Shieldpay, the market leader in secure digital payments, has announced the appointment of Andrew Hawkins as chief technology and product officer.

The former CTO at HSBC and Zopa joins to develop Shieldpay product and technology strategy into 2023 and beyond.

Hawkins said: “I was inspired both by the scale of the opportunity and by Shieldpay’s ambition when I initially met with Pete and the team.

“As we scale, it is critical that our ability to be effective in our delivery of market leading products is world class.

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“As CTPO, I couldn’t be more excited about the impact that the team that I am now fortunate to lead will have.”

Peter Janes, CEO and founder at Shieldpay, commented: “We are very excited about Andrew joining the team. He comes with a wealth of experience of solving complex technological challenges and delivering best in class products.

“As Shieldpay evolves its distribution model both in the UK and abroad, we are very confident that we have the right leader in Andrew to oversee our core technology platform and product offering.”

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Hawkins has over 25 years of technology experience, spending seven years at Microsoft before holding senior leadership positions at HBSC and most recently, at the unicorn challenger bank Zopa.

Shieldpay is market leader in orchestrating secure digital payments, specialising in transactions that need more than just straight-through processing.