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Joanne Dewar


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Joanne Dewar is Chief Executive Officer of Global Processing Services (GPS), the trusted and proven go-to payments processing partner for over 180 of today’s leading challenger fintechs around the world, including Revolut, Starling Bank and Curve. GPS has to-date issued over 170 million cards – enabled in over 48 countries – and processed over 1.3 billion transactions through its platform in 2020.  

Since joining the company in 2013, Joanne has spearheaded the transformation of GPS from start-up to private equity-backed scale-up, cementing the business’ position as the bedrock of the fintech ecosystem, as it continues to accelerate the delivery of better financial experiences for every customer.  

Joanne is a recognised leader and influencer in the payments industry, having been selected as one of the top 50 fintech CEOs of 2021, alongside leaders from Stripe, Klarna, Wise, Coinbase, Marqeta and more. She was also one of just two women on the 2019 Payments Power 10 list, which recognises payments industry leaders with an ongoing commitment to pushing boundaries in the payments sector.  

Under Joanne’s stewardship, GPS won 12 industry awards in the space of 12 months, securing the highly coveted title of Best Processing Programme at the Card and Payments Awards, as well as being crowned Leading Emerging Payments Organisation at the Emerging Payments Awards. 

GPS was also invited by HM Treasury to participate in an independent strategic review of the UK fintech sector, which explores how the fintech industry, regulators and policymakers can work together to ensure the continued success of UK-based fintechs. Joanne contributed to the review’s ‘international attractiveness and competitiveness’ workstream which informed recommendations for promoting UK fintech solutions to overseas markets.

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