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Meet our leadership team

Our senior team of industry experts is driving innovation for our customers by advancing our next-gen payment issuing platform, strengthening our partner ecosystem, and developing expertise in our people.

Leadership team

Kevin Schultz

Chief Executive Officer
Kevin is a long-established expert in the payments and electronic banking industry with an impressive global career spanning 40 years. Prior to joining GPS as CEO in July 2022, he served as Fiserv’s Group President of Digital Banking for over five years. 

Prior to Fiserv, Kevin was President, Global Financial Services at First Data where he managed the company’s $2.5B financial institution services business providing payment processing services to organisations in over 60 countries. This followed nearly 16 years at Visa where he was widely recognised as the architect behind the creation of Visa’s debit card processing business - Visa DPS - which grew to be the leading provider of debit card services to the nation’s largest banks and credit unions. 

Cecil Edwards

Chief Operating Officer
Cecil joined GPS in 2021 as Group Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for the company’s global operations and implementations divisions, powering the next generation of payments worldwide. 

Cecil has over 20 years’ financial services experience and specialises in operational and digital transformation, corporate restructuring, and business strategy within the retail banking, fintech, and wealth management sectors. Prior to GPS, Cecil held senior roles at HSBC, Accenture, and Flagstone.

Simon Stanford

Chief Revenue Officer
Simon joined GPS in 2022 to spearhead the company’s global commercial, partnerships and customer relationship management, and marketing teams with a focus on developing GPS’ global partnerships ecosystem, marketing and brand strategy, and driving revenue growth worldwide.

He joined GPS from Worldpay where he was Senior Vice President for the EMEA region and led a commercial team of over 450 people. He has more than 20 years of commercial experience, predominantly gained at global technology and telecommunications businesses including Samsung Electronics and O2 (Telefónica UK).

Cameron Cox

Chief Transformation Officer
Cameron joined GPS in April 2022 in this newly created role to shape GPS’ strategic integrated payments business initiatives to capture new international growth opportunities. Based in London, Cameron sits on GPS’ global executive committee.
 
Cameron has spent over three decades helping financial services businesses scale and innovate with a unique blend of cross-functional and technical expertise, in addition to corporate leadership to support technology-driven strategic transformation initiatives across multiple sectors including Payments, Banking, Technology & Consulting. Prior to joining GPS, Cameron was Head of Technology Transformation & Global Chief of Staff at Worldpay.
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Our investors

Our investors, with their deep experience in payments and fintech, share our bold vision for the next generation of global payments.

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About Advent International

Advent International is one of the largest and longest serving independent private equity partnerships. Since its founding in 1984, Advent has invested $58 billion in over 380 private equity investments across 42 countries.

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About Viking Global Investors

Founded in 1999, Viking is a global investment management firm that manages approximately $48 billion of capital for its investors. It has offices in Greenwich, New York, Hong Kong, London, and San Francisco and is registered as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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About Temasek

Temasek is a global investment company with a net portfolio value of S$381 billion (£206billion) as at 31 March 2021. Headquartered in Singapore, it has 13 offices in nine countries around the world.

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About MissionOG

Founded in 2012, MissionOG partners with high-growth businesses that have proven models in segments where we have had success as operators and investors, including financial services and payments, data platforms, and software. We apply our expertise to skilled and passionate entrepreneurs whose businesses are on the cusp of exponential growth.

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About Advent International

Advent International is one of the largest and longest serving independent private equity partnerships. Since its founding in 1984, Advent has invested $58 billion in over 380 private equity investments across 42 countries.

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About Viking Global Investors

Founded in 1999, Viking is a global investment management firm that manages approximately $48 billion of capital for its investors. It has offices in Greenwich, New York, Hong Kong, London, and San Francisco and is registered as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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About Temasek

Temasek is a global investment company with a net portfolio value of S$381 billion (£206billion) as at 31 March 2021. Headquartered in Singapore, it has 13 offices in nine countries around the world.

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About MissionOG

Founded in 2012, MissionOG partners with high-growth businesses that have proven models in segments where we have had success as operators and investors, including financial services and payments, data platforms, and software. We apply our expertise to skilled and passionate entrepreneurs whose businesses are on the cusp of exponential growth.

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Board of directors

Gene Lockhart

Chair
Gene Lockhart is Chairman Emeritus and General Partner at MissionOG, where he leverages his deep operator experience to focus on investment opportunities in financial services, payments, and data platforms. He is currently a Senior Adviser to The Blackstone Group, and was previously a Special Advisor at General Atlantic, President and CEO of MasterCard International, CEO of Midland Bank PLC, and President of Global Retail Bank of Bank of America. Gene has served on the board of First Republic Bank, Alkami Technology, Featurespace, and many other companies.

Joanne Dewar

Vice-Chair
Joining in 2014 and promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2018, Joanne was instrumental in scaling GPS and securing investment from arguably the most impressive consortium in the payments industry, closing a $400 million fund raise in January 2022. Joanne stepped up to the newly created role of Vice Chair in July 2022 and focuses on the GPS’ growth and global profile. Prior to GPS, Joanne worked in management consulting, where she specialised in complex multinational transformation programmes for FTSE 100 companies.

John Chaplin

Vice-Chair
John has been a prominent global figure in retail payments for many years, having previously held senior executive positions at Visa and First Data. He is currently a director of Sentenial and Interswitch, as well as board adviser to Trunomi and is actively involved in private equity with Helios the leading African fund.

He is the organiser and chair of the Global Payments Innovation Jury, a panel of 70 leading CEOs.

Jeff Paduch

Board Member 
Managing Partner - Advent International Ltd
Jeff Paduch joined Advent in 2002, moving to the London office in 2005. He is responsible for coordinating the firm’s efforts in the business and financial services sector as well as coverage of the Nordic region. Prior to Advent, Jeff worked in the Financial Sponsors / Leveraged Finance Group of UBS Warburg in New York.

Jeff received a BA, cum laude, from the University of Virginia. Jeff has worked on 22 Advent investments, including Aaeron AG, Ebanx, Equiniti, Nets, Planet, Prisma, Transaction Services Group (TSG) and WorldPay.

Peter James

Board member 
Director - Advent International Ltd
Peter James joined Advent in 2020 and focuses on investing in the business and financial services sectors. Peter has been a private equity investor since 2010, working primarily on large and mid-cap buyouts at TPG Capital in London and San Francisco, prior to joining Advent. Peter began his career as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch.
 
Peter earned his BSc (Hons) from the University of Bath and his Masters from Sciences Po Paris. Peter has worked on Advent's investment in Aareon AG.
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