The Fintech Corridor (TFC) has today announced two new appointments at the top of the organisation. Supported by InterTradeIreland, this announcement comes at a key time for the organisation, as cross-border collaboration continues to opens up more avenues of growth for the sector.
Simon Bailie has been named as Chairman and Alan McEeneaney as Vice Chair, 2021. Former Chairman Pete Rowan, will continue to engage with the group in an Advisory Board member and Brand Ambassador capacity.
Commenting on his successor Pete Rowan, Executive Vice President Yapstone International, said “The last 12 months have without doubt been the most challenging time our industry, trying to adapt one’s business to the forever changing global landscape brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The island of Ireland has a very strong Fintech industry and is home to a number of companies that provide software solutions designed to assist the financial services industry, indeed a number of electronic payments companies have chosen Ireland as their European and International hubs.
The island is well placed for further Fintech growth, product development and meeting regulatory requirements on a global scale. The launch of The Fintech Corridor, to establish a future focussed cross-border forum of Fintech professionals has certainly been the highlight of my 12 months in office. I know that in handing over the reins to Simon as the new Chair and Alan as Vice Chair we will continue to go from strength to strength in supporting digital transformation through the continuing facilitation of business needs and creation of a skilled workforce and jobs. We are very fortunate to have someone of Simon Bailies’ calibre and experience accept the position. “
Simon is a highly experienced and innovative leader. Over the past two decades he has worked across multiple industries and environments, including in sales, organisational development as well as commercial leadership roles.
Since 2017, Simon has been the driving force behind Digital DNA, the biggest tech and business community in Northern Ireland. He has helped establish a wide network in the public and private sector – encompassing the media, policy makers, the investment community, business leaders from high growth tech companies and start-ups in the wider Northern Ireland tech ecosystem, including those in the fintech sector.
Joining Simon on the board as the new Vice Chair of the FinTech Corridor is Alan McEeneaney. Alan has a wealth of experience in the fintech sector, and is the EMEA Outsource (OS) leader for Partner billing, invoice and strategy at PayPal. He is also a member of the site leadership board for the operation of PayPal’s Dundalk site in Ireland.
Together the new Chair and Vice Chair will work with the Advisory Board and Brand Ambassador group on a wide range of business initiatives and external engagement, in areas such as business development, technology and business transformation, academia/industry collaborations and network opportunities.
Speaking on behalf of InterTradeIreland, Grainne Lennon commented:
“InterTradeIreland as lead supporter of the Fintech Corridor cluster welcomes the announcement of the new Chair and Vice Chair representing both the Irish and Northern Irish FinTech ecosystems.
The collaborative nature of this cross-border cluster requires input from industry, academia and government from both jurisdictions. Support for cross-border clusters is a key premise of our 2020-2022 corporate plan and presents real economic opportunities.
We want to acknowledge the wealth of experience, knowledge and contacts that they both bring and their appointment is a great example of the cross-border nature of this support. We look forward to enhancing our great working relationship with Simon and Alan.
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