iBanFirst appoints Said Layadi as new CTO – FinTech Futures

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IBanFirst has appointed a new chief technology officer in former Euronext engineer and technology director Said Layadi.

Said Layadi, new CTO at iBanFirst

The vendor says its new appointment is part of a continued international expansion strategy. It says it wants to unite its European focus with newfound “global ambitions”.

Layadi will “drive a hybrid approach to innovation, deploying technologies that will enhance the capabilities of the company’s online platform”.

Previously head of application engineering and integration at Euronext, Layadi has also worked at Ingenico.

“I’m delighted to join iBanFirst at this exciting time,” he says. “The role is a perfect fit for me, combining my two passions of international payments and technological innovation to transform the company’s operations.”

Layadi’s hiring follows iBanFirst’s August appointment of Yann Stadnicki as chief data officer, and October’s hiring of Grégoire Andrieu-Guitrancourt as chief revenue officer.

Pierre-Antoine Dusoulier, CEO at iBanFirst, says the appointment is part of a “hyper-growth” strategy.

He adds: “Said has an impressive track record of innovation in the industry, working for some of the biggest names in banking, finance and payments.

“His experience will help to support iBanFirst’s ambition to position itself as the European leader in financial services.”

IBanFirst raised $21 million in Series C funding earlier this year.

It also secured $17 million in funding back in November 2018. It used that money to make two acquisitions at the end of 2019: Dutch company Nederlandsche Betaal & Wisselmaatschappij and Berlin-based Forexfix.

The firm claims that it has experienced a tripling in the volume of its payment transactions, and three-figure revenue growth.

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