy Dargue
Head of Payables & Receivables Products, RBS

As Head of Payables & Receivables, Cathy is accountable for the development of Product Strategy, Innovation and In-cycle management of products which enable businesses to make and receive payments. Cathy started her career in Banking, working for NatWest and has held a number of management positions across Retail, Business, Corporate and International Banking. She has over 20 years experience of Product Management in the UK, Europe and North America, primarily focused on Commercial Cards and Payments where she has lead a number of initiatives to drive Innovation and Change across the Payments Business.

 


 

Simon Gilson-Fox
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.

 


 

Brooke DiNatale
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.

 


 

David Harrisson
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.

 


 

Alan Hawkins
Head of Commercial Payment Solutions, ING

Alan joined ING as Head of Commercial Payment Solutions in 2012, bringing a wealth of experience from a distinguished career in the commercial cards space. During the last 16 years he has held senior roles with consultants, schemes and issuers in commercial payments, including Senior Vice President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch starting up the commercial card business in EMEA and Asia Pacific. Prior to that, Alan was responsible for MasterCard’s multinational corporate card business in Europe. He also set up and managed GE’s Corporate Payment Services business between 1996 and 2005, and before joining GE, Alan spent many years with Royal Bank of Scotland in senior sales and marketing management roles across the corporate, retail, private banking and international divisions of the Bank. He holds an a BA (Hons) from the University of Wales and an MBA from Lancaster University School of Management.

 


 

Chris Holmes
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.

 


 

Helen Jones
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.

 


 

Dean Leavitt
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.

 


 

Alex Mifsud
Founder & Chief Strategist, Ixaris Technologies Ltd

Before founding Ixaris, Alex worked as a senior consultant in the Cambridge-based tech practice of Arthur D. Little, a global management consultancy providing technology and innovation advice to blue chip clients. Alex earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Malta, and he later returned to the university to head up the Computer Science department. He also attended the University of Edinburgh, where he obtained both an MSc and a PhD degree qualification in Computer Science.

 


 

Allister Mitchell
Director, Spyder Analytics

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.

 


 

Kristina Nordlander
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Kristina Nordlander has a thriving EU competition, regulatory and litigation practice, representing major companies in a variety of sectors, including financial services and payments. In the financial services area, Kristina has been involved in advising major banks and financial institutions on issues raised by the financial crisis. In addition, Kristina has developed a significant practice advising on antitrust issues arising in connection with mobile and electronic payments. She teaches and speaks widely on payments and financial services antitrust. In 2008, Kristina founded the Women’s Competition Network (WCN), the international professional forum for senior competition law and policy professionals.

 


 

Marc Pettican
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.

 


Henry Pooley
CCO, Fraedom

As CCO at Fraedom, Henry is responsible for developing high performing Sales and Client Management teams. From start-ups through to global corporations, Henry has many years of experience in senior roles developing growth strategies and innovative solutions in the commercial card, B2B payments and expense world. Henry is passionate about building engaged and collaborative teams that deliver exceptional results.

 


 

Steve Robson
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.

 


 

Matt Sloan
MD, EMEA, Diners Club International

Matt Sloan is Managing Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa for Diners Club International®. He is responsible for developing the payments business for both the Diners Club and the Discover brands across the region, both through existing partners as well as by sourcing new partners and extending into new markets. Matt joined Discover Financial Services 15 years ago and has held various positions at a number of subsidiaries during that time including Marketing Director of Morgan Stanley’s Consumer Banking division in the UK, Head of Customer Marketing at Discover in the US, as well as the current role at Diners Club International. Prior to joining Discover, Matt held various roles in Europe at HSBC, American Express and Household Financial Services. Matt holds an M.A. in history from Cambridge University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg School of Management.

 


 

Brian Tomkins
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.

 


 

David Voss
Head of Commercial Card, MEA, Bank of America Merrill Lynch