Fast-growing FinTech Curve has appointed the former head of Samsung Pay Europe as its new chief operating officer.
The London-based over-the-top banking platform has moved to hire Nathalie Oestmann to propel the business through its next phase of growth.
Curve consolidates multiple cards and accounts into one smart card and app. It was recently voted the UK’s second most innovative FinTech by our readers and a panel of expert judges in our first annual 100 FinTech Disrupters ranking.
Oestmann has a wealth of experience across marketing, commercial and operations in the payments industry, holding senior management positions at the likes of Amex, Samsung Pay and IDEMIA.
During her time at Samsung, she launched the Samsung Pay solution across six European countries and established strategic partnerships across the payments ecosystem.
She will be responsible for executing the strategy developed by the leadership team as it prepares for expansion into Europe and the US in 2020.
“Nathalie is an incredibly talented and energetic force and it is testament to the heights Curve has reached that we can welcome someone of Nathalie’s calibre to the team at Curve as our new chief operating officer,” said founder and CEO Shachar Bialick.
“Nathalie’s industry experience and track record make her the ideal choice to propel the team forward as we progress in our mission to move banking to the cloud and accelerate our growth.”
Last month Curve broke the record for fastest start-up to raise £4 million in crowdfunding. After initially smashing its £1m target in under five minutes, the round was eventually closed at £6m after being oversubscribed.
In July Curve also closed its series B funding round, valuing the business at a quarter of a billion dollars.
“I feel privileged to be joining Curve at this pivotal moment as it scales its platform, offering, and customer base,” said Oestmann.
“The company’s vision of moving banking to the cloud is both unique and powerful and it provides its customers with a compelling value proposition with minimal behavioural change.
“My primary objective at Curve will be to ensure we realise our full potential as we take the company into our next chapter of growth.”