Samir Zabaneh has joined Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE: HPY), one of the nation's largest payment processors and a leading provider of merchant business solutions, as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
He will be responsible for providing overall strategic and operational direction of the company's finance department including reporting, treasury, taxation and corporate planning and development, as well as investor relations. As a key operating executive, Samir will also work directly with the CEO and senior management to help develop innovative business solutions and strategies to ensure corporate objectives are achieved.
"Samir has proven his outstanding skills as a financial and business leader with many organizations, most recently in our industry. Heartland is very pleased to welcome him to our company," said Robert O. Carr, Chairman and CEO of Heartland. "We are confident that Samir's sound financial management skills will help drive Heartland's business growth and success in the coming years."
Prior to joining Heartland, Samir served as Chief Financial and Strategy Officer as well as Chief Operating Officer for Moneris Solutions Corporation, Canada's leading payment processor, based in Toronto. Prior to joining Moneris, Samir also held various leadership roles with Fortress Investment Group, Q9 Networks, Inc., CIT/Newcourt Capital, Inc., PwC, and Ernst & Young.
Samir graduated from Northeastern University, Boston, with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He also earned a Master of Science degree in finance from Boston College, and an MBA degree from Suffolk University, Boston. Samir is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.