ClearCourse appoint Fintech expert in new executive role
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Rob is a product and strategy specialist with over 15 years’ experience in the payments industry and will be responsible for the Partnership’s overall product…
ClearCourse Partnership has announced the appointment of Rob Fernandes as Chief Product Officer.
Rob is a product and strategy specialist with over 15 years’ experience in the payments industry and will be responsible for the Partnership’s overall product strategy in the newly created role at ClearCourse.
Initially his focus will be on the development of the Partnership’s central product offering, a group-wide proprietary payment platform. The platform will play an integral role in ClearCourse’s mission to proactively support the optimisation of payment flows across its Partnership companies, creating further value for them and their clients, many of which have membership and billing functions at the core of their business.
Rob joins ClearCourse having run his own strategic payments consultancy Pay2Z for a number of years, advising a range of businesses, from Fintech startups to large corporations – including Vocalink, Paysafe and RBS Group, on a variety of aspects of product and market strategy and new payments initiatives.
Prior to this, Rob led the European launch of WePay, a US service provider specialising in simplifying payments for software companies. As their UK Managing Director, he was responsible for establishing the company’s local offering, developing its international expansion strategy and helping secure FCA-authorised status as a ‘Payment Institution’ prior to its acquisition by JP Morgan Chase in 2017.
Rob also previously worked for almost 10 years as Director of Product & Development at PayPoint, the FTSE 250 company, where he led the large-scale design and delivery of a new enterprise payments platform. He joined PayPoint following its acquisition of Metacharge, where he was among the early team who built the fast-growing, innovative payments gateway business.
Gerry Gualtieri, CEO of ClearCourse, said of the appointment: “I am delighted to welcome Rob to the ClearCourse team as our Chief Product Officer. Rob’s significant experience in building and implementing products at several leading payments businesses will be invaluable as we continue to build a proprietary payments platform that can be utilised across the Partnership.
"We look forward to announcing further appointments in the payments space over the next 12 months as we continue to grow this capability.”
Rob Fernandes added: “ClearCourse is a really exciting business with a compelling strategy. I have spent several years advising clients on addressing the rapid emergence of integrated software vendors as the dominant distribution model for payments.
"I could not be more thrilled to join a talented team that is not only living that opportunity but has already made great progress bringing together innovative technology businesses across the UK.”