Ingenico Group, the global payment company, announced Monday (July 3) the appointment of Nicolas Huss as executive vice president of strategy and performance.
In a press release covered by Finextra, the company said Huss, who starts immediately, reports to Philippe Lazare, chairman and CEO. Hussbrings 28 years of experience in the financial services industry, most recently as the CEO of Visa Europe. He started his career with GE Capital, where he held operational and leadership positions in France, Mexico and Spain. Huss further spent some years with Bank of America and Avant (formerly an Apollo Global Management company) as CEO for Spain and Ireland, Ingenico said.
Ingenico said that as EVP of strategy & performance, Huss will lead the group’s innovation, strategy, M&A and operational excellence activities to keep the company ahead of industry evolution and ensure the sustainability of Ingenico’s global leadership in omnichannel payment acceptance. “The Board of Directors and myself are delighted to welcome Nicolas to Ingenico and to our Executive Committee. His knowledge of the payment industry and demonstrated leadership capabilities will be a great addition to our team,” Lazare said in the press release.
Ingenico and Visa have long had a relationship which makes the appointment of Huss less surprising. Last year, the companies worked together on Visa’s initiative to roll out a lineup of payment experiences during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which it has been sponsoring for 20 years. At the festival, which ran through Sept. 18, Visa enabled festival goers to experience a Connected Screen powered by Ingenico. Consumers were able to make contributions of $2 or $5 to the TIFF Pocket Fund by waving a Visa payWave-enabled credit card or device at the Connected Screen. The TIFF Pocket Fund is an organization focused on making sure every young person can access TIFF’s educational programming, regardless of financial ability.