Alexander Filshie has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer Designate at Earthport plc (AIM: EPO.L) with immediate effect. Alexander will also join the Board as an Executive Director, subject to regulatory approvals.
Alexander brings over 25 years of experience as a senior finance executive to Earthport. His career has encompassed leadership positions including Chief Financial Officer at CLS Group, the world’s core foreign exchange (FX) settlement system. CLS handles USD 1.55 trillion a day, over half of the world’s FX volume. Prior to his tenure at CLS, Alexander was CFO and Head of Strategy, Africa and Middle East, at Barclays Bank. He has also held a number of senior positions at American Express International Inc.
Alexander has a track-record in financial planning, reporting, treasury, taxation, regulatory governance, capital raisings, acquisitions and restructurings. He has also delivered turnaround strategies for underperforming businesses, executed cost reduction and headcount restructuring whilst supporting revenue growth and improved profitability.
He is a Fellow at the Institute of Chartered Accountants and also a member of Association of Corporate Treasurers.
Amanda Mesler, CEO of Earthport, said: "Alexander has an exceptional understanding of the currency and payment industries, coupled with deep knowledge of financial management at the most senior level at financial services and technology companies. He has an impressive track record in executing complex financial controls which will help take Earthport to the next level of growth."
"Having previously worked for infrastructure providers, banks and payments companies, I have seen the inefficiencies of the cross-border payments system faced by customers from many sides,” commented Alexander Filshie. “That’s why I was attracted to Earthport’s mission of building an end-to-end payments network to transform this complex system and give global commerce the innovative and efficient payments network it needs. In an ever globalising trade environment, Earthport has incredible growth potential and I’m looking forward to helping to realise that potential."