Spire Payments benefits from a highly skilled and capable management team with many years of industry experience as well as the financial expertise of KleinPartners, its principal investor.
President and CEO
With more than 20 years in electronic payment, ATM and smart card industries, Kazem was formerly President of Hypercom Europe, Middle East and Africa where he saw a period of rapid growth between 2007-11. He previously held multiple executive positions in the Electronic Payment sector including Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Product Development of Ingenico Group and Senior Vice President, Financial Services EMEA of Gemalto. Fluent in three languages he holds a Master‘s Degree in Engineering from the University of Orsay in France.
Chief Administration Officer
Alain has over 25 years of experience in the electronic payments, military software, transportation, telecommunications and broadcast video industries. Prior to joining Spire Payments, he was Assistant General Counsel and Vice President of Corporate Development for VeriFone Inc. after holding a similar role at Hypercom Corporation. In addition to his experience in the payments industry, Alain was also the General Manager of an electronic ticketing Joint-Venture in Denmark between Thales and Accenture, CEO of the Americas branch of a VoIP Telecommunications company, CMO in an international video encoding company and served in various executive appointments within the French conglomerate, Thales SA.
Head of Product Development
Michel Sohrabi has more than 21 years of experience in wireless data transmission, security and networking, 10 years of which have been devoted to the electronic payments industry. Before joining Spire Payments Michel was at Hypercom for four years where he held senior Sales and Business Development roles. Prior to that, Michel joined Hypercom in 2008 as Vice President, Marketing and Business Development for Hypercom EMEA, subsequently holding the position of Vice President and General Manager of Benelux and Scandinavia at Hypercom. He has previously held sales, marketing and business development positions with Ingenico Group and COM One Group.
Michel holds a Master’s degree in Marketing from Washington University and a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Orsay.
Chief Financial Officer
Marivel joins Spire Payments as Chief Financial Officer, bringing 28 years of solid financial management experience in global companies. Before joining Spire Payments, she was the Regional CFO for Asia Pacific for Hypercom. Previously, Marivel also held a similar post for Oberthur Technologies where she managed Regional Finance in Singapore for two years. She has also worked with BP and Jardine Schindler Group.
Marivel is a Certified Public Accountant by profession.
Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia
Having previously held senior executive positions for 18 years with both Hypercom and VeriFone in the Middle East and Africa, Brian now brings his strategic and commercial expertise to Spire Payments.
Prior to his involvement in the payments industry, Brian spent several years with the South African telco giant Telkom in both technical and commercial telecommunications positions.
Brian will now focus on developing the MEA region by working closely with strategic local distributors in both the Middle East and Africa, as well as with targeted distributors covering some South East Asia countries.
Central & Eastern Europe
With over 22 years experience in the electronic payments, ATM and smart card industries, Zdenek has worked at an executive level with Gemplus, Datacard, NCR, Ingenico, Verifone, Global Payments and most recently Hypercom. Zdenek has a strong marketing and business development background, which informed his previous positions as Managing Director of Central Eastern Europe region for Gemplus and Hypercom, as well as his latest role with Spire Payments.
Zdenek holds Degree in Business & Marketing Management from Prague University of Economics, and is fluent in five languages.
Nick has over 27 years of Information Technology industry expertise, with a wide-ranging background in sales, marketing and product development. Before co-founding Monetize Consulting in 2011, Nick was Managing Director of Ingenico, Northern Europe and Australia, Managing Director at Thyron Systems Ltd, Vice President Worldwide Customer Services, EMEA at NCR and held various executive appointments with CSC and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.
José María Romero
Spain and Portugal
MD of Hypercom for Spain and Portugal from 2003, formerly Thales e-Transactions, José Maria has been active in the Spanish payment terminal industry from its launch in 1982. Prior to that he held Product Management & Sales/Marketing roles in several companies including Telettra, Alcatel and Dassault.
Chief Security Officer
With more than 20 years in the electronic payment industry, Pedro joins Spire Payments as Chief Security Officer. He has previously held technical management positions in the areas of Security, Regulatory Compliance and R&D with VeriFone, Hypercom and Thales e-Transactions.
Pedro’s focus at Spire is to build a team of security experts to deliver a market leading payments infrastructure, which is at the heart of Spire’s new range of products. His specialism in EMV, PCI DSS and PKI legislation and implementation, together with his knowledge of Smart Cards and NFC, make him one of the most experienced and well rounded security exponents in the industry.