International payments experts, World First, today announces the appointment of Alexander Filshie in the newly created role of Chief Financial Officer, as the business continues to target global growth.
Alexander has more than twenty years’ experience in the global financial services sector in leadership positions at Standard Chartered, Barclays, American Express and, most recently, as Group CFO at CLS Group, operators of the world’s largest multicurrency cash settlement service.
As CFO, Alexander will lead and develop the global finance function whilst his appointment further strengthens the executive team.
Since leaving CLS, Alexander has been working as an advisor and is a non-Executive Director of the Funding Xchange as well as a mentor to the ICAEW’s Financial Talent Executive Network (F-TEN) and a long-standing Committee Member at The Royal Automobile Club.
Alexander’s appointment comes just after World First recorded a 76% year on year increase in revenue in 2015 as it continues to grow its business globally. Last year alone, World First helped more than 50,000 clients transfer over £7bn around the world.
Speaking on the appointment, Jonathan Quin, CEO and co-Founder, said:
“The acceleration in our growth brings some exciting new opportunities and we’re mindful of the increase in the complexity and volume of transactions, especially as we enter new international markets. Alexander has a wealth of experience in these areas and a proven track record of delivering outstanding results which will help the team as we prepare for further rapid growth.”
Adding his thoughts, Sir David Clementi, Chairman at World First, said:
“It’s an exciting time for the business and the fact we are attracting talent of the calibre of Alexander is a strong testament to that. Our business is growing rapidly around the world, and we’ll be expanding into new territories across this year and in the years to come. Alexander’s experience and know-how will be a huge asset to us on this journey.”