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The Currencies Direct management team

Meet the people who pull the strings to make our award-winning money transfer service possible.

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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.

Neil Cooper

Neil Cooper - Chief Financial Officer

Neil joined Currencies Direct in June 2017 as CFO. Neil leads the Finance, HR and compliance functions, as well as providing support to the Board and business across a range of activities, including tax, insurance and banking.

Neil has worked in a range of industries including FMCG, Leisure Retail and Housebuilding, having spent 10 years in listed-company CFO roles immediately prior to joining Currencies Direct. Neil is a Fellow of the institute of Chartered Management Accountants.

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.

Leo 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.

Vivek 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.

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