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Payment Experts

Welcome to our team of Advisory Board and Advisory Panel;  giving our clients great insights into the challenges and opportunities for their sectors, as well as enhancing the value and speed of execution for Search and Advisory projects.

Souheil Badran

Senior Advisor

Focus

Global Payments, Analytics, Omni-Channel, Security

Experience

International leadership roles at Digital River, First Data and VeriSign

Interests

Motorsports, Cycling, Travel

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Souheil Badran

Senior Advisor

Souheil Badran joined edo in May 2015 as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer. At the intersection of payments & advertising, Souheil leads edo in its mission to transform shopping and saving by delivering solutions for personalized offers that are seamlessly available through consumer credit and debit cards, and mobile devices. Souheil brings extensive experience in high technology organizations – leading strategic development, sales and marketing, product management, operations, mergers and acquisitions and high-growth initiatives.

Souheil joins edo from Digital River (acquired by Siris Capital) where he was the group executive and General Manager for the company’s Payments Lines of Business. Souheil was responsible for leading all aspects of the company’s global payments and SMB strategy, including product and business development, operations, sales, and marketing.

Prior to Digital River, Souheil was senior vice president and general manager of First Data Corporation’s e-commerce solutions group, a team that focused on e-commerce payments and Omni-channel commerce. His specialty in financial services and international e-commerce also includes previous executive leadership positions at VeriSign, Digital Insight (acquired by Intuit) and Metavante Corporation (acquired by FIS).

John de Lavis

Managing Partner, Advisory Services

Focus

Payments, Analytics, Connected Devices & Schemes

Experience

International leadership roles at Netspend, MasterCard, HSBC & Midland Bank

Interests

Football, Rugby and International Equestrian Eventing

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John de Lavis

Managing Partner, Advisory Services

  • Over 30 years experience in the global payments and retail banking sectors with the last 20 years in senior executive or C suite roles
  • Undertaken a number of senior strategy roles in HSBC and MasterCard
  • Significant experience in practical and successful innovation and start-ups - First Direct, MasterCard chip and e-business strategies, MasterCard Advisors and many new products at NetSpend and Metabank.
  • Considerable P&L experience at HSBC and other businesses
  • Strong operational experience in a number of different payment businesses – from transaction management through to risk and compliance and operational quality.
  • Significant experience of organization design and transformation at Midland, HSBC and MasterCard. Responsible for the end to end Europay acquisition and integration and for enabling organizational growth at start ups.
  • Prior roles:
    • Head of UK Payment Businesses HSBC
    • Chief Product Officer for MasterCard International
    • COO NetSpend
    • COO Metapay

Outside of Greenings:

  • Advisory Board of Fordham Business school
  • Three day eventing – sponsor to aspects of Canadian Olympic team
  • Interested in skiing, sailing, rugby and soccer
  • Cambridge and MIT Alumni associations
  • Sloan Fellow, MIT
  • Classical music, English French and Classical literature and philosophy

Phil Goodeve

Senior Advisor

Focus

Payments, Financial Services, FinTech, VC, Private Equity, M&A

Experience

International Publicly Traded Financial Services Chairman, President, CFO, Investment Banking, Bain Consultant. Bank of America, HSBC

Interests

Sailing, Skiing, Tennis

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Phil Goodeve

Senior Advisor

Phil has over 25 years experience in global financial services, half of which have been at executive/’C” level.

A Harvard MBA, Phil has been a strategy consultant in financial services internationally with Bain & Company; Global co-Head of financial services investment banking, President of a leading publicly traded private equity fund. He has raised $30 Bn in capital, done 10+ IPOs, 15+ turnarounds and 100+ M&A deals.

Phil lives in Florida, and has two children. As well as being an accomplished sailor and skier, he won an award for charitable involvement and spent two years helping the global poor via microfinance.

Sophie Hobbs

Senior Advisor

Focus

Financial and Operational Leadership, Strategic Planning, Acquisitions and Divestitures

Experience

International leadership in a variety of environments; both large and medium-size large companies, start-ups and non-governmental not-for-profit organizations

Interests

Travel, Gardening, Photography

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Sophie Hobbs

Senior Advisor

Sophie is a partner in the Atlanta practice of Tatum, a professional services firm focused on supporting the office of the CFO and the CIO. Sophie has over thirty years’ extensive international experience as a financial executive, serving as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Global Finance for large international corporations, start-up companies, and service and manufacturing enterprises, as well as non-governmental not-for-profit organizations.

A strategist with operations and financial experience, she now concentrates on interim leadership assignments to help firms manage critical projects, challenges and transitions such as rapid growth, M&A, sale and IPO readiness, and CFO transition. Sophie has dual French and American citizenship, is fluent in German, has lived and worked in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia (where she has also travelled extensively). Her “favourite waste of time” after spending time with her husband, a retired Arthur Andersen partner, is gardening and drinking the wines they try to collect.

Chris Holdsworth

Senior Advisor

Focus

Payments, consumer finance, analytics and human capital

Experience

International leadership roles with RBS, Bank of China and Talent Q

Interests

Sport, travel and Chinese contemporary art

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Chris Holdsworth

Senior Advisor

  • Over 15 years in the payments and retail banking sectors and last five years in human capital consulting
  • Number of senior roles within the RBS Group
  • Managed a series of fast growing international businesses, predominantly in the B2B area.
  • Managed businesses through M&A activity
  • Prior roles include:
  • CEO of human capital consulting business sold to Hay Group
  • Deputy CEO of JV between RBS and Bank of China
  • Head of Business Analysis team at RBS covering both card issuing and acquiring businesses
  • Head of RBS’s multicurrency acquiring business, Streamline International, which is now part of Worldpay

Outside of Greenings:

  • Senior advisor to Prometheus Partners, an Asian corporate finance group
  • Trustee and Treasurer of Camden Spear Trust, a charitable organization supporting unemployed youths in London
  • Interested in most sports (still playing football on a weekly basis), travel and contemporary art

Tim Jones CBE

Senior Advisor

Focus

Financial Services and Payments Innovator

Experience

NatWest, ITG Inc., Capital One Bank (Europe), Mondex, Purseus, Simpay and Tibado

Interests

Electric guitars and cars

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Tim Jones CBE

Senior Advisor

Tim Jones is an experienced CEO with specialisms in financial transactions including payment systems, retail banking and pensions. Tim is the former CEO of NEST Pensions in the UK and serves additionally as an Independent Director at ITG Inc., a NYSE listed institutional broker dealer in New York.

Earlier in his career, Tim spent seventeen years at NatWest Bank in the UK where, from 1990, he led the development of Mondex digital cash, as well as becoming Chief Executive of Retail Banking in the late 1990s.

Tim is now introducing Tibado, a new global digital cash venture, to which he will be devoting his full attention from 2016 as he concludes his period leading NEST.

Tim is married with three grown up children and has homes in East Sussex and London.

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Phil Wall FCA

Senior Advisor

Focus

Payments - M&A, Fund Raising, Turn-around

Experience

International Financial leadership roles BAMS, First Data, Schlumberger, Equifax, KPMG

Interests

Marathon running, Sailing, Travel

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Phil Wall FCA

Senior Advisor

  • CFO of Bank of America Merchant Services, the largest payments company in the US
  • EVP & CFO of First Data Corporation, the largest payments company Globally
  • VP Finance for Europe card services, SVP Finance for First Data International business unit
  • Prior roles: Prior to joining First Data, Phil's experience spans several different industries, countries and skill sets. He started as an engineer for Schlumberger on oil exploration rigs for 5 years in Europe and Indonesia
  • CFO for the credit referencing company Equifax in Europe
  • Chartered Accountant with KPMG in England

Steve Wright

Senior Partner, Stadia Solutions

Focus

Technology Solutions & Payments Infrastructure

Experience

International leadership roles at NCR, ACI, Start-ups, global consultancy for FX co and e-commerce

Interests

Football, Cricket, Rugby

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Steve Wright

Senior Partner, Stadia Solutions

A keen sportsman in his youth, Steve took the choice to develop a career in technology when it became clear that attributes other than keenness would be required to become a professional footballer.

In over 25 years in the payments technology industry Steve has worked with some of the world’s leading and most innovative payments suppliers. During that time he has held international leadership roles at ACI and NCR, as well as UK based roles at ICL/Fujitsu and Rank Xerox. At ACI he led the EMEA team that delivered growth in revenues from $30 million to $185 million per annum and delivered solutions to the world’s foremost banks and financial institutions.

Steve also has experience of global start-ups and consulting. He formed a global start-up JV with a French technology supplier and has also consulted for an international on-line foreign exchange brokerage and a number of smaller technology businesses from Europe and the US.

Retaining a strong interest in sport, though these days as a spectator, he enjoys time in the gym as well as time spent with his family, travel, theatre and music.

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