Payments platform Paysafe appoints Group Chief Financial Officer

Posted on September 16, 2020 by Alistair Hardaker

Izzy Dawood

London-headquartered payments platform Paysafe has appointed Ismail ‘Izzy’ Dawood as its new Group Chief Financial Officer.

Based in the US, Dawood will report into Paysafe CEO, Philip McHugh, when he joins the company on September 28th.

Dawood brings over 25 years in financial leadership and experience, having previously held CFO positions in both public and private organizations.

His experience includes corporate finance, treasury, investor relations, tax, financial planning and analysis, operational performance management, controllership, M&A and strategy.

Dawood joins Paysafe from Branch International, a financial services organization, where he was CFO.

Before that, he was CFO for WageWorks, who administer consumer-directed benefits (CBDs), and held CFO roles at Santander Consumer USA and BNY Mellon.

Earlier in his career, he spent 14 years in a range of finance and corporate leadership roles at US financial services giant Wells Fargo.

Philip McHugh, Paysafe CEO, said: “Izzy is a talented finance executive with a proven track record in strategic thinking and driving impressive results. I know he will be a real asset to our team as we continue our path to become the world’s leading specialized payments platform.”

Dawood added: “Paysafe has a very diversified and highly relevant payments offering and never before has the digital payments industry felt more exciting. I very much look forward to being part of this ambitious company’s future growth story.”

Dawood replaces former CFO, Peter Smith.

The firm reports an annualised transactional volume of over US $9bn, and has approximately 3,000 employees located in 12+ global locations.

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