French fintech iBanFirst announces a string of recruitments and new appointments to its Executive Committee to support its fast-growing operations

3 October 2022

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Paris, 15 september 2022. 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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o 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.

o Former Chief Risk Officer Diane Reille is appointed Chief Operating Officer which will include the CSM, Due Diligence, Settlement, and FI relationship teams. Diane joined iBanFirst in 2018 after having worked in the capital market department of BNP Paribas.

o 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.

o 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.

o 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.

o 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.


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.”


About iBanFirst

Present in 10 countries and with more than 300 employees, iBanFirst is a fast-growing fintech whose mission is to help entrepreneurs who do business internationally.
Since 2013, iBanFirst has established itself as an alternative to traditional bank offers for payment solutions. It has developed a state-of-the-art banking platform that enables international SMEs to carry out fast, secure and fairly priced multi-currency transactions. With more than 30 currencies available, personalised support and currency risk coverage, the iBanFirst teams innovate every day for business leaders and financial directors operating anywhere in the world.
IBanfirst is backed by major European venture capital funds such as Elaia and Bpifrance Large Venture. In May 2021, the Californian private equity firm Marlin Equity Partners entered into a growth capital agreement with iBanFirst to support its international expansion.