SafeCharge names Ali Khwaja Group CFO

SafeCharge International Group Ltd (LON:SCH), the international provider of electronic payments services, technologies and risk management solutions to the online trading and gaming industry, announced today the appointment of Ali Khwaja as its new Group Chief Financial Officer.

Khwaja, who currently serves as Chief Executive of SafeCharge Card Services and Executive Vice-President of SafeCharge Group, will assume his new role with immediate effect. He will keep managing the Card Services division.

Ali-KhwajaMr. Khwaja, is a Certified Financial Analyst and has worked in the Group since joining from Berenberg Bank in February 2015. He has more than ten years of expertise in the financial markets and technology sector. Mr. Khwaja was a Financial Technology Analyst at Berenberg, where he specialised in the payments space; and was ranked Top 3 Technology Analyst in Europe by Extel Thomson Reuters in 2013, based on votes from managements of European technology companies. Prior to Berenberg, Mr. Khwaja was a Technology Analyst at UBS. He is an alumnus of University of Oxford where was a Rhodes Scholar and received an MSc in Financial Economics.

SafeCharge also announced expansion of its main Board by creating the new strategic role of Group Business Development Director. The new position will be taken by current Group Finance Director, Tim Mickley, with the appointment effective immediately.

Mr Mickley will focus on helping to deliver the Group’s ambitious growth plans, building on his considerable experience in M&A, integration and corporate development, as the Company grows its presence in new international markets and expands its products offering.

Commenting on the appointments, SafeCharge’s Chairman, Roger Withers, said:

“I am pleased to welcome Ali who joins the Board from our Card Services division. He brings strong financial and investor relations experience from his previous roles with, among others, Berenberg and UBS. As we move into a new phase of development as a listed business, I have every confidence in Ali’s ability oversee the Group’s finances, M&A strategy and lead engagement with its financial stakeholders.”

“I am also delighted to announce the expansion of the Board. Tim has been instrumental in the Company’s success as a public company, guiding it through its very successful IPO last year and delivering a strong set of maiden financial results, which has sustained the Company’s premium share price, evident since first day of dealings. His new role as Group Business Development Director will deploy his significant corporate development and investment banking experience to focus on new acquisitions, products and markets for the Group.”

To view the official filing with the London Stock Exchange, click here.

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