Growing Airwallex's leadership team to continue expansion in the UK & Europe

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Airwallex is pleased to announce the hiring of its new SVP Sales of Europe, Nigel Thacker, to drive the company's expansion in Europe and the UK. 

This comes after Airwallex’s recent record US$160million Series D fundraising in April. A proportion of the funds are being used to support its growth in the UK and mainland Europe; with plans to hire 50+ new talent in the region by 2021, Thacker's hire being one of many to come. Alongside James Butland, VP of Global Banking, Thacker will lead the charge on expanding the European team and further cementing Airwallex's presence and status in the UK and Europe.

Jack Zhang, CEO and Co-founder of Airwallex, commented, "Having Nigel join the team not only solidifies our commitment to the UK and European markets but also - through his experience and connections - allows us to ensure we're offering the very best features and partnerships which are of genuine demand to our growing customer base in the UK and Europe."

Thacker has had an extensive career in the financial industry with more than 20 years of experience. Prior to Airwallex, he was formerly SVP of Sales at Adyen where he grew the team and succeeded in hitting the target income while dealing with extremely complex customers. He also worked for Vocalink, Barclays and RBS. One of his many career highlights includes leading the deal between RBS and PayPal which continues to be a success today. His experience within the eCommerce sector aligns with Airwallex and will help the business branch out into other verticals like sports and the influencer economy.

Thacker explained, "What drew me to Airwallex was its technology, disruptive nature and legitimacy in the field despite the company’s youth. It's an extremely compelling proposition to help shape the growth of Australia's fastest-growing unicorn as it boasts world-leading backers which have invested in large funding rounds raised to date." 

“In today's climate, Airwallex can help businesses grow and thrive not only within their own markets but also globally. The company's expertise in Asia is unlike many other payment businesses and allows us to be able to help UK and European customers ‘set up shop’ with ease in these sought-after Asian markets.”

Airwallex has also been growing its team across the globe with the hire of the highly esteemed Elodie Trichet, another former Adyen employee, for the role Head of Product Strategy Enterprises, in Singapore. She will shape and steer Airwallex's enterprise strategy to enable the company’s international expansion. 

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