Simon Haslam is the Chief Executive Officer of the Group and is responsible for setting strategic expansion goals for the Group, leading the management team to accomplish these objectives.
Mr Haslam works closely with the Chairman and Board members to set strategic expansion goals for the organisation, and lead the management team in the accomplishment of these objectives. Simon is also the Chairman of Mercury Payments Services LLC; Chairman/Director in Network International subsidiary companies for Middle East and Africa; and is Chairman, UnionPay International Middle East Regional Member Council.
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. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Mr Haslam has an Associateship of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Mr Haslam was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in January 2017.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Mr Malhotra is the Group’s Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for overseeing the entire gamut of finance activities across the Group.
Mr Malhotra has around 20 years of experience across all major corporate finance domains in the financial services and FMCG sectors. Prior to joining the Group, he was the Head of Financial Policy and Processes at Emirates NBD, where he led the Finance systems implementation across the Group. Prior to that, he was one of the senior team leads in the Global Balance Sheet Reporting function of American Express, working closely with the Investor Relations team and before that was managing the Financial Planning activities for Nestlé South Asia Region.
Mr Malhotra joined the company in October 2010 and has been actively involved in the organic and inorganic growth of the company for many years, including the acquisition of Emerging Market Payment Holdings in 2016.
Mr Malhotra was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in August 2015.
Mr Malhotra is a Chartered Financial Analyst from the CFA Institute of the United States of America and a Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Group Chief Operating Officer
Bahea Izmeqna is the Group’s Chief Operations Officer, and is responsible for establishing a customer-centric work culture that delivers world-class experiences to the Group’s customer banks and merchants across the MEA region.
Ms Izmeqna has more than ten years of extensive experience in managing large and complex transformation projects for various issuing and acquiring organisations.
She was previously Network’s Chief Information Officer for the Middle East, and was heavily involved in the conversion of major customers to the Way4 payments processing platform prior to assuming her current post.
Ms Izmeqna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Software Engineering from Petra University.
Ms Izmeqna was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in July 2018.
Group Chief Strategy Officer
Andrew Hocking is the Group’s Chief of Strategy and Analytics Officer. He leads market intelligence, strategy development, corporate development and analytics functions within Network International.
Mr Hocking has more than a decade of experience in senior leadership positions in the payments industry spread across commercial, operational and financial functions.
Before joining Network International, Mr Hocking was Head of Strategic Planning at Elavon working across North America, South America and Europe. Prior to this he held a number of positions at Barclaycard and Absa across both the issuing and acquiring covering Europe and Africa where he led the Absa Card’s strategy and change management function.
Mr Hocking holds an MBA from the University of Warwick.
Mr Hocking was appointed as Group Chief Strategy Officer in July 2017, management of the Analytics function was added to his portfolio in August 2018.
Managing Director - Africa
Andrew Key is the Managing Director for the Group’s Africa operations, and is responsible for all aspects of the acquiring and issuing business of the Group in Africa. He is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to drive the growth of the company’s business in the region.
Mr Key is an executive leader with a significant track record of success that reflects broad experience gained across the payments landscape. He is renowned for consistently demonstrating his abilities to develop and execute strategies that deliver to demanding targets and timelines, successfully fulfilling customer expectations whilst adding value to the bottom line. He was most recently the President of Elavon Europe, a subsidiary of US Bancorp (USB), and responsible for the entire P&L of the European business of Elavon. He was accountable for the diverse range of partner relationships that deliver distribution or product capabilities to Elavon’s European business and led the team of 1,400 colleagues located in six markets, providing end-to-end payments services to 350,000+ customers. Prior to Elavon, Mr Key held key positions in organisations such as Mastercard, Lloyds Banking Group and Barclaycard.
Mr Key has completed the Executive Development Programme at London Business School and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Science from Loughborough University and is also a member of the CIPD.
Mr Key was appointed as Managing Director – Africa in January 2018.
Managing Director – Middle East
Samer Soliman is the Managing Director for the Group’s Middle East operations, and is responsible for all aspects of the acquiring and issuing business of the Group in the Middle East. He is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to drive the growth of the company’s business in the region.
Mr Soliman sits on the product advisory board of UnionPay International, representing the Middle East region.
Mr Soliman brings more than 20 years of experience in retail business, cards issuing, acquiring and third-party processing. Prior to joining the Group, Mr Soliman was part of the team that set up the consumer business at Citibank Egypt.
Mr Soliman holds a Master’s degree in leading innovation and change from Robert Kennedy College in Switzerland, in partnership with York St John University, a Certificate in Management from the University of Wollongong and a degree in business management from the Ministry of Higher Education Sinai.
A voting member of the executive committee, Samer is also a Board member and Managing Director of Network International Egypt, and Board member of Diners Club Egypt and Levant. He sits on the product advisory board of UnionPay International, representing the Middle East region.
Mr Soliman was appointed as Managing Director – Middle East in January 2018.
Head of Product and Innovation
Paul Clarke is the Head of Product and Innovation, and is responsible for transforming the Group into a world-class product and innovation-centric organisation.
Mr Clarke is a highly successful product and commercial leader with strong e-commerce, mobile and payments experience of over 14 years. He specialised in building and developing successful product development functions for both VC led start-ups and major PLCs.
Mr Clarke joined the Group from Barclaycard Payment services—one of the world’s largest banks—where he was the Managing Director responsible for end-to-end product lifecycle from ideation, delivery and in-life management. He has delivered many strategic initiatives and was instrumental in creating a world-class product organisation, achieving real business change through product development.
In his previous tenures in payments majors like Elavon Merchant Services and WorldPay, Mr Clarke was responsible for the product portfolio across key markets in Europe, Mexico and South America.
Mr Clarke was appointed as Head of Product and Innovation in June 2017.
Group General Counsel and Head of Compliance
Jaishree Razzaq is the Group’s General Counsel and Head of Compliance and is responsible for advising on regulatory and legal matters arising within the Group and also has responsibility for enterprise risk management and compliance.
Ms Razzaq joined the Group from Elavon, a subsidiary of US Bancorp, where she served as Head of Legal – International Markets. Ms Razzaq has over 20 years of experience, having worked in a number of major financial institutions including Citigroup and Royal Bank of Scotland Plc, advising on legal, regulatory and compliance issues impacting the retail financial services and payments services sectors in particular, across a number of jurisdictions in Europe and Latin America.
Ms Razzaq is a qualified Solicitor in England and Wales.
Ms Razzaq was appointed as General Counsel and Head of Compliance in April 2017.
Hend Al Ali
Group Head of Human Resources and Facilities
Hend Al Ali is the Group’s Head of Human Resources and Facilities, and is responsible for leading the Group’s human resourcing functions across the UAE, Jordan and Africa, developing and implementing the Group’s human resource strategy and programmes.
Ms Ali carries more than 20 years of experience in the field of human resource management. Under her stewardship, the Group has won government recognition and awards for human development and Emiratisation.
Ms Ali has spearheaded HR departments at various national and international operations based in the UAE. She is a recipient of the prestigious Dubai Human Development Award given by the Dubai Economic Department. She is also part of the Women’s Committee in the Banking Sector, which is run by the Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies.
Ms Ali holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Dubai Women’s College.
Ms Ali was appointed as Head of Human Resources and Facilities in February 2018.
Mona Al Ghurair
Group Chief Marketing Officer
Mona Al Ghurair is the Group’s Chief Marketing Officer, and manages the team responsible for branding, public relations, communications, and events. She drives the branding and marketing strategy for the Group, optimally leveraging various promotion and publicity platforms, regionally and internationally, to maximise visibility for the Network International brand.
Ms Ghurair has more than 18 years of experience in the marketing domain and has been with the Group for more than 14 years, during which time she has also been involved with the product, sales, and business development units.
Ms Ghurair was educated at Dubai Polytechnic.
Ms Ghurair was appointed as Chief Marketing Officer in January 2017.
Group Chief Information Officer
Matt Sinclair is the Group’s Chief Information Officer, and is responsible for the Technology function for the Group.
Mr Sinclair has more than 25 years of experience in technology roles, ranging from IT consulting to CTO and as CIO.
He has experience in financial services and digital businesses, including payments, retail banking, insurance, asset management, publishing and online media.
Mr Sinclair joined the Group from Barclaycard UK where he was the CIO for its payments businesses. Prior to Barclaycard, Mr Sinclair was CIO for Retail and Business Banking for Absa and Barclays in Africa, based in Johannesburg, and has worked with several other organisations including PayPoint plc, Marsh and Thomson Reuters.
Mr Sinclair holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brunel University.
Mr Sinclair was appointed as Chief Information Officer in August 2016.