Checkout.com hires payments veteran for US push

By Roger Baird on 7th August 2019

The London-based start-up said Cyndi Hoddinott will also explore new business opportunities across its products and services.

Checkout.com hires payments veteran for US push
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Payments start-up Checkout.com has hired an industry veteran to explore new business opportunities and build the brand in the US.

Cyndi Hoddinott (pictured) has joined the London-based business that counts Samsung, TransferWise, Virgin, and Adidas among its clients.

The fintech said Hoddinott role will be to “explore new business opportunities, collaborate closely with their merchant-facing and technology teams, and help build the Checkout.com brand in the US market”.

It added the American will also oversee the ongoing development of the firm’s products and services.

 

‘Extensive experience’

Checkout.com, founded in 2012 by Swiss-born former payments executive Guillaume Pousaz, processes more than 150 currencies for firms across the globe and has agreements with such major credit cards as Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

Hoddinott has worked in the payments industry for 15 years, and was most recently head of global payments at US file storage platform Dropbox. She has also previously worked as director of global payments at SurveyMonkey, ACN, and Expedia.

Checkout.com chief commercial officer Bradley Riss said: “With Cyndi's extensive experience in optimising global payment processing, fraud, and operational functions for some of the world's leading companies, we have the perfect resource to ensure we remain aligned with what is best for our merchants.” 

Hoddinott added: “Checkout.com's reputation as a technology leader has been growing across the payment ecosystem for some time, and I'm excited to join at such a pivotal moment in their growth.”

 

Largest European funding round

The platform said Hoddinott, who is married with three children, will be based on the American West Coast, but will “apply her skills and knowledge” across its nine offices across the globe. She lives with her family in Seattle.

In May, Checkout.com attracted a valuation of almost $2bn, after it raised the largest ever fintech Series A round in Europe and the third-largest globally at $230m, netting such investors as Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC and venture capital firmInsight Partners.

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