Following a successful 12-months, including processing and reconciling over £5 billion in payments volume, Kani Payments has appointed Alina Ciocan as Head of Finance, previously Finance Operations Manager, Melissa Beckett as Chief Marketing Officer and Sophie Harbisher at Data Science Lead.
The hires will meet growing demand from clients looking to make operational efficiencies and invest in payment reconciliation technology.
Founded by CEO, Aaron Holmes, Kani Payments empowers fintech’s, payments companies and challenger banks to better understand the complex payments ecosystem through payment reconciliation and reporting technology and upskilling in-house finance teams.
With a degree in Finance & Banks from the Academy of Economic Studies in Romania, and over 10 years of experience in the finance and payments industries, including with EE Mafcote International and Flex-e-Card, Alina leads the finance team, which includes supporting customers with their reconciliation and reporting requirements as well as influencing the finance process requirements of the Kani Payment’s progressive platform.
Melissa, meanwhile, previously led NatWest’s Business Accelerator Programme for the North. She is passionate about culture and has a wealth of experience in supporting fintech businesses from start-up to scale-up status. Her experience in technology and software marketing will see her drive the company’s growth strategy, including developing partnerships, international expansion and the customer journey.
Using data to gain valuable insights for Kani Payments’ clients and helping them to understand and manage their data, Sophie’s background in research statistics makes her a strategic Data Science Lead.
Sophie’s data insights focus brings automation to tedious matching of records as well as developing statistical models to gain insights into data trends to make predictions. Prior to joining Kani Payments, Sophie worked as a postgraduate research student in Bayesian statistics at Newcastle University, during which she completed a 3-month placement at IBEX Innovations.
Aaron Holmes, Chief Executive Officer of Kani Payments, commented: “Alina is a key member of the Kani team and is an expert in payments. She has done a brilliant job at leading our finance operation, which was a key factor in inviting Alina to head up the finance team as we move into a new stage of growth.