Currencycloud, the leading global payments platform, has appointed Barbera De Jong to Chief People Officer (CPO), demonstrating the company’s commitment to talent development and its people as it ramps up its global growth strategy.
Barbera will be responsible for Currencycloud’s organisational evolution as it continues to increase its headcount, adding more than 100 staff since 2017 alone, and now over 200 employees across its offices in London, Cardiff, New York, Lviv and Amsterdam.
Barbera joined the company in December 2018 in a non-executive director role but has now taken on the permanent role of Chief People Officer. She brings experience from large-scale technology companies, having worked at Cisco Systems for eight years in various talent management and learning and development roles. She has also held positions at Juniper Networks, Ad Value and Bull Benelux, and worked in the UK, Middle East (Dubai) and the West Coast of the USA.
Fiona Tee, Chief Financial Officer at Currencycloud, said: “This is the first executive-level talent position at Currencycloud, which reflects our absolute commitment to cultivating and hiring the most talented team possible as we grow.”
“The business is truly entering a new phase in its development as we strive to provide a seamless, international service to some of the most interesting and influential brands in payments, banking and commerce on a global scale. This is an extremely exciting time for everyone involved at Currencycloud.”
The appointment is part of the wider strengthening of the company’s HR function to support its growth. Julie Webbe, Interim HR Director in the UK office, has moved into a permanent role as Director of Change, working alongside Sadie Elford, HR Director, to deliver major talent change projects across the business.
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Currencycloud’s technology is unlocking the global economy for payment platforms of the future. Today, Currencycloud has 85 different APIs across four modules – collect, convert, manage and pay – that cover the entire workflow in B2B cross-border payments. The as-a-service platform is proprietary and is fully cloud-based on AWS using Restful APIs. Launched in 2012, Currencycloud is based in London and is regulated in Europe, the U.S. and Canada, and has processed more than $50bn to over 180 countries. Currencycloud works with banks and Fintechs globally including Starling Bank, Standard Bank South Africa and Brookline Bank, as well as partnering with Visa to deliver innovation in travel payments.