Ron Kalifa is the Independent Chairman of the Network International Board of Directors. He is also the Executive Director of Worldpay.
Mr Kalifa was Chief Executive Officer for over ten years, building and leading Worldpay into a premier global payments company. Worldpay is the pre-eminent fintech company in Europe and is one of the largest payments companies globally. Mr Kalifa has been a driving figure behind the success of Worldpay, which became the UK's most significant fintech IPO when it listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2015.
Mr Kalifa is a director (leading on Payments Businesses and Digital Innovation) of UK Finance, a new trade body representing over 300 firms in the UK providing credit, banking, markets and payment-related services. He is also an operating partner to Advent International and its advisers on a variety of issues, particularly in relation to new investment opportunities. Mr Kalifa also sits on the boards of Transport for London, QIWI PLC and the England & Wales Cricket Board.
Mr Kalifa was awarded an OBE in 2018 for services to the Financial Services and Technology.
Mr Kalifa has undertaken the Executive Program at Harvard Business School.
Mr Kalifa was appointed as a director on 13 March 2019.
Chief Executive Officer
Simon Haslam is Chief Executive Officer of the Group and serves on the Network International Board of Directors.
Mr Haslam has more than 35 years of experience in the payments and banking sector. Prior to joining Network International, he was based in Atlanta, Georgia, as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Elavon, a subsidiary of US Bancorp and one of the world’s largest global merchant processing organisations. Prior positions during his term at Elavon include President of International Markets and Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Europe.
Mr Haslam has also served with Citigroup International PLC as Head of Credit and Risk with responsibility for all credit and fraud related activities impacting Citigroup’s Pan European Merchant Acquiring Business. In addition, he has worked with both HSBC and Midland Bank.
Mr Haslam has an Associateship of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Mr Haslam was appointed as a Director on 27 February 2019.
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Darren Pope is the Senior Independent Director for Equiniti Group plc, an Independent Non-Executive Director for CYBG PLC, and serves on the Network International Board of Directors.
Mr Pope is a qualified accountant with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, the majority of which has been spent in retail financial services. Most recently, Mr Pope served as CFO and Board Member of TSB Bank plc, having led both the initial stages of its separation from Lloyds Banking Group, and its subsequent IPO.
Mr Pope has held a number of other senior positions at Lloyds Banking Group, Cheltenham & Gloucester plc, Egg plc and Prudential plc. He previously served as an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Virgin Money Holdings (UK) plc prior to its acquisition by CYBG plc in October 2018. He was also a member of the Virgin Money Holdings (UK) plc Risk, Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
At CYBG plc he is currently a member of its Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Clydesdale Bank PLC and Virgin Money plc Boards both of which are subsidiaries within the CYBG PLC group, a member of the Clydesdale Bank PLC Audit Committee, Chair of the Virgin Money plc Audit Committee and member of the Virgin Money plc Risk Committee. Additionally Mr Pope is Chair of Equiniti plc’s Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination and Risk Committees.
Mr Pope was appointed as a director on 13 March 2019.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Victoria Hull is a Non-Executive Director with Ultra Electronics plc and a Non-Executive Director with Rosenblatt plc, serves on the Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee for each, and serves on the Network International Board of Directors.
Ms Hull is a former General Counsel and Company Secretary of Invensys plc, a FTSE 100 global industrial and software company, and former General Counsel and Company Secretary of Telewest Communications plc. Ms Hull served as an Executive Director at Invensys and Telewest, both of which were listed on the LSE, with Telewest additionally having a Nasdaq listing.
Ms Hull has experience across many diverse sectors, including an extensive corporate governance and Remuneration Committee background. Her breadth of commercial and legal experience includes familiarity with markets across the Middle East and Africa, and she has a strong legal background dealing directly in legal issues surrounding intellectual property rights, pensions, international M&As, commercial contracts and litigation. Her legal career commenced at Clifford Chance LLP in 1986 where she gained knowledge and experience working internationally on M&A for both public and private companies.
Ms Hull holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Southampton.
Ms Hull was appointed as a director on 13 March 2019.
Dr. Habib Al Mulla
Independent Non-Executive Director
Habib Al Mulla is one of the UAE’s most highly respected legal authorities, and serves on the Network International Board of Directors. Dr Habib has over 34 years’ experience in UAE law and has drafted many of the modern legislative structures in place in Dubai today. Dr Habib is a strong advocate for the improvement and modernisation of UAE Laws. He is a frequent commentator on the legislation and economy of the UAE and is often consulted to draft and advise on Federal and Emirate level laws.
Dr Habib focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration. He is the chairman of the board of trustees for the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) and is Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UAE Committee. Dr Habib created the concept of financial free zones in the UAE and was the architect of the legal framework establishing the Dubai International Financial Centre, the first financial free zone in the UAE. Dr Habib also served as Chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).
Dr Habib has held numerous prominent government positions over the years, including being a member of the UAE Federal National Council, the federal parliament of the UAE, member of the Legislative Committee, in charge of reviewing federal legislation, member of the Economic Committee, in charge of reviewing fiscal and economic policy of the federation, Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal and Judicial Studies, in charge of training judges and prosecutors in the Emirate of Dubai and Chairman of the UAE Jurists Association.
He has published many books and articles on the UAE law and economy, including a two part book on his life’s work titled Life’s Harvest, a definitive selection of his writings on the laws, politics and economy of the UAE over the last 26 years. He is also a regular commentator in the media and a prominent speaker at many events and conferences within the UAE and internationally.
Dr Habib holds an LLB in Shari’a and law from the UAE University, a Master of Law from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He is fluent in Arabic and English.
Dr Habib was appointed as a director on 29 March 2019.
Shayne Nelson is Chief Executive Officer of Emirates NBD, and serves on the Network International Board of Directors.
Mr Nelson has an extensive banking career spanning more than 30 years with experience in various roles across geographies. Prior to joining Emirates NBD, he served in Singapore as the Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Private Bank and was also the Chairman of Standard Chartered Saadiq Islamic Advisory Board and a Board member of Standard Chartered Bank (China) Ltd.
Mr Nelson’s previous high profile positions in the banking arena include Regional CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Middle East and North Africa, Chairman of Standard Chartered (Pakistan) Limited, and Chairman of the Banking Advisory Council to the Board of the Dubai International Financial Centre. He also held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Standard Chartered Bank, Malaysia Berhad.
Mr Nelson has experience across various functions and geographies, which is a testament to his diverse background within banking. Earlier in his career, his positions include Standard Chartered Chief Risk Officer for Wholesale Banking, Regional Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking Audit in the Asia Pacific Region and India, as well as Regional Head of Credit in Hong Kong, China and North East Asia. He was also the Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking for Westpac Banking Corporation in Western Australia.
Mr Nelson is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is also an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers.
Mr Nelson was appointed as a director on 13 March 2019.
Suryanarayan Subramanian is the Chief Financial Officer of Emirates NBD, and serves on the Network International Board of Directors.
Mr Subramanian has over 30 years’ experience in Banking and Finance, primarily in South East Asia and the Far East with Standard Chartered Bank and Royal Bank of Canada, covering various CFO roles in geographic and business structures across Wholesale Banking, Retail and Wealth Management.
Mr Subramanian has been with the Emirates NBD Group in Dubai since September 2010 as Group Chief Financial Officer. During this period ENBD has acquired Dubai Bank, an Islamic lender, and the Egyptian business of BNP Paribas.
In his last appointment, Mr Subramanian was with the Ministry of Finance and Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority in Singapore holding a dual portfolio to support development of accounting standards and corporate financial surveillance.
Mr Subramanian is a Chartered Accountant from India and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), Kolkata University.
Mr Subramanian was appointed as a director on 13 March 2019.
Aaron Goldman is a Managing Director and Co-Head of General Atlantic’s Financial services sector, with a particular focus on investments in financial technology, in addition to serving on the Network International Board of Directors. In addition to Network International, Mr Goldman has led or been involved in a number of General Atlantic’s payments-related investments including Adyen, Ant Financial, BillDesk, Clip and Klarna.
Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2006, Mr Goldman was part of the growth equity arm of the Fremont Group in San Francisco where he made several investments in the internet, communications, and healthcare sectors. Prior to that, Mr Goldman was an Analyst in Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette’s Leveraged Finance group.
Mr Goldman holds a B.S. in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Mr Goldman was appointed as a director on 13 March 2019.
Daniel Zilberman leads Warburg Pincus’s European Investment activities and is a member of the Warburg Pincus Executive Management Group, in addition to serving on the Network International Board of Directors.
Mr Zilberman has been involved in a number of Warburg Pincus’ flagship investments, including Aeolus Re, Allfunds, Avaloq, Leumi Card, National Penn Bankshares, Primerica Inc., The Mutual Fund Store, Santander Consumer USA, Santander Asset Management, Self Bank, Sterling Financial, Triton Container, Umpqua Bank, Webster Financial and a number of others. He has previously served on the Executive Boards of Aeolus Re Ltd, The Mutual Fund Store, Santander Asset Management, Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc, and Primerica Inc.
He currently sits on the Boards of Avaloq Group, Network International, Reiss Ltd, Vodeno, max (formerly Leumi Card) and Self Bank.
Mr Zilberman received a B.A. in international relations from Tufts University and an M.B.A. in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr Zilberman was appointed as a director on 13 March 2019.