Australian fintech success story Split Payments appoints new C-suite to support rapid growth
Split Payments, the real time payments and open banking specialist, has today announced three new senior hires in support of rapid growth, promoting former COO and ex Head of Institutional Sales at Citi, Chris Jewell, to the position of CEO. Chris will be supported by Matthew Zaina (ex Goldman Sachs and Qantas Airways) as incoming COO, and Graham Hayworth (ex Bank of Queensland and Virgin Money) as CFO.
Named in 2020 as Australia’s ‘Most Innovative Technology Company’, over the past 6 months Split Payments has seen revenue grow by over 275 percent, and its team has more the doubled in size, now employing over 50 staff from its Byron Bay headquarters and remotely across Australia, with plans to open a Sydney work space in Q2 2021.
Specialising in Account to Account payment solutions servicing clients across all industries, the company recently announced deals with Tomra, Superhero and A2B Australia (13 Cabs, Cabcharge etc). Co-founder Matt Cheers said the new hires ensured the company had a highly experienced and well-connected team at the helm to drive sales and continue to highlight Split’s unique market position.
“Where most other platforms are designed to exploit the customer, we started Split Payments from our garage in Byron Bay from the perspective of having been a customer and knowing what would really make a difference to the user. Our goal is to build the best technology to help people and businesses pay and receive money efficiently while providing a fantastic customer experience, and our current growth trajectory shows we’re achieving that,” Cheers said.
“We are delighted to see Chris move into the role of CEO and welcome both Matthew and Graham to the team. Chris has not only made a considerable contribution to the Split Payments business in his time as COO, but brings over 15 year’s experience in investment banking. Together these senior hires bring vital corporate and financial markets experience to our business and will complement our existing executive team extremely well, helping to facilitate the next phase of growth for the company,” he added.
Chris Jewell, said, “I am excited to take on this role and continue to build on the amazing work the founders and team have created at Split. Our offering, which enables our customers to differentiate their product or service through payment and open banking innovation, is unrivalled. We are working hand in hand with our clients to improve the experience for their customers and to help them eliminate costs driven by operational inefficiency”.