Payments Industry Advisor
Dr Steve Perry
Steve is an Economist by training with a PhD in econometrics. After 3 years at the TSB Bank, ultimately as Group Economist Steve joined Visa Europe and held several executive positions including Head of Strategy, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Commercial Officer and laterly Chief Digital Officer (CDO).
Steve led Visa’s preparations for the introduction of the Euro and made the world’s first Euro transaction in 1999.
As CDO at Visa Europe, Steve led Visa’s approach to European-wide digital payments – including Wallets, Loyalty, Data Analytics, and P2P and Mobile Payments, including ApplePay. He established payments-related innovations centres in London, Tel Aviv and Berlin and investigated more than 200 fintech businesses in 2 years.
Since leaving Visa in 2015, Steve has supported several FinTech businesses as Non-exec Chair and Director, mostly in the UK, but also in Israel and the USA, spent 2 years on the advisory board of a NASDAQ-listed business and provides regular payment-related advice to PE funds.
In 2005 Steve was awarded the title of Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (the Order of Merit) by the President of Italy.
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