Shieldpay, the market leader in high-value B2B payments, has appointed Andrew Hawkins as CEO for UK and Europe.

The former CTO at HSBC and Zopa was previously the Chief Technology and Product Officer at Shieldpay.

The tech heavyweight  will be taking over the role from founder Peter Janes, who moves to group CEO as part of Shieldpay’s strategic plan to prepare for its next stage of growth and expansion.

In his new position, Hawkins will play a pivotal role in helping the business scale in the UK, enter new sectors, and enhance Shieldpay’s positioning in the FinTech arena.

Hawkins brings over 25 years of technology experience to his new role, including seven years at Microsoft before holding senior leadership positions at HSBC and the unicorn challenger bank Zopa.

Speaking of his new role Hawkins said: “Since joining the business I have been inspired both by the scale of the opportunity and Shieldpay’s ambition.

FinTech ShieldPay appoints technology heavyweight

“As we look to expand Shieldpay’s market offering, I’m excited to take the reins as CEO, UK and Europe and take B2B payments to new heights.

“I will use my experience to guide the business to the next level, disrupting the traditional payments process and taking Shieldpay to new corners of the market.”

Peter Janes, Group CEO and founder at Shieldpay, said: “I’m thrilled to announce Andrew as our CEO in the UK and Europe. Andrew has all the experience and knowledge to drive the business forward and position Shieldpay as the expert in high-value B2B payments.

“We’re excited about this next stage of growth, and we couldn’t be in safer hands with Andrew’s leadership.”

The appointment comes as Shieldpay bolsters its senior leadership team more widely, with the business also appointing Ed Boal as its new head of legal.

Boal joins with over a decade of experience in private practice as a tech lawyer advising founders, investors and fast-growth tech companies in the UK.

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