Roger Alexander

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Roger Alexander
Non-executive Director, Accourt Ltd.

Following his retirement from Elavon in July 2008 Roger joined Greenings International, an international Executive Search and Recruitment company specialising in Cards & Payments (www.greeningsinternational.com), as an Advisor and Accourt, a UK Payments Consultancy (www.accourt.com), as a NED. Subsequently he has built a portfolio of NED and Advisory roles operating within the wider payments industry in the UK and Europe. Through his work at industry conferences and with Private Equity Roger remains on the leading edge of developments in the cards and payments area on both sides of the Atlantic.

Appointed the CEO (and subsequently President Europe) of Elavon Merchant Services, a subsidiary of US Bancorp (NYSE: USB), in January 2006,  Roger is credited with integrating, a number of acquisitions, and developing Elavon into one of Europe’s major Acquirers offering payment processing (for debit and credit cards) in more than 15 countries. Elavon is one of only a few acquirers well placed to operate globally both from a domestic and a cross border perspective.

Immediately prior to joining Elavon Roger was, for 3 years, CEO of S2 Card Services Ltd (previously Switch), the UK's major domestic debit card scheme, which he joined following 3 years as a partner at Edgar, Dunn & Company (EDC), a US based strategic Management Consultancy specialising in Payment Systems. At S2 Roger was responsible for a major technology transition involving multiple stakeholders (banks, schemes and regulators) and the brand change from Switch to Maestro.           

Roger spent over 31 years with Barclays Bank where he had a variety of different roles culminating in 1994 when he was appointed a Director of Barclaycard and Managing Director of Barclays Bank’s Emerging Markets Group.  This Group was created to investigate leading edge developments in the converging fields of cards (chip), communications and computers.  As a result of the development of the Group, Barclays became a leading bank in the world of the Internet and the first to provide commercial electronic commerce applications through this medium. In the early 1980s Roger was the driving force behind the introduction of pos terminals in the UK. The brand created by Roger in 1986, PDQ, is now synonymous with pos terminals in many countries.

Roger has strong leadership skills, a reputation for strategic thought, innovation and a track record of delivery. He is as comfortable with his team as he is in the Boardroom and is viewed as an excellent coach and mentor. Through his board roles he is an FCA approved independent director in the UK and similarly has regulated status in Denmark, Ireland and Iceland.          

After over 40 years he is acknowledged as an industry expert in the payments arena having represented Barclays, Elavon and the UK on numerous card scheme advisory groups around the world.  Additionally, he participated in the OECD Electronic Commerce Working Group (Sacher Committee) and was a member of the Government sponsored Foresight Financial Services Panel and Foresight Electronic Commerce Working Group. Roger has also had a number of papers published in the USA and Europe, frequently chairs and speaks at Industry Conferences around the world and continues to be active with all areas of the media. He also holds a number of patents in the field of Electronic Commerce including those associated with the early development of 3D Secure.

Roger was a Non-Executive Director of TSA Inc (subsequently ACI Worldwide – NASDAQ: ACIW) from February 2000 to July 2007 and PrePay Technologies, a UK private company, from August 2000 to August 2007 when the business was sold to Accor (now a JV with MasterCard under the name PrePay Solutions). In May 2007 he joined the board of Broca Limited (a UK technology company specialising in security systems for mobile phones. Broca was sold in April 2009 to 2ergo. In April 2012 he joined The Logic Group (TLG - www.the-logic-group.com) as a NED; TLG was sold to Barclaycard in November 2014. In December 2009 he joined the Board of AltaPay (formerly Pensio), a PSP located in Denmark, as a NED; AltaPay (www.altapay.com) was sold to a major European Acquirer in December 2014. In addition to his roles at Greenings and Accourt Roger is a NED at Caxton FX (www.caxtonfx.com) and is a retained ‘Executive in Residence’ to a major Global Private Equity company. Early in 2015 he joined the board of AvantCard (www.avantcard.ie) in Ireland and Valitor (www.valitor.com/) in Iceland. He has attended a number of NED training seminars in the USA and the UK as well as Cranfield University’s NED Course in early 2005.

Roger, who is 67 and married with 3 grown up children, was recognised by the Industry in 2008 when he was awarded the ‘Cards Personality of the Year’ at the UK Card Awards. 

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