Ingenico (Euronext : FR0000125346 - ING), leading worldwide provider of payment solutions, today announces the strengthening of its Management Board with the appointment of Christopher Coonen and Michel Leger, as EVP Global Solutions Sales & Marketing and EVP, President Emea Region respectively.
Both report to Philippe Lazare, CEO Ingenico. Christopher Coonen, aged 45, a Dutch national, holds a BS from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Northwestern University. Prior to this, he was with Paypal where he spent close to 7 years and lastly as VP and General Manager, Continental Europe. His prior experiences include working at Western Union International, and DHL worldwide Express CIS in Sales, Marketing and Development. He was also a consultant with A.T. Kearney and Heidrick & Struggles. At Ingenico, Christopher Coonen is now in charge of the Product and Solutions Offer and the standardization of the Sales processes at a global level. He is member of the Strategic Committee of the Foundation of the Pierre and Marie Curie University.
Michel Léger, aged 47, is a graduate from the National Institute of Sciences of Rennes. With 25 years of international experience in payments, he started his career at Schlumberger in 1985 with positions in Production, Business Development and Sales. With the IPO of Axalto, ex Schlumberger, he became General Manager of the POS business unit, a position he kept at Gemalto. Most recently, he was General Manger of Netsize, a leader of mobile payment and messaging. Michel is now in charge of the development of Ingenico's activities for EMEA.
In addition, Ludovic Houri, aged 44, with a BS from the University of Hartford, joins Ingenico as Director Transaction Services for the SEPA -Europe Region responsible for the internationalization of the easycash model. With 20 years of experience in payments, Ludovic has held management positions in France, Germany, UK and the Netherlands. Prior to Ingenico, he was with First Data since 2002 and lastly VP Multinational merchants. Previously he spent 12 years at American Express, notably as Business Development Director for Global Network Services.
I am happy to welcome our new associates" said Philippe Lazare, CEO Ingenico, "Their in-depth knowledge of the payment solutions industries will help us to further develop our international presence and accelerate our evolution towards services and solutions. It's a new asset for our growth perspectives".