The Currencies Direct management team


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Antony Jenkins
Group Chairman


Prior to Antony’s appointment as Group Chairman at Currencies Direct, for three years Antony led Barclays as CEO. In the lead up to his appointment as CEO, he was the head of the Bank’s UK retail and small business division, and Barclaycard. Antony also spent 17 years at Citi where he ran the North American Cash Management unit, managed the company’s Internet activities and was in charge of the Citi branded credit card business. At Barclays, he was influential in the launch of the company’s Pingit mobile payments app, and harnessing the power of technology has been a powerful theme throughout Antony’s career.
 



Keith Hatton
Chief Executive Officer


Keith joined Currencies Direct in May 2011 as Chief Executive Officer. He brings a wide range of international banking, management, and foreign exchange experience, initially gained during 19 years with NatWest, including five years in off-shore private banking and senior roles in corporate credit risk, product development and management development. Subsequently he was Export Director of Bottomline Technologies and European Managing Director of Derivion (now part of Metavante Corporation).

More recently, Keith was Chief Executive Officer of TTT Moneycorp. Keith is responsible for developing and executing Currencies Direct's strategy and objectives through leadership of the Management Team.

 

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Chief Financial Officer


David joined Currencies Direct in March 2006 as Group Financial Controller. He is responsible for providing management and advice across the full range of the Group's activities, including finance, insurance, tax and banking matters as well as leading operations, HR and compliance.

David has over 20 years’ experience in banking and capital markets, and is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

 

team-davidm.png Jon Beddell
Chief Commercial Officer


Jon joined Currencies Direct in 2011 with more than 12 years’ in leadership roles within the international payments industry.

Jon is responsible for overall commercial performance, the delivery of significant partnerships, acquisitions and overseas expansion.

 

team-leo.jpgLeo Markides
Chief Operational Officer


Leo joined Currencies Direct in March 2011. He is responsible for the company's Information Technology architecture and providing senior level strategic and operational direction with the use of information to deliver value to Currencies Direct and its customers.

Leo has extensive experience in creating and executing market entry and growth strategies in the foreign exchange and payments sectors. He has worked with a number of businesses internationally, including Moneygram, the UK Post Office and American Express. His experience is enhanced by a mathematics degree from Warwick University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

team-vivek.jpgVivek Awasthi
Chief Information Officer


Vivek joined Currencies Direct in February 2012 as Chief Technology Officer, having spent six months consulting to the business. Vivek is responsible for guiding the technology strategy, payment infrastructure and innovation of products and services at Currencies Direct.

Vivek is a bottom-line-oriented technology executive with more than 16 years of comprehensive experience in building new products, large-scale distributed systems and strategic payment platforms. Most recently, Vivek was the Chief Technology officer of ISTS Worldwide, a payment technology service provider, implementing payment strategy and technology solutions for a multitude of major players in the card and retail industry.
Vivek has a degree in mathematics and is a Certified Professional from ACS.
 

 

team-peter.pngPeter Loveday
Director, Southern Europe


Peter joined Currencies Direct in February 2003 and held various roles prior to being appointed Director, Southern Europe in 2013. He is responsible for the sales and business development functions across Southern Europe, including partner relationships, management of local branch networks and providing support to all customers in the region.

In an ever-changing marketplace, evolution is key and Peter has been instrumental in ensuring Currencies Direct has stayed at the forefront in the provision of the forward-thinking customer service solutions our customers have come to expect. Educated to honours degree level, Peter has 28 years of experience in the real estate and foreign exchange industries.

 

team-ruchi.pngRuchi Arora
Head of Offshore Operations


Ruchi joined the organisation in 2007 as Manager of Customer Service and Solutions prior to being appointed as Head of Offshore Operations in 2010.

Ruchi started her career in sales for a leading US-based internet provider and then moved into financial products and services. She has extensive experience in foreign exchange and global payments. She graduated with an engineering degree from the University of Pune, India and has spent her entire career in offshore service provision.

 

team-melina-moussali.jpgMélina Moussali
Global Head of Dealing


Mélina joined Currencies Direct in April 2012 as Global Head of Dealing. Melina started her sales and relationships management career in France 15 years ago, by managing corporate banking relationships.

She then moved to the UK to pursue a career in international payments and foreign exchange services, heading European teams of foreign exchange corporate dealers and facilitating the launch of foreign exchange and payments services for Travelex Global Payments in Continental Europe over a period of 12 years. Mélina graduated from the University of Caen, France, with a Masters in International Financial and Banking Operations after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in European Economic Studies from the Manchester Metropolitan University.  

 

team-deepak.jpgDeepak Goyal
Head of E-commerce


Deepak joined Currencies Direct in 2007 as part of the corporate team. He currently heads up the e-tailer business unit, which exclusively supports online retailers and marketplaces with cross-border trade and internationalisation.
 
Before joining Currencies Direct, Deepak was involved in delivering international business support programmes on behalf of central and regional government while working at Strategem Consulting. He has a Business Economics Degree and an MBA specialising in finance, both from the University of Leicester.

 

Jigar-Shah_sml.jpgJigar Shah
Senior Group Operations Manager


Jigar joined Currencies Direct in 2004 and was promoted to Senior Group Operations Manager in 2011. His key responsibilities are to manage the day-to-day operational tasks of the business, enhance back-office processes, and develop and maintain relationships with banks and other suppliers.

After finishing his Bachelor of Commerce Degree in India, Jigar moved to London to start his career and joined Currencies Direct as a finance assistant. He worked in a number of different departments, including IT, accounts and compliance, before honing his skills in operations. The overall knowledge of the business he gained through working in different departments helps him deliver more dynamic and tailor-made solutions for our customers.
 

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