Two months after its acquisition of the UK-based company Cornhill, French fintech iBanFirst which has 300 employees in 10 countries, is further accelerating in a context of strong development of its activities throughout Europe.
Specialised in international payments, iBanFirst has experienced an average growth of 100% over the past several years and announces a string of new recruitments and appointments which send a strong signal of confidence in the company.
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- Ivo Mertens is appointed Chief Revenue Officer. He will be in charge of the sales teams across several European markets and joins the Exco. He previously held sales management functions at BNP Paribas and Fortis and was treasurer at iBanFirst since 2021.
- Véronique Vingerhoets joins iBanFirst and the Comex as Chief People Officer. Lawer by training, she holds an MBA in marketing from the Vlerick Business School and has occupied several HR functions in key fintech companies such as Colibra and Mobilexpense. As the new Chief People Officer, she will focus on the international growth of the company and particularly work on its culture and the talent management policy.
- Matthieu Chaigne joins iBanFirst as Chief Communication and Behavioural Officer. Also a member of the Exco, Matthieu will be in charge of corporate communication and brand management, press releases, social media and public relations. He will leverage his expertise in behavioural sciences throughout the buyer journey to enhance the customer acquisition strategy. He previously worked as an associate director at the BVA Nudge Unit and at Ogilvy.
- Anne-Sophie Pradier joins as Chief of Staff and will work closely with the CEO and the Exco to accelerate iBanFirst’s growth. She will notably be in charge of steering the company’s strategic decisions and encourage synergies between Exco members. After graduating from the Em-Lyon business school, Anne-Sophie started her career in 2011 as a consultant and joined Société Générale as an internal consultant.
- Alain Lagabrielle is appointed Chief Technological Officer. His mission will be to increase the performance of the platform, to support the growth in the number of financial transactions carried out, and to further enhance the user experience, which is one of iBanFirst's strengths. Alain has over 15 years of experience in the tech and IT industry. He previously worked for Société Générale, where he was in charge of tech transformation issues.
This Financial Times award recognizes iBanFirst's long-standing robustness, having achieved over 70% growth every year for the past 4 years. This growth is made possible thanks to iBanFirst's rising appeal to thousands of businesses (iBanFirst is conducting more than €1.5 billion transactions each month) while benefiting from a level of customer loyalty and recommendation (Net Promoting Score of 63) that is among the highest in its category (Bain 2022 study).
For Pierre-Antoine Dusoulier, founder and CEO of iBanFirst, "this series of recruitments and appointments comes at a time of strong growth for iBanFirst, which has seen its turnover increase by more than 100% each year for several years. Our fintech, which supports very small businesses and entrepreneurs involved in international trade and payments, is now present in 10 countries and we are getting ready for a new phase. I am delighted with these appointments and arrivals. They will help us unleash our full potential and further increase the quality of our technology and our service to customers. These arrivals demonstrate iBanFirst's very strong appeal within the financial services industry.”
Founded in 2013, iBanFirst has quickly established itself as the leading alternative for businesses that trade and operate payments across borders.
iBanFirst offers a next-generation international payment experience that combines the power of its platform with the support of top FX experts. Executives and finance teams can access the FX markets, receive, send and track payments in more than 30 currencies and develop tailored hedging strategies.
With more than 350 employees in 10 European countries, processing up to €1.5 billion worth of transactions per month and listed by the Financial Times as one of Europe's fastest-growing companies, iBanFirst has established itself in less than 10 years as a trusted partner for SMEs across borders.
iBanFirst is backed by the French public investment bank, (bpiFrance), European venture capital leaders (Elaia, Xavier Niel), and the American investment fund Marlin Equity Partners (more than 8 billion dollars of capital under management).
iBanFirst is regulated as a payment institution authorised to operate throughout the European Union.